Random Acts of Community Love | 09 Sept, 15:00 – 01:00 Recyclart
Programme Schedule per Stage
15:00 - 16:45
1 hour 45 minutes
Queer-Feminist Self-defence Workshop
In the workshop, we will create a safe(r) space to reflect on the experiences of sexism, queerphobia and violence. We will practice verbal and physical self-defence techniques and develop prevention strategies. Sixteen (16) people will be admitted to the workshop, and you can secure your own participation by registering in advance. If any free spots remain, it is also possible to join the workshop by showing up.
17:00 - 18:00
Moving Meditation: The answers lie inside of you
To enjoy the art of being you. In this workshop, we strengthen the mind-body connection through a combination of dance, breathwork and yoga. Gentle exercises will guide you to come home to your body, to yourself. As humans, we're naturally wired to experience emotions. Movement is a powerful way to express and release them. After moving and breathing deep, all that is heavy might immediately feel lighter. This is a soft and gentle practice, we will always respect the limits of our bodies. No experience in dance or yoga is required. Twenty (20) people will be admitted to the workshop, and you can secure your own participation by registering in advance. If any free spots remain, it is also possible to join the workshop by showing up.
18:15 - 19:15
Culedo: le jeu de tous vos fantasmes
Qui a fait l'amour avec qui ? Dans quelle salle ? Avec quel objet ? CULEDO est un outil préventif destiné à un public majeur, qui sensibilisera tout·e un·e chacun·e à la santé sexuelle queer ! CULEDO fait sa sortie officielle pour Random Acts of Community Love, viens donc jouer aux premières parties du jeu en avant première ! Ce sera surtout l'occasion pour toi d'incarner et de rencontrer les personnages du jeu, à l'occasion d'une partie grandeur nature ! Quelles identités prendra ce mystérieux théâtre orgiaque ? Qui sera suce-pecté·e ? Qui sera a-cul-sé·e? Ce sera à toi de tout élucider... Dix (10) personnes seront admises au jeu, et vous pouvez assurer votre participation en vous inscrivant à l'avance. S'il reste des places disponibles, il est également possible de rejoindre le jeu en se présentant sur place.
19:30 - 20:30
Hypnotherapy Queer Joy
A group hypnosis session inviting you to access the power of the trance state and the potential of the subconscious mind to cultivate and speculate worlds of pleasure, queer joy, and connection. This experience combines the practice of hypnotherapy with the synergy of voice, electronics, and resonant instruments. In this deep relaxed state, a hypnotic narrative and live soundscape will bring you on an odyssey through the theatre of your own mind and open the portals of possibility. Twenty-five (25) people will be admitted to the workshop, and you can secure your own participation by registering in advance. If any free spots remain, it is also possible to join the workshop by showing up. *People with a history of psychosis should not undergo hypnosis without first talking to their medical practitioner.
20:45 - 22:00
1 hour 15 minutes
Panel Discussion: Rethinking Motherhood
During this panel discussion, we will explore the concept of motherhood. Our aim is to create a platform to dive deeper into alternative forms of motherhood, challenge societal norms, and celebrate the power of love, support, and resilience within our diverse communities. We will draw inspiration from the vibrant and inclusive world of the Ballroom scene, which has long thrived as a haven for queer and trans folks. We will discuss how motherhood can transcend traditional boundaries, embracing chosen families and the mentorship and support found within this community. Moreover, we will explore the transformative potential of motherhood and its deep connection to our emotions
22:00 - 22:30
Ball Room - the Elite Kiki House of Bodega
The legendary Elite Kiki House of Bodega from Paris will invite us into their performance and tell us abou the significance of the ball room scene among BIPOC queer communities.
22:30 - 23:30
DJ Set - TORVVIC
Texas-born, Madrid resident, @Torvvic will assemble a bunch of recent pumping house joints to create one driving and sweaty bomb of a mix ready to blow up any dancefloor.
23:30 - 01:00
1 hour 30 minutes
DJ set - DJ Shahmaran
Focusing on energy rather than genre, DJ Shahmaran draws inspiration from rave, jungle, juke, electro, deconstructed club, breaks, house; anything and everything carried through breakbeat rhythms. Their mixes are high in energy marked with episodic moments of reflection. Named after the myth of Shahmaran, their intention with mixing is to lure you into her cave filled with nocturnal critters and together embark on a dramatic journey through escape, ecstasy, and love; the groundwork for you to dance away the contradictions of life.
15:00 - 16:15
1 hour 15 mins
*kraftuz klexos: Experimental Embroidery Workshop
In this experimental embroidery workshop you will embroider onto your photograph/postcard, or create a composition combining it with different papers scraps, threads, and stitches to turn your photograph into a piece of art. After a quick intro session, Gamze will show you some simple paper embroidery techniques. You don’t need any previous experience. You will all make a stitch sampler so that you can practice, and refer back to this. Then we get to stitching! You can focus on the photograph/postcard that you bring, or create a collage piece with it. Throughout the workshop I encourage everyone to chat, be comfortable, ‘stitch and bitch’, or listen to music and do your own thing. Embroidery circles have always been spaces to drink tea, talk shit and make beautiful things. What should you expect? • Stitching the fragments: of time, of place, of self • Memory and heritage: ancestral remembrance, creative archiving • An act of resistance: decolonising and reclaiming culture, femmage • Therapy: to slow time, to craft with hands and eyes And honestly there’s something therapeutic about repeatedly stabbing something with a tiny sword and making something beautiful
16:30 - 17:30
Info Session: Know Your Rights - Police Edition
While the notion of police being there to protect us is a long-standing belief, many of us associate law enforcement services with instances of abuse of power, misconduct, and discrimination. This is precisely why we consider it crucial to educate ourselves about our fundamental legal rights when dealing with the police, such as the right to remain silent, the right to have a lawyer present, and protections against searches. Under what conditions and how can the police check my identity? What should I do if I witness or am the victim of police abuse? How can we find a balance between law enforcement and individual freedoms? More generally, what are my rights when dealing with the police? This session aims to open a safe(r) space to share experiences, as well as for the Police Watch to guide us through best practices for interacting with the police in various situations, including demonstrations, street encounters, and arrests. We will gain valuable insights into how to respond and hold police officers accountable, whether its us being targeted or we are bystanders witnessing an incident.
17:45 - 19:15
1 hour 30 mins
Fanzine Making Workshop
During this workshop, we will explore the political importance of zines, as well as the relevancy DIY booklets have had for the queer movement. We consider documentation of queer community to be an important and political act in a world with oppressing structures constantly trying to erase our existence, and would like to welcome you to be part of the larger documentation project queer art is in this world. We will show you how to make simple DIY fanzines, have a brainstorming together and hopefully make some cool fanzines! We encourage you to make your zine in whatever medium feels comfortable to you, and we will make space for drawing, text, collage, or any other art form! If you have any materials laying around at home like magazines or pens, feel free to bring them.
19:30 - 20:30
Info Session: Know Your Rights - Sex Work Edition
This session aims to promote understanding and awareness, address misconceptions, and provide support to individuals involved in or affected by the sex work industry. The overall goal is to ensure that sex workers in Belgium are aware of their rights and have access to resources that can help improve their safety and well-being. This session will be in French.
15:00 - 17:00
DJ Set - dj KOUG
After leaving an indelible mark on Tbilisi's music scene, with residencies at the city's premier gay bar Success and techno havens of Mtkvarze and TES, dj KOUG now will captivate you with an eclectic mix of disco, 90s synth-pop and melodic house.
17:15 - 17:45
Spoken Word by Sesa / musically accompanied by Alex H. Smith
Sefora Sam, known as “Sesa”, is a spoken word poet, author and performer based in Antwerp, Belgium. She gets inspired by both the little and the big events that cross her path daily. Sesa is mostly known for heartfelt, vulnerable and brutally honest introspection through poetry. Her superpower is spinning love, growth, acceptance and love of self out of heartbreak, insecurity and childhood trauma. She is the author of poetry collections “The Thrill of Victory” (2016), “The Break Free” (2020) and the work book “Rose Quartz” (2019). During this perfromance and by sharing her poetry and creating space for healing, Sesa hopes to build a community that feels less alone and grows together.
18:00 - 19:45
1 hour 45 minutes
DJ Set - Deborah X
A founding member of Rotterdam’s AMPFEMININE, DEBORAH X will bring direct injections of hard hitting sounds that flow straight to the bloodstream. An irresistible force in the booth, she will whip up dancefloor frenzies with track selections that you just won't ignore. Unrestrained by any single style, Deborah X swerves between underground electronics and future dancefloor classics via detours through percussive drum machine workouts that pull no punches. Familiar with heavy basslines and warped breakbeats, approach her harddrive with caution because the fire on there makes it too hot to handle.
20:00 - 20:20
Poetry Performance by Soraya
By translating her feelings, Soraya Candido explores what it’s like to feel human, lost, discriminated, privileged, heartbroken, in love, living under patriarchy. Darkness can be a gift too, the vulnerable moments contain lots of magic.
20:30 - 22:00
1 hour 30 minutes
DJ set - Vikken
VIKKEN collects caps: Artist, DJ, producer, member of the live improvised techno duo Vatican Soundsystem, and keyboardist. Behind the turntables, he enjoys blending genres in dark disco and techno sets. His refined and demanding selection reveals his pronounced taste for heavy bass and uncompromising beats, as well as guilty (or not so guilty) pleasures, often unexpected.
Celebrating the queer history of Tarot, exploring queer and trans narratives of gender and sexuality, and diving into the power of Tarot and self-exploration. Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin will help you shuffle your fate with a queer tarot deck!
Stitch & Bitch: Repair Café
Would you like to learn how to give your clothes a new lease on life? The clothes repair stand will be there to offer quick and easy modifications and repairs, from fixing buttons and hems to creating crop tops or adjusting waistlines. Come by, chat with us, and find new ways of staying away from fast fashion.
15:00 - 21:00
Books by Valiz
Valiz is an independent international publisher based in Amsterdam. Valiz publishes titles on contemporary art, theory, critique, design and urban affairs. Their books offer critical reflection, interdisciplinary inspiration, and often establish a connection between cultural disciplines and socio-political questions. Valiz will bring a selection of their publications to the festival, including the books from their PLURAL series, a book series focusing on intersections between identity, power, representation and emancipation, and the way these play out in the arts and in cultural practices. Apart from publishing, Valiz organizes lectures, debates and other cultural projects. The Valiz team will be present to tell you all about their latest and forthcoming titles and other activities!
17:00 - 18:00
Guided Meditation: Food for thought
Follow a guided meditation exercise that centers food as a tool for exploration. Together we will discover how food has the power to reconnect with one's body & mind, with one's environment and with each other. Understanding power of food opens the door to discussion surrounding queer nature, queer identities and how to trust one's own intuitions when it comes to our selves as natural beings.
15:00 - 21:00
Radical Release Ritual by Queers in Space
Queers in Space will bring their research to the spaces of the festival to ask the queers of Brussels what they think about the city, what are the issues they encounter in their everyday lives, and most importantly, what are their aspirations for the future through an interactive activity with a cathartically explosive ending :)
15:00 - 01:00
Sober Space and short-movie projections
A dedicated area will be created in the yard of Recyclart for us with sensory sensitivities. This will be a sober, neuro-friendly area, where any person who wants to stay away from the crowds, loud noises, bright lights for a short or long period can chill on puffy chairs and have a glass of alcohol free drink. Noise cancelling headphones will be provided. There will be a handful of short movie screenings, as well as some participatory activities, available in the space.