For over 14 years, the Queer Arts Festival has presented thought-provoking works and performances to audiences that engage and initiate dialogue. Each year is carefully themed and curated. Here is a historical archive of the Queer Arts Festival from its inception.

Past Events

Hauntings

JUN 18 - JUL 8 | 2022 What haunts you? Fear? Insecurity? Longing? In a Queer context, our very existence is haunting ― a reminder of what colonial culture attempted to erase and an ephemeral suggestion of what future lays...
Sun Oct 24 | 5pm Transdisciplinary music performance | Mountain View Cemetery
Sat July 24 | 7- 10 pm Festival Opening | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer
Sat Jul 24 - Fri Aug 13, from 12 – 6pm Visual Art Exhibition | Sun Wah 268 Keefer, Lower Ground Floor
Sat Jul 24- Fri Aug 13 Sonic Installation | around False Creek & Online  Language as a Virus: Queer...
Mon Jul 26 | 5 pm Audio Art Tour | Roundhouse Community Arts Centre Roundabout Join artist Bobbi Kozinuk in an exploration of her work, Language as a Virus: Queer Isolation Stories. Language as...
Tue Jul 27, 5pm Visual Art Tour | Sun Wah 268 Keefer, Lower Ground Floor Come together for our Visual Art Tour of our exhibition it's not easy being green, with the curators...
Mon Jul 26 - throughout festival Digital Discourse | Online In the connective void that has been this pandemic pause, QAF takes you on a few house calls. We visit with several festival artists in...
Mon Aug 2 | 8 pm Literary Readings | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer Rooftop Curated by Josie Boyce, slip into a...
Sat Aug 7 | 8 pm Dance and Music Performance | Mountain View Cemetery *NEW* ONLINE | Tue Aug 10 | 24 hours
Fri Aug 13 | 7 - 10pm Closing Party | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer Rooftop Join us for the festival closing with DJ O Show and your last chance to see all the art...
Sat Jul 24 - Fri Aug 13 Community Art Showcase | Online The digital culmination of the Kindred Spirits digital artist residency run by and for 2Spirit and Indigiqueer artists. Guided by Faculty members
Sat July 24 - Fri Aug 13, daily from 12 – 6pm Visual Art | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer, 4th Floor
Wed Jul 28 | 7:30 pm Workshop | SUM gallery or Online Falak Vasa leads us in a...
Thu Aug 5 & Fri Aug 6 | 7pm Workshop | Online "Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."~ JBS Haldane in his 1927 essay,...
Phase 1 of Mass Reincarnation of Wish Fragments 願片大量転生 (Ganhen Tairyou Tensei) Workshop | Wed Aug 4, 6pm | SUM gallery & Online With Artists:

The Garden: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa in Recital

Thu, 13 February 2020 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST Buy Tickets Now Solo...

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements

Curated by Love Intersections Feb 1 – Apr 18, 2020 | Opening Reception: Feb 1, 4-6 pm Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements is a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities....

BC Gay and Lesbian Archives photo identification project

The BC Gay and Lesbian Archives (BCGLA) is a diverse collection of LGBTQ2+ history, started by Ron Dutton in 1970s and recently donated to the City of Vancouver Archives. Of the over 5,400 images that have been digitized, about 1,000 photographs depict people and events that are currently...

running running trees go by…

Curated by Justin Ducharme in collaboration with the artist, this year’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival offers a pop-up exhibit featuring new and retrospective works from artist Zachery Longboy. Longboy is from Churchill, Manitoba and is of Sayisi Dene lineage. This new and retrospective collection continues...

Glitter Technics

Glitter Technics is a 13 week workshop held every Wednesday from September 11th to December 4th, from 4pm to 8pm, with the exception of a special 5-hour workshop with Reel Youth on October 30th from 4pm to 9pm. All classes take place at The SUM Gallery in Chinatown,...

Stonewall 50: Glitter is Forever

Fri Jun 28 | 9pm | Free with QSO ticket | Party only $20 - $15 You can't get that shit out! On the...

69 Positions – Curator Tour

June 27 @ the Sum Gallery

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This event is over. For more information on the exhibition, visit: https://sumgallery.ca/2019/03/22/adrian-stimson-naked-napi/

Loud and Queer | Symphony at the Annex

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $19 – $30 This concert recognizes the fiftieth anniversary of homosexual rights in Canada and celebrates the many, many vibrant voices that make up our queer community. This concert is presented in partnership with...

69 Positions: the Queer Canadian and Québec Archive in Film and Beyond

May 14 - Aug 17 | with VIVO Media Arts and Vancouver Queer Film Festival |  The west coast stop of Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project’s touring exhibition series, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Omnibus which legalized same-sex sexual activities. In partnership with...

Queer Songbook Orchestra Workshop

Thur Jun 27 | 6 - 8 pm room B |  This opportunity is for emerging artists to work with the celebrated Queer Songbook Orchestra, and use your own personal narratives as an entry point for creating music. Young artists of all disciplines welcome...

Technical Knockouts Lab

Wed Jun 12 - Sat Jun 22 |  A female-centred music production drop-in lab for queer, Indigenous and allied youth led by Kinnie Starr, DJ O Show and Tiffany Moses. ASL interpretation available upon request.

Queer Songbook Orchestra

Fri Jun 28 | 7pm | Concert | $40 - $30 Celebrated national chamber ensemble Queer Songbook Orchestra unearth the queer backstories and personal narratives inspired by musicof the past several generations, weaving together stories...

The Wide Open

Wed Jun 26 | 7pm | Media Art with Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival | $20 - $10 The Wide Open, curated by Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning, continues from media art in community centres throughout Vancouver through their Trans, Gender...

Diaspora

Tue Jun 25 | 7pm | with The Frank Theatre | Pay What You Can Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite ...

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 reading by Landon Krentz, Heather Molloy & Paula Weber resulting from...
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