Now in its 22nd year, Queer Lisboa 21 is the country’s leading LGBT film festival, specialising in films which deal with subjects relating to sexuality & gender identity. The largest gay film festival in Europe, the Queer Lisboa is an important event in the city’s cultural scene, incorporating workshops, installations, theatre, parties and street performances within its agenda. The programme features a wide variety of short films, documentaries and feature-length screenings, all vying to win the top prizes in their category. Last year’s winner of the Best Feature Film was Antes o Tempo Não Acabava by Sérgio Andrade and Fábio Baldo. If you’re a fan of Queer Cinema, make sure you put this film festival on your ‘must-do’ list for 2018!
The film screenings take place at both the Cinemateca Portguesa and the Cinema São Jorge on Avenida da Liberdade. The nearest metro station is Avenida on the Blue Line. The ticket office will be open daily from 1pm until 8pm most days. Tickets cost around €4 per screening or you can buy a pack of 5 tickets for a discounted price. If you’re flying in to Portugal’s historic capital via Lisbon International Airport, you can get into town by taking a 20-minute Aerobus ride to the Cais do Sodré main railway station. From there, you can access all of the city’s amenities.
Europe’s largest gay film festival means that Lisbon becomes a hotbed for the best parties in town. Already known as a great gay holiday destination, the city’s queer scene really takes off during the film festival. Check out the Queer Lisboa website for a list of the parties that will be taking place during the festival. For a wide range of LGBT bars, restaurants, clubs and bookshops, head to the Bairro Alto, Principe Real and Chiado areas of the city. Popular clubs and bars include Portas Largas, Agua No Bico and Primas for women.
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As you’d expect from a capital city, there’s plenty to check out while you’re in Lisbon, including: Castelo da Sao Jorge, Palacio Chiado and the magnificent view from the Miradouro da Graca.
To find out more information about this LGBTQ film festival, please head to the Queer Lisboa official website where you’ll be able to look at the official programme of parties, view the full list of films which are featuring in the Queer Lisboa 21 film festival and buy tickets for each of the films.
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