Sunday, September 9, 2018

ILGCN'S 3rd NORDIC RAINBOW HISTORY & CULTURE MONTH -- October, 2018 

Stockholm -- Preparations continue for the ILGCN's (international rainbow culture network) 3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month -- October, 2018 again in a dozen Nordic cities on both sides of the Baltic Sea -- from Umeå in northern Sweden and again in the southern Baltic capital of Vilnius in Lithuania.
  
The Nordic Month begins for the third time in Umeå -- this time as a "curtain raiser" part of Umeå Pride. The 2018 Month again includes the 2nd Rakvere Festheart LGBT Film Festival in the northern Estonian town of Rakvere -- this time the 2nd festival --  and for the first time, the Estonian city of Tartu -- with a focus on rainbow art and the Finnish painter/ author, Tove Jansson of Moomintroll fame.  

The Nordic Month's 2018 events include the 2nd LGBT culture program at Södertälje Konsthall (art gallery)  in this city just south of Stockholm and for the first time, the day-long Södertälje LGBT Film Festival at a city cinema. 

At the Stockholm stage, special guests from outside of the Nordic region include Kurt Krickler of Austria, making a presentation both in Södertälje and Stockholm about early Austrian co-operation with colleagues in Eastern Europe. Others are American artist, Victor Adenian -- new LGCN culture ambassador from Colorado, the Australian ambassador to Sweden, Jonathan Kenna and a representative of the Canadian Embassy in Sweden.

Nordic speakers will include Swedish journalist Anne-Marie Sörberg, Johan Earhart of the Norwegian Bamse Bear organization, GöranStanton of the Swedish Police talking about hate crimes against LGBT people, Rolf Solheim of Norway on humanistic support of LGBT rights, Sarah Florén, chair person of Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers)Ulf Andersson of Amnesty Press, Swedish veteran activist, musician and song writer,  Jan HammarlundAnders Paulsson soprano saxophonist and diver to save coral reefs, Swedish musicians Dosan Johansson and Peter Fröberg, etc.

Outstanding immigrant/refugee input is coming from Sama Abdelsamie of RFSL newcomers and RFSL trans persons, Swedish/Iraqi artist David Amin and Belarus activists/ LGBT refugees in Sweden.

The Stockholm stage of the Nordic Month also includes the 2nd Bear International Festival October 15-18 -- discussing Bear solidarity, culture and co-operation with colleagues in Eastern Europe.  
                  
Month-long History & Culture Events in Finland

"We are so pleased that our colleagues in Finland have decided not to have only a day or two for LGBT culture and history, but a whole month--  from October 15-November 15," says Bill Schiller from the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm. 

The ILGCN also plans meetings  with the prize-winning Bear Park Café in the Finnish capital, Helsinki Gay Theater and a Russian-speaking meeting in the nearby city of Espo.

New for this year is an event in the Norwegian city of Bergen with the "queer training" of museum staff by the Skeivt Archive (rainbow archive) of the University of Bergen and ends in Oslo at the end of October during the Nordic Council sessions with invitations to Nordic Council parliamentarians meeting to discuss Nordic LGBT co-operation -- and support for  rainbow culture and identity.

More information:  

Sarah Florén, Month co-ordinator for Södertälje , Tupilak     facebook    www.tupilak.org
Sander Cecilia Neant Falk, Month co-ordinator for Södertälje,     Tupilak     facebook
Bill Schiller, Month co-ordinator for StockholmILGCN   facebook    www.ilgcn,tupilak.org

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ILGCN's "BEYOND EUROPE" EUROPRIDE EVENT FEATURES CANADIAN ARTIST

Stockholm -- Music, song, poetry and cultural presentations were part of the program at the ILGCN´s "International Rainbow Event - beyond Europe" celebrating this "Pride in the City" part of Stockholm Pride & Europride 2018 in the Swedish capital.

The star performer of the event was Lynx Dean, an LGBTQ artist from Canada, proving that music is indeed the universal language. Lynx had the entire room clapping along to their song "10 Things" - a song that is performed every year at Toronto City Hall for "Trans Day Of Remembrance." Following the performance, people expressed that they were "impressed, inspired and moved."

The event took place at the Whippet Lab & Social Justice Club in the Swedish capital -- a venue promoting LGBT culture and international solidarity.

Following this successful performance and a second "Pride in the City" performance at another Stockholm venue, Lynx Dean has been invited to return to Stockholm for a performance in January, 2019.

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More information: bill@tupilak.org
ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm "facebook"

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BEARS INTERNATIONAL CALLING -- August, 2018

BEAR ART IN STOCKHOLM

Works of Bear International art award diploma winners were displayed at the Stockholm,  August 12 celebration of the ILGCN-initiated 1st International Day of Rainbow Culture/birthday salute to Finnish/Swedish author/painter Tove Jansson.

This took place at the Wippet Lab/Social Justice Club along with LGBT poetry, song and music and other LGBT art works.

Adding to the international greetings came from Mike Wyeld and Charlie Hunter of Toronto/London, winners of Bear International annual Bear art award diplomas. (see "ILGCN," "Tupilak," "Bill Schiller" facebooks)
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2ND BEAR INTERNATIONAL CULTURE FESTIVAL -- STOCKHOLM, OCTOBER - 2018

(part of the 3rd Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month taking place in a dozen Nordic cities.)


Monday, October 15:  --  "Why Bears on the Rainbow Barricades?" --panel with John Earhart of Norwegian Bamse BearsBears International written statements from Andrus K. of Lokys Bears - Belarus, Andrew of Ukrainian Bears, Vladimir of Moscow BearsAlexei of Petersburg Bears

Tuesday, October 16  "Nordic Co-operation with Bears in Eastern Europe: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus" -- panel discussion

Wednesday, October 17 -- Bear art and photographty exhibition of Bear International annual art award winners
(from Spain, France, Toronto/London,  New Zealand, Australia, Russia.)
                                           
Bear short films from Denmark, Iceland, Norway
                                          
Announcement of Bear International art award winners -- 2019

(Alas we have no travel funds but hope to provide private accommodation for visiting Bears!)

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MORE BEAR ART

More Bear art and photos from Spain, Russia, Ukraine and other  countries have been added to the ILGCN (internatonal rainbow culture network) and Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) international travelling ILGCN/Tupilak art and photo exhibition.
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PROPOSALS FOR BEARS INTERNATIONAL ART DIPLOMAS 2019...?

New proposals are wanted for winners of the 2019 annual Bears International art diploma winners -- to be announced at the Bears International Bear festival in Stockholm in October, 2018 (see above) and hopefully handed out at the next Bearty-Tallinn session in March, 2019 in the Estonian capital.

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Bill Schiller, Bears International Stockholm  (facebook and e-mail)
Andrew Cy-Bear Netic,  Bears International Kiev (facebook)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

1st INTERNATIONAL DAY  RAINBOW CULTURE/TOVE JANSSON BIRTHDAY SALUTE
Stockholm -- The ILGCN-declared 1st International Day of Rainbow Culture and the birthday of Finnish/Swedish author/painter, ToveJansson (of Moomintroll fame) was celebrated in a number of nations all over the world -- from the August 9 Tove Jansson's birthday anniversary to the 12th in the Swedish capital.
A "skål" with Finnish beer in Helsinki on the 9th -- to honor the home country of Tove and her American-born, Finnish woman, Tuulikki Pietilä, and their 40-year partnership --  a Finnish"skål" at the Gay Games in Paris on the same day, an Estonian rainbow "skål" in Tallinn on the 10th. .. a Belarus vodka "salute" in Minsk, a Bear burger-&-beer salute in Moscow, a birthday skål with red Hungarian wine in Budapest, a Canadian "birthday" picnic and literature reading in Vancouver, a rainbow salute from Uganda and Armenia ..and more.
In Stockholm on the 12th, the day was honored by a poem from Tupilak's "house poet," Tomas Åberg dedicated to one of Moomin's famous cartoon character friends and Sweden's Peter Fröberg sang "Autumn Song" ("Höstvisa") -- the beautiful text by Tove Jansson urging everyone to live life to the full and love each other before the bright, warm "summer" turns into the Nordic cold and darkening autumn.   The event also included art and photos of LGBT people from a number of nations and other works of  LGBT poets.
"The United Nations and other organizations have daily salutes to different aspects of the human struggle -- anti-racism, discrimination, IDAHO anti-LGBT discriminaton, women and children's rights, anti-AIDS hysteria -- and even salutes to nature such as to the environment, the oceans, the tree, the elephant and the cat!   said Bill Schiller of the ILGCN (international rainbow culture network) Information Secretariat-Stockholm and Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) at the event at Whippet-Lab/Social Justice Club in the Swedish capital."  
"We feel that it is high time that we honor the rainbow LGBT culture workers of the world -- both of the present and past -- as vital contributors to LGBT identity, visibiity, human rights and creativity," Schiller concluded.
Some of the Written Greetings to the International Day and Tove Jansson
"Although "Höstvisa" is one of my favorite songs I am too busy with work for the coming issue of Amnesty Press to be able to celebrate Tove Jansson (at the event).
By the way, Amnesty Press published several (LGBT) articles during Stockholm Pride week. Have a nice Tove Jansson-evening!"

-- Ulf Andersson, editor of Sweden's Amnesty Press
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"I've sent an earlier email with a couple of 'prelude' photos (from Vancouver Pride, August 5th), promoting the International Day of Rainbow Culture.

These additional forwarded pics below illustrate celebration of the 9th, captioned thus:

"ILGCN secretary general for literature, Ian Stewart, in Vancouver, Canada reads aloud to Wordpress Music Blogger Richibi some early published works from Sappho in Paradise Book Prize awardees, Elsa Wallace and Michael Harth (both recently deceased), in celebration of the August 9 International Day of Rainbow Culture.

Best greetings on this truly fabulous initiative!"

-- Ian Stewart
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From Switzerland:

"Dear friends and colleagues,

I wish you all the best in the celebration of the International Day of Rainbow Culture and, of course, a happy birthday to Tove Jansson!

We have made so much progress towards equality in recent years, but there is still so much to do. The role of arts and culture is key, because legislative change can work only if arts and culture have been successful in changing a society's hearts and minds. Keep up the good work and I hope to join you in person on a future occasion.

Hugs to all of you"

-- Renato Sabbadini , former co-secretary general of ILGA
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"Today is the first annual ILGCN-declared ‘1st International Day of Rainbow Culture” celebrating this year with a tribute to Moomins creator, Tove Jansson. It’s their first year and we wish them all the best for the future. 

Galleries still are not collecting and exhibiting queer work; it’s something community groups will have to do. Let’s do it!" 

-- Mike Wyeld and Charlie Hunter of Toronto/London (creators of the "Loved" Bear art exhibit which has toured internationally and winners of Bears International annual art award diplomas for Bear culture!)

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Photos available.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

ILGCN Co-ordinators 2018

Belarus

Slava Bortnik -- amnesty@tut.by
Vladik  of Minsk -- photoladd@rambler.ru
Slava Bortnik
Slava Bortnik







Bosnia-Herzogivina

Svetlana Dirkovic boje@yahoo.com
Vanja Hamzic v.c.hamzic@abraham.ba

Bulgaria

Monika Pisankaneva info@queer_bulgaria.org

Canada

Paul Lee ganymed@interlog.com
Arsham Parsi (Iranians in Exile) info@arshampasi.net

Croatia

Zvonimir Dobrovic zvonimir@queerzagreb.org

Denmark

Birthe Havmoeller havmoeller@gmail.com
Birthe Havmoeller.jpg
Birthe Havmöller






Iran in Exile:

Arsham Parsi (Toronto) hrc@pglo.net
Arsham Parsi
Arsham Parsi






Italy

Renato Sabbadini esteri@arcigay.it

Japan

Eri Chimoto chimomo@silk.plala.or.jp

Latvia

Armins Ozolins kraft@one.lv
Andrejs Visockis andrejs.visockis@gmail.com

Lithuania
Arvydas Vogilis, translator avo@takas.lt

Macedonia

Ninoslav Mladenovic ninoslav.mladenovic@osce.org

Netherlands

Rod Evan info@aputheatre.com

Norway

Rolf Solheim solheim@human.no

Philippines

Angie Umbac

Poland

Pawel Leskowicz pleszkowicz@yahoo.com
Marchin Omietana (Krakow) marcin.smietana@interia.pl


Pawel Lskowicz


Portugal

Celsio Junior ilga-portugal@ilga.or

Romania

Accept adico@fx.ro
Octav Popescu popescu_octav@yahoo.com

Russia

Alexander Kukharsky (Petersburg) alex.kukharsky@mail.ru
Nicolas Alexeyev --  (Moscow) nicolas_alexeyev@yahoo.com

Nicolas Alexeyev
Nicolas Alexeyev






Serbia

Dusan Maljkjovic camp@beotel.yu
Bobo Stojanovic bobanqueeria@gmail.com
Dusan Maljkjovic
Dusan Maljkjovic






Slovenia

Igor Spanjol Igor.Spanjol@mg-lj.si

Sweden

Bill Schiller bill@tupilak.org
Arsham Parsi
Bill Schiller






Turkey

Ismail Alacagoglu ismail@kaosgl.org

Ukraine

Andrij Maymulakhin ourworld@gay.org.ua

United Kingdom

Ian Stewart istewart@alumni.sfu.ca 

USA

Robin Tyler robintyler@aol.com

Dennis L. Brown dbrown@snafu.de

LGCN Cultural Ambassadors 2018


Australia
Robert La Bua - journalist (Sydney) Australiarobertlabua@journalist.com


Robert La Bua

Austria
Peter Jobst - film and theatre lecturer (Salzburg)

Belarus
Alexander Plisecky - cabaret performer (Minsk)
Vladik - photographer (Minsk)

Bosnia-Herzogivina
Vanja Hamzic - artist (Sarejevo)

Brazil
Raimundo Pereira - singer (Rio de Janeiro)

Cambodia
Vnna Hem, film maker

Canada
Paul Lee - film director (Toronto)
Michael Gfroerer (Toronto) musician/composer michaelgfroerer@yahoo.caKloi Picot photographer (facebook)

Denmark
Anja Tollan - photographer (Copenhagen)Birthe Havmoeller -- Photographer / "Femine Moments" archiveshavmoeller@gmail.com


Birthe Havmöller

Estonia
Erkki Otsman -- cabaret singer (Tallinn)Keio Sommelt -- Film festival organizer (Rakvere)

Finland
ERI Dance Company (Turku) 


Tiina Lindfors

France
Vladimir Kara - artist (Paris)

Greece
Christiana Lambrinidis - theater director (Athens) rdornt@otenet.gr

Hungary
Tomas Lovas - Hungarian Trio, bass
Karoly Varga - Hungarian Trio, flute
Sandor Fehér - Hungarian Trio, singer

Iceland
Hördur Torfason - singer, musician (Reykjavik)

Iran in exile:
Arsham Parsi (Toronto) hrc@pglo.neti nfo@arshampasi.net


Arsham Parsi

Italy
Carlo Beltrami - actor, performer, poet beltramic@hotmail.comFrancesco Brunetti -- artist


Carlo Beltrami

Japan
Koichi Imaizumi -- film maker

Latvia
Armins Ozolins - video artist, painter (Riga) kraft@one.lv

Macedonia
Ninoslav Mladenovic ninoslav.mladenovic@osce.org

Moldavia
Iurie Matei of Genderdoc - artist (Chisenau)

Netherlands
APU Theater Company (Amsterdam) info@aputheatre.com

Norway
Oyvind Rauset - musician, artist (Oslo)

Philippines
John Ryan Mendoza -- journalist

Poland
Marcin Omietana (Krakow)
Oga Chajdas - film director (Poland)
Pawel Leszkowitz -- author, art curator

Portugal
Celsio Junior - artist (Lisbon) ilga-portugal@ilga.or

Romania
Octav Popescu -- human rights worker

Russia
Victor Kuznetsov, Oleg Maslov - artists (Petersburg)

Serbia
Jovana Dimitrijevic c/o bobanqueeria@gmail.com

Slovenia
Igor Spanjol Igor.Spanjol@mg-lj.si

Spain
Isaías Fanlo - journalist, writer (Barcelona) isaiasfanlo@hotmail.com


Isaias Fanlo

Sweden
Bitte Andersson -- film maker, cartoonish
Willi Reichhold - photographer (Stockholm)

Toronto/London
Mike Wyeld -- on Facebook for Bear Culture

Turkey
Ismail Alacagoglu ismail@kaosgl.org

U.K.
Steven Hornby -- film maker s.hornby@edu.saford.ac.uk

Ukraine
Edward Sen - singer (Kiev)

USA
Erica Eaton - video film artist (New York)
Robin Tyler - comedian (California) robintyler@aol.comP J Raval - film maker

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Note: Some ILGCN cultural ambassadors are also functioning
as ILGCN co-ordinators and may be on both lists.

Saturday, June 16, 2018






BEARS INTERNATIONAL CALLING -- JUNE, 2018

This year's Bears International Art Diplomas honour Bear artists in Russia, Spain and Australia:

This year's award diplomas go to photographer/Bear activist Vladimir Bob Lysenko of Moscow, Russia, Venezuelan-born artist, Juan Antino, resident of Madrid, Spain and Albert Koomen ("Bear in the Bedroom" film) of Melbourne, Australia. 

The winners are invited to submit a photo/sketch/film poster of their work for the growing "travelling" international exhibition of Bears International award winners over the years. (previous award winners are from France, Spain, U.K., Canada).

The exhibition is available for Bear events wishing to add a focus on award-winning Bear art
and photography at their events.

Alas, the diplomas include no monetary renummeration but are awarded with golden appreciation for work well done and for the confirmation that Bears are indeed important contributors to LGBT culture. The diiplomas are also not sent in the snail-mail but are to be handed out in pe
rson at some appropriate time and place.)

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Bears International plans on joining August 9 -12, 2018 events in Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm, etc. to mark the 1st International Day of Rainbow Culture.

The 9th is the birthday of Finnish/Swedish author/painter and former Tupilak (Nordic rainbow culture workers) member, Tove Jansson. More information coming.
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Bears International plans on joining events in the Nordic area for the 3rd Nordic Rainbow Culture & History Month -- October, 2018. More information coming.
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Bears International supports the creation of Tupilak/ILGCN rainbow culture pods. Now in preparation.