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.”
The Roundhouse will kick off the festival with TransgressionNow. This visual arts exhibit looks at where “queer artists go beyond social, gender, and political boundaries, and what that looks like now.” This is a free event Jul 24 – Aug 9 in the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. (Donations welcome.)
On Jul 25, 27 & 28 get in line to see Bi, Hung, Fit…and Married, an acclaimed one-man show that exposes the trials and tribulations of a man’s personal struggle with bisexuality and finding the balance in a non-monogamous marriage. Bi, Hung, Fit…and Married promises to be an erotic journey of discovery. Three performances will be held at the Roundhouse Performance Centre. Tickets are just $20. Q&A session to follow performance.
Interested in penning your memoirs? Then you must sign up for Tough Language & Tender Wisdoms: with Amber Dawn. In this memoir writing workshop for trangressive voices, Amber will encourage participants to tell stories from personal experience by pushing boundaries while developing a safe and celebratory space for these voices to be heard. This workshop is available Jul 26 & 27.
For tickets and further information on events, performances, and workshops visit the Queer Arts Festival homepage.
By Chantelle Jones, Roundhouse Blog Team. A Welsh girl living in Vancouver. Looking for new challenges. Spending my days operating a successful small business and my nights doing yoga, bootcamps and blogging. Sometimes I see my friends and movies too!