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 curiousOscar Wilde
attractiveness of others.”
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.
Mary Kathleen Brookes
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa
Martin Tugdual Frederic L’Anton
Bruce Munro Wright
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.
Some of the most adventurous programming of any local festival.
Stay informed! Find out all the latest information about our artists, performers and the people who help put this festival together.