Outburst’s performance and academia strand, in partnership with Drama Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, brings you two days of world class performances, art and speakers.

As battles rage over same sex marriage, AIDS, and government oppression of queer people around the world (and here in Belfast), the fight for basic rights and the discourse of normalisation have obscured the radical sexuality that characterised the gay liberation movement of the 1960s and 70s.

At Q@Q 2017, we will explore the frontiers of queer sexuality (and indeed all sexuality) at the present moment, both in the world and in aesthetic representation.

How far can we push representations of queer sexuality in public? Is the overall push for equality worth a forced performance of prudity? And to what extent has that forced performance become ingrained in queer minds, creating a generation that views gay sex through a heteronormative lens?

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers: acclaimed performance artist Holly Hughes, artist Amber Hawk Swanson, whose Amber Doll Project is running as part of Outburst, Glyn Davis (Edinburgh College of Art) who will be discussing pre-AIDS sexualities, Gemma Commane (Birmingham City University) talking about female empowerment in kink industries, Ed Madden (University of South Carolina) on normalization and marginalization in gay cultures, and Lazlo Pearlman (Northumbria University) on the erotics of the Trans* body in performance.

The event is free and open to the public – all are welcome. For more information contact Kurt Taroff k.taroff@nullqub.ac.uk or Trish McTighe t.mctighe@nullbham.ac.uk

Saturday 11th Nov, 7.30pm Brian Friel Theatre £8
Internationally acclaimed performance artist Holly Hughes maps the troubled fault lines of identity. Her combination of poetic imagery and political satire has earned her wide attention and placed her work at the center of America’s culture wars.

Fri 10th Nov, 11am - 5pm
Sat 11th Nov, 1pm - 5pm
Brian Friel Theatre
FREE Admission