ABOUT NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL

Our signature program is the National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF), an annual multidisciplinary Festival held May through July throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Each year we commission over twenty performances, visual arts exhibitions, and interdisciplinary showcases and in the process, we support hundreds of artists and production crews.

Since 1998, NQAF has presented more than 800 different events that have featured more than 2,300 LGBTQ+ artists including Bill T. Jones, Alice Walker, Robert Rauschenberg, Meredith Monk, Adrienne Rich, Marga Gomez, Justin Chin, Thom Gunn, Cherrie Moraga and Dorothy Allison. Many artists find their start at the festival. NQAF is the largest queer arts festival in North America.

2022 NQAF

25TH ANNIVERSARY

This year’s 25th Anniversary National Queer Arts Festival will take place June 9, 2022 through June 23, 2022 and will be a hybrid festival, in-person around the Bay Area and virtual worldwide. The 2022 NQAF theme “Our Destiny” honors the work of artists in the present and all the abundant possibilities for our community in the future. The National Queer Arts Festival centers Queer, Trans, Gender Nonconforming, Intersex, Two-spirit, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTI2SBIPOC artists) and honors their work.

NQAF 2022 CATALOG

Coming soon!

Download The Future Is… 2021 NQAF Interactive Catalog: NQAF_2021

2022 EVENTS

PAST 2021 EVENTS

PAST NQAF 2020 EVENTS

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Black Faggotry

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Black Faggotry a book celebration, a community gathering a night a Black Gay Male Excellence. Join Dazié Grego-Sykes and featured performers Blackberri, Marvin K. White, Sampson McCormick and Rotimi Agbabiaka.

June 18, 2020
7pm / PST
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Awilda Rodríguez Lora and Cristóbal Guerra Naranjo

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Instagram takeover
June 1 - 7

Artist conversation online
June 3, 2020

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

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Instagram takeover
June 8 - 14

Artist conversation online
June 10, 2020