Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival 2020 | “τι είναι φόβος; what is fear?”

Through a series of online interventions, TQAF 2020 aims to offer the opportunity for underrepresented LBGTQIA artists, writers and activists to present work from across the Balkans and other selected regions.

Through a series of online interventions, TQAF 2020 aims to offer the opportunity for underrepresented LBGTQIA artists, writers and activists from across the Balkans and other selected regions to reveal their practice to a spectating audience from 20-28 June, 2020. This year, TQAF will be showcasing selected works, performances and workshops digitally.

Proposals are welcomed from across disciplines, such as, visual artworks, poetry and writing, workshops, performances, video and film presentations, community interventions and talks or lectures that investigate the question: what is fear? These will be presented through a curated series of social media, blog and website posts and live streamings, according to the needs of each selected project.

While climate emergencies are posing greater threats to survival; economic and political responses have been slow. International trade is expanding markets whilst capitalism continues to thrive. Balancing our finite resources with the ongoing pressure we impose on ourselves is one of the main challenges we face as a global community and through our individual queerness. What is fear? invites cultural practitioners to investigate what fear is to them on a personal and communal level.

Queerness itself seems to be an outcome of and an exercise in alternate temporalities, creative life plans, and eccentric financial strategies that stand against the structures that led us to today’s increasing conservationism and environmental crises. Being queer encapsulates the potential of a liberatory relationship with time, space and society. The hope is that the lack of topospecificity in this year’s edition of TQAF will not only help to share the work of queer artists with a wider audience, but will subsequently open new pathways for connecting and collaborating with LGBTQIA organisations across the Balkans and internationally. TQAF 2020 istherefore inviting artists, performers, writers and academics to design proposals that can be displayed, shared and distributed online.

Deadline for submission: 13 March, 2020

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