31 MAR


(free event)


Conference / talk
LIVE STREAMING from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Quarticciolo Theatre

This event, held during the International Transgender Day of Visibility, will take the form of a meeting, debate and an open talk between sociologists, artists, philosophers, journalists and YouTubers.

Round table discussions will take place on issues related to gender discrimination, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, as well as an awareness workshop focussing on issues of gender, along with an open talk.

In collaboration with Circolo Mario Mieli and MIT 

Speakers: Porpora Marcasciano and guests

Conference programme

Facilitator: Chiara Becchimanzi


Opening session and presentation of the DRAG ME UP – Queer Art Festival
Broadcast of videomaker Adele Tulli’s video Love Speech


First session / panel
The illusory foundations of gender


Lunch break


Second session / panel
My reflection: gender affirmation stories


Comfort break


Third session / panel
The Art of Drag through times


Closing session


Adele Tulli
Experimental documentary filmmaker. Among her productions, 365 without 377 (2011), Rebel Menopause (2014), Normal (2019).

HoliDolores – Artistic director of the DRAG ME UP festival
Italian Drag queen, director and actress, who has been working in the world of performing art since the early 2000s.

Karma B. – Artistic directors of the DRAG ME UP festival
Drag queen duo who, since their debut, has been performing in the most renowned clubs of Europe, with performances ranging from cinema to musicals to TV.

Eugenia Romanelli
Journalist, writer and university professor. Founder and editor of the ReWriters magazine.

Gianluca di Lauro and Lorenzo Piccolo – Nina’s Drag Queens Representatives
Nina’s Drag Queens is a collective of Drag queens from Milan, who organise initiatives for social inclusion and artistic experimentation, as well as theatrical productions.

Sarah di Nella and Ginevra Cassetta – Curators of the Bande de Femmes festival
Bande de Femmes is a festival of comics and illustrations made by female artists, illustrators and cartoonists, organised by the Tuba, feminist bookshop in Rome.

Alessandra Ferraro – Artistic director of the Attraversamenti Multipli festival
Attraversamenti Multipli is a festival created and organised by Margine Operativo that investigates the connections between contemporary artistic languages and the present times.

Porpora Marcasciano
Militant of the sexual liberation movement of the 70s in Italy, writer, author, historical figure of Italian transfeminism and an authentic, outspoken voice of the LGBTIQ+ community

Claudio Mazzella – President of the Circolo di cultura omosessuale Mario Mieli
Circolo Mario Mieli is an independent association founded in 1983, which promotes and protects the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community and of people as a whole.

Nicole De Leo – Vice-president of the MIT
MIT (Movimento Identità Trans, Trans Identity Movement) is a not-for-profit association created in Bologna about 40 years ago, which defends human rights and promotes culture and information.

Daphne Bohémien
Drag queen, activist and content creator, who uses social media to provide information and promote awareness on LGBTIQ+ issues, mixing culture and activism.

Julius Kaiser – Human Installations project
Director, videomaker, performance artist and Drag king. He has been one of the main promoters of the Italian Drag King scene.

Kyrahm – Human Installations project
Italian artist who works internationally in the field of performance art and video art, between contemporary art and avant-garde theatre.

Ava Hangar
Founder of the Fabbrica C company, she collaborates on the management and artistic direction of circus schools. In 2019 she was elected Miss Drag Queen of Italy.

(free event)