Pride in QC Arts

Charlotte LGBT arts groups team up for a ‘festival within a festival’

by QNotes Staff  Staff Reports  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: August 16, 2013 in A&E / Life&Style

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LGBT arts groups and individual artists say they’ll team up to present their first-ever “festival within a festival” celebrating LGBT art and culture at this year’s Charlotte Pride.

“Flourish” is two days of music, film and theater at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and will be hosted Aug. 24 and 25. It is an official attraction at the the Charlotte Pride PNC Bank Festival Zone along S. Tryon St. The event is presented by the Queer Arts Consortium, a loose confederation of the city’s LGBT artists.

“Charlotte has perhaps the richest, most vibrant LGBT arts scene in the Southeast,” said John Quillin, managing artistic director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and an organizer with the Queer Arts Consortium. “We have three choruses, a band, a theater company, dance, photography, fine art, film, history — the list just keeps getting longer and longer. Performances and exhibits by Charlotte-based cultural groups reach over 10,000 people every year.”

In total, at least nine local groups or individuals will participate in Flourish, including the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte, One Voice Chorus, Charlotte Pride band, Queen City Theatre Company, Triptych Collective, StillOut LGBT Photography Club, the Gay Charlotte Film Festival, Stephanie Dykes and Joshua Burford. Additional participants will be announced as they are confirmed.

Gerald Gurss, artistic director of One Voice, Charlotte’s LGBT mixed chorus, said Flourish is designed so that audiences can drop in and stay for as little as 15 minutes.

“Something different is happening every 30 minutes in the performance spaces,” he said.

Christopher Lawing, vice president for programming at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, said the museum is excited about hosting Flourish, which will be presented in the museum’s lobby from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25.

“We’re delighted to help showcase Charlotte’s active and growing LGBT culture and arts,” Lawing said. “The museum is looking forward to welcoming Charlotte’s gay community into the Bechtler. We are waiving entry fees so that attendees of Flourish can interact with our current exhibitions while enjoying the festival.”

For more information on the event, announcements of additional participating groups and a schedule of activities during Flourish, visit queerartsconsortium.org. : :

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