The Sydney Queer Erotic Festival
Darlinghurst, 11 February 2018
The Sydney Queer Erotic Festival is a full day clothes-on festival of over 20 workshops and performances exploring different aspects and variations of queer eroticism. The festival combines erotic education with the visual and performing arts and embodiment. It will be held on from 9:30am-8pm on Sunday 11 February at East Sydney Community Arts Centre, 34 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.
For us, queer eroticism implies a kind of creativity, a way of being inventive. It involves playing with codes, genders and genres, mixing them together, to make them say or become something else. To be queer is to play on a different basis, according to different rules. It invents new games, or finds new ways to play old games, with a different meaning and/or intention. Above all it is a way of being vulnerable, but at the same time being strong.
Festival Idea: Ira Zev, Production and Realisation: Peter Banki, Ph.D & Sarah Roffey
In this workshop, we will explore the seduction codes of different genders and sexualities. How do they walk, hold themselves, look? How does one play seduction in an offensive way or passive way, or one that alternates? How does one define one's prey and one's predatory animal? Why does one frighten away certain partners? Why does one often attract the same archetypes to the detriment of others?
Coming from a love of sparkly subversive queer performance and terrible vintage sci-fi, the Clitorati are the way to bring the Glitrotis to the people.
These ambassadors for the clit make the subject super approachable by combining dance and performance with audience engagement and education on the ways and wonders of the clitoris. It means its not a detached art piece in a museum or photograph; people can come up and have a chat or a hug, take some selfies, gently stroke the Glitoris. We want it to be fun to learn about our bodies and pleasure. After all that is what the clitoris - the only known organ who's only purpose is pleasure - would want.
Angela and Bradford are a married couple originally from the United States currently living in Sydney, Australia. They are both bisexual and have been living in an open relationship since the day we started in this relationship. Some think this means that they aren’t committed to one another, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. They are fiercely loyal to one another and consider each other to be “home base”, the place they will always return to no matter what. In this workshop they will share a bit about their relationship and how they handle their bisexuality as part of an open relationship. They will also discuss bi-invisibility. What is Bisexual Invisibility? How does it affect bisexual persons? How does it affect those around them? How can family, friends, and even the greater community help to minimise bi-invisibility?
This workshop is for anyone interested in learning a bit more about bisexuality, the swinger community, open relationships, BDSM and everything else your vanilla friends refuse to talk with you about.
The Queer Erotic Performance Night will begin at 7pm on 11th February at ESCAC. It is possible to purchase tickets just for this.
Good sluts are safe sluts. Safety is a basic aspect of ethical, responsible conduct and an essential part of keeping things sustainable. You want to have exciting, connected, juicy sex that doesn't endanger your health, doesn't land anyone in hospital and doesn't require complex psychological after care. This workshop will explore physical and emotional safety in sex: risks in sexual encounters, conceptual tools to think about risk and health, steps you can take to protect yourself and others, testing regimes for STIs, the basics of good emotional boundaries and Q&A.
In this workshop we will explore our cat nature. Everybody comes with feline accessories, life furry ears and/or a leopard jacket. For those who wish there will be the chance to perform.
Sexy disability is an interactive workshop where people are encouraged to set aside their preconceived ideas, and beliefs on what is sexy. Donald was born with cerebral palsy, and all through his adult life has gone to great lengths to explore his sexuality, and feels that his sexuality is still evolving.
Donald enjoys showing people that disabled people are sexual beings like everyone else on earth, and through participating in group exercises, throughout the workshop, people can experience what it is like to be disabled and sexual/sensual.
The work of Body Electric is to help people experience their potential as fully integrated, loving and self-aware beings through personal growth exercises, touch, conscious breath, and honouring the wisdom of the body. The individual’s work can then affect healthy and positive changes within many communities.
Educating our erotic bodies is one of life's great adventures. At Body Electric we celebrate the body's capacity to serve as a truly valuable and authentic guide for wisdom and insight. Through our workshops we offer opportunities for exploring your path as an erotic and spiritual being.
In these workshop we will explore how to integrate an anarchic perspective to erotic tying. This doesn‘t mean to tie without structure. It needs even more consideration and patient finger work to make creative decisions. Depending on the group, we will repeat some traditional basics for those who are new to erotic tying. These mechanics will then be taken as a basis for less graspable patterns.
For many years queer people were identified as having a mental disorder by the medical professions. Only recently thanks to queer activism have homosexuality and non-normative gender presentations begun to be recognised as expressions of human diversity.
Nonetheless, confusion about one’s developing sexuality or disclosure of a non-normative sexuality is still often met with punishment, discrimination and pathologisation. Such confusion may result in anguish, breakdown and suicidal thoughts.