People consist of a multicoloured, layered identity, of which gender is an important element. Nobody wants to be reduced to one characteristic of that identity, but at the same time it is a very human trait to interpret the other as quickly as possible. In this process of interpretation, the identity of another is often simplified and made one-dimensional. Art offers an excellent opportunity to explore alternatives, to show different perspectives and to question our own mechanisms.
As a catalyst, booster and forerunner, What You See Festival works towards a (gender) diverse and inclusive society. We program, initiate and (co)produce professional artistic expressions that offer unified perspectives on gender and identity and do justice to the diversity and complexity of the subject.
Equity, positive activist, questioning, connecting, transparent, respectful, accountable, unapologetic.
What You See cannot exist without the involvement and support of others. Theater Kikker is the heart of the festival, Stadsschouwburg, Het Huis Utrecht, Poppodium EKKO, Library Neude festival locations and content partners. We also work together with bookstore Savannah Bay, the Utrecht School of the Arts, Utrecht University and Theaterfestival Boulevard.
Internationally we collaborate with Gender Bender Festival (Bologna, Italy), Orlando Festival (Bergamo, Italy), Jerk Off Festival (Paris, France) and Antwerp Queer Festival (Antwerp, Belgium).
What You See is positively activist, inviting and connecting. Join us in building a gender diverse and inclusive world.