(BE)LONGING: a QTBIPOC arts festival

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(BE)LONGING

a by and for QTBIPOC arts festival in tio’tia:ke/Montreal, August 11-19

poster - (be) longing - English

(be)longing is a by and for QTBIPOC arts festival featuring a keynote panel, workshops, art shows and gatherings bringing together inter-generational QTBIPOC communities from Montreal and beyond.

Through (be)longing we want to create a temporary utopian space in which QTBIPOC communities can actively imagine a future where we can thrive in our hearts, spirits and bodies, without discrimination, hatred and threats to our survival.

(be)longing aims to give our communities control over their narratives, their art, their truths and their future. In bringing together a diverse programming over the span of 10 days, (be)longing is an exercise of the imagination, the realization of a collective vision of QTBIPOC futurities where we engage with the aftermath of colonial histories.

Through this festival, we seek justice, we seek healing, and we seek self- and collective-empowerment. We explore themes and conversations that are threaded in the fabric of our everyday lives in order to imagine what a utopian future might look like. We engage with diasporic loss, colonial violence, imagined homelands, cultural alienation etc. as they relate to our sexual and gendered experiences of being queer and/or trans. Through this festival, we also deepen our understanding of the histories of these lands and honour the traditional keepers of these territories.

(be)longing is a collaboration between Our Bodies, Our Stories: Project 10’s QTBIPOC Arts Mentorship Program and articule with the support of Sisters in Motion.

Event schedule:

Workshop: WHEN TRAUMA SPEAKS THE BONES: A HEALING WORKSHOP FOR WARRIOR POETS WITH KAI CHENG THOM
Saturday, August 11, 12-5pm
Location: Métro Laurier, registration required: https://tinyurl.com/ya7fz5az
This workshop is closed to QTBIPOCs only
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/206731723308297/

Workshop: NURTURING THE EARTH, NURTURING OURSELVES WITH DONA LA LUNA
Monday, August 13, 5-7pm
Location: Jardins Cra-Terre, 6700 Avenue Durocher, Outremont, QC H2V 3Z3
This workshop is open to all
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/244413359616629/

Poetry show: PRIDE POETRY NITE AT KAFEIN
Tuesday, August 14, 7pm-3am
Location: Kafein cafe-bar, 1429A Bishop St, Montreal, QC H3G 2E4
This show is open to all, but LGBTQ+ folks will be prioritized to perform on stage.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/497901153997079/

Workshop: MASC4MASC: COMPLICATING “TOXIC MASCULINITY” THROUGH RACE & GENDER WITH ROOT AND NAJA
Thursday, August 16, 6-8pm
Location: articule 262 Fairmount O, Montreal, QC H2V 2G3
This workshop is open to trans and gender non-conforming BIPOC only
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1854195911360361/

Workshop: DIGITAL SPELLCASTING: SETTING INTENTIONS THROUGH DATA WITH LIANE DÉCARY-CHEN
Friday, August 17, 4-5:30pm
Location: articule 262 Fairmount O, Montreal, QC H2V 2G3
This workshop is open to all, but focus will be on marginalized experiences
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/256922901577979/

Keynote panel: WHAT WE LONG FOR AND WHERE WE BELONG
Friday, August 17, 6:30-9pm
Location: articule 262 Fairmount O, Montreal, QC H2V 2G3
This panel is open to all
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1933519046737717/

MAKE-UP WORKSHOP (4-5pm)
RUNWAY WORKSHOP (5-6pm)
Saturday, August 18
Location: Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (2nd floor)
2450 Rue Workman, Montreal, QC H3J 1L8
The workshops are closed to QTBIPOCs only
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/498061690645316/

QTBIPOC UTOPIAS FASHION SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA!
Saturday, August 18, 7:30-10:30pm
Location: Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (2nd floor)
2450 Rue Workman, Montreal, QC H3J 1L8
The event is open to all, but only BIPOCs can model
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/498061690645316/

COMMUNITY PICNIC
Sunday, August 19, 2-8pm
Location: Park Jarry
The event is closed to QTBIPOCs only
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/220132395495217/

Accessibility:

– articule’s gallery is wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp at the entrance of the building. The bathroom is partially accessible to persons using a wheelchair; please also note there is only one support bar.
– There will be walking companions on request to help anyone walk to and from the space safely for every event. Please email summer.obos@p10.qc.ca to request the help of a walking companion.
– If you need childcare, please let us know *48 hours* in advance by emailing: summer.obos@p10.qc.ca
– There will be volunteers to do whisper translation at every workshop and the panel.
– There will be volunteers available to do active listening at every event.
– There will be fidget toys available at every event. We ask folks to please put them back in the box where they took it when they will no longer use it.
– There will food and refreshments provided at every event.
– Cost: All events are free. Should you want to make a donation, we will have a donation jar at each event and you can also support the program by donating here (please select Our Bodies, Our Stories)