Qaleidoscope Tour – UK/Ireland 2022 – will feature film and performance art by Queer and QTIBPOC artists that explore, question and play with notions of identity and utilize queer artistic expression to propose and investigate diverse ways of looking at sexuality, gender, race and film and performance art itself. Qaleidoscope Tour – UK/Ireland 2022, will be a well-textured assemblage of images, characters, ideas, and realities that collide in fantastical, personal, and playful ways to produce an ever changing, multi-faceted film and performance art viewing experience. Some films will focus on image, sound and abstract narratives; others present information, facts, and queerforward realities; while others share the pleasure and pain of individual and collective identities. Refractive content includes experimental and artistically rigorous films as well as heavy-hitting and thoughtful topics such as feminism, race, racism, fat activism, class, colonization, crip arts, politics, religion, violence, HIV/AIDS, gender and of course sexuality – all provided for their role in engendering awareness and insight on many levels. Transgressive and subversive play is also an important characteristic in a number of films, activating Queer City Cinema’s (QCC's) mandate to reflect hallmarks of queer image making – in this case, film with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek disposition and sensibility; injecting the programming with moments of intelligent, incisive humour – film that pleases and appeases.

Qaleidoscope Tour - UK/Ireland 2022 was conceived to promote the artistic vision of Queer and QTBIPOC filmmakers and performance artists whose work might not otherwise be shown in these parts of the UK and Ireland. These works, though falling under the banner of ‘queer’, remain relevant to the broader artistic communities in each of the locations, not only because of the subject matter broached but because many of the artists represented float amongst multiple disciplines within the context of film, visual and performance art. In this sense, artistic rigour and fluidity of experience are paramount in the programming for the tour.

One film program will be screened in each location and Jessica Karuhanga, our Featured Artist, will give an artist talk and a performance in Dublin.

This will be the seventh tour of Queer City Cinema’s programming. This tour follows QALEIDOSCOPE – QUEER FILM ON TOUR 2020 Canada -.Ottawa, Montreal, Sackville, St. Johns and Winnipeg, and QALEIDOSCOPE – QUEER FILM ON TOUR 2019 - Victoria, Yellowknife, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Thunder Bay. Past tours in 2001, 2002, and 2005 visited the cities of Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg, while the 2011 tour went coast to coast visiting the cities of Victoria, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Halifax and St. Johns.

In 2023, QALEIDOSCOPE – QUEER FILM AND PERFORMANCE ON TOUR - The Balkans - will tour to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Podgorica.

Gary Varro
Executive & Artistic Director
Queer City Cinema Inc.