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Suggestions for the week 18 to 24 November 2019

Films, L-Festival, demonstrations! Let's have a look!

The annual L-Festival starts this week. This is a 10-day Festival dedicated to lesbians, bisexuals and trans communities. It starts on this Thursday and finishes the following Saturday. The weekly agenda will offer some recommendations on events also available to the English-Speaking community, while you can find the full program here.


On Wednesday, 20 November 2019, the premiere of the film Mon Nom Est Clitoris is on. It is a Belgian documentary film in the form of a dialogue between young women about female sexuality. They share their stories and experiences with the desire to change the world around them and to assert their right as women to an informed sexual education, free of constraints and taboos. The screening starts at 19:30 at Cinema Aventure. You can watch the trailer here.


On Thursday, 21 November 2019, the L-Festival opens officially with an opening drink. The drink takes place at the Rainbow House and starts from 19:00. You will also have the chance to have a first view of the exhibition that accompanies the Festival which is a collection of lats years photo competition "Dykes Got Talent". 


Also on Thursday, as part of the L-Festival, the film Carmen Y Lola is on at Cinema Aventure. Carmen lives in a gypsy community in the suburbs of Madrid. Like every other woman she has ever met, she is destined to live a life that is repeated generation after generation: getting married and raising as many children as possible. But one day she meets Lola, an uncommon gypsy who dreams about going to university, draws bird graffiti and likes girls. Carmen quickly develops a complicity with Lola and they discover a world that, inevitably, leads them to be rejected by their families. The film is in Spanish with  French and Dutch subtitles. It starts at 21:30 and you can watch the trailer here.


On Friday, 22 November 2019, the L-Festival continues with a Cabaret performance by Elitza Gueorguieva and Dominique Gilliot on 10 ways to exit heterosexuality. The performances will be in French and start at 19:00. You can find more info here. The event will be followed by a drag king workshop.

Also on Friday, a three-day event called "Les 3 jours du NON" kicks off. The event is organised by Cargo X and it will consist of 3 days of performances, theatre, dance, concerts with the aim of raising tackling the issue of consent in sexual relations. Most of the events will be in French but some are accessible to English speakers. You can find the full programme here.


On Saturday, 23 November 2019, the L-Festival organises a networking event for the various organisations focused on lesbians, bisexuals and the trans community. The event is called PowHer Day and provides an opportunity for the organisations to present themselves to the public and to meet amongst them. The event takes place at the Rainbow House from 11:00 until 17:00 and a brunch will be offered.


Later on Saturday, the L-Festival continues with the first of two stand up nights. Part 1 will offer performances from Audrey Jésus, Mahaut and Amé. The event starts at 20:00 and you can find full info here


On Sunday, 24 November 2019, it is the international day on ending violence against women. The L-Festival organises a participation at the annual demonstration to mark the event. Those interested to join are invited to meet up at 14:00 at the central station. More info here.


Also on Sunday, and before the march, the L-Festival organises a brunch at Super Fourchette. The event starts at 11:00 and the brunch is at 25 euro. Several vegetarian and vegan options are available. More here.


Finally on Sunday, the L-Festival organises the screening of Colette. This film presents the true story of Colette,  who was pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fought to make her talents known, challenging gender norms. The screening starts at 19:00 at Cinema Aventure and is in English. You can watch the trailer here.

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