NQAF 2016 Press


The 19th Annual National Queer Arts Festival
May 20 – July 2, 2016 – San Francisco/Oakland

The National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF), now celebrating its 19th year, is a month-long festival of music, dance, visual art, spoken word, poetry, comedy, theater, and film featuring over 40 performances and exhibitions in multiple venues throughout San Francisco.


Lorenzo Cardim Performance
Queer-It-Yourself Expo and Fair

NQAF 2016 highlights include Creative Labor’s Queer-it-Yourself Expo and Fair visual art exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center (Opening on June 5), Topsy Turvy Queer Circus @ Brava Theater (June 3 & 4) and festival favorites Radar SuperStar (June 9), Queer Women of Color Film Festival (June 10 – 12), and Fresh Meat with Sean Dorsey (June 16 -18).

Plus – 22 Creating Queer Community commissioned works will make their debut in NQAF 2016.

Creating Queer Community
Queer Cultural Center(QCC) has awarded grants to 250 artists to create original performances presented in the National Queer Arts Festival.

This year Qcc has commissioned 22 new works that will be featured in this year’s festival, representing an amazingly diverse array of talent showcased in venues in San Francisco and an expanded program in the East Bay.

The National Queer Arts Festival
Since 1998, QCC has organized an annual month-long National Queer Arts Festival.

To date, the Festival has presented more than 2000 Queer Artists including Bill T. Jones, Alice Walker, Robert Rauschenberg, Meredith Monk, Adrienne Rich, Marga Gomez, Justin Chin, Thom Gunn, Cherrie Moraga and Dorothy Allison. The festival is the largest queer arts festivals in North America. This year we are pleased to announce our expanded program in the East Bay.