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Queer New York International Arts Festival 2013

A new festival of contemporary performance and visual art that explores and broadens the concept of “queer (in) art.”

On the 23rd October, the Queer New York International Arts Festival is opening in the city that never sleeps. Established in 2012 by Zvonimir Dobrovic and Andre von Ah, who sadly passed away recently, the festival is a two week series of contemporary performances and art that explore the concept of 'queer' in modern art and society, and challenges spectators to expand their understanding of 'queer' and all its connotations.

Bulgarian artist Ivo Dimchev will be keeping the city awake with the premiere of his latest performance piece P-Project. Dimchev is a contemporary performance powerhouse, receiving a plethora of international awards for his original work in dance and theatre, and his new creation is set to stun and inspire, using p-related words such as people, piano and poppers as material for a collaborative effort with the audience. The following schedule boasts some of the most exciting names in contemporary queer performance, such as Chokra, Daniel Duford and Elsa Jocson.

This year, the festival is being held in memory of the late Andre von Ah, one of the founders and curators of the QNYIA, with a special performance by Raimund Hoghe on the 25th October. In further tribute to his memory, a research and development grant for queer art has been set up in his name. This year's Queer New York International Arts Festival is going to be an exciting, challenging and moving event that not only introduces the work of some of art's most provocative names but also honours the memory of man who truly believed in the power and importance of queer art.

Further information can be found at the official Facebook page and the Queer NYC Arts Festival website.

Words: Darcy Rive

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