Lesbian Organisation Rijeka – LORI in collaboration with PaRiter, From the Citizens to Their City and Centre for Women’s Studies (University of Rijeka), are inviting you to the 2nd Festival of queer and feminist culture Smoqua in Rijeka from Thursday, 17th of May until Saturday, 19th of May 2018.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Smoqua is a combination of art and activism, representing a queer-feminist perspective locally and internationally through the work of artists and activists. Smoqua - Festival of queer and feminist culture in Rijeka is international – it includes participants from Europe (+ USA) and programme partially in English. Same as last year, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the history and significance of queer and feminism, this time under the theme of Pride and Prejudice. The festival is a platform and network for joint artistic-activist projects, for creating and strengthening of collaboration among diverse audience.
On the 17th of May LORI is marking the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) for the sixth year in a row in Rijeka - we chose this date for Smoqua as a symbolic point for raising visibility and awareness of the LGBTIQ topics in our society. Rijeka is still the only city in Croatia which supports IDAHOT by flying a rainbow flag above the entrance of the City of Rijeka Town Hall – so is there a better way to open an International festival of queer and feminist culture? :)
1st Smoqua was held in October 2017 and more about it you can find here.
Smoqua is a part of flagship Kitchen, Rijeka 2020 - European Capital of Culture.
Pride and Prejudice
What are prejudices? By definition, prejudices are preconceived stances not based on reason or actual experience. All festival activities are therefore aimed at introducing visitors to LGBTIQ and feminist topics as well as to developing a critical attitude toward them. Through open conversation, interventions in the public spaces and art we open the door to dialogue with the audience, leave a trace in the city and create a transcultural platform where gender identity and sexual orientation, whatever they are, are accepted with pride.