Rebel Drawing

Rebel Drawing

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Come and imagine a new LGBTQ+ future through large-scale wall paintings. Together we’ll explore our visions and dreams and play around with big drawing and painting techniques. This workshop is open to all LGBTQ+ people aged 12-20. No previous experience required.

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To open the festival, we are giving young LGBTQ+ people the chance to imagine a new future together. Vibing off the saying “you can’t be what you can’t see”, this workshop takes the first step in realising a better LGBTQ+ future. Together with workshop hosts Inga and Sam, participants will get to explore a range of methods for exploring and expressing their dreams and visions.

No experience necessary! Just a willingness to shake it loose and an openness to think together.

To really get our creative juices flowing we need to break free from our preconceived ideas of what drawings should look like. That’s why we’ll be using tools like four arms, one pen and drastic elastic drawing alongside collective drawing techniques to get out of the box – and have a little fun whilst we’re at it!

We want our demands for a better future to take up space. That’s why we’ll be working directly on the walls of the gallery and on large boards that will be displayed throughout the week. By doing what we want with the gallery together, we claim it as our space. Throughout the week the gallery will be transformed more and more by following activities and workshops, but Rebel Drawing’s scale means it’ll set the tone for the whole festival.

 ❤ Lunch will be provided

Rebel drawing was designed by Status Queer in response to our international network of LGBTQ+ creatives and community builders, The Queer Agenda. The network met throughout 2021 to exchange experiences from our different Nordic and Baltic contexts and explore how we as cultural organisers can activate and cultivate human connection.

Non-binary drawing-dreams

Non-binary drawing dreams

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Do you dream of drawing non-binary characters? Wondering where to start? Do you think we need a wider representation of people that do not fit in the gender binary? 

Join us in our play area where we will paint supersize non-binary figures together. This workshop is open to all LGBTQ+ people aged 15-120. Although no previous experience is necessary, it is a plus to have previous knowledge of drawing and visual storytelling.

 ✨Everything you need to know

We want to create a space where LGBTQ+ people feel free to express themselves and their non-binary dreams and visions. During the workshop we will discuss how to approach character building with a focus on non-binary figures. How do you draw someone outside the gender binary? What are the things to consider? How can we empower each other through drawing? 

The focus of the workshop is non-binary character building. That being said, both Warda and Jasmina work with an intersectional perspective in mind. That means that we will spotlight the interconnectedness of social categorisations like race, class and gender, to name a few. 

The workshop will begin with a short theoretical introduction. Then we’re gunna get going, working with our hands to try out drawing some supersize non-binary characters ourselves. 

During the workshop we’re going to be working life-size to draw different body parts. We’ll then bring all the pieces together to make a sculpture we’re calling the character shape-shifter. This is going to be a sculpture with moving parts to muddle up all of our different character pieces, giving us the possibility to build new combinations of collectively made characters. There will be one cube for the head, one for the upper part of the body and one for legs. 

The workshop hosts Warda and Jasmina will assist you with drawing techniques and the painting material to form our supersize nonbinary sculpture. 

The sculpture will then be displayed in the space for the rest of the week. 

The DRIN (INSIDE) project focuses on representation regarding children of colour – always with an intersectional approach. Children’s books shape the worldview we grow up with. It is important for children to be able to recognize themselves in stories, illustrations, and narratives. The DRIN project addresses the need to empower and enable everyone to participate in our societies. 

Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders

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Join us for this deep dive into the experiences of LGBTQ+ people who are pushed to cross borders in order to survive and thrive. We’ll be watching the groundbreaking Lithuanian film The Lawyer, interviewing filmmaker Romas zabarauskas and leading a roundtable discussion with members of RFSL’s Newcomers group. 

We’ll also be working with Speech Karaoke to workshop and capture your views for their archive of 800 speeches in 17 languages.

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 ✨Everything you need to know

This evening we’ll be diving into crossing borders as LGBTQ+ people. In this jam-packed evening we’re going to be showing the feature film The Lawyer, interviewing the filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas and leading a conversation exploring the experiences of LGBTQ+ people who have had to cross borders to start their lives here in Sweden.

The Lawyer is lithuania’s first mainstream feature film to focus on a gay male romance. This tender film delves into the emotional as it explores the love between a lithuanian lawyer and a syrian refugee he meets online on a cam-site. Before we kick off with the film, we’re going to be interviewing the film’s writer and director  Romas Zabarauskas to find out some of the innovative and empowering methods he used during the making of the film.

To flesh out this emotional tale with the real complexities and experiences specific to the swedish context, we are going to be opening up a round-table discussion with members of the RFSL newcomers. Here we want to give space for the voices of those who have direct experiences of the themes and topics we will explore. 

Your words are valuable, your thoughts are important and your experiences are powerful. That’s why we’re working with Speech Karaoke to give you the opportunity to write a speech and have it added to their archive of over 800 speeches in 17 languages. It’s totally okay just to come for the film too, but for those of you who do want to let some burning words out, Speech Karaoke will be running the workshop throughout the evening. You can write in whatever language you want, what is important for us is that you have the chance to say what you need to say.

On Friday the 20th of August, we’re going to be having  a secon event with Speech Karaoke where we can let loose and perform these new speeches – plus their extensive archive – karaoke style. Click here for more info! 

Romas Zabarauskas

For the last ten years, Romas Zabarauskas has been making provocative, genre-bending films underpinned by queer characters. Romas’ short film PORNO MELODRAMA and subsequent features WE WILL RIOT and YOU CAN’T ESCAPE LITHUANIA tackle the subjects of queer love, resurgent nationalism and politics. The films premiered at the Berlinale in 2011, Moscow FF in 2013 and New York’s Bushwick FF in 2016 respectively, and have been showing around the world ever since. 

RFSL Newcomers

Newcomers is a social platform and network for LGBTQI refugees and migrants within RFSL Gothenburg which meets regular and puts on activities based on participants wishes. 

Speech Karaoke

Speech Karaoke is a fun-loving, intersectional and communal art project that supports human rights by documenting and sharing speeches. Speech Karaoke resembles ordinary karaoke, but instead of picking a song to sing you choose a speech to hold from our catalogue of over 800 speeches in 17 languages and counting after eleven years of continuous Speech Karaoke revolution!

Eskimo Diva: Talking to SAQMI

Eskimo Diva: Talking to SAQMI

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We’re going to be kicking off this evening with a screening of the absolutely fabulous film Eskimo Diva by Nuka Carmen Bisgaard. Eskimo Diva follows Nuka on her mission to bring her drag performance across Greenland. Well also be talking to SAQMI’s Anna Linder about the power of LGBTQ+ film to change lives.

 ✨Everything you need to know

We’re screening the enticing, the fabulous, the enigmatic: Eskimo Diva. Eskimo Diva is a film following Nuka Carmen Bisgaard in her bid to take her drag performance around Greenland. Throughout her journey she is met by strong opposition – and perhaps even hatred from some – but she stays determined in her bid to create a space for freedom.

In short, this film is about activist, entrepreneur and filmmaker Nuka and her bid to front an LGBTQ+ revolution.

Joining us for this dive into LGBTQ+ film will be the Swedish Archive For Queer Moving Images’ (SAQMI) very own Anna Linder.

We’re going to be talking to Anna about the power of LGBTQ+ film and the importance of making visible the diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ people.

Anna is one of THE movers and shakers in our little slice of LGBTQ+ Gothenburg. She is the driving force of SAQMI, which is surely and steadily becoming the place for exciting LGBTQ+ film in Sweden. 

Founded only in 2016, SAQMI has cemented itself as a portal for queer moving images. Working with queer archivists, historians, librarins, technicians and designers, the organisation is spreading the hidden queer history of moving images far and wide. Alongside their work making these important slices of our LGBTQ+ cultural heritage visible, SAQMI works tirelessly to encourage new filmmakers in waiting to dare to create the types of moving images they want to see in the world.

The Little Merperson

The Little Merperson

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Bring your kids to this exciting fantasy fueled workshop where we’ll make a life size merperson tail together. We’ll be using all kinds of fabulous materials from pearls to pipe cleaners. When we are finished making the tail together, we’ll be joined by a real merperson who’ll read us the story of The Little Merperson.

 ✨Everything you need to know

The Little Merperson workshop is inspired by the project Rethinking The Little Mermaid. The project looks at popular narratives like The Little Mermaid through a trans and queer lens to suggest new alternative readings into the story. The story of The Little Merperson is a rewrite of the original story of The Little Mermaid written by H.C. Andersen in 1837 which continues to touch lives to this day.

During the workshop we’ll be putting our imaginations to work with questions like; What do merpeople look like? What kind of merpersons are we? Would we like to live our lives with mertails? Will be doing this all while decorating the tail together with lots of exciting and sensory materials, having fun and munching snacks. The workshop will help the kids invent and explore their own merperson, and in doing so get them to investigate how they see themselves and how they can activate fantasy in their own identities.

When the merperson tail has been fully decorated we will take a little break while Inga transforms themself into the merperson using the tail we just made together, the kids will then be brought back to this surprise visitor from the deep to enjoy a reading of the story of The Little Merperson – a text rewritten by Inga.

We wanted to grow up with options, options of sexualities and genders, to grow up without wardrobe restrictions or colour codes or the ‘’makeup is only for some and not for all’’. It might be too late for us, but we have got the chance to create that future for the kids growing up now.

Kolbrún Inga Söring works across media including writing, performance, video and large scale installation. In their work they explore how bodies can be used to subvert and protest the ideals and myths of masculine desire and our cis-heteronormative society at large. Central to this is how they use Autotheory to unpack both popular tales and their own troubled relationships with these tales and the norms they support. For example, in their most recent project Rethinking The Little Mermaid, Inga appropriates the original narrative of ‘The Little Mermaid’ Through their own experiences. Key themes in their work include: self-representational body politics, body modification and politics of desire. 

Café Sparkplug

Café Sparkplug

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We’re hosting a lil morning cafe for you to start off your weekend the right way. Bring yourself, your friends or your family; for a cozy time at Sparkplug Cafe. Here you can get lost in a book, in conversation or in a cup of coffee. Whatever your vibe we’ve got you covered. 

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Feeling it’s time to fika and maybe make a few new friends? Wanting to walk amongst fellow LGBTQ+ comrades? Longing for a place to take your lover?

What would you say if we told you all this is possible whilst chilling out in our slice of LGBTQ+ paradise?

We’re hosting a lil morning cafe for you to start off your weekend the right way. Bring your friends, your frenemies, families (chosen or given) and lovers. Or come alone and have a cozy time in a corner with a book. What we’re saying is whatever you’re vibe – chatting your chops off with new people or taking a second for yourself – we’ve got you covered. 

LGBTQ+ people from across the city have been busy little bees, turning Galleri box into a site for us: the LGBTQ+ communities of this lil’ corner of scandinavia. So this will also be a great chance to see the space that we’ve been transforming together. 

Our cafe will be donation based and swish-what-you-can, so even if you’re broke we’ve got you <3

So come on down, check it all out and have a cozy time!

 

Express yourself with Vogue

Express yourself with Vogue

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Confidence comes in many different forms and can be expressed in just as many ways – but to express confidence through Vogue is something else entirely. This workshop will take you through the history of voguing and get you to find your confidence by trying out some Vogue Femme and European Runway. 

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They say confidence is key and we agree! Learning to project your best self out into the world is a skill LGBTQ+ people all over the world have used to thrive and survive for longer than any of us have been alive. As we all know however, this is easier said than done. That’s why we’re taking this glorious afternoon to draw out our confidence from within through Vogue.

No experience for this workshop required!

This workshop is going to be led by Gothenburg’s very own Demba Marciano – a fixture in our local Ballroom community. When we say Ballroom we mean the culture first developed by the Black and Latino LGBTQ+ community in New York City’s underground. Ballroom has many categories and performance styles but in this workshop we’re going to be honing in on 2 specific categories: Vogue Femme and European Runway.

Demba will be kicking off the workshop by talking about the history of Vogue right back to the 1960s. He’ll be exploring how Vogue was directly influenced by the fashion magazine of the same name and how the trans feminine community developed their own style of Vogue: Vogue Femme. Getting our bodies moving, Demba will lead us through the five elements of Vogue Femme: Hands, Catwalk, Duck Walk, Spins and Dips and Floor Performance. 

He’ll also be teaching us a thing or two about European Runway – the art of strutting your stuff and showing off you’re fab femme confidence. 

This is a dive into a whole other culture, and we know that can be a bit intimidating. So for those of you who want to come, we’re going to be sending out a lil’ glossary of Ballroom terms. That way, if you want to, you can get upto to speed on all the lingo before the workshop.

Demba Sabally is one of the Gothenburg leaders in the Voguing scene. He was born and raised in Gothenburg and started to take vogue classes in 2017. Since then he has walked balls in Paris, Oslo, Copenhagen and more. He goes by 007 in the main scene and Marciano in the Kiki scene. He mostly walks Butch Queen European Runway but he also walks Vogue femme.

Speech Karaoke!

Speech Karaoke!

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Speech Karaoke is a fun-loving, intersectional communal art project. Speech Karaoke resembles ordinary karaoke, but instead of doing a song, you do a speech. In addition to over 800 speeches in 17 languages already in our catalogue, we have new speeches curated and created especially for this event. Welcome, everyone!

 ✨Everything you need to know

As a project, Speech Karaoke supports human rights by documenting and sharing speeches. Speech Karaoke resembles ordinary karaoke but instead of picking a song to sing, you choose a speech to hold from our catalogue of over 800 speeches in 17 languages and counting after eleven years of continuous Speech Karaoke revolution!

Speech Karaoke is not only a unique club event, it is also a great training ground for public speaking. By imitating powerful speeches in a safe environment the audience can practice their public speaking skills – an essential skill in a functional democracy

We have slowly but consistently built the world’s largest repository of karaoke speeches: political manifestos, big film speeches, contemporary commentaries on world events, speeches with historical dimensions, and personal confessions. The speeches cover a wide range of quality standards: from the most persuasive oratory to the mumbled profanity. Our events are hosted by a professional karaoke host and during the breaks our DJ entertains the guests with some sweet tunes

For this event, we have curated a special catalogue of speeches touching upon topics related to the quee(r)evolution. Also, we will have fresh speeches written during the Speech Karaoke Workshop on Tuesday the 17th of August.

[Find out more about the workshop under the event Crossing Borders]

Speech Karaoke started in 2009 and is a constantly expanding project by The Speech Karaoke Action Group, a Finnish-German artist group

A First Taste of Drag

A First Taste of Drag

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Want to get up in drag for the first time? Or perhaps you want to polish off some skills you’ve been working on? We’ll be helping you get into full face – whether that’s femme, masc or beyond. We’ll be getting ready from the clavicle up and ending with a fab photo shoot.

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Ever thought about doing a little gender bending? Perhaps you’ve been longing to get up into drags for the first time? Or maybe you want to polish off some skills you’ve been working on in your bedroom since we’ve all been shut inside?

Well have no fear, Sam Message the dragging queer is here to help you do it! 

*no experience necessary, but more experienced queens, kings and creatures also welcome!*

In this workshop we’ll be slapping on the makeup to put together a full face of drag makeup. Whether you’re going femme, masc or beyond Sam’s got tips and tricks for you. They will also be on hand to demonstrate techniques, advise and step in if you’re stuck in a pinch. 

Developing a full drag character and getting to grips with drag makeup is an artform that takes time, but under Sam’s care we’re going to throw together a first taste of being up in drags in a couple hours.

We’re going to have makeup and all the tools required on hand, but here’s the T: we’re on a bit of a budget so if you have anything for your own face (tools/makeup etc) you are more than welcome to bring it along (pwetty pwease? – especially foundation if you want a good match for your skin tone). 

We will of course be providing makeup for a variety of skin tones and everything you’ll need to take your fantasy off before the end of the session if you don’t want to wear your lewk home. 

After getting our faces fully painted, we’ll have some wigs and accessories to zjoosh up [finesse] our looks.

We’re also going to be joined by the fabulous photographer Kolbrún Inga Söring to capture your creations – the absolute cherry on top <3<3

Sam Message is a drag-something, performance artist working with the surreal, the subversive and the political. In their work they drag the public headfirst into a space that oscilates between the utopic and the crushing terrors of our bullshit racist classist ableist cis-het reality. They are also a curator specialising in queer and feminist histories and themes, a researcher of queering practice and theory and an evaluator and facilitator working with accessibility and engagement. 

Embroidery Code

Embroidery Code

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Come and give your old favourite piece of clothing a new lease of life! We’ll be coming up with new LGBTQ+ symbols and embroidering them on either your own clothes or fabrics provided. The workshop is open to all LGBTQ+ people of all ages (under 12’s need an accompanying adult). No previous experience is required.

 ✨Everything you need to know

Symbolic language has always been a way for LGBTQ+ people to communicate with each other to find safety in spaces where allies are needed. This can be through clothing, badges, hairstyles or other visual markers. Think the infamous Hanky Code – a visual language that was used by gay men to communicate their sexual preferences and availabilities with handkerchiefs of different colours displayed on different parts of their bodies.

Still today its important to have our own visual language to be visible and to recognise each other in public. To have your own visual language gives you the power to communicate with eachother, without others necessarily being in on the secret. 

Fashion, clothes and accessories have long been a way to communicate identities and beliefs. That’s why we want to get together and to explore and create new symbols. We’ll then be embroidering these symbols on whatever we like – that could be our clothes, a fabric bag you like or a piece of fabric that you can turn into a small wall hanging.

The aim is to be able to put our finger on what it is that we have in common. We’ll be finding a way for us to express and define ourselves on our own terms, and using this expression to take the festival beyond the walls of the space and out into the wider world. It’ll be our little secret language to recognise each other in a sea of cis-het bullshit.

The workshop will start with a short introduction about the history and inspiration of how different queer symbols have been used before moving into designing and embroidering our new symbols. All materials necessary will be found on site but you are also welcome to bring your own clothes or whatever cloth-object you like to embroider on. You will also have the opportunity to make your embroidery into a wall hanging. 

Esse McChesney is a queer textile artist in Gothenburg that works with weaving, fabric collages and embroidery🪡. In their work they investigte gender and sexuality from the point of being a queer non-binary transperso. Their work circles around gender and body; What do bodies have to do with gender? And where does gender identity exist outside the body and in feelings? In their work you can also find symbolism, a lot of color, abstractions and balance. 

Esse has been responding to our work in The Queer Agenda and created the large scale textile sculpture hanging in the gallery space.