In its second year, The Queer New York International Art Festival is an unconventional 12-day festival of contemporary performance and visual performance that questions what it means to be queer in art. Taking place at multiple venues around New York City, the festival is produced and curated by Zvonimir Dobrović and the late André von Ah. According to the creators: “The concept proposes a reinvented definition of queer that can serve as a wider platform for excellence in the arts, one that is capable of tracking, discovering, and interpreting new trends. In addition to challenging societal norms and artistic practices, the festival repositions queerness by presenting artists whose work deals not only with gender and identity (i.e., expected queer issues), but with a wider range of personal, social, and aesthetic phenomena inside this new container for otherness.”
Only in its second year, the program has already expanded. This year, 20 dance, theater, music, installations, visual arts productions, discussions, and other public programs will engage the community. With performances by David Weissman, CHOKRA, Daneil Duford, Elsa Jocson, and SUKA OFF, you’d think this celebration would brake the bank, but the festival is only suggesting a $10 donation for performances at the Abrons Arts Center.