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ToolsForAction.net: Giant inflatable rainbow intervenes at annual swim race in Vis / Croatia

photos by Csilla Hódi

At 6p.m. on Saturday the 16th of August on the paradise island of Vis in Croatia, the annual open water swimming event was expected to run as usual. Instead a giant inflatable rainbow carried by activists intervened in the closing section of the race to establish queer visibility in public space and sport, and to protest Croatia’s again increasing LGBTIQ discrimination -recently coming in bottom (with Latvia) of the EU list of LGBTIQ (2) friendly places. The focus on the ethics of sports is due to the fact that sports environments are very hostile to any minority involvement.

POP-UP RAINBOW// / / Workshop

JOIN Workshop & MAKE together colossal POP-UP RAINBOW!
(... and clouds) ((... and sea eagles?)) (((... and Subversion!)))
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Learn the practical skills and methods in working with new materials,
collaboration in production and pick-up experience of artists&activist
...all in 2 days in Split and 2 days in Vis
...or as much and where you can take part!

POP-UP RAINBOW// / / Workshop – is an artivist workshop on engaged creativity that uses big and funny infaltable objects for interventions in public space. Motif is 8,5m big simbolic RAINBOW that works with multiple meanings as a symbol of LGBT visibility in public space and physical marker of queer transformation in sport. Cultural-jamming methods create unusual situation and interaction of instigators and public, issues in local context as well as media effects...

Conf. : Conte[s|x]ting SPORT Split-2012

Conte[s|x]ting SPORT Split-2012 is a one day conference "...for more Inclusive, Diverse and Sustainable Sport" on Friday 2nd of March 2012 in Split/CROATIA (City library Marko Marulić in Slobode 2).
Organized by: EGLSF, EPAS and qSPORT - Zagreb with support of HBS Croatia. Working conference website: http://split-2012.qsport.info/ Though conference itself is quite official and representational, some of its content and structure has queered up including several workshops and meetings that go between more formal keynotes and panels.

For EGLSF this would be the first time conference has been shifting from exclusive focus on homophobia and homosexuals in sport, into a more general and more specific topics, so being more inclusive more diversity and hopefully in the future sustainable structure for (self)reflection. It is also exceptionally organized in relatively small and highly homophobic city, but with a long tradition of (un)conventional sport practices and world famous athletes.

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