Our picks at this year's Queer Arts Festival
Our picks at this year's Queer Arts Festival

The Vancouver Queer Arts Festival gets underway this week with ten days of provocative, challenging, thought-provoking works in the visual and performing arts.  Here are three shows at this year’s festival that we think you should not miss.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] The 2016 visual art exhibition Drama Queer: Seducing Social Change (Jun 21-29) explores the role of emotion in contemporary queer art as a form of political practice, curated by New York-based queer studies scholar and activist Jonathan D. Katz.

7 Devils Dead by Attila Richard Lukacs as part of Drama Queer: Seducing Social Change at this year's Queer Arts Festival - See more at: http://gayvancouver.net/arts/drama-queer-explores-the-role-of-emotion-in-contemporary-queer-art/#sthash.LtIki4wm.dpuf
7 Devils Dead by Attila Richard Lukacs as part of Drama Queer: Seducing Social Change.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] The frank theatre company, Vancouver’s professional queer theatre company, presents The Pink Line (Jun 26).  A sometimes funny and probing new performance exploring racism in Vancouver’s queer community, The Pink Line explores the notions of home, feelings of isolation, and delves into the stories through the lens of queer folks of colour.

The Pink Line explores racism within the queer community.
The Pink Line explores racism within the queer community.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Canadian Tenor Frédérik Robert provides the soundtrack to a Alan Corbishley directed silent film in Dragging Piaf (Jun 29).  Dressed as Edith Piaf, Robert underscores the film’s story of a troubled young man searching for his identity with the songs of the French chanteuse.

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Frédérik Robert provides the soundtrack as Edith Piaf in Dragging Piaf.