Queer Arts Festival

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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

Sookie Crewe

Zamil Karim

William Lubell

Vikki Reynolds

Tyler Findlay

Sylvia Machat

Siobhan Laughlin

Sean Bickerton

Scott Watson

Scott Elliott

Sandy Forbes

Samantha Boone

Roy Surette

Ronald Thiessen

Ronald Regan

Ray MacDonald

Randy Gledhill

Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

Phil Collins

Michelle WIlson

Mavreen David

Martin Tugdual Frederic L’Anton

Marnie Carter

Lynn Ruscheinsky

Louise Hagar

Laura Mehes

Lance Chang

Kirsten Anderson

Kelly Tweten

Kathryn Cernauskas

Kathleen Speakman & Leslie Uyeda

Kathy Atkins

Jonny Sopotiuk

Jocelyn Morlock

Jeff Grayston

Jay Cabalu

James Wright

James Oulton

James Grieve

Islai Rathlin

Ina Dennekamp

Hildegard Westerkamp

Helen Leung

Emanation Consulting

Gloria Cheung

Glenn Stensrud

Gail Nugent

Esther Shannon

Dr. Blye Frank

Dipankar Sen

Dennis Salonoy

David Ng

David Metzer

Darleen Martinez

Danniele Livengood

D’Anne Howes

Christina Acton

Chris Thorne

Brian Jones

Brandon Fletcher

Andrea Joy Rideout

Alex Sangha

Don Stuart

Inger Iwaasa

Walter Quan

Rodney Sharman

Liz Tajcnar

Reg Salomon

Nada Vuksic

Peter Cheng

ileana pietrobruno

James Goodman & Garry Wolfater

Bruce Munro Wright

Denis K. Walz Law Corporation

Myer Leach

Addon Creative

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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