The Queerotic Festival is produced by a small team of dedicated people who are committed to celebrating the joy of being alive, while questioning the shame, guilt and fear of love and intimacy that so many of us today still struggle with.
Peter Banki, Ph.D is the Director of Festival of Love and Lust, as well as being the Founder and Director the School of Really Good Sex and of the Festival of Death and Dying. Peter is also member of the Philosophy Research Initiative at the University of Western Sydney, where he has also lectured and tutored in the School of Humanities and Languages.
He holds a Ph.D from New York University (September, 2009). His book The Forgiveness To Come: the Holocaust and the Hyper-Ethical is forthcoming in December 2017 with Fordham University Press. His current research interests include the intersections between philosophy and sexuality, and the politics of reconciliation and forgiveness in relation to cultural trauma.
Sarah Roffey is Curatorial Advisor to the Queerotic Festival as well as the festival's Operational Manager and Helper Coordinator. She is one of the founders of OFF THE WALL INC and also one of the founders and facilitators of Sydney’s Critical Perspectives on Madness Reading Group. She has experience facilitating therapeutic and educational groups and workshops, including on sex and madness. Sarah is interested in the intersections between the body, writing, literature, erotica, sexuality, madness and the exploration of diverse experiences.
Ira Zev advises with the dramaturgy of the Queerotic Festival, including the Opening Sensorium, the Love and Lust Lounge and the Closing Ceremony. She holds a BA in sociology with a background in education. She is a writer and general lover of and advocate for creative expression. Ira is the co-founder of the EroticART Project, a project that creates radical spaces for interactive erotic creativity.
Ira endeavours to educate and advocate critical thought by creating space for critical discussion and radical experiences in relation to sex, sexuality and how we interact with it.