Sunday, August 16, 2015


Stockholm -- ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) participated in events at Pride House as part of Stockholm Pride July 27-31,2015 -- with a seminar by ILGCN Cultural Ambassador Popo Fan, Chinese film maker, and an award to a pioneering Polish editor and film maker, Karol Radziszewski.

Popo Fan
At the film seminar, Popo Fan described his film work including the documentary "Mama Rainbow" with interviews of the mothers of LGBT children and on-going work with a documentary about the fathers of gays and lesbians. He also described the difficult work of organizing the Beijing Queer Film Festival while trying to avoid state censorship, persecuted police and government-enlisted spies.

At another seminar, arranged by Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers), Popo Fan also received Tupilak's Polar Bear Award 2015 --shared this year with colleagues in Poland, Britain and Sweden.

After his presentations of his work with the Polish arts magazine DIK Fagzine and his film work at seminars arranged by the Polish Institute, Karol Radziszewski received the ILGCN's "Sappho in Paradise" award -- handed out together with the Paradise Press in London for outstanding work with LGBT literature, publishing and libraries. The award honored Radziszewski and his DIK Fagzine:

Karol Radziszewski
" ... for its 10-year-old pioneering publication focusing on homosexuality and masculinity -- the only such art publication in central and Eastern Europe. ... for publishing in both Polish and English to reach readers both in the beyond the Polish borders around the world and for confirming that the culture and human rights struggle of LGBT people are a vital part of any nation's history, culture, identity and future."
This year's award is shared with the the co-founder and pioneer supporters of Britain's Gay Authors' Workshop promoting LGBT literature -- Michael Harth, Kathryn Bell and Elsa Wallace, UK. These award diplomas are to be handed out later at a ceremony in London.

The award to Karol and DIK Fagzine included a signed copy of Elsa Wallace's latest short story collection, "Kissyface and Others."

ILGCN representatives also met a number of visiting foreign cultural workers, artists and film makers, adding their works to the joint Tupilak/ILGCN (international rainbow cultural network) International Rainbow Art & Photo Exhibition and the International Rainbow Film Archives -- some to be on diplay at the next ILGCN World Rainbow Culture Conference in Budapest October 16-18, 2015

More information:
ILGCN website www.ilgcn.
and from ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm c/o