Calgary: Q Festival Tonight at 8 PM

Author: , March 5th, 2011

Q Festival, CalgaryThe diversity and inclusiveness that puts Calgary firmly on the path to greatness as a city gets added richness on Saturday with the city’s first Queer Arts & Culture Festival — or Q the Arts, for short. The festival, spearheaded by the Fairy Tales Presentation Society in conjunction with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, features 11 artists presenting work in visual art, theatre, music, dance and spoken word.

“The (Fairy Tales) board has always been very interested in moving into other art forms to become a full cultural festival,” says Jessica Dollard, who took over as the society’s programming and producing director two years ago. “It took 13 years to build the (Fairy Tales) film festival to where it is — and now we’re at a point where not only do I feel the city is ready, but I also feel the organization is ready for more forms of expression and voices, more artists.”

Not all those taking part in the festival are members of the LGBTTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and questioning) community, says one of four Q the Arts programming curators, Kris Kelly.

Full Story from The Calgary Herald

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