Welcome to Toronto’s second annual Bi Arts Festival, the world’s largest celebration of bisexual voices in art and culture. September 23rd is a special day. On that Sunday, we will be joining with communities from around the world to celebrate the 19th annual “Bi Visibility Day” - a day for being both gloriously and deliciously bisexual as well as unapologetically out, loud and proud.
The Bi Arts Festival was born from a belief in the power of storytelling. When shared with an audience, stories can and do change lives. But too many stories are left untold, unspoken, unshared, or unheard. We say NO MORE!
Although bisexuals make up the largest slice of the pie that is the LGBTQA+ community, we are often invisible. In response, the Bi Arts Festival offers six days of vibrant and original programming - including visual art, craft, storytelling, performance, theatre, video, dance and the launch of our zine, CRUSH. Our events are creative, playful, impactful and transformational. We look forward to seeing you!
Submit: essays / interviews / reviews / critiques / poetry / stories / scripts / artwork / illustrations / comics / photography / fashion / whatever
Deadline: July 30, 2018
Send to : email@example.com
Our first publication was super spectacular. We're excited for this next edition and look forward to seeing your work. Don't be shy!
POP UP MARKET
Saturday Sept 22, 2018
Trinity St. Paul United Church, Gym
The Bi Arts Festival presents works by bisexual-identified artists, makers & craftspeople for a special one-day market. Our focus is handmade & hand-crafted, including zines and art.
POSTCARD SHOW & FUNDRAISER
POSTMARK DEADLINE (Extended)
July 15, 2018
At the SWITCH postcard show, a variety of original, postcard-sized artworks on paper are displayed anonymously. It’s the show with a secret: the identity of the artist is only revealed after purchase (as the postcards are signed on the back only). Proceeds benefit the Bi Arts Festival, building community through a celebration of bisexual visibility in arts and culture. Click here for Entry Guidelines.
BI+ BOOK CLUB
last Monday of each month, 7PM-8:30PM
Email for location!
Join us at Toronto's first bi+ book club - open to all bisexual, pansexual, fluid, polysexual or other non-monosexual folks. Each month we pick and discuss a new book, from poetry to fiction, from non-fiction and memoir, and more. Friendly discussion with new friends. Accessible space. more
THE BIG BI NIBBLE
COMMUNITY COOKBOOK POTLUCK & FUNDRAISER
Friday July 27th, 519 Community Centre
Guess who's on Spotify? Listen to the original "Bi Beats" playlist, and other jingly jangly tunes. more
Save the date(s)
Tuesday September 18th, 2018 - Opening Night - Zine Launch and Party @ Glad DayBookshop
Wednesday September 19th, 2018 - Storytelling Showcase @ Palmerston Library Theatre
Wednesday September 19th, 2018 - Film and Video Showcase @ Palmerston Library Theatre
Thursday September 20th, 2018 - Womannish: Redefining Womanhood in a World that Won't Make Room, featuring Eris Eady
Friday September 21st, 2018 - Art Exhibit Opening & Postcard Show @ Beaver Hall Gallery
Saturday September 22nd, 2018 - Pop-up Market @ Trinity St. Paul's United Church
Saturday September 22nd, 2018 - Author Showcase @ Glad Day Bookshop
Saturday September 22nd, 2018 - How to Self-Suspend (A special workshop presentation) featuring Katie Sly
Sunday September 23rd, 2018 - Cabaret and Closing Night Party @ the Tranzac Club
The 2017 Bi Arts Festival was held September 22-24, 2017. We celebrated with a pop-up market, two art shows (D-Beatstro and Glad Day), an author showcase, Franny McCabe Bennett's one-woman show SMASHES, a wiki edit-a-thon, our zine CRUSH, and a showcase of short film and video.
Check out last year's website here.
We couldn't do this work without the support of our amazing community and private partners. The Bi Arts Festival works with community groups, small businesses, and brands, both large and small. When you partner with us, you get access to our team of artists who will work with you to develop unique and creative ways to showcase your business or organization. We love to develop custom experiences that reflect both your brand and capture the excitement of this young, growing Festival. Let's start a conversation - write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 Bi Arts Festival is supported by the Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto.
We'd love to hear from you
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