The "Festival of Sensations" is a queer-feminist and body-positive festival, which will take place from 26-28.8.2022 in Hainburg, Austria. A total of 400 people will experience queer art with all five senses (seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and feeling). Diverse queer artists from all over Europe will create participatory experiential spaces that are more necessary than ever.
A colorful carnival of queerness & body positivity!
Rare are the places where we can do whatever we want. Places where we are allowed to freely pursue our desires and forms of expression, where social norms can be discarded. The Festival of Sensations is an event that creates such a place: A colorful carnival of queerness & body positivity!
Guests will not only be able to watch performances, talks, art and theater, but will also be able to become artistically active themselves – taking into account the necessary health safety measures in each case.
The body positive approach of the event creates a foundation to gently reconnect with oneself and others. After 2 years of pandemic, it is essential for us all to get to know and love itself and others anew. Our festival will provide for this with workshops, classes, talks and interactive games, providing tools to make new connections.
Consent, Care and Confidentiality
At the center of the event are the three Cs: Consent, Care and Confidentiality. The consent of all participants, consideration and confidentiality. In addition, there will be enough room for your own creativity, experimentation and self-expression. We invite our guests to contribute themselves creatively, and become part of the festival.
The Festival of Sensations was created out of the desire to give queer expression a platform, and to put it in the center instead of just on the sidelines. We strive to provide a safeR space for sensual development, physical expression and create ideal conditions through our diverse program, which is both participatory and just invites you to watch and enjoy.
bringing the queer community together
The festival also aims to provide opportunities for networking – as we are inviting queer activists and facilitators from all over Europe. Together instead of alone and in the fresh air instead of on the internet!
In our society, many people face marginalization. Queer and fat people, as well as people with immigrant backgrounds, often experience feelings of exclusion, being stared at and judged. This festival aims to create a safeR space where they can creatively and artistically live out their needs and expressions. Queer art is to be celebrated and the network strengthened. Together instead of alone and in the fresh air instead of on the internet.
Numerous workshops, performances & theater productions, installations, live music, DJ sets, a costume corner, film screenings, talks and discussions will bring together the themes of sensuality, sexuality, gender, utopia, love and connection within this festival.
On Festival of Sensations there is no space for:
- people who think there’s only two sexes/genders
- people who “don’t see color”
- people who think that fat people should just exercise more and are unhealthy
- people who think kinky people are sick/shameful
- people who deny disabled people their sexuality
- people who think that poor people are lazy
- people who think that migrants are homophobic and assaultive
- people who think that cis men are the real victims of patriarchy
We are aware that sexual orientation and/or gender identity are only one of many marginalized affiliations – people are not only queer but also experience other forms of marginalization, among them black people and people of color, people with disabilities, old people, fat people, neurodiverse people, people with a migration history or people who are read as migrants, people with low income or low education, etc. When organizing the Festival of Sensations, we strive to take into account the specific needs that arise from different experiences of discrimination and to create the most accessible space possible.