About Loslassen Verein
Festival of Sensations is officially run by the non-profit art and culture association Loslassen (“Letting Go”.) Our team aims to bring together a range of marginalized groups (LGBTQI+ community, BIPoC, disabled people, people with migration and/or refugee background). We are convinced that queer art does not have enough space (yet), but due to its emancipatory character it makes the world a better place.
Conceived by the organizing team of several events (The Parallel Universe, The Intimate Revolution, Lighthouse Festival), the event connects sustainability, art and the queer community. Now they want to combine their knowledge and commitment and implement this unique concept.
Since 2017, we have been creating “The Parallel Universe” events in Hainburg and Berlin – to letting go of taboo and sometimes shameful social norms and conventions in a safeR setting. www.loslassen.org
Verena has been involved with organizing The Intimate Revolution Festival and the sex positive techno event series Zusammen Kommen. They are an advocate for awareness in the club scene and part of the Viennese awareness collective awa_stern. Verena is currently writing their Master thesis in Gender Studies about activism against femicides in Turkey and is active in the queer feminist network Claim the Space, organizing vigils after every (trans)femicide committed in Austria.
Ali Sabahi works as an independent production manager and stage/space designer at international festivals. Among them are the Lighthouse Festival in South Africa, Ecstatica Festival in Thailand or X-Bash in Croatia. He brings over 15 years of experience from clubs, large events, open airs and festivals. Currently he is doing the artistic production for Life+, the supporting organization of the Life Ball, which promotes education, acceptance and open-mindedness in the field of HIV/AIDS.
Janina Vivianne is a sex-positive activist and event organizer. She is working in Europe to spread sex – & body-positivity and awareness regarding consent & safer sex . She is also the creator of The Parallel Universe – An Adult Playground and Festival of Sensations. In 2018 she co-founded Sex-Aware – a Safer Sex Association to promote sexual health, tests, and disease prevention. She is in the orga team of The Intimate Revolution festival, a sex-positive, kink-loving festival. The Sex-positive Community Europe project is a platform for information about sex-positivity in all of Europe where Janina is involved since 2018.
HP Loveshaft was born on the in the Soviet Union but hatched in the swelering sumer heat of Hollyweird in 2012. There, he self-produced a queer cabaret and play party Pangaea, which served as an spawning ground for numerous southern California drag kings. After relocating to Berlin in 2019, he joined the Intimate Revolution team as a facilitator and gender diversity advisor, drawing on prior work with events such as BIL, DOMCON LA, Wasteland Weekend, LosCon, HP Lovecraft Film Festival, BentCon, Fandom PDX and Summer House Weekend (UK). More information here. Follow on instagram for upcoming appearances.
Ella has recently broken free of the shackles of formal education – having finished their Anthropology master’s degree last spring – and now wants to actually do something about all of the issues they’ve learned about. With a focus on anti-racism and anti-capitalism, they’re putting their extensive experience in event planning to good use by loudly and proudly making the sex-positive community more queer and diverse.