Complete listings of past exhibitions and events brought to you by the Queer Arts Festival.

Sun Oct 24 | 5pm Transdisciplinary music performance | Mountain View Cemetery Rising from the ashes of this summer’s fire ban, QAF and Full Circle: First Nations Performance will reignite our Piano Burning event on Sunday, October...
Sat July 24 | 7- 10 pm Festival Opening | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer ArtParty! returns in-person for the first time since 2019! Regarded as one of Vancouver’s best-attended visual art events, ArtParty! marks the opening night of QAF’s signature...
Sat Jul 24 – Fri Aug 13, from 12 – 6pm Visual Art Exhibition | Sun Wah 268 Keefer, Lower Ground Floor Featured Artists: Beric ManywoundsBlake AngeconebChad BabaDuane Isaac
Sat Jul 24- Fri Aug 13 Sonic Installation | around False Creek & Online  Language as a Virus: Queer Isolation Stories is an interactive multi-platform sonic-art installation from artist Bobbi Kozinuk, featuring publicly broadcasted radio programming around the...
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 a Virus: Queer Isolation Stories is an interactive multi-platform sonic-art installation from artist...
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 Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour and SD Holman + guest artists. ...
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 their creation spaces, a digital dialogue to allow a connection from the...
Mon Aug 2 | 8 pm Literary Readings | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer Rooftop Curated by Josie Boyce, slip into a little green something and enjoy readings by Vancouverite writers. var exampleCallback = function()...
Sat Aug 7 | 8 pm Dance and Music Performance | Mountain View Cemetery *NEW* ONLINE | Tue Aug 10 | 24 hours When Japanese folk tradition meets punk, audience members are invited to commune with the ancestors via Obon dance, song, sensu (fan) cheerleading,...
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 @ QAF 2021with us at the Sun Wah Centre, from the basement,...
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 Dayna Danger, DJ O Show,...
Sat July 24 – Fri Aug 13, daily from 12 – 6pm Visual Art | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer, 4th Floor The exhibition is open to the public and free to view in the SUM gallery (4th...
Wed Jul 28 | 7:30 pm Workshop | SUM gallery or Online Falak Vasa leads us in a pillow-making workshop, based off of their own series of pillows created during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic offering small comforts that are controllable. 
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, Possible Worlds In this two-part interactive workshop we will explore the fine line...
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: Naoko Fukumaru and Eva Wong An ancient Japanese folk tale promises...

The Garden: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa in Recital

Thu, 13 February 2020 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST Buy Tickets Now Solo piano recital by Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa of works by queer & trans composers, including Rodney Sharman, Ann Southam & Mary Jane Paquette  Celebrated contemporary piano virtuoso Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa performs a...

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. A collection of multichannel installations, visual and sculptural activations provoke...

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 unidentified. In...

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 the artists’ exploration within a fractured...

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, located at...

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 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the closing of QAF 2019 we’re...

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 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO). There will be a...

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 VIVO and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival,...

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 – bring your songs, poems, stories, dance,...

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. Calling all queer, Two-Spirit, and allied poets, lyricists, performers, truth-tellers and music-makers! Want...

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 told by local narrators including Monica...

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 Diverse, and Two-Spirit Inclusion team to the big screen. This media...

Diaspora

Tue Jun 25 | 7pm | with The Frank Theatre | Pay What You Can Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { ...

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 a two-week experimental process that gathered...

Technical Knockouts

Sun Jun 23 | 7pm | Multidisciplinary Music | $20 – $10 Performances by young artists from QAF’s Technical Knockouts music lab, mentored by Kinnie Starr,  DJ O Show and Tiffany Moses. QAF’s emerging artist program. NOTE: Entry to all QAF...

The Queen in Me

Fri Jun 21 & Sat Jun 22 | 7pm | Multidisciplinary musical Performance | Amplified Opera and Theatre Gargantua | $30 – $20

Artist Tour

Thu Jun 20 | 7pm | Led by Elwood Jimmy |  QAF visual artists and curator Elwood Jimmy convene for a panel discussing the visual art exhibition.

Youth Curator Tour

Wed Jun 19 | 4pm | led by Elwood Jimmy |  Curator Elwood Jimmy leads tour for LGBT2S youth to see their identities reflected in art, organized in partnership with Broadway Youth Resource Centre and Directions Youth Services.

A Night of Storytelling

Wed Jun 19 | 7pm | Literary Readings | Pay What you Can Danny Ramadan brings his much-loved nights of readings to the Queer Arts Festival. Featuring Kai Cheng Thom, Mey Rude, Tash McAdam, Monica Meneghetti and Michael V. Smith. A Night of Storytelling is...

Relational rEvolutions

Mon Jun 17 – Wed Jun 26 | Visual Art Exhibition |  Guest curator Elwood Jimmy We often think of revolution in relation to ways of knowing, but we rarely think about revolution in relation to our colonial habits of being...
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