Queer Arts Festival

The 2021 Queer Arts Festival is coming!

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Queer Arts Festival 2020: WICKED
Jul 16-26, 2020

“Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious
attractiveness of others.”

Oscar Wilde

This past decade has seen the mainstreaming of gay; sexual difference wins approval so long as it is palatable, marketable, and doesn’t stray too far from bourgeois notions of taste and morality. Our 2020 theme Wicked reimagines identity politics, exposing the implications of homonormativity as erasure. The commodification of queer experience is inextricably linked to the pathologization of the queer body, where medical and sociological interventions adjudicate which anatomies and passions are accepted as authentic. What do we lose—who do we lose—if we accept induction into the dominant order, and reframe ourselves as a “moral minority”?

There’s no place like home for the Wicked Witch of the West, green by devilment and through her magical aberrance. QAF 2020 forsakes the yellow brick road that leads only to a man behind a curtain gentrifying our desires. Instead, for 11 days of visual art, performance, theatre, music, dance and literary events, we invite you to revel in the quintessentially queer traditions of scandal and excess. 

Highlights include Jonny Sopotiuk’s visual arts curation; choreographer Noam Gagnon’s raucously vulnerable Swan Song, This Crazy Show; Indigenous Burlesque with Virago Nation’s Too Spirited; and the latest offering from non-binary drag collective The Darlings.

Thanks to our Partners and Sponsors

William Martin

Valerie Walker

Timothy Agg

Susan Wilds

Stephen Jamieson

Shaira Holman

Sandy Shimoda

Richard Lewis

Odette Hidalgo

Misty Greer

Megan Davies

Mary Kathleen Brookes

Marnie Conklin

Laura Begley

Kate Siegl

Karen Burtch

Jim Oulton

Jesse Lyda

Janet Chahwan

James Goodman

Graeme Boyd

Glenn Nuotio

George Landrecht

Gaelle Hobbs

Emily Simpson

Danalyn Broder

Catherine Yeung

Bradley Lang

Bill Siksay

Bart Dziarski

Ada Fung

Vikki Reynolds

Sylvia Machat

Ron Regan

Randy Gledhill

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

Martin Tugdual Frederic L’Anton

Lynn Ruscheinsky

Laura Mehes

Kelly Tweten

Esther Shannon

David Metzer

Brian Jones

Bruce Munro Wright

Myer Leach

Viewed as one of the top five queer arts and cultural festivals in the world.

Melbourne Herald Sun

Concise, brilliant, and moving.

Robin Laurence, Georgia Straight

On the forefront of aesthetic and cultural dialogue today.


Easily one of the best art exhibitions in Vancouver.

Vancouver Sun

Some of the most adventurous programming of any local festival.

Vancouver Province

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