Queerfest 2015

25th November 2015

News, Student news, Alumni news

Queer Week, Wadham’s annual celebration of LGBTQIA culture, culminated in Queerfest in the gardens on Saturday.

  • Photos by Alex and Ollie

Organised by Wadham students, Queerfest is Oxford’s biggest student celebration of Queer culture, complete with live music and dancing.

Events during Queer Week comprised talks, films and workshops focussed on a range of topics including a Global Issues and Asylum Seekers panel, a De-whitewashing Queer Spaces panel, a discussion of the meaning of Christian love for the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Asexual) community, a queer health panel, consent workshops, and charity presentations.  Evening entertainment included a queer open mic and music night, cabaret and film screenings.

D&G, a composition by Joseph Currie (DPhil Music), Wadham’s John Brookman Scholar, was played in Wadham chapel, accompanied by the Chapel choir. Said Joseph “D&G hopes to provide a space for reflection, a space for meditation on what has been achieved, on what must still be done.”

Describing the composition he added: “D&G is a celebration, an amplification of queer voices that so often go unheard by so many. The electronic track is made up entirely of these voices, of archive recordings of interviews after the riots at Compton's Cafeteria and The Stonewall Inn, from Amanda St Jaymes, Felicia Elizondo, Red Mahoney, Birdy, Miss Martin, Silvia Rivera. From the ACT UP Ashes Action, from Miss Major, Arca, How to Survive A Plague. From Pauline Oliveros, But I'm A Cheerleader, Round the Horne, Penal Code Section 240.35... Among these voices, the choir sings Libera me: set me free.”

Queer week and Queerfest were organised by Olivia Braddock (the SU LGBTQIA Officer), Hannah Cassens-Marshall, Xander Sykes, Eleri Watson & Entz officers Otti Hart, Ollie Braddy, Keshvi Radia and Desa Markovic.