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This Crazy Show at the Queer Arts Festival

This Crazy Show at the Queer Arts Festival

By Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss 604.com, Tuesday July 7th, 2020 The Queer Arts Festival WICKED takes place July 16-26, 2020 online, with 11 days of events, which are all by donation. WICKED reimagines identity...

The Isolation Diaries: nonbinary drag artists The Darlings

The Isolation Diaries: nonbinary drag artists The Darlings

by Janet Smith, Georgia Straight.  May 29th, 2020 at 4:28 PM With theatres, galleries, stores, and restaurants shuttered to flatten the COVID-19 curve, the Isolation Diaries reach out to Vancouver’s creative sector to...

QUEER ARTS FEST GETS A ‘WICKED’ SPIN

QUEER ARTS FEST GETS A ‘WICKED’ SPIN

By Kristi Alexandra @kristialexandra | Looselips Magazine | June 23, 2020 Feature photo by Noam Gagnon “Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness...

The festival must go on

The festival must go on

The Jewish Independent | June 26, 2020 SD Holman, artistic and executive director of the Queer Arts Festival, which takes place July 16-26. (photo from QAF) “Since the very beginning, I...

Five events that can’t be missed at this year’s virtual Vancouver Queer Arts Festival

Five events that can’t be missed at this year’s virtual Vancouver Queer Arts Festival

Georgia Straight: posted on June 25th, 2020 at 9:00 AM (This story is sponsored by the Pride in Art Society.) Art holds the ability to connect people despite their race, culture, gender, or sexuality. As...

Where to get your (remote) art fix during Pride

Where to get your (remote) art fix during Pride

Jun 22, 2020, 11:28 AM EDT Last updated Jun 23, 2020, 10:16 AM EDT | By Meredith J. Batt Six virtual exhibits on this summer bring LGBTQ2 art from the gallery into...

Queer Arts Festival WICKED Online for 2020

Queer Arts Festival WICKED Online for 2020

Thursday, June 18th, 2020 — 8:14am PDT | by Rebecca Bollwitt The 12th annual Queer Arts Festival (“QAF”), Vancouver’s artist-run, professional, multi-disciplinary roister of queer arts, culture and history, will take place online this...

Political art of living

Political art of living

Jewish Independent | June 12, 2020 Avram Finkelstein will be participating in the Queer Arts Festival, which takes place July 16-26. (photo by Alina Oswald) A lot of it feels familiar,...

CBC arts Queeries: This exhibit explores queer Asian identity through the lens of China’s traditional five elements

CBC arts Queeries: This exhibit explores queer Asian identity through the lens of China’s traditional five elements

CBC arts Queeries: This exhibit explores queer Asian identity through the lens of China's traditional five elements Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements is the brainchild of Vancouver media arts collective...

Stonewall Was A Riot – Vancouver’s LGBTTQ2+ community bands together to Remember Stonewall

Stonewall Was A Riot – Vancouver’s LGBTTQ2+ community bands together to Remember Stonewall

Originally published June 25, 2019 by MyVanCity Stonewall Was A Riot… Now We Dance. With the current tone set recently in Metro Vancouver over the removal of a Pride flag,...

QAF 2019: JESSE

QAF 2019: JESSE

Original article from Sad Mag June 17. Written by Rebecca Peng. The Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is Vancouver’s artist-run festival of queer arts and culture, held every summer at the...

28 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 17 to 20

28 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 17 to 20

Posted in the DailyHive, June 17 What: An annual artist-run multi-disciplinary summer arts festival at the Roundhouse in Vancouver, BC. QAF produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging,...

7 Things to do in Vancouver Today

7 Things to do in Vancouver Today

Posted: Daily Hive, June 17, 2019 What: An annual artist-run multi-disciplinary summer arts festival at the Roundhouse in Vancouver, BC. QAF produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging,...

QAF 2019: QUEER SONGBOOK ORCHESTRA

QAF 2019: QUEER SONGBOOK ORCHESTRA

Original article from Sad Mag June 13, written by Rebecca Peng. The Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is Vancouver’s artist-run festival of queer arts and culture, held every summer at the...

5 Things to do this weekend: Friday, June 14, 2019

5 Things to do this weekend: Friday, June 14, 2019

By Jon AzpiriOnline News Producer  Global News https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/1537688643962/?jwsource=cl Here are five things to do around the province this weekend. 1 — 5X Festival Block PartyJune 15Central City Plaza, Surrey5xfest.com 2 —...

Five things to see and do at Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival

Five things to see and do at Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival

John Kurucz / Vancouver Courier | JUNE 14, 2019 02:00 PM It’s not kismet that this year’s Queer Arts Festival ends on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.Flashback to June 28,...

#FridayFive: Queer Arts Festival

#FridayFive: Queer Arts Festival

By Vancouver Presents - June 14, 2019 This year's Queer Arts Festival runs June 17-28 at the Roundhouse Community Centrenull With the 50th anniversaries of the decriminalisation of Canadian sodomy laws (June 27)...

Queer Arts Festival’s show Relational rEvolutions questions the future

Queer Arts Festival’s show Relational rEvolutions questions the future

Georgia Straight by Alexander Varty on June 12th, 2019 at 1:08 PM Although the Relational rEvolutions visual-arts exhibition sounds like it might offer controversy and confrontation, that’s definitely not the point. Instead, says curator Elwood...

Opera gets inclusive at Queer Arts Fest

Opera gets inclusive at Queer Arts Fest

Georgia Straight by Janet Smith on June 12th, 2019 at 1:27 PM Soprano Teiya Kasahara has always had a passion for performing opera, but the singer was feeling more and more conflicted about the two-dimensional,...

Queer Arts Festival tip sheet: Queer Songbook Orchestra, Technical Knockouts, Diaspora, 69 Positions

Queer Arts Festival tip sheet: Queer Songbook Orchestra, Technical Knockouts, Diaspora, 69 Positions

Georgia Straight June 12th, 2019 at 1:59 PM With the theme rEvolution, the Queer Arts Festival celebrates forms from music to media art and everything in between, from Monday (June 17) to June...

Live show questions opera’s sour soprano note

Live show questions opera’s sour soprano note

Posted in the Vancouver Sun June 12, 2019 Queer Arts Festival highlight delivered by Abbotsford-raised classical singer. Queer Arts Festival When: June 17-28 Where: The Roundhouse Arts Centre Tickets and info: queerartsfestival.com Opera...

69 Positions

69 Positions

Georgia Straight by Staff May 15th, 2019 at 12:49 PM May 14 to August 17 at the SUM gallery On May 14, 1969, the Canadian government decriminalized same-sex sexual activity. To mark the 50th...

City of Vancouver recognizes Pride in Art as “a cutting-edge producer/presenter/curator”

A recent report from the City’s General Manager of Arts, Culture and Community Services, highlighted Pride in Art Society: “ The following highly-regarded organizations reflect the existing criteria at high level...

Georgia Straight :: Queer Arts Festival expands repertoire

Georgia Straight :: Queer Arts Festival expands repertoire

WHILE WE’RE TALKING about the Queer Arts Festival, let’s get one thing perfectly straight: it is not an official part of Vancouver’s annual Pride celebration. Although it grew out of an earlier...

Vancouver Sun | Alien Sex: a transgressive work of the Oscar Wilde variety

Vancouver Sun | Alien Sex: a transgressive work of the Oscar Wilde variety

Alien Sex: a transgressive work of the Oscar Wilde variety BY ART SEEN Published Thurs, May 22, 2014ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2014/05/22/alien-sex-a-transgressive-work-of-the-oscar-wilde-variety/ ALIEN SEX has met its goal of $10,000 on Kickstarter. In fact, it...

Georgia Straight | Artist Shaira Holman nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction award

Georgia Straight | Artist Shaira Holman nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction award

BY JERICHO KNOPP Published Fri, May 23, 2014ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.straight.com/arts/650806/artist-shaira-holman-nominated-ywca-women-distinction-award Queer art has always been underrepresented in the mainstream art world, but things might be starting to change. Vancouver artist Shaira...

Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts) brings artist Paul Wong’s story to multimedia life at the Queer Arts Festival

Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts) brings artist Paul Wong’s story to multimedia life at the Queer Arts Festival

Janet Smith – The Georgia Straight – June 19, 2018 It’s hard to believe, given the charismatic provocateur who’s her subject, but Lesley Ewen has been working on getting her play about celebrated Vancouver...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Marks A Decade Of Provocative And Innovative Programming

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Marks A Decade Of Provocative And Innovative Programming

Tara Lee - Inside Vancouver - June 14, 2018 Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Marks A Decade Of Provocative And Innovative ProgrammingFor its tenth year, the Queer Arts Festival (QAF) will be a showcasing an array of...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Boundary-Pushing Art

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Boundary-Pushing Art

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Boundary-Pushing Art  ALEXIS BARAN- MetroSource - June 13, 2018 Dare to be challenged. Risk being changed. That’s the motto behind Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival. The...

Vancouver Queer Arts celebrates DECADEnce

Vancouver Queer Arts celebrates DECADEnce

Stuart Derdeyn- Vancouver Sun- June 13, 2018 Vancouver visual artist SD Holman is also the artistic director of the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival.  Queer Arts Festival: DECADEnce When: June 16 to 28,...

In Conversation With QAF Artistic Director SD Holman

In Conversation With QAF Artistic Director SD Holman

Elizabeth Holliday- Sad Mag- June 18, 2018 Over the past 10 years, the Queer Arts Festival (QAF) has staked its place in the histories of Vancouver and the world. Beginning in 1988...

INQUIRE: SD Holman Talks Queer Arts Festival + Beyond

INQUIRE: SD Holman Talks Queer Arts Festival + Beyond

Murray Patterson Marketing Group - April 25, 2018The sun was shining and the view of the city was spectacular as we sat perched on the tailgate of SD Holman’s truck on...

Canada’s only queer multidisciplinary gallery just opened in Vancouver — and that’s quite SUMthing

Canada’s only queer multidisciplinary gallery just opened in Vancouver — and that’s quite SUMthing

Peter Knegt· CBC Arts· May 9 Karin Lee's My Sweet Peony, part of the first exhibition at Vancouver's new SUM gallery. (SUM)0comments Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter...

SUM Gallery opens in permanent home for Queer Arts Festival

SUM Gallery opens in permanent home for Queer Arts Festival

Kevin Griffin - Vancouver Sun - May 9, 2018 In art-world terms, something unusual is happening Saturday, May 12* in Vancouver. It’s the opening of SUM Gallerywhich describes itself as the...

The two-spirit artists breaking down the colonial narrative for Canada 150

The two-spirit artists breaking down the colonial narrative for Canada 150

UnSettled will feature the works of 17 two-spirit artists at the 2017 Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver DailyXtra – Mar 24, 2017 – Chahira Merarsi. After years as a tribal councillor with the...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival to highlight two-spirit and indigenous perspectives this year

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival to highlight two-spirit and indigenous perspectives this year

Georgia Straight - Mar 6, 2017 - Craig Takeuchi With the theme UnSettled, Vancouver's Queer Arts Festival (QAF) announced today (March 6) that this year's Queer Arts Festival will explore two-spirit viewpoints and...

SD Holman Artistic Director of the Queer Arts Festival

SD Holman Artistic Director of the Queer Arts Festival

Beatroute • Thursday 13th, April 2017 • by Kendell Yan VANCOUVER – SD Holman has been a participating artist with Pride in Art (PiA) since its inception in 1998 as a...

Vancouver Sun: ART SEEN: Everything from the beautiful to the disturbing is in Drama Queer

Vancouver Sun: ART SEEN: Everything from the beautiful to the disturbing is in Drama Queer

Kevin Griffin • Published June 30, 2016 Drama Queer is a mass of contradictions — and that’s exactly as intended. It has works that are both utterly beautiful and shockingly disturbing....

Vancouver Sun: Drama Queer exhibit aims to forge emotional connection

Vancouver Sun: Drama Queer exhibit aims to forge emotional connection

Kevin Griffin: Published on: June 15, 2016 In the contemporary art world, the language used to talk about art is often as dull as a quarterly corporate report. It steers...

ART SEEN:

ART SEEN:

Jonathan D. Katz’s quest to queer the art world one exhibition at a time Vancouver Sun – Kevin Griffin – June 21, 2016 Click here to watch the video: http://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/art-seen-jonathan-d-katzs-quest-to-queer-the-art-world-one-exhibition-at-a-timeIn 2005, Jonathan D. Katz...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival 2016 to explore emotion in art and activism

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival 2016 to explore emotion in art and activism

by Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight, March 15th, 2016 Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival continues its dedication to LGBT art and social progress with the theme of the 2016 edition of the...

AIDS crisis changed society, politics — and art as well

AIDS crisis changed society, politics — and art as well

By On The Coast, CBC News Posted: Nov 28, 2015 Artists at the time had to be discreet when exploring the new disease in art, a curator says When AIDS...

Westender: Best of the City 2016

Westender: Best of the City 2016

By Robert Mangelsdorf, Managing Editor, Westender • Published Feb. 14, 2016 It’s no secret that Vancouver is best place to live in the world. Heck, we know it, that’s why...

Vancity Buzz Summer Festival Guide

Vancity Buzz Summer Festival Guide

Published in Vancity Buzz Ultimate guide to 74 Metro Vancouver Summer Festivals This summer in Metro Vancouver, music festivals, night markets and more are the perfect way to let loose in...

Georgia Straight Summer Festival Guide

Lower Mainland summer arts festivals have it made in the shade Beat the heat at the city’s growing roster of art walks, theatre series, danceshowcases, exhibitions, and concerts. Art walks,...

Emily Carr University | Shaira (SD) Holman, 2014 ywca women of distinction award winner

Emily Carr University | Shaira (SD) Holman, 2014 ywca women of distinction award winner

Shaira (SD) Holman, 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winner BY ECUAD, Published Wed, June 4, 2014 1:00 pm EDTORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.ecuad.ca/about/news/313320 Shaira (SD) Holman (’92) is the recipient of a 2014 YWCA Women of...

Vancity Buzz Recognizes Shaira Holman

Vancity Buzz Recognizes Shaira Holman

Published in Vancity Buzz, March 06, 2015By Jill Slattery For International Women’s Day, we thought we’d celebrate some local women doing great things in Vancouver and around the world. They are...

Vancity Buzz Recognizes Shaira Holman

Vancity Buzz Recognizes Shaira Holman

Published in Vancity Buzz, March 06, 2015By Jill Slattery For International Women’s Day, we thought we’d celebrate some local women doing great things in Vancouver and around the world. They are...

Best of the City 2015 Results: Westender

Best of the City 2015 Results: Westender

Published in Westender, February 26, 2015 Queer Arts Festival makes the list for Best of the City in the visual arts category. It’s no secret that Vancouver is best place to live...

Shaira and Rachel win OUT TV queers of the year 2014

Shaira and Rachel win OUT TV queers of the year 2014

Posted in OutTV January 2, 2015By David Jones There are so many Vancouver queers that inspire me, make me jealous, or simply make me smile. Be they loving, passionate, tenacious,...

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