Queer Arts Festival: what does your queertopia look like?

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Vancouver’s 2010 Queer Arts Festival, Queertopia: The Best Place on Earth? opens July 27 and runs through August 14 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

Formerly known as the Pride in Art Festival, the Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is slated to bring a diverse lineup of international and local talent from all disciplines to Vancouver audiences.

The core of QAF is the Visual Arts Show that runs in the Exhibition Hall at the Roundhouse for the duration of the festival, featuring works by more than 20 local and national artists inspired by the Queertopia theme.

2010 Vancouver Queer Arts Festival

Included in the show are Dana Ayotte’s “Gethen Womb Rains down in Kemmer”, a welded steel and fabric installation where gender plays no part in social roles and patriarchy doesn’t exist, recreating the physical space of a womb where peace, harmony and warmth congregate to form a utopian world. Wendy Sexsmith’s “Bunny Board,” which is also QAF’s 2010 poster image, embodies the domestic world of the home where every item is branded Queer – the ultimate Queertopia. Other artists include Noel Silver, Sakino Sepulveda, Suzy Stroet and Kathy Atkins.

Headline performer for 2010 is internationally renowned concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner. In an intimate evening of half music and half words, Sara will share an exclusive glimpse into her world, tracing her life story and transgender journey.

Other highlights include perennial festival favourites JODAIKO taiko drummers; One + One solo shows by James Howell and Morgan Brayton; Vancouver Men’s Chorus doing The Big Gay Sing; women’s a cappella septet The No Shit Shirleys; a Cole Porter tribute by Koncert Kontinuum; Mexican composer and performance artist Humberto Alvarez; cellist Cris Derksen; Queer Cabaret hosted by Karen-Lee Morlang and Denis Simpson; electronica duo Bluelight; Darcy Michael, Doug Cameron; and Clean Sheets featured playwrights Lawrence Aronovitch, Jan Derbyshire and Deidre Walton.

QAF 2010 also features workshops in Taiko Drumming with Tiffany Tamaribuchi; A Capella Singing & Body Percussion with The No Shit Shirleys; the Queer Arts Festival Youth Chorus with Kevin Zakresky; as well as workshops by Michael V. Smith, Doug Christie and a portrait studio with Sarah Race in partnership with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Vancouver 2010 Queer Arts Festival
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
28 July – 14 August 2010

Tickets are available online at queerartsfestival.com and at the following outlets: Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium, Rhizome Cafe, and Banshee Clothing.

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