[LGBTQIA+ history months]

For the LGBTQIA+ community in Romania, the month October means more than the heart of autumn – it’s a month full of events celebrating our culture and history. We’re trying to regain, year after year, lost fragments of our identities.

[LGBTQIA+ History Month 2023]

[queer love: Museum of Queer History and Culture]

An exhibition about us. Art gives us the chance to be ourselves and to imagine who we can be. It brings to the surface projections, loves, and intimacies forgotten or screened from history and from the present. It recruits deities, peasants, and proletarians, artists who question or defy the norm. It’s about those who must occupy public space to avoid being ignored and stigmatized. It’s about us and our families living in a hostile society.

[baba karam]

Baba Karam is a participatory 50-minute performance and a euphoric dance party inspired by the Iranian dance of the same name. Inspired by home Iranian parties, called mehmooni, and the movements that amateur dancers from around the world sent to the Ful artistic group, the group paid homage to the potential of dance to change and allow the existence of desires and identities that are forbidden.

[political dance floors]

The Political Dance Floors Workshop is an introduction to dance styles that have influenced the queer community. The first workshop was conducted by Waana and will be an introduction to Waacking and Vogue, while the second, on belly dancing, was led by The Darvish, a non-binary dancer from Syria.

[drag district]

Navigating different styles and visions, performers have explored intimate territories and claimed pieces of a complex and oppressive history, but also united by competition, shine, grotesque, and glam: Drag District!

[how do we translate gender?] reading of the first translation into Romanian of Der Skorpion

We enjoyed the reading of the first translation into Romanian of Der Skorpion by Anna Elisabet Weirauch.

A writer and actress with an exceptional destiny, Anna Elisabet Weirauch was born in 1887 in Galați, where she spent her early years. She emigrated to Berlin, where she built a successful career as an author. Between 1919 and 1931, she published “Der Skorpion” — one of the world’s first novels with lesbian themes, which enjoyed unexpected success upon its release.

Translation: Iulia Dondorici Reading: Olga Török

[kings & queens]

The Kings & Queens Project is an internationally acclaimed series of photographs depicting drag artists alongside their other half: themselves. Each image showcases the same person both in and out of drag.

The events of the LGBTQIA+ History Month 2023 are part of the national cultural program “Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in 2023” and are funded through the Inside Timișoara 2023 program, implemented by the Projects Center of Timișoara Municipality, with allocations from the state budget, through the Ministry of Culture’s budget.

[LGBTQIA+ History Month 2022]

[băiatul văduvă]

Băiatul văduvă (The widowed boy), after “Tom à la ferme” by Michel Marc Bouchard, directed by Eugen Jebeleanu, brings to the fore the story of young Tom and his journey to the small provincial town in the country, where the family of his lover, who died in a car accident, lives. The show offers a brave perspective on the intimacy of human relationships and the stigmas still present in society.

[queer joy]

Expo: “According to the canons, art counts when it is measured on a made-up scale of suffering degrees, with joy ranked lowest ~ much of what we see and admire is joyless. Since immemorial times, the canon has ruled  against joy. Vulnerability has become the key element in the methodology of understanding, capturing and visually dispersing the concept of joy and, implicitly, that of anti-cynicism ~ humor, pleasurable action and fun/distraction, play, rejection of norms in favor of innocence.”

[se*, pause and ideas]

Great cabaret performance with Zarug. On a jazz background, surrounded by the notes of Radu Dumitru, with an imagined pipe, and with a glass of bubbly, Zarug sang and talked about dating in a world where the norm is hetero and cis. 

[legislative theater]

The Legislative Theater representation explores different situations inspired by the everyday realities of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

[LGBTQIA+ History Month 2021]

[trans balkan]

Trans Balkan is a photography project – documented by Aleksandar Crnogorac. With the help of an itinerant expo, he wants to raise awareness to the transgender community in the balkan aria of south-west Europe.

[bucurie și fericire]

Joy and happiness brings to light a sensitive matter: the life of the gay community in Transylvania. However, this is not a sensitive subject at all because the society accepts homosexuality. All that the community has to do is to hide and keep quiet. They have to pretend to be something they are not so that everyone can live happily.

[LGBTQIA+ History Month 2020]

[documentary art expo]

Through this expo, we presented lots of information about our community and infographics from all around Europe regarding the legal recognition of LGBTQIA+ rights.

Visit the expo virtually here.

[LGBTQIA+ History Month 2019]

[aisle 3, near the edge]

The performance speaks about a series of personal stories from the gay community in Romania during the last 100 years.

[memory pieces]

Exposition and discussion about the homosexual past in Romania, with Florin Buhuceanu (Accept Romania) and Dominic Brezianu.

[historical queer city tour]

Timişoara prin alţi ochi: un tur în care sunt plasate poveşti despre comunitatea LGBTQ în contextul mai larg al istoriei şi vieţii sociale a oraşului. 

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