Pervers/Cité is a collaboratively organized radical queer summer festival taking place August 6 – 16th 2015. Since 2007, Pervers/Cité has been organizing a blend of hot dance parties, critical political interventions and alternative art practices to build links across social justice movements and queer communities. In a climate of corporate gay agendas and whitewashed homogeneity, Pervers/Cité strives to provide a schedule of activities to reanimate the radical underpinnings to the pride movement.
A Short History:
The idea for Pervers/cité came out of a workshop facilitated by qteam Queersand Anarchism in early Summer 2007 at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair about.One of the main conclusions of the workshop was that there was a strong need and desire for a summer pride fest in Montreal that was truly about community building and radical resistance, that would return politics to pride and provide a wider representation that was more reflective of diverse communities and experiences. More and more people felt like the Pride fest had become little more than a series of commercial, corporate events and expensive parties targeted exclusively at a middle-class white gay male audience.
This sparked the creation of a listserv called Pink & Black that became the networking tool for the first Pervers/cité organizing collective. Pervers/cité was held for the first time later that same summer and has happened every year since.