Athens Festival of Queer Performance aims at presenting different strands of the booming local scene of queer performance, as well as establishing a dialogue with an international array of performers, artists and academics working on live and media performance art. It is organised by a group of queers (artists, curators and theoreticians) who are connected to the contemporary art scene and are related creatively to other queer events and projects in Athens such as the Sound Acts festival, Glam Slam and Queer Ink as well as local queer feminist movements.
We are interested in exploring any co-existence and dialogue between different disciplines that can form a performance (conceptual art, body art, devised theatre, video art, drag show, musical acts, spoken word etc etc) and their connection with queer, feminist practices and theories, queer communities, individuals and their thematics of interest.
In this context, we aim to present performances, happenings, academic presentations, workshops and screenings which focus on the hybrid dimensions of the notion of queer. We are interested in presentations which embody personal stories and common narratives, multiple truths, hysteria, failure, ridiculousness, togetherness, anti-essentialism and are nourished by intersectionality, pop, political action, DIY, collage, humour and trauma.
The festival’s production is exclusively funded by self-organised events and an international online fundraising campaign and without corporate sponsorship. All funds gathered will go towards supporting the performers and to cover the technical set-up. The organisational team of the festival are volunteering their time.