Youth Workshops at QAF

Do you know a queer or questioning youth who wants to dance for their summer job?

Law of Proximity is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for youth to create and perform their own contemporary dance show, mentored by the internationally respected dance company MACHiNENOiSY. Youth selected for the performance will be paid rehearsal fees and performance honoraria, thanks to the support of the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and QMUNITY. Deadline to apply is June 23. Click HERE for more information on how to be involved.

MACHiNENOiSY co-artistic directors Delia Brett and Daelik will be working with two other professional dancers, Chris Wright and Jennifer McLeish Lewis, toward training the youth performers in contact dance over a period of one month, ultimately working toward a performance driven by the young participants and facilitated by MACHiNENOiSY.

Law of Proximity will premiere at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, August 15-18.

Exciting new addition to the festival line-up!

Darcy Michael presents: The Gayest Show On Earth… again. August 7

A big hit for the past two festivals, The Gayest Show on Earth is a queer variety show that features some of Vancouver’s top performers in music, drag, sketch, improv and of course Darcy’s particular flavour of stand up. Always a wild and hilarious ride- and totally gay. Warning: adult themes, offensive humour and nudity very, very likely.

His new recording, One Skinny Bitch: Live, Uncut, and Uncensored, is available now.

QAF sponsors queer Japanese films

In June, The Powell Street Festival Society and Pacific Cinémathèque will present the fourth edition of “Kibatsu Cinema, a celebration of the odd and the eccentric in Japanese pop culture and contemporary Japanese film”.

Kibatsu is a Japanese word denoting a person or thing that is, by ordinary standards, unusual or unconventional.

The two films that QAF is sponsoring, Hikari and Mariko Rose the Spook, are quirky, comic tales of queer lust and imaginative mischief. Showing on June 21st, both films will be Vancouver premieres.

Read more about the Kibatsu Cinema line-up HERE

In Social Media News

The official Queer Arts Festival twitter hastag is #QAFVan, so please use it every time you tweet about us!

FREE SHOWS for friends with benefits!

Now that I have your attention, do you like helping make the magic happen? Like getting to see shows for free?

We need volunteers to help before, during and after the festival in varied capacities such as: publicity team, gallery greeters, ushers, delivery drivers, set up and tear down.

Get more info HERE.

Rachel Iwaasa
Rachel Iwaasa
During Holman’s leave, the Artistic Director role will be assumed by Dr. Rachel Iwaasa. Iwaasa has served as Pride in Art’s Director of Operations since 2011, after serving on the Society’s board since 2009, and participating as an artist since 2006. During her time at Pride in Art, Iwaasa has focused on building capacity and diversifying revenue, increasing private revenues to 72% of the society’s total income in 2013. Iwaasa is also a nationally-recognized contemporary music pianist and recording artist who has appeared for Music TORONTO, Vancouver New Music, CONTACT contemporary music (Toronto), New Works Calgary, Groundswell New Music (Winnipeg), the Victoria Symphony, the Aventa Ensemble (Victoria), Music on Main, Redshift, the Western Front, and Vancouver Pro Musica. Two of her recordings, the solo CD Cosmophony and the debut disc by her flute/piano duo Tiresias with Mark McGregor Delicate Fires, have been nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards as Outstanding Classical Recording. Iwaasa holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from UBC, a Master of Music from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, where she earned the Victoria Medal as the top graduating student in Fine Arts. She was also a two-time recipient of the prestigious Annual Grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) for graduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin. Iwaasa is fluently bilingual, allowing QAF to offer services in French to francophone artists, media, and volunteers.

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