Lena Katina closed QueerFest
Lena Katina's (the voice of t.A.T.u.) concert closed QueerFest - St. Petersburg festival in support of LGBT rights. During the ten festival days its photo exhibitions, discussions, workshops and concerts got about 2000 visitors.
"Do not be shy about your feelings, be yourself and be happy," - supported Lena the local community from the stage. "I heard about the rising aggression and violence that homosexuals faced after this law was adopted in St. Pete. And of course I want to stand behind the LGBT community and I hope that our participation in QueerFest will help someone feel stronger", - commented she at a press-conference preceding the concert.
QueerFest 2012 was the first large-scale LGBT rights event in St. Petersburg after the adoption of the notorious law banning "homosexual propaganda". This is why it drew so much attention, including for the first time support from the St. Petersburg Ombudsperson Alexander Shyshlov. In his greeting to the organisers and participants of the festival he expressed the hope that "QueerFest will become one more step towards developing tolerance and mutual understanding between people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity".
Russian celebrities and officials are not the only ones who care about the topic though. Official delegates from Europe who came to the Council of Europe Youth Ministers Conference would not skip the issue either. Some of them did not only raise the topic at the plenary sessions, but also supported QueerFest by taking part in some of the events. Pascal Smet, Flemish minister for youth, education and equal opportunities, opened the workshop on transgenderness by emphasising the importance of providing information first of all to the LGBT teenagers themselves who often don't understand what they are going through. Nyamko Sabuni, Swedish minister for integration and gender equality, opened the "Article 1" exhibition about the history of the LGBT movement and wished success to the Festival.
Чуть ближе к ООН
28 сентября в арт-пространстве <<Тайга>> состоялся семинар <<Три шага до ООН или чем альтернативны альтернативные доклады>>. Семинар провела Ксения Кириченко, координатор программы <<Правовая помощь>> организации <<Выход>>.
Concert MUZlaboratoriya took place as a part of QueerFest on 27th of September.
Artists from various Russian cities performed under the rainbow flags to support the aims of festival which are society without homophobia and discrimination.
Bands CosmoCats (Nizhny Novgorod), AloeVera (Moscow), Alla Kostina Band (Samara), Inku Li (St. Petersburg) gathered about 200 listeners for their live show. The event provided an interesting experience in synthesizing different forms of art.
“One of the reasons we consider QueerFest important and helpful is the fact that this festival is one of a few platforms for artists to speak without censorship on issues which are really urgent for them” – concert manager Valentina Tenevskaya commented.
Известны победители конкурса «Хочу бэкстейдж!»
Дорогие гости Фестиваля и поклонники творчества Лены Катиной!
Стали известны имена победителей конкурса «Хочу бэкстейдж!»:
Гришанов Андрей, Богданова Ольга, Левашов Евгений, Золотова Алина, Зырянов Николай, Циклаури Михаил, Громова Елена, Колупаева Ирина, Суворова Наталья, Кулаковский Игорь, Розин Александр, Люсинда Маркиевна, Консуэла Леопольдовна, Яковлев Сергей, Яурова Александра
Сразу после концерта, справа от сцены вас будет ожидать волонтер Фестиваля, с табличкой «Хочу бэкстейдж!». Собравшись все вместе, мы с вами отправимся на встречу с ЛЕНОЙ КАТИНОЙ!
Поздравляем победителей и желаем незабываемой встречи и отличного настроения ВСЕМ.
До встречи на концерте ГОМОФОБИИ.NET
Picture stories for everyone
7th day of Festival was dedicated to one of the most interesting forms of art - comics. Two comics-artists and organizers of KomMissiya Festival - Khikhus and Nastya Galashina - were talking about their project "Respect", which bring into the picture problems of racial, ethnic and sex discrimination and other social problems.
Participants could learn several things about how to make good comics by yourself, and you don't need incredible drawing skills for that, the most important thing is your wish to share your thoughts or a story. Hihus and Nastya also spoke about history of comics and different styles of comics.
During workshop participants also could draw their own comics and share it with others. Hihus and Nastya presented "Respect" comics project, which you all can find at: respect.com.mx. Project's growing up, and we hope, that maybe some of our today's workshop participants will join "Respect"'s team someday too.