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The QFest 2011, with the theme Being Seen, Being Heard was a huge success with over 200 people for the screenings and 250 people for the cultural evening (most of whom were young college students). Particularly heartening were the parents, family and friends who turned up to support the LGBT community.

The Q Fest is back—bigger and brighter! This year at the festival we aren’t just screening films we’re having a fantastic theatre performance from Humsafar Trust, music, a lot of shopping and poetry!

Ek Madhav Baug written by Late Chetan Datar is one of the pioneering plays written on homosexuality and acceptance of gay community. The poignant play tells the story of a 21 year old young boy coming to terms with his sexuality.

Q Fest’11 brings with it a weekend of film screenings, theatre, music, poetry and discussions. Our theme this year ‘Being Seen Being Heard’ deals with understanding the LGBT community in public spaces, how we are involved with and how we can collectively contribute to that change. The consequential effects of this change spills over to alter much of how we see ourselves.

What does a show that claims to sexual frankness have to say about queer lives?

Mexican-born, New York-based filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron directed this Mexican box-office smash hit about a pair of randy upper-class buddies that sparked some controversy for its frank depiction of drug use and sexual exploration.

The Stranger in Us (Scott Boswell, 2010, 107 mins)

Saturday, September 3rd 2011

 5:00pm - 7:30pm at Open Space.

Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen saved 40 youngsters from the Utøya massacre, so why have we hardly heard about them?

As part of our Queering Saturdays, Open Space with Birds of a Feather are bringing a photography exhibition entitled The Queer Diaries between 11-12 June 2011.

Today, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia. The theme for the 2011 campaign is Same Sex Couple -- A Story of Love.

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