Smoqua Festival

Smoqua - Festival of Queer and Feminist Culture.

Kris Grey for the first time in Croatia @ Smoqua

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“The stories I tell demonstrate the constructed nature of gender as a social phenomenon, rather than a biological imperative” - Kris Grey is a New York City based gender-queer artist whose cultural work includes curatorial projects, performance, writing, and studio production. They perform, teach, and exhibit work internationally. In addition to their individual practice, Grey collaborates with Maya Ciarrocchi under the moniker Gender/Power.

What is a Holy place? - Ruth Borgfjord on Smoqua

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Romanian artist Ruth Borgfjord questions position on women in religion on Smoqua through performance. 

Ruth Borgfjord defines herself as a queer artist. Her work is multidisciplinary – she uses installations, performance, video art, photography and short films to convey a message. She builds her work based on her own chronology combined with games of the imagination and research, linking activism with art.

Queer UP! Party by LORI: Smoqua 2nd edition

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Dear all! 

We’re excited to invite you to the Queer UP! Party by LORI: Smoqua 2 edition - no registration, no censorship – nonstop until morning! Queer UP! Party is a part of Smoqua - the Second Festival of Queer and Feminist Culture in Rijeka (17-19 May).

More about other events of Smoqua with the theme Pride and Prejudice read here:

Last year we’ve enjoyed the performance by House of Flamingo and Zbeletron, and this year we are bringing the queer icon of Serbian clubbing - Sonja Sajzor.

Where?  Club Crkva, Ruziceva 22
When?  Saturday, May 19th at 23:59 

Smoqua - Festival of Queer and Feminist Culture in Rijeka: Pride and Prejudice

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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.


smoqua plakat smallSmoqua 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.

Festival of queer and feminist culture "Smoqua"/ Rijeka/ 12th – 14th of October, 2017

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Smoqua is a three-day regional festival which takes place in Rijeka from 12th to 14th of October 2017, with participants from Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. This is the first time that this festival is organised and we hope it will continue to exist and grow during the years that follow.

Overall objective of the festival is introducing queer and feminist culture to the public through artistic content (exhibition, performances), audio-visual concepts (drag show, concert of the feminist band, short film screenings etc.), workshops, panel discussions, and info booths of the CSOs and initiatives established for protection and promotion of women's rights and rights of the LGBTIQ persons. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn about history and the importance of queer and feminist culture, to develop critical awareness, to explore the cultural and social context and psychosocial dimension of this culture. The program includes cultural institutions, CSOs and individuals distinguished in queer-feminist culture from local community and from regional countries.

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