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CALL: Invitation for Participation – D.I.Y. (queer-)feminist festival (Vienna, June 6-9, 2013)


Dear all!
We would like to invite you to participate in our self-organized D.I.Y. queer*_feminist super cool festival of awesomeness against Western bias :-) The idea to organize a queer_feminist festival originated among a small group of migrants* from this imaginary place called (South)Eastern Europe, looking for a space where they could engage in a critique of the hegemony of Western queer_feminist concepts and focus on self-representation, empowerment and networking. Since then, people from many different contexts and backgrounds agreed to work together to organize the festival. Our mutual goal is to bring together activists, artists, performers and (other) interested people from various feminist and LGBTIAQQ**- spaces and regions out of (South)Eastern contexts. Literally, we want to create a space for debating and examining representations, differences and imbedded power-relations.

This non-commercial, self-organized D.I.Y festival will be held from June 6-9, 2013 in Vienna.

The festival is open for any formats and ideas, e.g. workshops, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, concerts, parties or whatever you come up with. The organizers will work hard to create space where people feel free to meet, exchange and discuss possibilities and forms of queer_feminist activism in different contexts.

Please send us your ideas, suggestions or questions!

Your contributions needn´t be in English or German. Any language is welcome - but please do tell us as soon as possible if you need translation! We will try to find the way.

We will try to reimburse as many people as possible for their travel costs and connect people for private accommodation. The financial support will primarily go to people travelling from SouthEastern countries, unfortunately we will not be able to financially support (all) people coming from the western countries. Also, we will offer help with Visa-issues.

For any questions and submissions: kvirfem_festivalatriseup [dot] net
Please spread the word!

We are also still looking for co-organizers, helpers and translators!
We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Vienna!

The Organization-Team

*We are aware that by now, „queer“ is a highly theoretical and academic term, which at the same time becomes more and more linked to consumerism and a certain “chic lifestyle”. Nevertheless we decided to use it for our cause, to re-implement it to signify a form of fight, and to make it visible and strong again. We are also aware, that “queer” can be seen as a Western hegemonic concept and that in the course of the festival it will not appeal to everyone. One of the purposes of the festival will be to discuss exactly these issues.
**Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersexual, Asexual, Questioning, Queer

06/06/2013 - 06/09/2013
LGBT and queer issues
Migration & border issues
Networking & community building
Postcolonial theory & perspectives
Queer feminism