Queer Arts Festival

Queer Arts Festival: June 17 – 28, 2019 QAF 2019 rEvolution

On June 28, 2019, we’ll be 50 years from Stonewall. On XXX day month year (do you know when?) we’ll be fifty long, slow revolutions of the earth around the sun since the partial decriminalization of sodomy in Canada (for some people, some of the time, in some places… ) In fifty years, so much has changed. For some people, some of the time, in some places.

Judith Halberstam, in The Queer Art of Failure, warns us to “suspect memorialization… a ‘ritual of power’ [that] selects for what is important (the histories of triumph), it reads a continuous narrative into one full of ruptures and contradictions.” How do we address the cognitive dissonance between these milestones and the sharp turn to the right in Ontario, Alberta, around the world? How do we live, here in the rupture between rainbow crosswalks and death threats?

Art sparked Stonewall: the queers who fought back that day were gathered to mourn the death of Judy Garland.  QAF rEvolution gathers together artists who push and transgress; engaging with our annals of struggle and erasure to revamp the artifacts of the past and turn them to our own ends: art as the evolution of the revolution.

SD Holman Artistic Director

QAF 2019 tickets and passes will be available May 2nd, early-bird passes on sale April 2nd!

Upcoming

Art Party!

Tue Jun 18 | 7pm | Free Gala Opening Reception Join us for the Queer Arts Festival’s opening Art Party!, where art and conviviality converge...

Relational rEvolutions

Mon Jun 17 - Wed Jun 26 | Visual Art Exhibition |  Guest curator Elwood Jimmy We often think of revolution in relation to ways of knowing,...

A Night of Storytelling

Wed Jun 19 | 7pm | Literary Readings | Pay What you Can Danny Ramadan brings his much-loved nights of readings to the Queer Arts...

Youth Curator Tour

Wed Jun 19 | 4pm | led by Elwood Jimmy |  Curator Elwood Jimmy leads tour for LGBT2S youth to see their identities reflected in art,...

The Queen in Me

Fri Jun 21 & Sat Jun 22 | 7pm | Multidisciplinary musical Performance | Amplified Opera and Theatre Gargantua | $30 - $20 The Queen...

Jesse – an ASL opera

Mon Jun 24 | 7pm | with Landon Krentz and re:Naissance Opera | Pay What You Can JESSE - AN ASL OPERA is a workshop...

Diaspora

Tue Jun 25 | 7pm | with The Frank Theatre | Pay What You Can The Frank Theatre presents a reading of Diaspora: an interdisciplinary,...

The Wide Open

Wed Jun 26 | 7pm | Media Art with Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival | $20 - $10 The Wide Open, curated by Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon...

Queer Songbook Orchestra

Fri Jun 28 | 7pm | Concert | $40 - $30 Celebrated national chamber ensemble Queer Songbook Orchestra unearth the queer backstories and personal narratives...

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