2014 Queer Arts Festival celebrates queer heritage

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In X, Sunny Drake presents a magical, whimsical and honest look at addiction, grounded in LGBTQ experiences at the 2014 Vancovuer Queer Arts Festival. Photo by Leesa Connelly.

The Vancouver Queer Arts Festival, the annual three-week artist-run festival of performing and visual arts, unveiled ReGenerations as the theme for its 2014 edition.

“A defiant re-framing of the Nazi concept of “Degenerate Art”, it is a celebration of our queer heritage – fecund, generative, and innovative, handed down by artists across generations and national boundaries,” say organizers in a release. “We speak to healing and renewal, addressing topics such as addiction, bullying, and queer rights internationally.”

Highlights this year includes X,  a trans-disciplinary performance by Sunny Drake that addresses issues of addiction within queer communities, that includes stop-motion animation, puppetry, and live performance.  Early music legend and world-renowned keyboardist Colin Tilney celebrates his 80th birthday with a solo harpsichord recital in Colin Tilney Celebrates LXXX, and Queering the International features the work of queer artists who are immigrant, indigenous, undocumented, or displaced.

QAF 2014 will also include the debut of Alien Sex, a new experimental commission that promises to bend both gender and genres that features the works of playwright, director, and actor David Bloom; playwright David Mamet; poet and visual artist Samuel Ace; emerging slam poets Floyd VB and Olivia B; and more.  

In X, Sunny Drake presents a magical, whimsical and honest look at addiction, grounded in LGBTQ experiences at the 2014 Vancovuer Queer Arts Festival. Photo by Leesa Connelly.

In X, Sunny Drake presents a magical, whimsical and honest look at addiction, grounded in LGBTQ experiences at the 2014 Vancovuer Queer Arts Festival. Photo by Leesa Connelly.

Produced by the Pride in Art Society, QAF celebrates the creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as queer and features a curated visual arts exhibition, a community visual art show, a series of performing arts events, and workshops.

Tickets for the 2014 Queer Arts Festival will be available July 1st at Little Sister’s, online at Brown Paper Tickets, and at the door.  Visit http://queerartsfestival.com for more information.

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