AQAF is a multidisciplinary arts festival, questioning gender and sexual diversity. It combines art with activism and academia. For the past 8 years, we have programmed both local performers and international talent within a variety of art forms: music, literature, film, dance, theatre, exposition, performance … We work with open calls and have a particular interest for new queer talent.
AQAF is more than an arts festival. Collaborating with academia and activists, we create a space and a platform for people to express themselves and to meet others. AQAF is a grassroots initiative. It relies on community support to create the spaces and representation that we need. Your ticket purchase or donations directly supports queer performers.
Thursday, Aug. 11
Queer Lab - 20:00
7 young aspiring artists were invited to exchange and experiment during 10 days at De Studio. They will proudly present the outcome of that process!
Arno Verbruggen - 20:00 & 22:15
“Art is where my heart is. I position Art at the level of God and Art is the way to freedom and freedom is our holy work.”, says performer Arno Verbruggen. They took the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorra, combined with personal experiences and brings to the stage the work in progress that is SODOM.
Andras_2020 - 21:00
Andras_2020 is a nonbinary dancer and musician from Brazil, based in Germany since 2017. Together with 3D animator Lukas Becker, they bring to the stage an audio-visual
performance with tracks from Andras debut ep Cuerpo Temperamental and unreleased works. The performance spirals around transformation, energy and unapologetic
queerness. Andras uses their body and voice throughout an ecstatic set while Lukas’ visual landscapes tops the work with shifting shapes and otherworldly creatures.
Blanco Teta - 22:00
Blanco teta is an experimental punkrock project, with the aggressiveness and simplicity of punk but with a great twist: a relentless distorted noise soundscapes, edgy performances, transfeminist and queer concept with an avant-garde approach. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, born in 2017 with the need to find a unique sound with an atypical formation, given by the presence of the processed cello. Blanco teta is formed by Carola Zelaschi on drums, Carlos E. Quebrada on electric bass and Violeta García on cello. They are now working on "ROMPEPAGA" their third album.
Friday, Aug. 12
Queer Lab - 20:00
AQAF wanted to do more for young queer artists. Therefore we are organizing a Queer Lab at De Studio. Seven young people can experiment, create and inspire one another for 10 days. You are invited to come and see what that leads up to.
U can touch this - 20:00 & 22:00
Mery Thi and Renata’s artistic practices meet for the first time in 2016 with the common urge to explore the perspectives on the female body through performance. They collaborated in the 7th edition of the project ”Talk to me, conversation #6.9: can touch this”, which talks about eroticism from a female perspective guided and inspired by the book “King Kong Theory” by Virginie Despentes. “can touch this” : an immersive installation and performance that accommodated a limited number of audience members per session, in a red atmosphere where light and scenography were guiding the trajectory.
Ariah Lester - 21:00
Soul, hip-hop and sexy falsettos with an operatic touch. The charismatic performer ARIAH LESTER quickly established himself internationally. With his clear countertenor, he guides his audience into a world where one reality almost imperceptibly transitions into another. In 2017 he won the Sabam Jongtheaterschrijfprijs at Theater Aan Zee and in 2019 he received a nomination for the BNG Bank Theaterprijs. ARIAH brings you a collection of songs that will take you from the burning fire of hell into the gates of cosmic love.
DJ sets Blanco Teta - 22:00
Cosmic love all the way! Members of transfeminst punk band Blanco Teta, Violeta and Carlos, return to the stage with a DJ set. Violeta serves experimental electronic while Carlos delivers underground reggaeton, latinx club and Indu/pakistani Tribal. Party on, darlings!