The Queer New York International Arts Festival is in its second year and even bigger than before, with documentaries, dramas, art, performance pieces, operas and more from around the globe and across the LGBT spectrum hitting the Big Apple from October 23 to November 3.
According to the official QNYIAF website:
The Queer New York International Arts Festival (QNYIA) was created to expand the parameters of reading all that queer performance can be and mean. The concept proposes a reinvented definition of queer that can serve as a wider platform for excellence in the arts, one that is capable of tracking, discovering, and interpreting new trends. In addition to challenging societal norms and artistic practices, the festival repositions queerness by presenting artists whose work deals not only with gender and identity (i.e., expected queer issues), but with a wider range of personal, social, and aesthetic phenomena inside this new container for otherness.
Notable programming includes the 2002 documentary The Cockettes, about the legendary San Francisco drag performance troupe, and Remember Me, a rock-opera update of Henry Purcell’s 17th-century opera Dido and Aeneas. Croatian experimental circus duo Room 100, Italian artist collective Sineglossa, playwright Dan Fishback and Brazilian choreographer Ângelo Madureira—are scheduled to perform, as are Max Steele, Enid Ellen, and Nath Ann Carrara as part of the Queer Art New Music Series.
Zvonimir Dobrović and André von Ah curated what’s sure to be an authoritative and important schedule of interesting art and media. Tragically, Ah passed away earlier this month—a memorial event, “An Evening,” will be held in his honor on October 26.