Day 1 of Delhi International Queer Theater and Film Festival organized by Harmless Hugs and Love Matters Kick started with inauguration by eminent personalities including Prince Manvendra, Jess Dutton (Deputy High Commissioner from Canada to India), Vithika Yadav (Country Head, Love Matters India) along with founder of HH Vinay Kumar. The event started with a power packed theater called Pechan by Asmita Theater Group and was followed by a number of short movies. The event continued with a play by a German couple – I step on Air and then ‘Hum to Bolenge’ by Sangwari.
Post that, renowned Artist Piyush Mishra arrived at the venue and launched the collection of short stories. Other prominent personalities including Arvind Gaur, Shilpi Marwah from Asmita and leaders and representatives of other partners like Impulse New Delhi, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Youth LEAD India, Ketto, The Education Tree and more.
Post that, Piyush Mishra took the stage and enthralled the audience. In his interaction with Harsh Agarwal (President, Harmless Hugs and Convenor DIQTFF), Piyush said, “I see no difference in the homosexual and heterosexual community. They have given me same respect, same love and affection that I get anywhere else I go. If there is something unnatural, the nature won’t let it exist. It’s the conflict of the nature and society which we now observe where society is calling nature unnatural which is ironic.”
The event was concluded with another powerful play Lihaaf by Asmita Theater Group.