Aks Festival

Aks Festival

22 Jul - 23 Jul

The Aks Festival is an international queer minorities festival established in Pakistan in 2014 by community activists seeking to improve the representations of queer and trans* people of colour. The festival has been staged in major cities across Pakistan and twice in Copenhagen. Superbia is very proud to bring the festival to the UK for the very first time.

Over two days, Saturday 22–Sunday 23 July, the festival will take place at No 70 Oxford St, MMU and will screen films and host talks, panels and discussions on Queer Minorities, with a special focus on:

* Race and the 'Black Lives Matter' movement

* Western LGBT Politics and the dynamics for queer and trans people of colour

* Feminism

* Indigenous Transgender communities and Trans lives/experience in a post-colonial World.

Aks means ‘mirror’ in Urdu, and the Aks festival aims to hold up a metaphorical mirror to queer minorities with the aim of improving their visibility. The festival aims to give greater voice to the experiences of some of the most vibrant and most marginalised members of the LGBT+ community.

Festival founder Munr Saadt says:

‘Film, art and dialogue can work to create a forum for courageous individuals to empower audiences by sharing their personal stories. Our festival in Manchester aims to engage our audience in a way that challenges them to empathise and demand justice for minorities and marginalised communities. We will also have a lot of fun!’

Tickets for the whole weekend are only £5.00. Film screenings are free for anyone to attend. The full line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.  We hope you will support us to make the first Aks in the UK a huge success for Manchester and we look forward to welcoming you.