Queer Was Here • Arts festival

Queer Was Here

4 March 2023 to 26 March 2023
Salon Arents

An inspiring buzz reigns - as usual - at Salon Arents in March. Throughout the month, Musea Brugge invites guest curators Kim Note (photographer) and Maria Kleopatra (model and DJ) for the arts festival 'Queer Was Here'. With a queer art exhibition and a calendar full of lectures, debates, sessions and parties in and around the salon, we are entering the conversation about the (under)representation of LGBTQ in museums. Neon lights, drag queens and debates at the cutting edge. This is 'Queer Was Here':

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Queer Art expo

4 to 26 March, all day, Salon Arents/Arentshuis

Exhibition at Salon Arents featuring queer art by contemporary queer artists. Expect a mix of photography, installation, drawings, collage, mixed media, poetry,...

Vernissage and opening party • Sold out •

Saturday 4 March, 6pm, Salon Arents/Arentshuis

We open the festival with the festive vernissage of the queer art expo in Salon Arents. Drag DJ duo House of Lux will kick off the evening with catchy records and performances. Dj-duo Mutant Transmissions will close the evening.

I.c.w. brUIT and Sprout

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Talk Joppe De Campeneere (in Dutch) • Sold out •

Tuesday 7 March, 8pm, Salon Arents/Arentshuis

As content creator at Wel Jong vzw, LGBTQ activist and fashion icon, Joppe De Campeneere is a champion of self-determination, (self)expression and inclusiveness. In their talk, Joppe discusses the sense and nonsense of masculinity and femininity.

I.c.w. Diversiteitsdienst Brugge

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Drag Queen story hour (in Dutch) • Sold out •

Sunday 12 March, 3.30pm, Salon Arents/Arentshuis

A warm reading hour for preschoolers (3-6 years old) by a beautifully dressed drag queen. The booklet, selected by queer bookstore Rokko, brings a story about tolerance, love and inclusiveness.

I.s.m. Rokko

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WAWWA drawing session • Sold out •

Sunday 12 March, 2pm, Groeninge Museum

We Are What We Are: drawing session with model in the Groeninge Museum, with a touch of queerness.

In collaboration with De Tank and Het Entrepot

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An Evening with Fleur Pierets (in Dutch)

Thursday 16 March, 8pm, Salon Arents/Arentshuis

An intimate evening of conversation with writer and LGBTQ activist Fleur Pierets, with room for engaging dialogues, pressing questions and topical views.

I.c.w. De Republiek

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Brunch lecture: Contain and sing. The representation of homoeroticism in late medieval art (in Dutch) • Sold out •

Sunday 19 March, 11am, Salon Arents/Arentshuis

Welcome to Salon Arents for bagels and a lecture on the representation of homosexuality in late medieval art by historian Jonas Roelens

I.c.w. Blackbird Brugge

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Final debate 'Are we there yet?'

Sunday 26 March, 2pm, Salon Arents/Arentshuis

We close 'Queer Was Here' with a final debate on the place of queer art in museums and other cultural institutions.

With: Jaouad Alloul, Hind Eljadid, Xavier Taveirne, Elviera Velghe and Sofie Veramme

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Finissage Queer Qabaret • Sold out •

Sunday 26 March, 8pm, De Snuffel (Ezelstraat 42)

Finish in style with an evening of cabaret with drag, spoken word, vogue, music, burlesque and boylesque in the Snuffel.

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Salon Arents is a safe(r) space, a place where everyone can be completely themselves without feeling uncomfortable, unwelcome or unsafe because of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, mobility or religious beliefs. A place where you can come home to like-minded people.