Queer Spirit Festival Call Out
Dear Queer Spirit, the second Queer Spirit Festival is going to happen in 2017 and will be a gathering of up to 500 people, held on a beautiful outdoor site near Westbury in Wiltshire from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th July 2017.
Queer Spirit is a gathering of queer spiritual tribes, groups and individuals and a celebration of the love, passion and creative spirit of lgbtqi+ people.We would like to invite you to be a part of this diverse, colourful and unique experience.
It will be a place open to all that count themselves as “not 100% straight”, where they can mix with others in a safe, open, accepting, heart centred and non-judgmental space. It understands “queer” in an inclusive and self-defined sense, including people who are still exploring and yet to define their sexuality or gender. It will be a celebration of the diversity and spirituality of queer: viewing coming out as a powerful step on a path to spiritual as well as sexual liberation, a place where LGBTQI+ people can reconnect to our ancient roots around the world as healers, sacred celebrants, magic-workers and conduits of spirit.
We hope you will feel inspired to take part.
The festival will include ceremonies, rituals, workshops and discussions, as well as music, dancing, cabaret, healing, cafés and stalls. Participants will be able to try out a wide range of different workshops, activities, rituals and group spaces. The programme will be worked out in advance with regard to balance and intensity.
We seek to reflect the diversity of queer community in terms of gender, sexuality, race and culture plus highlight the great work being done by pioneering facilitators, activists and performers who are stretching the boundaries of queer identity and expression. We are doing our best to make the festival as accessible to as many people as possible. The festival is open to all ages with some adult only spaces and some activities aimed particularly at young people.
The four people behind Queer Spirit have between us many decades of community building, organisation and activism in such spaces as Radical Faerie gatherings, Queer Pagan Camp, Quintasensual Festival and LoveSpirit Festival, as well as many other festivals, gatherings and campaigns. We are inviting groups and individuals to join us to create this exciting and inspiring new space.
Ways to be involved…
- Community areas: groups can create their own camping space on the main camping field, with a central tent for meetings/workshops if they wish. Please contact us early if you want to have a community area so that we can plan the site.
- Workshops:groups and individuals can offer workshops on a variety of topics in the main marquee, yurts and domes.
- Information point:there will be an information point in the 'village hall' where groups can raise awareness of their ethos and activities. It is also possible for groups to have their own stalls.
- Participants:groups can help us by promoting our festival to their groups. Tickets are already on sale at on sale here
Depending on the level of involvement and time commitment during the festival, there will be some free or half price tickets for groups and individuals who get on board. The amount of space for community groups to set up is finite, so please don't wait too long to make arrangements or you may be disappointed.
Please get in touch to discuss how you would like to be involved.
With love from the Queer Spirit team