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QF2 2023 – Protest & Party Recap

A spectacular celebration of love and resistance, this year’s protest-festival including a week of workshops as well as an afterparty was a testament to the indomitable spirit of Vienna’s queer feminist community. With our hearts full and our minds buzzing with inspiration, let’s take a moment to reflect on the magic of the past few days.

Small artist businesses, NGO& Verein Info-Points, a relaxation room for those who feel overwhelmed named the Chill Bubble, and a Kids’ Corner captivated our senses and sparked meaningful dialogues. Thank you to Chicklit, Queer Joy Creations, Lena Pointner, VENIB, Marsha& Magnus, AceAro Wien, Boy Burning, Sev Wildfang, Queer Sex Workers Collective as well as hint wien and AIDS Hilfe for sharing their art, info material, speeches, books, and goods at the festival. 

Additionally, the artists who took the stage, whether through music, drag, acrobatics or DJing reminded us that our community’s creativity knows no bounds! We were mesmerized by the performances of Pardalea Collective, Gays and Theys, Starbuck, Queens Brunch, Saint Noir, Qi, Miss Töne, gaypanic, Margaret Carter, AYGYUL, and মm. Finally, thank you to Moiz Rehan, Denise van de Cruze, Moa Lyth Brand, and vimö for organizing workshops to further discussions on queer topics, unwind, and share skills.

In the face of adversity, the festival celebrated the resilience of the queer feminist community. It provided a space where we could stand in solidarity, share our stories, and affirm our commitment to change. Our collective strength was palpable throughout the event and a reminder that once again despite the recent far-right anti-drag rhetoric we can all come together in support of the members of our community in both protest and celebration.

Therefore, as we say goodbye to this year’s Queer Feminist Festival, it’s crucial to remember that the fight for justice is ongoing. The festival was a powerful reminder of the strength of our community and the necessity of our collective voice. We must carry this energy and inspiration with us as we move forward.

We extend our gratitude to the organizers, volunteers, artists, Villa Vida’s committed staff and everyone who played a role in making this festival a reality. It’s these passionate individuals who enable our community to thrive and grow. The enthusiasm and tireless efforts of our volunteers and staff were the backbone of the festival, providing the support and structure needed to bring our vision to life. Their dedication and hard work were instrumental in creating an environment where learning, sharing, and celebrating could flourish. To our volunteers, we say thank you for your selflessness, your dedication, and your love for the cause. You are the unsung heroes of the festival, and we appreciate you more than words can express.

The Queer Feminist Festival was not just an event; it was a celebration of unity, empowerment, and resilience. It was a testament to the strength of Vienna’s queer feminist community and a reminder of the work that lies ahead. Thank you for being a part of our journey, and for helping us create an unforgettable Queer Feminist Festival.