“Desi” is a self-referential term used by South Asians, which designates the people, the cultures and the cultural manifestations stemming from the Indian subcontinent and its diasporas (linked with indentureship or immigration). Desi culture appears outside the subcontinent, for example in Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, Fiji, Guyana and Kenya, even here, and in a number of other countries where significant South Asian populations have maintained, transformed and mixed different cultural elements. Desi designates a rich and extremely diverse culture in terms of languages, spiritualities and artistic forms and historic migration.
Each of these performers represent a different aspect of the Desi diaspora.
The Desi Queer Cabaret seeks to present, celebrate and educate the public on the diversity of the Desi diaspora through artistic performances featuring drag, music and dance.
As a countdown to the event, each of the 9 performers will be revealed. Tune in on September 2nd for the first reveal!
The event is free but donations to Pervers/Cité’s fundraising are encouraged and help to support artists: https://www.gofundme.com/f/perverscite2020
As POC/racialized folx, products of immigration, or welcome guests for temporary stays in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, we recognize being located on unceded Indigenous lands. Our discussions on anti-oppression take into consideration different axes and intersections. We are conscious of specific power dynamics that affect Indigenous People. We stand in solidarity, and we reflect on our own privileges, the power of speaking up (and out) and on our desire to deepen this reflection and to reflect it in concrete actions.