Welcome to Toronto’s third annual Bi Arts Festival, the world’s largest celebration of bisexual voices in art and culture. Watch this space for workshops, open calls for submissions, and programming.
SILENT AUCTION- NOW LIVE!
Going Once, Going Twice … Going Online!
The Bi Arts Festival kicks off its online silent auction this morning (Tuesday, August 6th) at http://32auctions.com/biartsfestival.
We had a lot of fun putting this together, and we hope there’s something for everyone - from concert and theatre tickets (including two vouchers for Canadian Stage's 2019-2020 season at the Berkeley St Theatre that can be used towards tickets for Vivek Shraya's brand new theatrical work), festival passes, passes for queer and bi comedy, and art, to museum passes, restaurant vouchers, family activities, and more. Buy something for yourself, your family, or a friend!
The Bi Arts Festival celebrates the power of creativity; encourages community engagement with the arts; and promotes and elevates the many diverse voices that make up the bi+ community.
In the face of biphobia and bi-erasure, we create safe spaces for the bisexual community and our allies to come together to create, collaborate, and connect with art. Our events include Shapeshifters - an exhibit by 2spirit artists, hands-on workshops, a zine (CRUSH), an author showcase, storytelling, a performing arts cabaret, art, craft and zine fair, and more. Our events are diverse, intimate, challenging, and inclusive.
Our auction runs from August 6th through August 23rd.
Want to make a donation? It’s not too late! Look for the “Donate” button on our auction website: http://32auctions.com/biartsfestival. Want to contribute an item for the auction? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we are adding new items daily.
Thursday Sept 19th, 6pm to 9pm - SHAPESHIFTERS at Beaver Hall Gallery
Friday Sept 20th, 7pm to 9pm - Zine launch at Beaver Hall Gallery
Saturday Sept 21st, 11am, onwards - Pop-up Market (the 519), Bi+ Fest, Author Showcase (Glad Day), Bodies in Resistance (Buddies in Bad Times)
Sunday Sept 22nd, 11am, onwards - Bi+ Fest, , 8pm, Cabaret (Buddies in Bad Times)
A number of key volunteer positions are open for this year's Festival. E-mail Christine at email@example.com or fill out the online application here.
CURRENTLY OPEN CALLS
CRUSH Zine (updated deadline is Sept 1st)
Tuesday September 18th, 2018 - Opening Night - Zine Launch and Opening Night Party with DJ Kim, "Dance, Dance, Dance" @ Glad Day Bookshop
Wednesday September 19th, 2018, 7PM - Storytelling Showcase @ Palmerston Library Theatre
Wednesday September 19th, 2018, 9PM - 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 @ Artscape Youngplace
Friday September 21st, 2018, 6PM-10PM - Art Exhibit Opening & Postcard Show @ Beaver Hall Gallery
Saturday September 22nd, 2018, 10AM-3PM - Pop-up Market @ Trinity St. Paul's United Church
Saturday September 22nd, 2018, 2PM-4PM - Author Showcase @ Glad Day Bookshop
Saturday September 22nd, 2018 7PM and 9PM - How to Self-Suspend (a special workshop presentation), featuring Katie Sly @ Collective Space / RAW Space
Sunday September 23rd, 2018, 8PM- Velvet: A Bi Arts Cabaret @ 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 the 2017 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.
We'd love to hear from you
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Toronto, ON, Canada