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Life Guarding

Wolfgang Tillmans

THURSDAY 3/6 - 17:30 - 20:30 / OPENING /

FRIDAY 4/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SATURDAY 5/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SUNDAY 6/6 - 12:00 - 20:00


“Life Guarding” is based around water metaphors, both in the track’s lyrics and in its visuals. It is a film-collage by Tillmans, edited by Michael Amstad, that explores shifts its lens “between micro and macrocosms, collages of body parts, fruit and insects, we find him equally paying attention to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean as well as to the ‘same’ water in the form of drops, evaporating on a hot kitchen plate”


Rooftop lovers

Vasilis Kekatos

FRIDAY 4/6 - 18:00-21:00

SATURDAY 5/6 - 12:00-20:00

SUNDAY 6/6- 12:00-20:00


When the whole city is in quarantine, the roofs of apartment buildings are transformed into fields of freedom. Fields of expression and existence without restrictions.


LGBTQI + couples show us what it is like to love and be loved over the harsh landscape of Athens.


Comfortably Wild

Nikos Menoudarakos

SATURDAY 5/6 - 12:00-16:00
SUNDAY 6/6 - 12:00-16:00

“Comfortably Wild” is a photography slideshow - an ongoing project, about an existing, real world that is unknown to many of us. It is about the  (r)evolution of the Athenian queer scene and society from 2016 until today, a “miracle” between raw reality and fantasy.



Dimitrios C. Masouras, George Griefy, Jonathan Kemp, Nikos Mainaris, Javier Alejandro Cerrada,  Savvas Kokkinidis, Slava Mogutin, Kopros Slave, Vasilis Vilaras, Trix Rosen, Paul Coombs, George Kanis, Helias Doulis, Ilias Sapountzakis, Unseethat, Giulia Astesani,

Neige Sanchez, Vasilis Safos,  Thomas Mendonca

KAVLA is an independent publication of The Queer Archive Festival involving LGBTQI+ artists of all creative backgrounds. Editors Konstantinos Menelaou and Helias Doulis invited artists, writers, poets and thinkers to participate in a queer dialogue of aesthetics and words and to ignite fresh and meaningful conversations around queer experience, art and culture.

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Bird Watching

Xristina Trixa

SATURDAY 5/6 - 16:00

Traditional Bird Watching is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity. The ideal goal of this activity is to recognise and identify different types of birds, however, reaching this goal is not a priority. “Birding” is more about the process, one that has to do with full attention to the surroundings and with slowing down. Through this process, birders (the people performing birdwatching) learn to listen, observe, and to think about what it is that they are seeing, understand behaviours and to exercise their curiosity.

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Drag Bus Tour

Aria Di Vine, Helena Hudson, Marianah Grindr & Shamonette

SATURDAY 5/6 - 18:00-20:00


In collaboration with “Shamonette”, The Queer Archive Festival invites you to step on a flamboyant open-top bus tour around the city of Athens, for two full hours. In this fun, fruity and fabulous experience, Aria Divine, our royal hostess, along with Helena Hudson, Marianah Grindr, will be blasting out campy hits and give you a hilarious tour around Athens’ best-known landmarks.

Greek Queer Art Today

Theodore Antonopoulos with Panos Michail, Andrea Gilbert, Helias Doulis, Dynno Dada

FRIDAY 4/6 - 18:00-20:00


How is the Greek and especially the Athenian queer art scene defined today? Does such a distinct artistic community exist, what is its character, what is its impact, its influences, its points of reference? How much is queer art accepted and encouraged by educational institutions, organisations and the art world in general? Is there fertile ground for queer artists in Greece, is there interaction with and support from the wider LGBTQA+ community? What impact has the pandemic had on the queer scene?   


Comfort Zone

Andy James

THURSDAY 3/6 - 19:00 - 22:00 / OPENING /

FRIDAY 4/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SATURDAY 5/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SUNDAY 6/6 - 12:00 - 20:00


Comfort Zone takes perspective on interpersonal relations, drawing parallels between experiences and sidelining what differentiates our identities. The tapestry is woven with juxtaposing natural and industrial fibres and divided into three sections, legible from behind and sensorily elsewhere.

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Tamir David

THURSDAY 3/6 - 19:00 - 22:00 / OPENING /

FRIDAY 4/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SATURDAY 5/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SUNDAY 6/6 - 12:00 - 20:00


High rank army generals presenting their androgynous body characteristics. A virtuous noble woman wearing a strap-on dildo. A prestigious officer indulging his curves. Herma by Tamir David is a series of drawings and etchings, celebrating the ongoing shifts in social values and gender representation. 


To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause

Marina Doritis

FRIDAY 4/6 - 10:00 - 22:00

SATURDAY 5/6 - 10:00 - 22:00

SUNDAY 6/6 - 10:00 - 22:00


To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause presents video works by artists that deploy music, sound, and storytelling to explore queer narratives. At the heart of the selected works is a desire to share personal experiences and public histories, and to broach ideas around sexuality and gender politics. The notion of performativity is evident in all the works, recalling the writings of José Esteban Muñoz and the utopian potential of the queer aesthetic and subject. 



Daniel Pinheiro

THURSDAY 3/6 - 19:00 - 22:00 / OPENING /

FRIDAY 4/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SATURDAY 5/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SUNDAY 6/6 - 12:00 - 20:00


Tethered is an amalgam of footage recorded from the online platform chatroulette between March and April 2020. It started as voyeuristic practice to witness how the pandemic could be (re)shaping these online channels of communication across the network and it became an exercise of critique on the concept of the saturated self (Gergen). In most cases, during the online visits to the site, the users were given the image of themselves, a sort of feedback of their own immediate reality.


Sophie Tribute

Christos Tzovaras, Christos Karoutis, Electra Vossou, Eleftheria Sotirchou, Athanasia Koutzoucha, George Dereskos, Mairi Giannoula, Eirini Moraitelli, Iliana kakarantza, Marina Kladi, Μarianna Tsikmanli, 
Maria Kabanou, Evini Pantelaki

SUNDAY 6/6 - 18:00

A tribute to the acclaimed avant-pop artist and recently deceased music visionary, Sophie. This short and modest, yet fond, farewell to the most influential trans artist in the modern music industry will take place in Pedion Areos, on Sunday (06/06) around 18:00pm. 

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The Thinker Performs Live

Dynno Dada

THURSDAY 3/6 - 21:00


A continuous improvisation of spoken word, along with abstract rhythmic beats created on the synthesizer of Dynno, who developed this form of narrative in 2016 and has since presented their work in dark rooms, during guided tours and group shows. Dada orchestrates a coexistence of conflicting patterns of thought, through a stream of consciousness verbalization, the result of which is left to be directly influenced by the environment and the given circumstances.



George Striftaris

THURSDAY 3/6 - 17:30 - 20:30


FRIDAY 4/6 - 17:30 - 20:30

SATURDAY 5/6 - 17:30 - 20:30


George Striftaris' first tools come from his experience as an actor and casting director. It is this experience, imbued with his love for painting, that guides and defines his photographic art. Dedicated, simple, relentless, he manages to encapsulate in his images those dimensions of reality that we miss.



Ermina Apostolaki, Vasiliki Apostolaki, Filia Milidaki

THURSDAY 3/6 - 19:00 - 22:00 / OPENING /

FRIDAY 4/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SATURDAY 5/6 - 12:00 - 20:00

SUNDAY 6/6 - 12:00 - 20:00


Using the design of a tourist postcard and creating small scale public space installations resembling the layout of tourist shops, we aim to bring to the foreground stories left out of the public sphere based on identity issues.

The Queer Archive Festival Soirées

Roman & Saradis, Dodo
K.atou, Jacob of Capadoccia,
Clubkid, Pepper Levain


THURSDAY 3/6 - 20:30 - 00:15

FRIDAY 4/6 - 20:30 - 00:15

SATURDAY 5/6 - 20:30 - 00:15

SUNDAY 6/6 - 20:30 - 00:15


The Queer Archive festival joins forces with Hollywood pub, some of the best DJs of the city and performer Pepper Levain for a series of social interventions.

Dedicated to promoting the queer arts and culture as well as giving artists across the board a platform where they can showcase their work, the festival supports both Greek and international leading artists alongside the best emerging talent whose work touches upon queered or queer-responsive approaches to human experience.

Open and accessible to all, “The Queer Archive Festival” suggests a diverse programme that cuts across a wide range of disciplines and mediums and brings together artists, activists, curators, venues, artist-run spaces and spectators in a citywide celebration of the very best of queer arts and culture. Video installations, exhibitions, walks, workshops, master-classes, experiential art, performances and numerous other forms of contemporary media is part of the festival’s activity. Focused on highlighting talent, encouraging creativity and, promoting engaging and progressive contemporary art, which reflects modern queer culture, the festival ultimately aims at creating a bustling hub that praises diversity and supports social inclusivity.


The term “queer”, which still resists strict definition, is today used as an umbrella term for a wide range of genders and sexual identities that exceed and blur binary lines, opening up space and creating new, vibrant and inclusive landscapes. “Queer” often commonly linked to the LGBTQI+ culture, but can also be interpreted in a broader sense at the same time; for instance, in a transverse as well as resistant fashion to the norm and as a hybrid form.


The Queer Archive Festival is a celebration of all the things that bring us together as a community; a celebration of love and queer culture in all its forms. The queer experience is certainly a continuous struggle, yet our existence cannot be reduced to that, even though there are  gains derived from this very struggle which makes our community resilient, robust and creative. The queer experience is gratifying and is to be relished to the utmost.


The festival is powered by the creative platform “The Queer Archive” with the support of Onassis Stegi.

Αφοσιωμένο στην προώθηση των queer τεχνών και της queer κουλτούρας, καθώς και στη δημιουργία μιας ανοιχτής πλατφόρμας για την παρουσίαση έργων που προέρχονται από ένα ευρύ καλλιτεχνικό φάσμα, το The Queer Archive Festival στηρίζει εγχώριους ή μη καλλιτέχνες, τόσο καταξιωμένους όσο και ανερχόμενους, τα έργα των οποίων θίγουν, αφορούν ή αφορμώνται από θέματα που απασχολούν την queer κοινότητα, προτείνοντας νέες προσεγγίσεις ανθρώπινης εμπειρίας.


Ένα φεστιβάλ ανοιχτό και προσβάσιμο σε όλους, με ποικίλο πρόγραμμα πολυμεσικών εμπειριών, γίνεται σημείο συνάντησης για καλλιτέχνες, ακτιβιστές, επιμελητές, πολιτιστικούς χώρους και θεατές. Video εγκαταστάσεις, εκθέσεις, περίπατοι, workshops, masterclasses, διαδραστική τέχνη, performances και πολλά ακόμη σύγχρονα μέσα αποτελούν μέρος της δραστήριοτητας του. Υπογραμμίζοντας το ταλέντο, ενθαρρύνοντας τη δημιουργικότητα και στηρίζοντας προοδευτικές και ενδιαφέρουσες νέες προτάσεις στη σύγχρονη τέχνη, που αντικατοπτρίζουν την queer κουλτούρα του σήμερα, το The Queer Archive Festival φιλοδοξεί να δημιουργήσει ένα ζωηρό πυρήνα διαφορετικότητας και να ενισχύσει την κοινωνική αποδοχή και τη συμπερίληψη. 


Ο όρος “queer”, ο οποίος μέχρι και σήμερα προβάλλει σθεναρή αντίσταση στον αυστηρό προσδιορισμό του, αποτελεί μια ευρεία διατύπωση, η οποία περιλαμβάνει ομάδες πληθυσμού με παρόμοια χαρακτηριστικά φύλου και σεξουαλικής ταυτότητας  και συναφή βιώματα περιθωριοποίησης και κοινωνικού αποκλεισμού. Τόσο ο όρος, όσο και όλοι όσοι επιλέγουν να αυτοπροσδιορίζονται ως “queer” σήμερα, υπερβαίνουν και καθιστούν ασαφή τα όρια φύλου και σεξουαλικότητας που θέτουν οι κοινωνίες, κάνοντας χώρο και δημιουργώντας νέα, ενεργητικά και δραστήρια τοπία συλλογικής ύπαρξης. Ταυτόχρονα, o όρος μπορεί να λάβει και μία πιο ευρεία, υβριδική έννοια, συμπεριλαμβάνοντας οτιδήποτε αμφισβητεί, λοξοδρομεί και αντιστέκεται στη νόρμα.


Το The Queer Archive Festival είναι μία γιορτή όλων εκείνων που μας καθιστούν μία κοινότητα, μια γιορτή της queer κουλτούρας όπως αυτή εκφράζεται μέσα από κάθε μορφή τέχνης. Σαφώς η καθημερινότητα της queer κοινότητας χαρακτηρίζεται από διαρκή πάλη, όμως δεν περιορίζεται αποκλειστικά σε αυτό, ακόμα κι αν αυτή η πάλη αποδεικνύεται συχνά επωφελής, καθιστώντας την queer κοινότητα ανθεκτική, δυνατή και δημιουργική. Η queer ύπαρξη καθεαυτή είναι γεμάτη χαρά και αξίζει να την απολαμβάνουμε στο έπακρο.


To φεστιβάλ είναι μια πρωτοβουλία της πλατφόρμας The Queer Archive με την υποστήριξη της Στέγης του Ιδρύματος Ωνάση.


The team

Director/Curator: Konstantinos Menelaou 

Creative Copywriter & Assistant Curator: Angeliki Kouroutzi 

Production Manager: Ricardo Ibusquiza 

Technical Manager: Agelos Pascalidis

Sponsorships: Smaragda Nitsopoulou, Danai Vardali 

Social Media Manager: Dimitrios Kousoulas 

Creative Design/Branding: Yan Petris, A Project by 

Website Design: Studded Betrayal 

Events: Agelos Pascalidis, Maria Politi 

Kavla Fanzine Design: Yannis Petris, A Project By    

Kavla Fanzine Editors: Konstantinos Menelaou, Helias Doulis 
Press: Angeliki Kouroutzi 

Poster photography: Kostis Fokas 

Poster design: Yan Petris 

Festival Assistants: Helene Flodrops, Tugba Varol, Kristina Konchits, Emma Ait Kaci

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