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LGBTQ+ Festival brings arts to East London

Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest Opening

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LGBTQ+ Festival brings arts to East London

LGBTQ+ Festival brings arts to East London

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest is a festival in East London which connects the LGBTQ+ community with the creative industry.

On November 12, 2019 the LGBTQ+ Festival Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest had their opening night at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, London.

The first screening was ‘Wig’ directed by Chris Moukarbel and is a documentary about the history of Wigstock, a drag festival which began in 1984 in Manhattans East Village.

On the documentary, Muffin Hicks, the head of programme told us that it “go’s deep deep into the history of drag from the counter culture to the main stream today and looks hard at how drag culture has shaped art, queerness and identity.”

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest is an entirely volunteer ran organisation which showcases a mix of films, arts and events which celebrates LGBTQ+ stories from all around the world.
The festival was founded in 2011 and since has created a diverse and inclusive safe space for members of the queer community to express themselves.
Hicks told us that the fest is a “cross arts, 6 day festival around East London”
Continuing on that it “brings together the best of international film, performance, art, parties and cultural space for London East-End queer creative scene”
Fringe! will be be held in 10 venues in East London and will have over 60 events.
When asking people at the event why this festival is so important to the LGBTQ+ community, they responded saying the following:

“Important because they provide an alternative to alternative LGBT filming”

“Great oppourtunity for people also to network and circulate and dicuss ideas and feel part of a bigger artistic community as well as a queer community”

“I showed a film myself last year and i think a couple years ago as-well and it’s just really nice also as a film maker to have that opportunity”

General public attending the event.

The event will end on the November 17, 2019 with the closing film ‘Top 3’ which is a Swedish animation, directed by Sofie Edvardsson.

To keep updated with the event visit: https://www.fringefilmfest.com/

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