Copenhagen Queer Festival
20 - 26 July 2015
Welcome to Copenhagen Queer Festival 2015.
We think of QUEER as:
Questioning norms within society, including our own communities. Not just another identity, but a way of thinking (and performing) that constantly questions norms, power and hierarchies.
Reflecting on power structures and privileges. Privileges are everywhere. Mind yours! To be able to break norms is also a privilege. Consider how much space you take and how you give space to others.
Fighting oppressing structures and mechanisms in society related to gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, relationship and the dynamics between them. We want to challenge the established capitalist cis-heteronormative society and its sexism, racism, ableism, trans*phobia, biphobia, homophobia and other oppressive norms, and create a space for building new dreams, relations and alliances.
This year Copenhagen Queer Festival seeks to link the different communities and groups within the queer inspired environment. Politics, art, academia and social relations will come together in a week of workshops, discussions, performances, actions and parties. The festival aims to create a diverse space and tie the existing queer inspired initiatives and groups in Copenhagen together and establish international bonds.
By day we will have workshops and discussions in the queer festival space. By night we will have performances, events and parties in other venues hosted by some of the existing queer groups in Copenhagen.
There will be a daily schedule with a day and an evening schedule that will be announced in advance. The organizing group that has made this schedule will be visible during the festival, so that we can all be able to elaborate on it if needed.
By collaborating with exsisting queer inspired groups, making it possible to contribute online before the festival and being open to new solutions, we hope to have made a structure that feels safe and still encourages people to get involved in our space. We strongly encourage DIY initiatives thoughout the festival.
No space can be 100 % safe. We still seek to create a safer queer-feminist space free from oppression and discrimination. By communicating as honest and clear as possible, we want everybody to be able to make safer separatist spaces within our space if needed. Respect each other's boundaries and needs to create new and possibly seperatist spaces.
Queer Festival 2015!
We are back!! A fresh big group of people have started organizing a queer festival for 2015.
As usual we don't have a space or a set date yet, but we will update as soon as possible.
... or take part of the conflict resolution group, create/plan/organize workshops, be an awesome janitor, help in the kitchen, or anything else, please let us know!Added 22.02.2014 19:20
Safer Spaces policy workshop
The festival is intended to be a temporary autonomous community in which we can both learn and challenge pre existing ideas of social relationships. The festival is d.i.y. (do it your self) this means all the decisions made during the festival are made by the people coming to the festival. This includes decisions affecting how we make this a safe space for people participating. Because of this we have decided to hold a meeting to discus how to make a safer space that is inclusive but also challenging to social normitivity. We realize that we can not promise a completely safe space, but we can try to build a safer space. At this meeting we will...
- Discus how we can make the festival inclusive to many. Including those who do not have experience with common queer politics and language, but not inclusive of forms of behavior or language that may reproduce oppression and/or normitive structures in society.
- Raise the question of how the festival can deal with obvious behavior and language that perpetuates oppression. Also how to deal with not so obvious behavior and language.
Welcome to CPH Queer Festival
With the Copenhagen Queer Festival we wish to create a queer space. But what is queer? How do we define it, use it, make it part of our lives? How do you define 'queer' in relation to 'non-queer'? These are just some of the questions we want to work on understanding during the festival. We wish to create a forum where people from all over the world can exchange impressions, viewpoints and ideas. Where we can play, learn, teach, move our boundaries and go places we didn't know existed.
The festival is strictly D.I.Y. meaning that YOU as a participant must take an active part in making the festival successful. A few things have been planned in advance by the organizing group, but otherwise it is up to the participants to decide in unity how they want the festival to proceed. It is expected that everyone help out as much as they can to ensure that the festival will be a fun and enlightening experience for all. Non-profit is another keyword for the festival. We wish to create a space which is not based on money, as we find this is the case in society today. The festival is open to all, whether or not they have money.
Hope to see you in Copenhagen.