Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival [TQAF] 2019 will feature 16 days of activities and exhibitions. The festival will bring together artists, activists, performers and educators from all over the world to explore eros, queerness and LGBT+ concerns and experiences via artistic practices.
What is Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival?
Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival [TQAF] is a grassroots initiative that sets out to alter deeply entrenched misconceptions and prejudices toward the queer and LGBT community through artistic and cultural practices. The festival was founded by Tomas Diafas, together with a dedicated team of volunteers, who endeavour to provide queer artists with a platform to investigate sociocultural phenomena relating to queer identities and experiences. TQAF has been formed through collaborations in which our team has collectively curated the festival programme.
The festival is driven by the belief that art has the power to open new avenues of communication as well as serve as a bridge between a diverse array of individuals and social groups. TQAF aims to foster dialogues and develop alternative methods for addressing social discrimination.
TQAF will offer a rich 16-day programme of activities. Artists, researchers, educators, performers, musicians, and activists will come from all over the world to give us their insight into what is Queer, what is eros and how we operate within a society as being-in-love queers.
Thessaloniki is strategically located between the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East, regions where LGBT and queer communities are often marginalised. As we develop strategies for addressing prejudice and resistance to queer inclusiveness in Greece, TQAF will serve as a political and inspirational link to neighbouring societies. As a breeding ground for queer discourse and artistic creation, we hope that the festival’s impact will extend beyond the borders of Greece.
TQAF Contact Details
Call +30 690 618 5155
Founder and Director
Maria Juliana Byck
Co-Curator, International Research and Development
Dominic Sylvia Lauren
Press and Communications Coordinator
Evi Minou, Magda Vaz, Annie Tsevdomaria
Film Programme Curators & Video Documentation
Balkan Can Kino / Short Film Department
Maria Juliana Byck
Evi Papavergou – Katerina Paraskeva
MOMus – Educational Programme Design