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 in wait across generations. 

QAF 2022 explores Hauntings in both playful and profound ways with a dynamic suite of visual art, performance, music, and literary events, from the depths of the Sun Wah Centre, up through Centre A Vancouver International Centre For Contemporary Asian Art, On Main Gallery, and SUM gallery, to the rooftop overlooking historic Chinatown. We’re rekindling our longstanding partnership with the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre and celebrating deepening friendships with the James Black Gallery, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, Griffin Art Projects and Coastal Jazz & Blues Society.

15Matching

Queer Arts Festival is turning 15 and we’re asking you to help us shake and shimmy our way to a $30,000 Fundraising goal! We reached out to some of our loyal, long-time supporters to commit the first $15,000 as the foundation of our first-ever festival matching campaign. Leading up to and during QAF 2022, all audience and crowd donations up to $15,000 will be matched. 

To help us realize this goal, we are calling out to our incredible community members, asking you to contribute to the campaign. With this matching campaign, a donation will double your impact, and double our joy 😉 

A massive thank you to the foundation matching group,
made up of longtime QAF supporters:

Ken Gracie & Phillip Waddell:
The McGrane — Pearson Endowment Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation

James Goodman and Garry Wolfater 

Bruce Munro Wright 


This $30,000 fundraising goal will ensure we can continue to be one of the world’s leading platforms for Queer art and artists. Throughout the disruptions of the pandemic, QAF never shut its doors, instead pivoting to online and hybrid options. Within all these efforts and challenges, QAF’s audience reached new levels, with some international viewers overriding online censors where Queer identity is suppressed. This year, our festival returns to in-person programming at regular capacity – and after two years of COVID, these in-person connections are needed more than ever. However, many of the COVID-related supports and funding opportunities we benefitted from over the past two years are no longer available, leaving us reliant on individual giving more than ever as we navigate and ground ourselves in this new normal. Our 15 / 15 campaign reflects on how far we’ve come over the last 15 years and excitedly looks forward to our next 15 years. Help us keep the future Queer!

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