Listing all events ONLINE

Online Opening Ceremony with Axel Pedersen- Nielsen

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During most of the previous festivals in the past it has been a tradition to start each day with a welcoming opening ritual. This time Axel will join and we will have a big global welcoming moment for the online aspect of our 3-day festival.

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Axel lives in Berlin and does bodywork with the Pantarei Approach and embodied counseling. He has roots in the Copenhagen left/trans/queer activist scene and is now interested in the intersection of social justice and embodiment. His work focuses on assisting groups and people on their journeys towards living lives full of strength, compassion and resilience.

Friday

10:00 - 10:30 CET

Authentic Relating with Laurie King

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Authentic Relating is an interpersonal meditation. It is the practice of listening and speaking from a place of presence and sensation, allowing us to weave richer and more truthful connections. Come play four Authentic Relating games, connecting intimately with people around the world :)

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I'm Laurie, and I love bringing people together! Since 2019, I've facilitated Authentic Relating and Authentic Dating workshops in 15 cities, 6 countries and 3 continents, including online, at festivals, and with organisations. My workshops have sparked thousands of connections globally, turning many strangers into life-long friends :) I look forward to offering another workshop to the community!

Friday

11:00 - 12:30 CET

Deconstructing & Decolonizing Yogic Practices with Daddypuss Rex

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Informational workshop plus a movement-based practice centered around dismantling mainstream and whitewashed notions and narratives of yoga and its history by presenting its African (Kemetic, Yoruba) roots and philosophies. Followed by a joyful, nurturing, body inclusive yoga session that incorporates postures, movements and breathwork honoring both the Vedic and the African lineages, accompanied by a really dope playlist. Led by Daddypuss Rex, a Black, non-binary, gender goblin and somatics & yoga guide.

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Iroko Yoga centers BIPOC and Queer/Trans experiences, narratives and bodies. Founded by Daddypuss Rex (they/them), a Blaqueer, non-binary trans yoga teacher, critical race & gender educator and community organizer whose aim is to empower practitioners of all intersections and identities to fully engage with and exercise their agency on and off the mat as an act of radical self-acceptance and as an act of sustainable community resistance.

Friday

13:00 - 14:30 CET

"Be a Man," they said with Sanjay Kumar & Shyam Pillai

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This workshop seeks to provide a space for exploring the male gender. We will be looking at how being a cis or trans man impacts our daily lives, what are our own constructs around the male gender. We will be using a model and theory by Ann Ladd: Layers of Personality to understand our own gender identity and expression.

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Sanjay and Shyam are both Psychotherapists from different integrative models, each having their own respective private practices working internationally in UK, Canada and India. Both have worked over the years with gay/bi/queer men individually and in groups, in person and online. Sanjay and Shyam also run workshops together for queer men in India providing a space for exploration, healing, growth and community building.

Friday

13:00 - 14:30 CET

Sluts, Sodomites & Perverts: moving beyond sexual monoculture with HP Loveshaft

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HP Loveshaft examines the role of sex positivity, inspired by his experiences with queerness, kink & non-monogamy. Drawing on anthropology, psychology, neurochemistry & history, he challenges people to re-examine their relationship to difference.

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HP Loveshaft is a drag king fizzycyst & trans-Atlantic transsexual who has been splitting atoms, asses & personalities across the globe since 2012. Born in the Soviet Union & raised in Los Angeles, HP breaks down borders between entertainment & activism with his - often pantsless - performances.⁣ He is a member of the House of Presents as well as the collective Queerdos. In his free time, HP enjoys swing dancing & sushi.

Friday

14:30 - 16:00 CET

The Heart of Experience with Gal Naor

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How can we fully embrace the invitation for self-observation as a result of the global pandemic? What are our collective/personal missions these days? Can we first come to terms with ourselves and redefine our freedom? Let’s revive the inner dialogue with our Sacred Animals and discuss all vital perspectives for our wellbeing.

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Gal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, choreographer, and founder of The progressive wave, a creative initiative in Berlin. In their work, they combine dance, performance art, visual art, and consciousness studies. Their approach to the performance world is inclusive and based on the understanding that each body should move in its unique way. Including a diverse range of performers, their work is encouraging the empowerment of queer identities.

Friday

16:00 - 17:15 CET

Sexy Strippy Dancercise with Jorge De Hoyos

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Get yourself hot and horny in a fun group dance class. We’ll start slow and steady, preparing our bodies to sweat, pant and shake from that kundalini feeling deep inside. It’s a follow-along dance-sexercise class with plenty of space to improvise on your own. Heart rates and hip thrusts will accelerate. Please wear clothing! …we got to get it hot in order to strip it off.

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Jorge De Hoyos is a contemporary dancer, performer and choreographer from California, based in Berlin since 2012. He loves to channel sexual and sensual energy when he warms up to dance…a potent and grounding way to connect to his own body and joyful when he can share this on the gogo platform, in a rehearsal room, a stage or on the dance floor.

Friday

18:00 - 19:00 CET

the space in and around the closet with esmat ahmadian

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what was/is it like to be in the closet?
where did we go since then? where are we now?
where do we want to be?

this workshop is an invitation for a body-centred conversation,
with space to feel into our bodies and reflect collectively.

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i am certified sexological bodyworker, in training to become a somatic experiencing practitioner.
my own explorations of queersness were/are shaped by my art practice, the radical faeries and social justice practices.

Friday

18:00 - 19:30 CET

Living Intersectional Masculinities with Tony Whitfield

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Many of our lives have been shaped by ongoing struggles with the domination of white heterosexual men. Those struggles are complicated by our own embrace of the masculine aspects of our beings and the extent to which our changing individual practices of masculinity defy and are undermined by the dominant stereotype. In this workshop we will explore the intersectional relationships of race, gender, economics, ethnicity, ability and religion on the construction of our authentic, forgiving, thriving and rich masculine selves.

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Tony Whitfield is an artist, designer, educator and writer who has recently relocated to Detroit after decades in New York City where he pursued a multifaceted creative practice in the contexts of academia, arts administration, curating, government and design production. His work which has been shown in galleries and museums in the US and abroad, centers on the development of narratives through the exploration of material culture manifested in images, evidence, artifacts and heirlooms.

Friday

20:00 - 21:30 CET

Exploring and meditating on the seven chakras in the queer context with Sanjay Kumar.

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We will explore together each of the seven major chakras, their meaning, significance and impact in our queer lives. We will spend some time in mindfulness practice through guided meditation on each of the chakras. The workshop will involve sharing from the heart, from the wealth of our individual experiences, listen to and learn from each other's wisdom, on how we might achieve alignment and balance of these chakras.

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Sanjay is a Psychotherapist with a private practice working internationally in UK, Canada and India. Has have worked over the years with gay/bi/queer men individually and in groups, in person and online. Sanjay also runs workshops for queer men in India providing a space for exploration, healing, growth and community building.

Saturday

11:00 - 12:00 CET

Layers of Intimacy with Sanjay Kumar & Shyam Pillai

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This workshop facilitates an exploration of ourselves and the way we function in our relationships using a model and theory put forward by Ann Ladd: Layers of Personality. We will take time through sharing and exercises to understand each of these layers and how they influence the way we relate with ourselves and others as queer men.

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Sanjay and Shyam are both Psychotherapists from different integrative models, each having their own respective private practices working internationally in UK, Canada and India. Both have worked over the years with gay/bi/queer men individually and in groups, in person and online. Sanjay and Shyam also run workshops together for queer men in India providing a space for exploration, healing, growth and community building.

Saturday

13:00 - 14:30 CET

Queer Fundamental Love with Dr. Renee McCoy

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This colloquium will explore how religious/spiritual beliefs and practices have historically influenced active engagement in love, intimacy, empathy and compassion for queer persons. It will examine influences on queer life and experiences as well as the positive and negative impacts of spiritual beliefs and practices on self-esteem and relationships in the past and today? How do we reconcile negative feelings that have prevented self-acceptance, authenticity, positivity and realizing greatest, power and possibilities as Queer persons?

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Renee McCoy is ceramic artist, medical anthropologist, activist, spiritual leader and writer living and making art in Seattle, WA. She has a lifelong commitment to issues of spirituality and social justice among LGBTQ persons and to confronting systems that use spirituality to diminish and weaken queer persons. She uses clay to remain spiritually and culturally grounded. She has a doctorate in anthropology, focusing on global health issues, marginalized groups, community organization, HIV/AIDS and spirituality.

Saturday

16:00 - 17:30 CET

Toward Our Queer Truths with Tony Whitfield

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For many queer people, coming out is a critical act of liberation and self-preservation as well as a model of truth-telling as an essential mechanism in creating the authentic life we want to live. Sometimes painful and fraught with contradictions, honesty, as a practice, can be difficult to achieve and demands, often, that we transcend internal and external constraints created by shame and fear. In this workshop we will explore telling our truths as a daily activity that facilitates our physical, mental and spiritual flourishing as individuals in our public and private lives.

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Tony Whitfield is an artist, designer, educator and writer who has recently relocated to Detroit after decades in New York City where he pursued a multifaceted creative practice in the contexts of academia, arts administration, curating, government and design production. His work which has been shown in galleries and museums in the US and abroad, centers on the development of narratives through the exploration of material culture manifested in images, evidence, artifacts and heirlooms.

Saturday

18:00 - 19:30 CET

Lost at Sea with Puddles and Sunny (blood n guts love machine)

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Puddles the Pelican is a broken, scrappy, one-eyed bird, who lives on a cruise ship at the end of time. A survivor of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, Puddles, squawks, moans, and tells stories of love and loss to keep the cruise ship passengers awake as they sail towards a howl – blind, eternal, and empty – on a sea that is no longer blue, but a rusted dark orange. Choking on bits of tar, flailing, all-fantastic Puddles quacks: “Once a glorious bird, now covered in oil. Which one of you bitches has a match?”

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Jeremy Wade is the queen in service of Puddles the Pelican, “This bird has me working like a dog,” says he/him. Disruption, Excess, Hyper Vulnerability – Wade coming from NYC has made a name for himself as an extreme performer and performance maker. His works, also incorporating curation and social practice, are disturbing and thought-provoking: they revolve around queer and feminist strategies of world making, relational ethics of care, zombie subjectivity, the violence of social norms and a difficult hope for the complicated now. This practice runs through the body and is always entailing an intense socio-political critique.

Saturday

20:00 - 21:00 CET

Self-Translated - a playful mindful celebration with Gal Naor

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Let’s move together! In this dancing session, we set our intentions and dive separately together into an abstract physical journey. We learn to listen to our body knowledge, practice handy “power stations,” and expand our mutual heart. Dress up comfortably or wear casual; this is an invitation to recharge our mental/emotional/physical bodies and listen to the unspeakable hidden Self.

This inclusive session is exclusively addressed to all types of GBTQ men.

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Gal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, choreographer, and founder of The progressive wave, a creative initiative in Berlin. In their work, they combine dance, performance art, visual art, and consciousness studies. Their approach to the performance world is inclusive and based on the understanding that each body should move in its unique way. Including a diverse range of performers, their work is encouraging the empowerment of queer identities.

Sunday

10:00 - 11:30 CET

Forging Allyship/Embracing Allies with Tamara Oyola Santiago

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Facing an evolving pandemic and political currents that threaten our ability to thrive and realize our potential, our futures are tied to relationships that extend beyond our natural and proven affinity group. This session explores our capacity, skills and commitments needed to recognize and embrace allies. How do we conjure trust, reveal our needs, articulate priorities, establish boundaries, accept challenges and failures, listen carefully, remain willing to give and accept help. In short, engage, accept and sustain allyship?

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Tamara Oyola-Santiago is a public health educator. Areas of life work include harm reduction services grounded in social justice in Puerto Rico and New York City. HIV/AIDS decriminalization, self-determination and LGTBQIAGNC health. She is co-founder of Bronx Móvil, a fully bilingual (Spanish/English) mobile harm reduction syringe service program and part of What Would an HIV Doula Do collective (http://hivdoula.work), a community of people joined in response to the ongoing AIDS Crisis.

Sunday

16:00 - 17:30 CET

World Transitions with Vanasay Khamphommala

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Regardless of its gender, the world is transitionning: cultures, ecosystems, economies are changing rapidly, locally and globally. Our gender identities (trans, cis, other) and their transformations are expressions of and reactions to the many contexts in which they happen. Using intersectionality to understand the way they are constructed, we will question the realities that shape our genders, their ressemblance and difference, and question what we express through them, politically, erotically. How do we resist or embrace the transition of the world itself?

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Vanasay Khamphommala is a French-Lao dramaturg and performer who trained as a musician (but found it too difficult) and an academic (but found it to haerd). In 2017 they founded Lapsus chevelü, a company that develops a series of performances exploring European myths from a trans and postcolonial perspective.

Sunday

18:00 - 19:30 CET

Closing Circle with Facilitators, Volunteers and Participants

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The closing circle is an opportunity to sit together, to reflect, speak and listen with our bodies, hearts and minds to some experiences of the festival. As a way of closing and transitioning, everyone is invited to share something that perhaps touched, inspired or irritated them during the past three days.

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Sunday

20:00 - 21:00 CET

 

The list of facilitators and the program of Stretch Festival for Gay, Bi, Trans & Queer Men are subject to last-minute changes.