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KASHISH Forward and Best of KASHISH in association with Prantakatha and Kutchina Foundation, Kolkata

KASHISH Forward and Best of KASHISH in association with Prantakatha and Kutchina Foundation, Kolkata

KASHISH Forward – India’s first traveling campus LGBTQ film festival – is a series of film screenings and discussions that are held at campuses across India, aiming to reach out and create awareness about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) issues through the medium of cinema.

Their objective is to create an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for LGBTQ students on campus who may be grappling with issues of coming out, in challenging environments due to a society that is still largely unaccepting of LGBTQ persons. This initiative also enables friends, peers, faculty members and campus advisors to have a greater awareness of LGBTQ lives in India and around the world so that a discussion around LGBTQ issues can be kick-started to create a queer-friendly campus that is sensitive to issues of gender and sexual orientation.

KF_Poster-Prantakatha (1)KASHISH Forward is a customized program of short films and discussion that focuses on youth-related issues such as discrimination, homophobia, bullying, coming out, growing up, acceptance by family, etc. The films are chosen with sensitivity and care to keep in mind sensibilities of the youth and also faculty members. The program consists of both Indian and international short films that are cheerful, dramatic and thought-provoking so as to engage and entertain youth audiences.

KASHISH Forward – India’s first campus LGBTQ film festival + Best of KASHISH – award winning & audience favorite films from KASHISH, 2017  to be screened at Kutchina Women Empowerment Centre , Kolkata.The event will also have a Panel Discussion on EDUCATION, EMPOWERMENT, AND LIVELIHOOD OF TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY & YOUTH.

Venue- Kutchina Women Empowerment Centre, 10 C Hungerford Street, Kolkata, Landmark – near ISKCON temple [mappress mapid=”50″]

Date- Saturday, Oct 14, 2017

Time – 03:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Entry – Free Event, open to all.

About KASHISH MIQFF:

KASHISH Mumbai Intentional Queer Film Festival started its journey in 2010 as the first ever LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and to receive clearance from the Information & Broadcasting Ministry. Over the past 8 successful editions of the festival, it has emerged to be South Asia’s biggest queer film festival, an important event in Mumbai’s cultural calendar, and also voted as one of World’s Top 5 Coolest LGBT Film Festival. It attracts over 8500 footfalls and programs around 150-180 films from 35-45 countries every year.

You can see more of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival on the links below.

Festival Website, Facebook , Twitter, YouTube

KASHISH Forward at Presidency University, Kolkata -16th Oct -LGBT Events India

KASHISH Forward at Presidency University, Kolkata -16th Oct -LGBT Events India

KASHISH Forward – India’s first traveling campus LGBTQ film festival – is a series of film screenings and discussions that are held at campuses across India, aiming to reach out and create awareness about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) issues through the medium of cinema.

Their objective is to create an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for LGBTQ students on campus who may be grappling with issues of coming out, in challenging environments due to a society that is still largely unaccepting of LGBTQ persons. This initiative also enables friends, peers, faculty members and campus advisors to have a greater awareness of LGBTQ lives in India and around the world so that a discussion around LGBTQ issues can be kick-started to create a queer-friendly campus that is sensitive to issues of gender and sexual orientation.

KASHISH-Forward-Poster---Presidency UniversityKASHISH Forward is a customized program of short films and discussion that focuses on youth-related issues such as discrimination, homophobia, bullying, coming out, growing up, acceptance by family, etc. The films are chosen with sensitivity and care to keep in mind sensibilities of the youth and also faculty members. The program consists of both Indian and international short films that are cheerful, dramatic and thought-provoking so as to engage and entertain youth audiences.

KASHISH Forward – India’s first campus LGBTQ film festival is screening at Presidency University, Kolkata. Six amazing short films focused on LGBTQ+ lives from USA, Singapore, France, and India

The event will also have a Panel Discussion on – RAINBOW JOURNEY: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE OF INDIAN QUEER MOVEMENT

Panelists – Pawan Dhall, Founding Trustee, Varta | Raina Roy, Trans activist | Nabamita Das, Faculty member- Dept. of Sociology | Keith Basu, Trans community member

Sridhar Rangayan, Filmmaker and Festival Director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will present the program and moderate the discussion.

Venue- Department of Sociology, Presidency University, Kolkata. [mappress mapid=”49″]

Date- Monday, Oct 16, 2017

Time – 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Entry – Free Event, open to all. Please carry your valid ID Cards.

About KASHISH MIQFF:

KASHISH Mumbai Intentional Queer Film Festival started its journey in 2010 as the first ever LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and to receive clearance from the Information & Broadcasting Ministry. Over the past 8 successful editions of the festival, it has emerged to be South Asia’s biggest queer film festival, an important event in Mumbai’s cultural calendar, and also voted as one of World’s Top 5 Coolest LGBT Film Festival. It attracts over 8500 footfalls and programs around 150-180 films from 35-45 countries every year.

You can see more of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival on the links below.

Festival Website, Facebook , Twitter, YouTube

Sunday Night Queever -By Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival

Sunday Night Queever -By Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival

Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival (KRPF): Solidarity, Art, and Sexuality for Dignity and Equality. Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival (KRPF) is an open collective of individuals, networks, and organizations, which believes that sexuality is a key element of human existence, fulfillment, and enjoyment. They hold that no individual, community or section of society should face stigma, discrimination or violence because of their gender and sexuality.

A woman, man, transgender, gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, Hijra, Kothi or none of these, old or young, single or married, each person has a right to their sexuality along with a responsibility to respect another’s sexuality. This is an ideal embedded in our constitutional principles. Especially after the recent judgment of the honorable Supreme court of India that right to privacy (and gender identity )  is a fundamental right of every Indian citizen.

Rainbow Pride Festival QueeverKRPF strives for a greater understanding of the entire spectrum of human sexuality and aims to generate dialogue on diverse expressions of gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, sexual and romantic relations as also associated socio-economic issues like health, education, law and the domain of work.

KRPF deploys a variety of art forms, media, and mass awareness activities to generate the dialogue necessary to achieve its objectives. As a “festival”, it is not limited to any one date or time period during the year. Rather, it is a celebration of events spread through the year on dates of commemorative significance.

KRPF’s activities include:

  • Annual Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk – usually held in late June or early July to mark Stonewall Riots Day (June 27-29, 1969) and/or the Delhi High Court ruling on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (July 2, 2009)
  • Art exhibitions of paintings, photographs, handicrafts
  • Film screenings.
  • Media interface
  • Fund raiser events at friendly venues (three or four in a year), with a code of conduct to ensure safety and respect for all participants, venue owners, and their neighbors.

Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival is set to have a fundraiser event for the Annual Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk. You can have awesome food, peppy DJ and at an uber cool venue. What’s even more exciting is they are offering early birds discount too.

Venue – By request only. Write to them here

Date – Sept 10th 2017

Time – 6:30 Pm to 12 AM

Entry Fee – Rs 400 before 7:30 PM and Rs 500 post 7:30 PM.

For any further queries, you can write to them here.

Some important points to note:-

  • Entry fee timings are strictly enforced and will NOT be relaxed for anyone without exception.
  • Drinks responsibly, as you’d have to return/drive after the party.
  • You MUST be at least 18 years old to attend the party, we reserve the right to check your ID.
  • NO photography without consent; you must seek permission of the organizers to cover the party floor and/or take permissions of those you’re clicking.
  • Behave responsibly, any disruptive/indecent behavior will lead us to reject you from the party floor WITHOUT refunds.
  • NO drugs or illegal substances will be admitted inside the venue, if we learn of such possession, we will reject you from the party floor without refunds.
  •  Please take care of your valuables, organizers won’t take responsibility for loss or damage of your belongings.

Hope you guys have a fun time at the event.

AAB International Film Festival LGBT Exclusive- LGBT Events India

AAB International Film Festival LGBT Exclusive- LGBT Events India

AAB International Film Festival (AIFF) is a monthly international film and screenplay-writing festival designed specifically for the indie filmmaker who’s tired of being overlooked by all the other festivals that seem to cater only to big-budget productions. Scanning the endless list of festivals not knowing where to gamble your money is frustrating. In most cases, you end up with nothing to show for your hard work and limited budget.

At AIFF we’ve kept our entry fee low and offer one of the along with an option to have your film or script reviewed. AIFF is headquartered in Punjab, India through our International judging panel is scattered around the globe. The festival runs every month. Once a year, we will hold our annual Aab Festival Gala where we will screen the best of our submissions from the every month in a theatrical presentation. The audience will choose their favorite and a beautiful AIFF Best in Show trophy will be awarded.

CATEGORY

  • Nano Short – 1 minute Only

  • Micro Short  –  5 minute

  • Short – 15 Minute Only

  • Student Film – 20 Minute Only

  • Macro Short – 30 Minute

  • Feature Film

  • Web Series – one episode only less than 30 Minute

  • Music Video – 5 Minutes Only

This September they bring to you some short movies that will open a window for LGBT cinema and will surely leave a smile on your face.

Venue- Amra Odbhuth Cafe,84, Ibrahimpur Rd, Bidhanpally, Jadavpur, Kolkata, West Bengal 700032

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Date – Sunday,3rd September 2017

Time – 6 PM to 9 PM

Hope to see you around.

Alien Flowers by Sapphire Creations-LGBT Events India

Alien Flowers by Sapphire Creations-LGBT Events India

Sapphire Creations Dance Company’s ALIEN FLOWERS is India’s first full-length ballet on same-gender love based on eight English poems by Sanjay Vasa and Canada based Rakesh Ratti traces the journey of a gay man to birth to youth to death. But with change in circumstances and perspective, the restaging is done as ALIEN FLOWERS after 21 years, emphasizing on the plurality of the community and the voice which no more limits to gay men but extends into other sexual minorities like lesbians and transgendered people referred as the LGBT community,

The ballet traces the changing power equations between masculinity and feminity assuming the aspects of this vital energies in the light of the sociocultural, emotional and human situations. The ballet scrutinizes various situations in real life that are encountered by the LGBT community. It raises the concern of the voice being heard as not just being ‘Alien’ but is encouraged to be included in the mainstream strata of society. The protagonist of the ballet seems to be in a border of various sexual orientation traversing between gay, lesbian and transgendered emotions and psyche with the presence of both the gender.
The production was and still is a milestone in LGBT movement as using the power of dance and the strength of art in extending such social messages which empower the LGBT community and at same time sensitizes the society!!!
The evening on 28th August celebrates this production as the phenomenal pioneering work way back in 1996 which gave a spark to the entire LGBT movement in South Asia and which eventually became the fireball in coming years.

Concept & Choreography
Sudarshan Chakravorty

Light Design
Dinesh Poddar

Original Poems
Rakesh Ratti & Sanjay Vasa

Voices
Neel Adhikari and Bodhisatta Ghosh

Costumes
Snehashish Bhattacharya (Darzee)

Performers
Paramita Saha, Ankita Duttagupta, Manju Roy, Avirupa Das, Rima Halder, Sushmita Dey, Dibyendu Nath, Koushik Das, Pintu Das, Prosenjit Dutta, Abhishek MItra, Somnath Mondol, Nitai Parui, Bijoy Jena, Akash Hela and others

Supported by 
Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi &
Addlife Caring Minds

Co- Sponsor 
Greentouch Entertainments

Radio Partner
91.9 Friends FM

Alien Flowers is a part of Sapphire’s Quarterly Arts Series 2017-18Qtr II 

Venue -Madhusudan Mancha Kolkata

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Date -28th Aug 2017

Time -7 PM to 9 PM

For more details visit our Facebook page here 

You can also visit their website here 

Tickets also available on BookMyShow here.

Praxis, Politics & Possibilities-National Queer Conference – by Sappho for Equality

Praxis, Politics & Possibilities-National Queer Conference – by Sappho for Equality

Sappho for Equality is organizing the fifth National Queer Conference titled Praxis, Politics & Possibilities… to be held between 15th to 17th September 2017 at Vivekananda Hall, Kolkata.

In ‘scattered hegemonic’ contexts, propelled primarily by conservative and divisive forces, how is one practicing and imagining praxis and politics from activist, academic, academic-activist positionalities? This conference seeks to discuss and dialogue about the meanings and practices associated with the praxis and politics of queer movements (understood broadly), pedagogies, alternative discourses, everyday lives, and search for different possibilities.

In recent times, on one hand, while larger political imaginaries are fractured by identitarian politics, on the other, such fractures are also pushing the normative boundaries of established queer politics. Further, organizations and collectives are struggling to queer a politics of recognition by trying to understand and imagine practices of living that lie at the fringes of normative institutions. At the same time, given the increased precarity of already abject lives – irrespective of their gender-sexual expressions, identities, and orientations – what is the role of a collective and how does/can it imagine livable communities? Can such imagination move beyond oppositional politics and continue to engage differentially with increasingly normative social and political institutions? What would be the role of law in enabling/disabling a radical politics of the possible? How can queer praxis strategically link and/or ally itself with desires that underlie geographical re-mappings and questions of self-determination? Is there a queer ecology that is more sensitive to environmental issues and justice? These are some questions we will seek to address around the following sub-themes, including, but not limited to: (more…)