The Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver is an annual artist-run showcase of queer arts, culture and history. It celebrates the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities. QAF features a curated visual arts show, a community art show, and 3 dynamic weeks of cutting-edge performances and workshops from all artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theatre, literary and media arts.

QAF is the baby of the Pride In Art Society, Vancouver's home for creative bisexuals, gay men, intersex, lesbians, pansexuals, transsexuals, third-gender, transgender, two-spirit, queer and questioning individuals in British Columbia, Canada.


The QAF Team

Rachel Iwaasa
Rachel Iwaasa

Acting Artistic Director

SD Holman
SD Holman

Artistic Director (on leave 2014)

Theo Jakob
Theo Jakob

Managing Director

Jessa Agilo
Jessa Agilo

Development Director


Kenneth Yuen
Kenneth Yuen

Communications Coordinator

Nadine Boulay
Nadine Boulay

Operations Assistant

Megan Low
Megan Low

Communications Intern

Tanya Motsi
Tanya Motsi

Artist Liaison Intern

Melanie Kim
Melanie Kim

Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Pride in Art Society


Pride In Art (PiA) began in 1998 as a collective of queer visual artists mounting a community art exhibition. In its early years, PiA focused primarily on the visual arts, occasionally presenting performing arts as well within the exhibition space.  In 2006, the festival expanded into other disciplines and art forms. In 2010, the festival was rebranded as the Queer Arts Festival.

Mission Statement
The Pride in Art Society promotes the production, exhibition, visibility, and appreciation of queer art and artists, creating opportunities for dialogue among artists from different disciplines. PiA fosters inclusion, equality and a strong political voice for queer communities, including historical contributions. We combat homophobia by building greater public awareness and acceptance of individuals and groups outside sexual and gender norms.

Board of Directors


The Pride In Art Board of Directors plays an integral part in the planning of the Festival and bringing it to life every year.
  • Joel Klein, President
  • Jeff Gibson, Vice President
  • Suzo Hickey, Treasurer
  • Jen Crothers, Secretary
  • Bernard Sauvé

Location

We are proud to be partners with the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. All events, workshops & performances are held there: 181 Roundhouse Mews (Pacific & Davie). The Roundhouse is a fully wheelchair accessible venue. To view full accessibility audit, click here. Thanks to the Radical Access Mapping Project for their audit of the Roundhouse. You can learn more about the Project or about having an accessibility audit performed at your space by visiting the website Building Radical Accessible Communities.

Festival Tickets

Advance tickets available July 1st in person at Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium, 1238 Davie Street - map, and online at brownpapertickets.com



History

Drop by our History page for more about past festivals.

Media

Looking for a Media Kit? Downloadable images? Want to check out our other media mentions? QAF's Media Page has it all.