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Festival Program


Southeast Asian Queer Cultural Festival 2021

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Live Events

  • Opening Night

    Festival Opening

    Saturday, 13 February 2021 08:00 PM

    This kick-off event for SEAQCF 2021 will feature opening remarks from the festival advisory board, ASC and Voice; solidarity messages from allies in the diplomatic community; and the launch of Versus' song, 'Sundown'.

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    Musical Performance

    Musical Performance | Friday, 19 February 2021 07:00 PM

    VERSUS: QUEEN OF THE CITY is my introduction to the world as to why I am VERSUS, the Queen Of The City. It is a short film/live concert pre-recorded video extravaganza that can be watched anywhere you go: VERSUS IS FOUND.

    - VERSUS

    Watch it live on Feb 19, 7:00 p.m. GMT+8 here

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  • Hello, My Name Is Tamarra

    Live Performance

    Performance Art | Saturday, 20 February 2021 11:00 AM

    Whenever I say, "Hello, my name is Tamarra!" the question I often get is, "is that your real name?" Dissatisfied with the answer I give, they follow up with "are you male or female?" and "have you changed your sex?", which often continue to questions about my sexual orientation. Whether they are curious or it’s just as a joke, this is obviously very disturbing.

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  • Filmmakers' Table

    Panel Discussion

    Saturday, 20 February 2021 07:00 PM

    A conversation with queer filmmakers on the role of films in queering collective memory in Southeast Asia. Guest speakers: Cha Roque (My Mamily, Philippines), Anthony Chong (Deaf LGBTIQ, Malaysia), Marie Tayag (Wa, Nan, Philippines), Justice Khor (Lonesome and Malaysians Read LGBT Stories, Malaysia), and Ye Linn Htet (To Be 'Me', Myanmar). Hosted by Mikee Inton-Campbell.

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  • I Laugh ASEAN

    Live Comedy Show

    Comedy Show | Saturday, 27 February 2021 08:00 PM

    A queer comedy showcase featuring comedians from ASEAN countries who represent a diverse range of sexualities and gender identities, I Laugh ASEAN will be a melting pot of comedic expressions that strive to break queer stereotypes, making room for the voice of LGBTIQ comedians to be heard across ASEAN.


    Host : Brendan Goh 🇲🇾
    Headliner : Sam See 🇸🇬

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  • thenational.api: Journeying Between The Lines

    Panel Discussion

    Sunday, 28 February 2021 01:00 PM

    thenational.api is only one part of F9 – Fine's efforts to explore the nuances of being a queer migrant. Our historical fiction is by no means an endpoint. It is the start of a journey. A journey in which our stories are heard and validated.

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  • Speak the Unspoken

    Spoken Word Event

    Sunday, 28 February 2021 07:30 PM

    Spoken word poetry is a raw form of emotive storytelling, the same as written poetry for many queer Indonesians. Broadcasted live, you will witness Indonesian queers express their desire, their fear, their longing for recognition, their roots of origin, as well as what the future might be for them.

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  • Shh...Diam! Fake Live Performance

    Musical Performance

    Musical Performance | Friday, 5 March 2021 07:00 PM

    This pre-recorded performance marks the debut of the song 'Aku Hanya Insan Biasa yang Tak Kinki', written especially for this event. The song is about a person who feels that they do not belong in the world of online dating because they have no kinks, hence the theme of belonging. Shh...Diam! is a Malaysian queercore, genre-bending and gender-bending band. We love you.

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  • A/PART Poetry Reading

    Poetry Reading

    Saturday, 6 March 2021 11:00 AM

    A reading of poems included in A/PART: An Anthology of Queer Southeast Asian Poetry in the Pandemic. The reading will be hosted by the anthology editor Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr. and will feature poets from all over the region, including Aeoald Xerne Beuel, Andrew Kirkrose, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Eroheizst, Fajar Zakhri, Jhoanna Lynn B.

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  • PagkabuhiXPagpamatuk

    Live Cultural Night

    Saturday, 6 March 2021 07:00 PM

    PagkabuhiXPagpamatuk, which means 'BeingXResistance', is a queer cultural festival showcasing different performances of the lived experience and continuing resistance of queer Ilonggos in Western Visayas. The event will also feature the book launch of 'Pagsulat Duag: Queer Youth Narratives in Panay'.

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  • Native Culture and Colonial Repression: The role of Fantasy and Fiction in Reclaiming LGBTQIA+ Spaces in Southeast Asia

    Panel Discussion

    Sunday, 7 March 2021 07:00 PM

    A conversation with writers A. Xiao Wei, Joyce Chng, Tham Chee Wah, EK Gonzales, Slac Cayamanda, and Steno Padilla. Moderated by Joel Donato Ching Jacob.





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  • Conversation with Queer Visual Artists and Curators

    Panel Discussion

    Wednesday, 10 March 2021 07:00 PM

    A conversation with queer visual artists and curators Viet Anh Nguyen (Queerator, Vietnam), Jose Ardivilla (Agony/Ecstasy, Philippines), Khairullah Rahim (Twinkling Fortress, Singapore) and Ram Botero (Diwata, Philippines). Hosted by Ng Yi-Sheng.





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  • Thai Queer Movements

    Panel Discussion

    Friday, 12 March 2021 07:00 PM

    A conversation about Thai queer movements and activism led by Queer Riot.

    Watch it live on Feb 28, 7:30 p.m. GMT+8 here:

    It will also be livestreamed on ASC's FB page.

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  • home(un)bound: A Southeast Asia Digital Drag Fest

    Drag Show

    Saturday, 13 March 2021 08:00 PM

    A digital drag show from our homes to yours, featuring drag artists from all over Southeast Asia! As many people in the region navigate confinement amidst the pandemic, we explore how the diversity of our gender identities and expressions have been confined into strict binaries, and how drag as a queer art form allows us to break out of these.

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