LGBTQIA2S+ art festival kicks off amid Pride celebrations
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LGBTQIA2S+ art festival kicks off amid Pride celebrations

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LGBTQIA2S+ art festival kicks off amid Pride celebrations

Held alongside the greatly expanded Bangkok Pride Festival, the inaugural Homohaus Performing Arts Festival For Diversity 2024 presents LGBTQIA2S+ performing arts throughout Bangkok from Friday until June 9.

The festival aims to move beyond symbolism and address the ongoing issue of same-sex marriage legalisation in Thailand through theatre by critiquing the dominance of patriarchal structures in the country and advocating for greater inclusivity and understanding of gender dynamics.

From theatre to drag bars, galleries to art spaces, the two-week extravaganza will kick off with the "Homo Ota Ball" at The Stranger Bar, Silom 4, on Friday from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets at the door cost 600 baht.

That will be followed by six panel discussions on queer topics in the art scene, two workshops and an incubator programme aimed at nurturing new talent in the community, as well as three stage plays by queer artists.

(Photos courtesy of Homohaus)

- Hell Hath No Fury Like A Queer Scorned is based on The Mourning Bride, a tragedy written by William Congreve. The performance's title is adapted from the famous quote "Hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned" by the late LGBTQIA2S+ activist Sylvia Rivera. Directed and performed by Pathipon, aka Miss Oat, the show will be staged at Buffalo Bridge Gallery, 5th floor of Inn Office, The Hub Phahol-Ari, Phahon Yothin Road, on Saturday and Sunday and from June 7 to 9 at 7pm.

-  Forgive Me For I Have Sinned portrays the life of a Muslim transwoman who has been suppressed by the male hierarchy. Directed by Siraphop Attohi and performed by Aitarnik Chitwiset, it will be staged at People of Ari's Main Theatre, Ari Soi 1, on Saturday and Sunday and from June 7 to 9 at 7pm.

-  T-Boy On Grindr explores the experiences of a young transman navigating gay male sexual culture through singing, theatre, dance, poetry and subcultural references. Directed by Malaya Stern Takeda and performed by João d'Orey, it will be staged at Goethe-Institut, Sathon 1, on from June 6 to 8 at 7pm.

Tickets cost 700 baht per show. Visit forms.gle/5UJeqE493Ws6tbeQA.

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