26. – 27.4.2019

THE TRAIN FACTORY,
HELSINKI, FINLAND

 

Querelle - Quite a Queer Festival

 

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They're coming, are you?

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ICON

PEACHES

 “When I started, half the people just weren’t having it, so it’s incredible where we are right now,” Peaches says of her undeniable role in shaping of the current queer pop landscape. “But I didn’t do it for any reason other than that it was just what I really wanted to say - that we all are created equal.” And that’s what’s in the teaches of Peaches.

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FRAGILITY 

Mykki Blanco

It is impossible to define Mykki Blanco. The multitalent, born as Michael David Quattlebaum Jr, is to say the least a rapper, performance artist, poet and activist. Mykki, with his melancholy and world-weariness, is something completely unique with a harrowing sensitivity. Time to be moved.

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NEW ORLEANS BOUNCE

Big Freedia

Big Freedia is best known for his work in the New Orleans genre of hip hop called bounce music. Freedia has stated: "I am not transgendered; I am just a gay male... I wear women's hair and carry a purse, but I am a man. I answer to either 'he' or 'she'."

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FROM SOLDIER TO FIGHTER

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea E. Manning is an American security expert, who has shown how courage and determination can change the world. Chelsea speaks about the social, technological and economical possibilities and dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). She is also a tireless advocate for the LGBTQI+ community and speaks about the transparency of the government.

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POWERHOUSE

PLANNINGTOROCK

Planningtorock aka Jam Rostron is an english songwriter, composer, producer and director. This multitalent, who now lives in Berlin, is with their depth and uniqueness where many would like to be. PTR says they are a ´self-taught working class musician´. When Planningtorock steps on the Querelle main stage, you can not help but sigh.

ALASKA

FUCK YEAH

ALASKA THUNDERFUCK

Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, primarily known as Alaska, was born Justin Andrew Honard, and is at the top of the game when it comes to drag artist. She is also a successful singer, and her videos have earned millions of hits on YouTube. Alaska came second on the fifth season of RuPaul´s Drag Race but won the RuPaul´s Drag Race - All Stars season two.

Sharon

QUEEN DIVA

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Sharon Needles is the stage name of Aaron Coady, an American drag performer and recording artist. She describes herself as "stupid genius, reviled sweetheart, and PBR princess". Sharon rose to fame on the fourth season of the RuPaul's Drag Race, where she quickly became a fan favorite and was subsequently crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar" in April 2012.

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FANTASTIC FEMINISM

CHICKS ON SPEED

Alex Murray-Leslie from Australia and Melissa Logan from New York met in 1997 at the art academy of Munich and decided to found a group which wouldn’t be affected by the old and worn-down concepts. Chicks on Speed was born. After a few years of lying low COS is tougher than ever - and this can be seen on the Querelle main stage.

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CREATIVE FORCE OF NATURE

JD SAMSON

Samson grew up in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She identified as a lesbian at age 15 and is well known for her support of both LGBTQ and feminist causes. Samson has said that her music speaks of "issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and the demand for liberties through lyrical content and an inventive, high-energy stage show."

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LARGER THAN LIFE DISCO

HARD TON

Hard Ton´s Sylvester-styled falsettos conjure up memories of smoky dancefloors during the heady days of Hi-NRG, which combined with a contemporary sound of accelerated beats and screaming acid basslines, shows a nod to the past can result in a slap across the face for the present. 

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THE ESSENCE OF BERLIN

BORIS

Boris became a resident at Panorama Bar’s first incarnation in Berlin, where he was able to build a loyal following by playing long sets lasting until noon. “The crowd is always a lot more receptive for music at the end than at the beginning. That’s when I rather have the opportunity to present unusual stuff and that’s when I’m able to let my feelings run freely.”

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TIME TO TESTIFY

HiFi Sean

Hifi Sean is a DJ, Producer and Songwriter, currently known for his album ‘FT’, which he describes as ‘electronic, psychedelic soul’. ‘FT’'s stellar collection of artists includes: Yoko Ono, Bootsy Collins, Dave Ball, Fred Schneider and Alan Vega. ‘FT’ has attracted significant critical praise and broke the top 20 album chart.

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FROM LONDON WITH CLASS

JONJO JURY

Jonjo Jury has been DJing for nearly a decade, after starting out with legendary indie club Trash then later Durrr. Jonjo is often seen playing at art, fashion and media events in London, New York and Paris and now he will conquer Helsinki. Jonjo Jury is the definite definition of eclectic.

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EERINESS

ASTRID SWAN

Astrid Swan is a Finnish singer-songwriter who has released 6 praised albums. Swan´s poetic art pop examines issues like feminism, loss and death.

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QUEER-DISCO

SADO OPERA

Sado Opera, from S:t Petersburg, are known for their eccentric stage shows and have even been guests on the Conan O´Brien show. They combine disco, boogie and electro-funk with a touch of Russian grandeur.

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FRENZIED ELECTRO

HUORATRON

This is music so driven anyone can embrace it. Something to remind you of music's ability to shake you up, get you off your ass, and… well, frankly, to punish. And yet, while you're taking in Huoratron's beat-battering, you find yourself smiling.

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COMPOSER

FIL OK

Fil OK is an English composer and producer focused on electronica. He has published four solo albums, composed movie music and tried everything in between.

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PIONEER

MR A

Mr.A’s sets are a smoothly balanced cross-section of the old and new, offering the dancefloor a taste of today and tomorrow, never forgetting the roots and history of house music. He´s been called a gentleman, a trendsetter, fully charged, and always ahead of his game.

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MAESTRO!

JORMA UOTINEN

Jorma Uotinen is a concept. He is a dancer, singer and choreographer. As a dancer and choreographer, Uotinen has worked in many established dance groups, both in and outside of Finland. He has received many Finnish and international awards and honours in his career. Like Jorma likes to say: "Ei huono!"

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THE TRUE ARTIST

HANNU VÄISÄNEN

Hannu Väisänen is a graphic artist, painter and writer from Finland. He now lives in France, and his work has been shown in numerous European countries. Hannu will open Querelle with a speach that will be remembered for years to come. He is more than famous for his humanity and warmth.

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EUROPEAN

Ben Manson

Ben Manson is a French dj & producer base between Paris and Berlin. His name has become synonymous with the European techno queer scene. The best way describe his style is: Deep Progressive Techno.

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GIRL POWER

SOFA

Sofa plays with the gender roles and tells how to break free from them. Sofa knows that they have jumped in to a world where these stereotypes roam free even today. The Finnish rap scene consists mostly of men - but not for long!

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F-F-F-F-F-!

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I am F. F? F! An urban firework display made of rap, song and electronic repertoire. ” I am a brave music maker who’s songs combine rap, song and electronic music. I want to bring something unprecedented, something that breaks boundaries and stretches the thin marginal of the public female figure, to my listeners”.

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DANDILY FOREVER

OSCAR WILDE

Oscar Wilde is an Irish poet and playwright. He´s famous for his endless quotes. First Oscar thought moving to Paris would be a good idea but then he suddenly decided to give Helsinki a chance. At Querelle he will be seen as somewhat fragile figure who´s decided to live forever.

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KARMA CHAMELEON

DIVET SHOW

Divet Show is simply an amazing drag show of international superstars like Adele, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Tina Turner and more, all interpreted by one man, Marko Vainio.

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mystical moves

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Kristiina Männikkö is a photographer and DJ who is based in Helsinki. There is a certain mystique that Kristiina charms on her DJ-gigs that weaves itself of techno, new wave, disco and acid house. The whip-like snare that she loves is her trademark.

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FRENCH ELEGANCE

THIBAULT MONNIER

Thibault Monnier is a French ballet dancer and a choreographer. He used to work at the Finnish National Ballet but now he works as a freelancer. At Querelle Thibault will give us one his contemporary dance solos which are always subtle and powerful at the same time. Time to get sophisticated.

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real renaissance

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Peter Juhan is a dreamer, a punk, a electro-synth musician and a performance artist. Peter sees himself as uncategorized creator who´s art is a mix of fashion, pornography, visual arts and provocation of old cultural norms.

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get up stand up

James Lórien MacDonald

Jamie MacDonald's work in stand-up has been to build bridges and understanding between trans experiences and cis assumptions. Whether it's queerness or straightness he's going after, he's always poking the funny stick at human contradictions, and hopefully empowering audiences to think of things in a new way.

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CITY OF WOMEN

KAUPUNGIN NAISET

Songs of life and love and what happens when they end. The only lesbian choir in Finland sings music based on Finnish poems - with a touch of humor and some sorrow. Kaupungin naiset has shaked sexual stereotypes related to sexual and gender minorities and has brought a lesbian perspective to choir music since 2014.

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ARCTIC PRIDE

RIINA MATTILA

Riina´s award-winning first novel is a story about what it is to love and to be loved, the universal need to be met as someone who you really are. Riina lives in Rovaniemi, Lapland and she works in the library and acts as a producer at the Arctic Pride.

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DEATH BY DUO

KUOLEMA-DUO

Kuolema-duo (The Death Duo) takes its listeners across the cobblestones of crumpled fields into the comfort of the lost cabin in the woods. They sing death-related traditional songs and hymns. They will never smile. They will never laugh.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

VIVA RUIZ

Viva Ruiz is a dancer, director, lover, musician, artist and activist originally from Jamaica but now she lives in New York. She the founder of Thank God For Abortion movement. At Querelle she will surprise us as a DJ, and her set will be on fire.

TICKETS

2 days

89 €

Friday 26.4.

50 €

Saturday 27.4.

50 €

Special ticket
2 days

199 €

Special ticket
Friday 26.4.

139 €

Special ticket
Saturday 27.4.

139 €

Sat 27.4.
Meet & greet with
Sharon Needles

149 €

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