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Fringe!

Since 2011, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest has been an entirely volunteer-run organisation rooted in London's queer creative scene. In November, and throughout the year, we showcase an eclectic mix of films, arts and events celebrating LGBTIQA+ stories from around the world, welcoming everybody.

Fringe! started in 2011 as a community response to arts cuts carnage, and since then we’ve ‘expanded exponentially to become one of the most innovative and exciting festivals on the circuit.’(Londonist)

From feature films to experimental installations, workshops and lively debates to wild parties, Fringe! hosts a multitude of diverse events to tickle every one of the senses. You'll see us flooding East London's cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs with the powerful, provocative and strange.

Wed, 10 Nov

Fringe! (Tending)(to)(Ta) + Q&A

An interdimensional correspondence between two beings sharing queer kinship and rooted in ‘ta’, the monosyllabic sound which in Mandarin Chinese encompasses all third person pronouns: ? (third person male), ? (third person female), and ?(more-than-human lifeforms and objects). This experimental, narrative-led speculative fiction follows an exchange of internal letters between two protagonists who imagine one another across parallel dimensions. Each communicates to an envisioned other, who exists as a possibility beyond their self-perceived boundaries of reality, and these two beings meet in a shared world of imagination. In this reciprocal reach for the unknown, a world that bears an uncanny resemblance to our contemporary reality – colonised by Western capitalist constructs of race, gender and class, and characterised by a collective distance from Ta – opens a portal to another realm. There is something familiar in the strangeness of the worlds portrayed after the strangemess of the past two years, and a beautiful imagination spaceto seep into our lives from the meditative pace and queer, nature-infused rituals of this expansive film. Commissioned by Obsidian Coast. This film has been generously supported by Arts Council England and The Elephant Trust with in-kind support from Ugly Duck and Obsidian Coast, Content note: flashing images, hair-pulling/ritual self-harm

Fri, 12 Nov

Fringe! Southern Sorceresses (UK Premiere)

Never has queer joy been so fragile and so defiant! Marginalised communities of Black trans women, indigenous groups and non-binary people co-create an open square in Sao Paulo. Rebellious and confrontational, radical performance jostles alongside fierce debate with bemused passers by, drunk men and homeless people. This electrifying documentary buzzes throughout as these disparate communities attempt to build alliances for their survival against the rise of Bolsonaro, and even features a cameo from superstar academic Judith Butler. Content note: Archive footage of violence against Black trans women and indigenous communities.

Sun, 14 Nov

Fringe! Moon Manor (UK Premiere)

Jimmy has advancing Alzheimer’s and he's decided to die like he has lived - with intention, humor, and zest. Based on a true-ish story, we join an obituary writer, a death doula, Jimmy's estranged brother, his caretaker, a magical being, and a group of guests who all touched Jimmy's life for his last day on earth and become part of a ceremony irreverently and joyously celebrating his life and connected to the positive death movement. Join us for this cathartic and surreal FUN-eral that brings a distinctively queer approach to personal legacy and the art of dying that celebrates our elders.

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