Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is an artist-run celebration of queer arts, culture and history. It showcases the creativity of visual and performing artists who share a connection to the queer community. From Jul 24 until Aug 9 prepare to laugh, cry and be educated through performances and workshops that include dance, music, theatre, and literary and media arts.
Now in its 17th year, QAF has strong roots at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre; however, this year’s festival was almost a no-show. QAF organizers were informed by Canadian Heritage that it would need to pull the plug on funding due to cutbacks, but a public outcry persuaded the department to maintain support for the much-loved annual community celebration. “We didn’t get it all back, which is really unfortunate,” says QAF’s artistic director, Shaira Holman. “We still have to find places to cut, but we are really pleased with the outcome.”