Mezipatra is not just about films! This year's accompanying program will include a workshop on the benefits of porn in sex education, a discussion with the headliner of the biggest party of the festival DJ Killa on harassment in clubs, or a separate program on the film industry. And of course we wouldn't take your favorite parties from you!
On November 7, the accompanying program in Prague will launch with Genesis opening party in Lucerna Café, following Rhys Ernst's indie comedy called Adam. The turntables will be operated by DJs Mary C, mimomrtn, and Šimon Holý. The next day, Czech Inn Bar will host an evening of film-themed drag show, Queeriety: A Mezipatra Drag Extravaganza. The festival's biggest party, Golden Times, will take place once again in the Ankali club in Vršovice. On Saturday, entertainment will be provided by the co-founder of Lecken queer collective, DJ Killa, and Still Sparkling, Ncol, and Motch.
The discussions featured in the accompanying program will take place in Patra community centre and café. On November 9, Trigger Consent discussion on how to best address harassment in clubs is prepared for those interested. The negative aspects of nightlife will be discussed by DJ Killa, Mary C, and Koen Baeyens from Konsent organization. Another event here will be Learning from Porn. Learning How to Porn workshop with lecturers from the Sex School Hub education platform. Lina Bembe and Almond Lindebach will introduce the role of porn in the context of sex education.
Patra is also the venue for the new program feature in Prague part of the festival, the Queering the Industry section, dedicated not only to film professionals. On Saturday and Sunday, people can meet for example the American director Rhys Ernst, who will participate in the Mainstreaming Minorities discussion, and the producer of Beach Rats, Michael Raisler. The only discussion hosted outside Patra Café will be the Cripping Queer Film panel in Světozor cinema. On November 11, leading theorists of ableism and handicap, Robert McRuer, David Mitchell, Kateřina Kolářová and Sharon Snyder, will discuss the depiction of queer identity and handicaps in film.
And then, on November 13th, we will say goodbye to the Prague part of the festival at the Pass This On party, which will again take place in the Lucerna Café, featuring DJs Urxins, StepByStep and Tasya. Then the festival will move to Brno, where it will take place on November 15-22, 2019.