Querelle is an ambitiously diverse festival for the LGBTIQ+ people and their allies in the heart of Helsinki. The festival takes place at the Train Factory which is a brand new center for culture in Vallila.
Querelle is a proud, frantic and carnivalistic festival full of electronic music, hip hop, rock, literature, drag artists, stand-up comedy, contemporary dance, installations and more.
Querelle is a festival with a profound meaning; it promotes equality in all its forms. Through positivity Querelle seeks to raise issues on gender and sexual minorities. Querelle offers a momentary safe haven for all those who are marginalized and harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Querelle takes a stand, but doesn´t preach.
Querelle is a modern boutique festival that invests in services and comfortability. The festival area is beautiful; the historic warehouses and rail yards provide a unique framework for a brave project.
Querelle is above all about joy and love.
The Querelle Crew
Querelle´s name comes from the book by French writer Jean Genet Querelle de Brest (1947). Its protagonist, Georges Querelle, is a bisexual sailor who runs into the devastating spiral of small-scale crime, murder and prostitution. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s last film Querelle (1982) is based on Jean Genet’s work.