Pussy Riot coming to lesbian festival in Ljubljana

Ljubljana – Russian activist group Pussy Riot will perform at the Lesbian Quarter festival in Ljubljana on Thursday, in what the organiser ŠKUC Association dubbed as one of the highlights. The festival will focus on lesbian future, which in a heteronormative and patriarchal society must be understood as “a radically impossible utopia”.

The Russian punk band came to global fame following their February 2012 gig at Moscow’s main cathedral drawing the public’s attention to the Orthodox Church’s support for President Vladimir Putin. All three members of the band were later sentenced to prison over the gig.

The 8th Lesbian Quarter is opening on Tuesday with an evening of post-2008 short films at the Slovenian Cinematheque.

The films bring accounts of activists about their efforts, while also representing a guerilla response to lesbophobia, lesbian invisibility, and violence and discrimination in Slovenia.

Several workshops, including about storytelling and digital activism, will be organised alongside a panel discussion to mark 35 years of the Slovenian lesbian movement.

The Lesbian Quarter will close with Saturday’s party accompanying a new edition of the Lezbozin bulletin and with Sunday’s Astro-brunch.