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.

2021 FESTIVAL

This year we welcomed you to join us for The Future is… the 24th Annual National Queer Arts Festival. 

To honor community care and wellness, this year was our very first all-virtual festival. We miss being with you, we know this past year has been like no other, and we were so happy to have the chance to be in a virtual community with you.

90% of the funds raised through festival tickets went directly into the pockets of artists. This year we launched a festival pass, giving you direct access to all 13 shows showcasing our Creating Queer Community Artist Cohort and the entire calendar of events!

NQAF 2021 CATALOG

This year, all elements of the festival are virtual including our catalog.

Check out the NQAF interactive catalog to see the details of all 25 festival shows! You can click on links to find descriptions, ticket links, social media, and more!

Download The Future Is… NQAF Interactive Catalog: NQAF_2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fresh Meat Artists
Future Is Queer Country
QWOCMAP poster
Pic of Gina Stella dell'Assunta
Black background with white letters and three people seating. It describes the show's name and the artists.
Flyer with queer dancers and artists for the Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival

PAST NQAF 2020 EVENTS

Illustration of peacock and profile photo of brown skinned person flexing their arm

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

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

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Instagram takeover
June 8 - 14

Artist conversation online
June 10, 2020
Curly haired person with one side of head shaved wearing a red shirt and overalls

Marcela Pardo Ariza

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Instagram takeover
June 15 - 21

Artist conversation online
June 18, 2020
Brown curly haired person holding their hair up in black short sleeved jumpsuit standing against backdrop of green leaves in an outdoor space

Pati Cruz

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Instagram takeover
June 22 - 28

Artist conversation online
June 25, 2020
Speckled halftone background text says Puerto Rico and the Bay Area: A Cuir / Queer Conversation

Puerto Rico & the Bay Area: A Cuir/Queer Conversation
June 30, 2020
5pm (PST)

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Aquí estamos / here we are artists and collaborators join curator, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera, for a live online conversation. How do we imagine collective futures from a domestic space? What privileges does that entail? How have shelter-in-place and lockdowns affected each individual artists' practice?

aquí estamos / here we are
Virtual Exhibition
June 1- 30, 2020

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An online exhibition paired with intimate artist talks that launch every Wednesday in June and weekly Instagram takeovers by featured artists. This work is an act of collective solidarity, regeneration, and celebration between queer artists from the Bay Area and Puerto Rico redefining the domestic space.