Europe is facing both a conservative and nationalist backslash. It is time to ask the Drag Queens for support. As spokespersons of European LGBT Communities since the Gay Liberation Movements in the 1970es, they know how to build communities in solidarity and diversity. With their knowledge on standing up for political claims, they can tell us how to pursue the struggle of coming together. The European Drag Queen Summit will challenge our notions of what a European Identity can consist of.
In the 21st century building a community is a hard tasks to do. The LGBT communities have an incredible expertise in doing so. We are inspired by the power and influence the figure of the Drag Queen had during the Gay Liberation Movement in the 1970es and ACT-UP in the 1980es. We want to address the challenge of how to build a European Community without using heteronormative categories.
In one year from now, we will be able to provide an artistic view on Europe that can take part in the discussion on what community is and what it takes to create and maintain it. This perspective will serve as a starting point for conversations about communities, states and culture in Europe. We will have an experimental documentary that can be screened at film festivals all over Europe as well as online.
The partners will meet in late spring in Serbia to the scout for appropriate locations and develop the summit. After that we will prepare the camp, invite the different participants and take care of the technical pre-production. The summit will take place in fall 2016. The participants provide different artistic workshops questioning Europe and community. Target audience ist the participants and the crew. The workshops will have an audiovisual outcome that will be turned into an experimental documentary.
From a formal perspective we want to encourage the participating artists to strengthen their network and collaboratively work on their projects. We also want to empower LGBT-people throughout Europe to engage into their local discussions on community building. Our production team consists of LGBT activists and artists in Germany as well as media producers and scholars in Serbia.The participants will be Drag Queens and other LGBT artists from all over Europe.
Until now, nobody outside the LGBT communities dared to ask Drag Queens to share their skills in building a community project. This is new, as well as the approach to think who is taking part in a European project. The though of Europe must be expanded profoundly to enable its progress. Europe must be built from the peripheries towards the center. We're turning the political project of a European Union on it's feet.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
personnel costs 44,000 €, workshop material and equipment rental 6,000 €, travel and accommodation 4,600.00 €, office expenses 2,000 €