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Open Out is a one-week festival the first edition of whose took place in Tromsø, Norway, 4-10 June 2018. It consisted of various exhibitions, performances, film screenings, as well as educative events like seminars and workshops, in different locations around town.

The unifying theme for the festival is queerness. The way we understand queer is both in terms of sexual orientation (non-heterosexual), as well as in a more political sense: it’s about thinking outside the box, challenging dominant narratives and reinventing the future with more focus on taking into account divergent voices within society. In the festival we thus want to include the perspectives of feminists, indigenous peoples, immigrants and refugees, as well as other social minorities who do not always get to be included in the mainstream public debate.

Our goal is to create a festival that is inclusive, diverse, and bringing Tromsø and the world together.