Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ERATO August 2010

ERATO— about rainbow cultural workers & friends

ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network) Information Secretariat

www.ilgcn.tupilak. org Stockholm August, 2010


2011 World Conference sites: Istanbul April 26-30/Ankara May 5-6, and Crimea, Ukraine August 26 to September 3rd:

Warsaw Hosts ILGCN World Conference

Warsaw – The 2010 ILGCN world conference/festival took place July 16-18 with seminars, performances, film screenings and art/photo exhibitions at the gay club Fantom and culture club Rasko – as well as participating in other alternative Europride events, the Rosa Rose European LGBT conference and with an ILGCN float in the Europride parade.

“We were proud to have the ILGCN back again in the Polish capital exactly 10 years after the world conference event here,” says ILGCN co-ordinator, Slawek Starosta.

“It’s very important for us to be at such events to help Nordic Award to Polish Social Democratic

break the isolation of our colleagues back tin Belarus and Party President Wojciech Filemonowicz (right) to make new contacts with (Continued on page 2) (photo by Slava Bornik)


ILGCN Seminars, Art in Swedish cities

Stockholm – The ILGCN Information Secretariat and allies have been hosting seminars on rainbow culture and international solidarity at a number of Swedish events during the year -- including the LGBT Festival in the west coast city of Gothenburg, the Rainbow Festival in the city of Eskilstuna west of Stockholm, at Stockholm Pride at the end of August and a “Congratulations Cabaret Salute to Warsaw’s Europride” event in early August also in the Swedish capital.

The seminars were complemented with Nordic rainbow music, films and art and photography from the ILGCN and the Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) Sweden’s Peter Fröberg travelling exhibit – including new contributors from Belarus and Cuba. at Stockholm’s Warsaw Salute (Continued on page 3)


2nd Rainbow Cultural Festival in St. Petersburg Lives on

Russian International Queer Culture Festival

St. Petersburg -- September 16-25 of this year, the International Festival of Queer Culture is coming to St. Petersburg, Russia for the second time. This is a non-commercial project whose goal is to promote tolerance and diversity and to attract society’s attention to the problems of homophobia and transphobia in Russia through the language of art. (Continued on page 2)

Warsaw Conference…

Budapest Trio – among performers in Warsaw

(Continued from page 1) with other LGBT activists

” says Slava Bortnik, ILGCN co-ordinator of Belarus.

“Together with the Belarus delegates here in Warsaw, we have planned a near-future ILGCN event in Minsk to help break isolation of the LGBT community in this the last dictatorship in Eastern Europe,” says Lukasz Palucki, secretary general of the ILGCN Eastern Europe Secretariat-Warsaw.

“We were very happy to play our music both for the ILGCN event and for the Rosa Rose meeting,” says Thomas Lovas , ILGCN Hungarian cultural ambassador along with the other members of the classic Trio music group.

“It was good to join in ILGCN events after our Berlin and Stockholm conferences,” adds Jessica Jayne Maertin, ILGCN cultural ambassador from the Czech Republic, who described the cultural scene at her adopted home country and got both ILGCN participants and others involved in folk dancing.

“Because of the Icelandic volcanic cloud disrupting air traffic in May, we decided to postpone this year’s planned conference stage in Istanbul/Ankara to May next year and for personnel reasons, the same with the planned conference stage in Crimea, Ukraine until May 1-4, 2011,” explains Bill Schiller, secretary general of the ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm. The Warsaw gathering also approved new ILGCN cultural ambassadors from Belarus, Canada, Turkey, Israel and Nigeria.

Bifrost Awards to Pole, Swede for LGBT Support

At the conference, Bill Schiller of the ILGCN and chairman of Tupilak (the Nordic rainbow cultural workers) handed out Tupilak’s 2010 “Bifrost” award honoring heterosexual support of the LGBT rights struggle to Wojciech Filemonowicz, chairman of SDPL (Socjaldemokracja Polska - Social Democratic Party of Poland.) for the strong support of the LGBT community in Poland. Sharing this year’s award is Sweden’s Thomas Hammarberg, human rights commissioner of the Council of Europe, who is to receive his award diploma in person at a later date.


Russian International Culture Festival…

(Continued from page 1) Queer Culture Festival is one of the largest openly queer events in Russia.

Last year, it attracted over 3000 people and went on without any obstacles from the Russian authorities, right extremist groups, or any other interruptions. This year, the organizers hope to attract even more attention, peacefully and lawfully, to the issues that affect LGBT people.

“We think the Festival is positive and valuable experience for all of St. Petersburg and Russia. Our goal is to make it happen. If it’s not allowed to proceed, it would be a loss for the city. Our message is that of tolerance and respect for human rights and each other - that should not be too scary,” says Polina Savchenko, the Festival coordinator. “When a question if I wanted to participate in the Festival came up, there was no hesitation. I definitely said yes directly,” says Jay-Jay Johanson, popular Swedish musician and guest star of the Festival. “I wish the Festival good luck and I hope their voice will be heard all over the world.”

The organizer of the Festival is the St. Petersburg LGBT organization Coming Out http://piter.lgbtnet.ru ) with the support by the Swedish human rights organization Civil Rights Defenders (http://www.civilrightsdefenders.org). The festival’s program on the website: http://queerfest.ru/?lang=en

Fights and riots in western Ukranian City

1st Anthology of LGBT Literature in Lviv

A report on the turmoil over LGBT literature in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv has reached the ILGCN Information Secretariat which we transmit to our supporters:

Lviv – In the Les Kurbas Theater in Lviv, during a literature marathon and poetry readings from the anthology of gay/lesbian literature "120 Pages of Sodom," --the first anthology of LGBT poetry and prose in Ukraine-- a large confrontation, accompanied by an equally large skirmish, took place: opponents of LGBT themes in literature "misunderstood the humor" of the publishers, and disrupted the event, which, incidentally, was a part of the larger Ukrainian Publishers Forum. The police cleared up the incident, but not without it resulting in the injury of a photo journalist from the internet publication ZIK.

120 Pages of Sodom was printed by publishing house "Kritika" (Criticism). Works by 30 different authors hailing from 15 countries from around the world were included in the anthology. Writerings from Ukraine, Russia, Belorussia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Uzbekistan, Germany, Austria, Scotland, Spain, Greece, Switzerland and USA were represented. All materials for the project have been translated for the first time into Ukrainian.

Creating a Ukrainian edition of the anthology was the brainchild of three young poets: Irina Shuvalova, Albina Pozdnyakova and Olesya Barloga. The organizers of the literature marathon and the compilers of the anthology were certain that the realization of this project would help increase tolerance of Ukrainians toward the LGBT population and also help promote new creative relationships between Ukrainian and foreign writers.

ILGCN Seminars, Art in Swedish cities….

(Continued from page 1) Still planned for this year: participation in Umeå Pride in this northern Swedish city September 3-5, Uppsala Pride November 4-7 in this university city just north of Stockholm and the three-day salute to colleagues in Belarus and those in exile in Sweden and elsewhere in the “Culture as Opposition” focusing on the human rights struggle in this the last dictatorship in Eastern Europe in Stockholm on October 31, November 7 and November 14.

Joining in the ILGCN and Tupilak events were also the Nordic Rainbow Council, Nordic Rainbow Humanists, the Nordic Rainbow Council and the Nordic-Belarus-Russian-Estonian-Latvian-Lithuanian-Polish Network aiming at increasing rainbow cultural and all other ties between LGBT organizations in the region – an extension of the ILGCN-prize winning “Swedish-Pol-Balt Network” which so far does not include Russia or Belarus or other organizations and individuals in the Nordic neighbors of Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland.

Tupilak & ILGCN Travelling Art & Photo Exhibit Next stops: Warsaw, Stockholm, Uppsala

Willi Reichhold Timo Saarelma, Gudrun Stockinge, Andrius Privetas,

Sweden Finland Austria Lithuania

More Rainbow Films at Berlinale 2010

(a continuation of the report in the last Erato)

AMPHETAMINE – a not unusual love story between two Chinese men from Hong Kong, one of whom is rich and regards himself as hetero – and the other gay, but having just parted from his girl-friend desperately seeks love. The director, Scud, dedicated the film about sex, drugs, and love to all those who “live to love, but only end up losing the love of their lives.”

MINE VAGANTI (Loose Cannons) is not a rabble rousing feature film but depicts, with gentle humour, the history of an Italian family suddenly confronted with homosexuality in their midst. The family are owners of a pasta factory. Tomaso, who lives with his friend in Rome, returns to the family fold to tell them the “facts of his life” – only to beaten at the post by his older brother, Antonio – who was supposed to take over the running of the factory! The film carries the name of Loose Cannon because this is the nickname of the grandmother – who is said to talk too much.

VESELCHARKI – is a reportedly the first film „out of“ Russia which deals with the lives of men who earn their livings as drag-queens in nightclubs. The film shows the five men with different characters and backgrounds at work and in their free time, as well as the difficulties which confront them in daily life. Although not Oscar-ripe it is interesting when too long.

In Initiation (aka Blutfreundschaft = Blood Brothers) attempts to bring together two problems – young men attracted to fascist ideas and neo-nazism – and, homosexuality. Axel, the young man, as part of his initiation ceremonies into a neo-Nazi group is required to take part in an attack on a soup-kitchen and he stabs the organiser to death. In escaping from the horror of his deed he is befriended, and hidden, by Gustav an 80-year old homosexual. Gustav thinks of his young lover under the Hitler regime when he sees Axel. No uninteresting but no real plot. The, in his young years, very attractive bisexual actor, Helmut Berger, plays Gustav.


Is a not very exciting, but informative history of the Pride Day events in the unusual circumstances – Israel.

-- Colin de La Motte-Sherman, ILGCN_Berlin


ILGCN ANNUAL AWARDS: (Proposals welcomed at all secretariats)

Rainbow Iceberg (international work) Sappho in Paradise (libraries, publishing)
Orfeo Iris (research in Nazi & neo Nazi persecution) Grizzly Bear (work in ferocious situations)

Orfeo Musica (international co-operation) Arco Nordica (Nordic co-operation)

Orfeo Imago ( art & photos) Rainbow Warrior

Swedish sculptor Carl Milles’’ ‘Orfeo’ Clio’s Silver Cup (LGBT history)

ILGCN Secretariats Information: Stockholm www.ilgcn.tupilak.org

Literature: London istewart@alumni.sfu. ca History: Minneapolis trett007@umn.edu

Women: Tallinn krissu.@qiss.eu Eastern Europe: Warsaw santi@santi.net.pl

Film & Film Festivals: Riga andrejs.visockis@gmail.com

North America: Toronto michaelgfroerer@yahoo. ca.