Critical Writing Index

Homos Away From Home: South Asian fest serves up a spicy Desh of queer culture

by Glenn Sumi

Xtra!, Apr. 29, 1994, no. 248, p. 29

The yearly Desh Pardesh (Home Away From Home) festival celebrates South Asian queer culture. Participants come from around the world to address issues of sexuality, discrimination, race, art and culture with their art and performance. The festival has expanded to include the working class, disabled, and those living with HIV, but maintains a focus on queer culture at its core. Neesha Dosanjh's Is it safe to come out yet? looks at the taboo subject of sexuality and Sikh women, while perfromance artist Kalpesh Oza takes a humourous and brave approach to living with AIDS with living with AIDS on roller blades.

ITEM 1994.090 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Is It Safe To Come Out Yet?Neesha Dosanjh

Living with AIDS on roller blades.Kalpesh Oza

Funny BoyShyam Selvadurai