Fourth edition

EXPECT RESPECT

Artistic Direction Karma B and Margò Paciotti

The fourth edition of DRAG ME UP will start on 1 December and continue until 17 December.

The project, supported by Roma Capitale – Department of Culture, was the winner of the biennial “Culture in Movement 2023-2024” public competition, curated by the Department of Cultural Activities, and developed in collaboration with SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers).

“EXPECT RESPECT” is the subtitle chosen by the artistic directors, Karma B and Margò Paciotti, who are at the helm of this fourth edition of the drag festival of performing arts and queer arts. 

“After an excellent response from the public and critics, involving many organisations from the contemporary scene, we now want to create an event that can go even further and represent a moment that has been desired, sought after and shared by all the citizens who inhabit and live in the Italian capital. We will do this by crossing linguistic and performative boundaries, by questioning emerging issues and social and artistic emergencies”.

The new festival curated by Ondadurto Teatro, which has increasingly become a must-see in the winter programme of Roman cultural events, will come to life in theatres, in the city’s cultural spaces (OFF/OFF Theatre, Centrale Preneste, Tor Bella Monaca Theatre, Lido di Ostia Theatre, Bar.Lina, Lo Spazio Theatre) and online. An event that will take place in several Municipalities across the City of Rome. Performing arts, music, talks, installations and contemporary art, a variety of artistic languages to address a wide audience.

One of the novelties of the new edition is the desire to directly address new generations, in a concerted effort to create a dialogue where it is needed most. In a way that is devoid of any form of manipulation or exploitation, we wish to open up a debate aimed at understanding different points of view: non-discrimination and the vision of gender inclusion are the cornerstones of this festival, which responds to the petitions put forth in the 2030 Agenda and the European cultural planning guidelines related to combating all forms of cultural and gender discrimination.

But we also want to create a space for investigation, or residences of creation, where shows and new performative projects related to improving diversity issues and fighting against discrimination can have their own dedicated places to be created and developed.

“What is usually referred to as pop can be loaded with content and meaning, and a programming of events related to the drag world is necessary in this city, since opening a dialogue with new generations is fundamental to create virtuous processes: the spread of positive messages and processes that will help deconstruct toxic narratives, these are the objectives of the new edition of the festival.”

The DRAG ME UP FESTIVAL aims to strengthen the positive impacts of social cohesion and inclusion on the region, with a particular focus on women and young people and, at the same time, it wants to contribute to the education of a new, larger audience, a public that participates but, above all, is aware.

All the artists will respond in their own way regarding how to build respect and inclusion, by focusing their attention on gender non-discrimination and allowing space for new issues to be included, but above all, by examining their own carefree, bitter or sarcastic self-narratives. How can we meet each other halfway? How can we create closeness, respect and trust between people? Such questions, but above all suggestions and food for thought, will be posed and offered – shared with the public and the new generations.

The fourth edition of DRAG ME UP will start on 1 December and continue until 17 December.

The project, supported by Roma Capitale – Department of Culture, was the winner of the biennial “Culture in Movement 2023-2024” public competition, curated by the Department of Cultural Activities, and developed in collaboration with SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers).

“EXPECT RESPECT” is the subtitle chosen by the artistic directors, Karma B and Margò Paciotti, who are at the helm of this fourth edition of the drag festival of performing arts and queer arts. 

“After an excellent response from the public and critics, involving many organisations from the contemporary scene, we now want to create an event that can go even further and represent a moment that has been desired, sought after and shared by all the citizens who inhabit and live in the Italian capital. We will do this by crossing linguistic and performative boundaries, by questioning emerging issues and social and artistic emergencies”.

The new festival curated by Ondadurto Teatro, which has increasingly become a must-see in the winter programme of Roman cultural events, will come to life in theatres, in the city’s cultural spaces (OFF/OFF Theatre, Centrale Preneste, Tor Bella Monaca Theatre, Lido di Ostia Theatre, Bar.Lina, Lo Spazio Theatre) and online. An event that will take place in several Municipalities across the City of Rome. Performing arts, music, talks, installations and contemporary art, a variety of artistic languages to address a wide audience.

One of the novelties of the new edition is the desire to directly address new generations, in a concerted effort to create a dialogue where it is needed most. In a way that is devoid of any form of manipulation or exploitation, we wish to open up a debate aimed at understanding different points of view: non-discrimination and the vision of gender inclusion are the cornerstones of this festival, which responds to the petitions put forth in the 2030 Agenda and the European cultural planning guidelines related to combating all forms of cultural and gender discrimination.

But we also want to create a space for investigation, or residences of creation, where shows and new performative projects related to improving diversity issues and fighting against discrimination can have their own dedicated places to be created and developed.

“What is usually referred to as pop can be loaded with content and meaning, and a programming of events related to the drag world is necessary in this city, since opening a dialogue with new generations is fundamental to create virtuous processes: the spread of positive messages and processes that will help deconstruct toxic narratives, these are the objectives of the new edition of the festival.”

The DRAG ME UP FESTIVAL aims to strengthen the positive impacts of social cohesion and inclusion on the region, with a particular focus on women and young people and, at the same time, it wants to contribute to the education of a new, larger audience, a public that participates but, above all, is aware.

All the artists will respond in their own way regarding how to build respect and inclusion, by focusing their attention on gender non-discrimination and allowing space for new issues to be included, but above all, by examining their own carefree, bitter or sarcastic self-narratives. How can we meet each other halfway? How can we create closeness, respect and trust between people? Such questions, but above all suggestions and food for thought, will be posed and offered – shared with the public and the new generations.

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