go drag! Festival

From May 1 to 5, Munich’s first drag festival will be celebrating female, trans* and non-binary artists!

What makes a man, what makes a woman? Do such criteria even exist? And if so, how useful are they? From 1 to 5 May 2024, artists will pose these questions in very different performances – and provide answers in a variety of ways.

Cabaret shows will present first-class drag king talents from Munich as well as newcomers and international artists. Around 30 events over 5 days offer everything from theatre scenes with puppets to lecture performances and concerts: Glitz and glamour, depth and tragedy, great emotions and lots of humour. Discussions, lectures and exhibitions invite visitors to explore drag as an artistic and political form of expression. Films on the subject and a drag flea market complete the programme.

The festival is curated by gender performance legend Bridge Markland from Berlin and Munich drag artist Ruby Tuesday. The focus is not on the well-known drag queens, i.e. men who impersonate women. Instead, the festival deliberately focuses on drag kings and queens, portrayed by female, trans* and non-binary artists.

While Cora Frost as Peter Frost gives a deep insight into a sensitive macho heart at a rock concert, Majic Dyke from Kenya reports on the rights of local queer people in a lecture performance. Pandora Nox, winner of Drag Race Germany, shares her best drag moves in a workshop. Bridge Markland herself not only talks about her life and work, but also dusts off classic theatre material with performance, puppetry and playback for a wide audience. Artist, organiser and drag daddy Ruby Tuesday presents an edition of Munich’s only male impersonator revue “Kings of Munich”.

Date: 01-05 May 2024
Venues: Pathos Theater, Gasteig HP8, HochX, schwere reiter, NS-Dokumentations-zentrum, Kunsthalle München, Münchner Stadtbibliothek im Gasteig HP8, Theater Drehleier
Tickets: 6 – 30€

Check out the full program here!

SHOWS at HochX

18:00 | Making of a Man | Quindell Orton

16:00 | Die Nacht in der wir Männer wurden | S. Rudat & das (i)dentityteam

20:00 | Die Nacht in der wir Männer wurden | S. Rudat & das (i)dentityteam

Initiated by Pathos Theater and Gasteig München GmbH in partnership with HochX, schwere reiter, NS-Dokumentationszentrum München, Theater Drehleier, Kunsthalle München, Münchner Stadtbibliothek and Gasteig-Kulturstiftung, funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich.

In co-operation with Motel One, rausgegangen, IN München, BR Puls and Queer.de.