The 4 Most Underrated Australia Queer Events

Author: , August 26th, 2017

Wild costumes, oversized floats, film festivals and fabulous live performances – it draws a reported 500,000 spectators a year, everyone in the world knows about Sydney’s annual dusk till dawn Mardi Gras party.

Though Sydney might have earned the moniker “gayest city on earth” with its festivities, for the discerning LGBT Aussie it’s certainly not the only live attraction around. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest and best festivals and gatherings to keep you occupied for the whole year.

Midsumma Festival

Midsumma Festival

Started in Melbourne in 1989, this 3 week queer extravaganza looks to celebrate everything LGBT and more. It brings 120,000 people together every year just for its enormous opening day carnival. Consisting of hours of free music, entertainment and hundreds of stalls with plenty of food, fun, dancing and drinks – and that’s just the first day!

Across the rest of three weeks you can expect to enjoy such events as the Australia Day Picnic at Forest Glade Gardens, a 50,000 strong Pride March and an LGBTIQ sports day with 17 groups competing in a variety of sports. With 150 events in total there’s something for everyone from art lovers to families.

Brisbane Queer Film Festival

This is one for the movie buffs, turning 18 this year the Brisbane Queer Film Festival has long promoted queer cinema from Australia and around the world. Recognized alongside other international queer-centric festivals in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, the festival runs from March 10-18th every year. The stated intent of the festival is to showcase a diverse screening of inclusive films that really reflect the modern LGBTIQ experience.

Alice Springs’ Pride Carnival

The celebrations aren’t just confined to major cities anymore. Relatively new to the LGBTIQ festival scene, the carnival seeks to promote sexual diversity across all the different cultures of Australia. Special focus is given to Brotherboys and Sistergirls trans communities of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders that have existed long before European settlers came to Australia.

The weekend long September festival includes art exhibitions, a fair day, travelling performers, a dog show and stalls amongst many other attractions. So if you’re in the Northern Territories, now is the perfect time to check it out.

Feast Festival

On the books since 1997 Adelaide’s premier event for LGBIT causes, Feast Festival is a worthy entry on our list. Remarkably, it is counted as the third biggest queer festival in the country. The extravaganza was headlined last year by pop idol Danii Minogue and takes place over 2 weeks, centred on the Raj House in Adelaide’s East End. The festival is very arts-centric with theatre and fringe performances occurring throughout, alongside dances and the obligatory bombastic carnival. The festival also plays host to important forums for discussion of queer issues and culture, for the heady types amongst you.

Party On

While these are some of the bigger festivals that have drawn our interest, they’re far from the only game in town. Pride events in Perth and the Chillout Festival in Victoria are just a few more that escaped the attentions of this list; however you can keep up with all the latest gay festival news on sites like emen8.com.au amongst others.

Whatever kind of festivity suits your style it’s clear that Australia has a variety of parties and events for every taste. So pack your bags, body glitter and costumes because this year is going to be a real celebration.

Kashish: Mumbai’s Queer Film Festival

Author: , May 29th, 2015

Kashish Film Festival Director

One of the most eagerly awaited events in the city’s (and indeed, the country’s) queer calendar is the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, which will take place from May 27, simultaneously at the capacious art deco Liberty Cinema at Marine Lines, and the cosier Alliance Francaise headquarters at Theosophy Hall, barely a stone’s throw away.

Spanning five days, the sixth edition adds the Max Mueller Bhavan in Kala Ghoda as its latest venue, in part to accommodate a ‘biggest ever’ haul of 180 films from 44 countries that fill up an expansive itinerary of films that promises to keep even the most inveterate festival-goers on their toes.

While cinema remains the primary focus, there will be some intriguing sidelights. For instance, the limited programme at the Max Mueller Bhavan will be flagged off with a reading (on May 29) of Don’t Let Him Know, the compelling first novel by Sandip Roy, released by Bloomsbury Publishing in January this year.

By Vikram Phukan – Full Story at Mid-Day | India Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

New Glasgow Queer Film Festival Starts in Two Weeks

Author: , March 4th, 2015

GlitchGLITCH is Scotland’s first Queer, Trans, Intersex, People of Colour Film Festival. A 10 day festival that runs from 19th – 28th March which will be held at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow.

28 events and screenings including 72 films with 16 visiting filmmakers, and best of all every single event is FREE of charge.

For this First Edition GLITCH have kept their programming focus of films by or about people of colour – so GLITCH is a queer, trans, intersex, people of colour film festival with the abbreviation of QTIPOC. There are films about road movies, love, prisons, cooking, BDSM, life drawing, diasporas, colonialism, dance, fireworks, death, the play of light, lipstick, racism, shop work, night life, children, poetry, outer space, sex work, ancient rites, mothers, pet dogs and more!

Full Story at The Gay UK | Southern Scotland Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up

Author: , January 26th, 2015

The Ten Year PlanFrom ballerinas to roller derby players, rodeo cowboys to surf lifesavers, and everything in between, the organizers of the 22nd Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival say they aim to deliver the best in LGBTI cinema in 2015.

The festival will be held at Sydney’s Event Cinemas George Street from Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March in 2015.

Film fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the festival’s full program since the release of ten teaser films last November.

Now the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) has announced its full medley of classic and contemporary queer films for 2015 hailing from Australia and countries as far-reaching as Philippines, Kenya, and even the very first queer feature film from Sri Lanka.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces First 10 Films for 2015

Author: , December 18th, 2014

The CircleA sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

From Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March 2015 at Event Cinemas George Street, the festival will showcase a diverse range of LGBTI cinema from all corners of the globe, and several of the films will be making their debut at the festival.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

First Appalachian Queer Film Festival Debuts Tomorrow

Author: , October 22nd, 2014

Appalachian Queer Film FestivalHoping to both quash stereotypes and introduce the public to the pulse and talent of local queer artists, the Appalachian Queer Film Festival is set to premiere Wednesday, Oct. 23 and conclude three days later. The event, which will be hosted in the self-described artistic colony of Lewisburg, W. Va., will screen 12 films of varying narrative forms along with panel discussions and a dance party on Saturday night.

The festival is the byproduct of two men, Tim Ward and John Matthews, who shared a dream of introducing the region to the culture of the LGBTQ experience, a culture that has a surprising amount in common with that of Appalachia. Ward, a native of Huntington, W. Va., recalls how the experiences of his youth helped shape the narrative that would propel him to this moment in time.

“As a gay kid from Huntington, I never had the opportunity to see myself reflected on screen,” Ward said. “That’s why starting this film festival was important to me. I wanted to give folks like myself the chance to see people just like them on screen without having to drive out of state.”

Full Story at LGBT Weekly | West Virginia Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Taiwan Goes Big With Gay Films – 60 Movies, Two Weekends, Two Cities

Author: , September 27th, 2014

Night FlightWhile Taiwan is noted for producing numerous LGBTI-themed films for over a decade, the inaugural Taiwan International Queer Film Festival is said to be the first international queer film festival to be organized.

It will showcase 60 feature, documentary and short films from 30 countries in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30 and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7.

The LGBTI-themed films will cover a wide range of issues including family, aging, relationships and HIV/AIDS.

By Sylvia Tan – Full Story at Gay Star News

Chicago’s Reeling Film Festival to Celebrate 32nd Anniversary

Author: , August 28th, 2014

Reeling Film Festival ChicagoThe 32nd Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, Reeling will commence Thursday, Sept. 18 at The Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport ave.) with a screening of Boy Meets Girl, directed by Eric Schaeffer (US, 2014, 95 min).

Director Eric Schaeffer is set to attend the screening, along with trans actress Michelle Hendley. There will be a pre-screening reception at 5:30 p.m., just before the 7:30 p.m.screening of the film.

The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is the second longest-running film festival of its kind, and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBT films and videos each year.

Full Story at LGBT Weekly | Illinois Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Portland Queer Film Festival

Author: , August 22nd, 2014

Portland Queer Film Festival

One of our favorite LGBT film festivals is coming again in October:

Film is a dynamic medium with the power to educate, inspire, intrigue and bring people together. Now in its 18th year, Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival brings thought-provoking and entertaining queer cinema to Portland during the week of 3-9 October.

We’re going!

Full Story at Rainbow Tourism | Portland Gay Travel Resources

GayFest! Comes to Philadelphia in August

Author: , July 26th, 2014

You Know My NameAugust is looking very gay in Philadelphia with the fourth annual GayFest! – a festival of LGBT theater presented by Quince Productions. This year’s festival, August 5-23 at various theaters in Philadelphia, is bigger than ever: you can check out three special events, four mainstage plays, and five one-night stands (of the theatrical variety, that is!).

Special Events

GayFest! opens with a two-night performance (August 5-6) of Head Over Heels. New York-based dance company The Bang Group returns to open GayFest! after their triumphant appearance at GayFest! 2012 with “Misters and Sisters.” Their new show, in typically hilarious Bang Group fashion, presents an amalgam of influences from gay culture and street dance to MGM musicals.

Week 2 sees a special one-night only benefit for GayFest! and Equality PA: Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays a series of short plays by famous playwrights on the subject of same-sex marriage.

Week 3’s special event is the international hit show Confessions of a Mormon Boy Steven Fales’ one-man, which has wowed audiences from off-Broadway to London, Dublin, and Edinburgh. Before The Book of Mormon there was a Mormon Boy!

By Joseph pedro – Full Story at Passport | Philadelphia Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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