Queer Arts Festival

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Queer Arts Festival 2020: WICKED | Jul 2 – 12, 2o2o | FULL PROGRAM TO COME! | “Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to...


Gala Opening Reception | Thu Jul 2 | 7 pm | Art and conviviality converge at the grand opening of QAF 2020! 

Curator Panel

Artist talk with Jonny Sopotiuk | Fri Jul 3 | 6 pm | QAF Visual Artists and Curator Jonny Sopotiuk join together to discuss the...

Too Spirited

Indigenous Burlesque with Virago Nation | July 4 | 7 pm | Embrace your too-muchness with bombastic burlesque brought to you by the badass babes...

Rupture Probe

Media Night with VIVO | July 5 | 7 pm | Film Screenings | Queer media that ruptures normative notions of gender, pleasure, and activism,...

Underground Absolute Fiction

Speculative Theatre | July 6 | 7 pm | An immersive play-meets-punk-concert, inspired by the Polish “home theatre.” Written by Anais West and co-produced by...

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Queer Arts Festival 2020: WICKED
Jul 2-12, 2o2o

“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 biographical exploration of madness, This Crazy ShowToo Spirited Indigenous Burlesque with Virago Nation and Leaving Kansas, a community-engaged participatory concert from Jerry Pergolesi and Louise Campbell.