Fierce! Queer Performing Arts Festival!

We are now the Fierce! Queer Performing Arts Festival. For the past six years that we've been lighting up the world, though our heart began with burlesque (and we will always have a special place in our heart for burlesque), we have always welcomed all of our queer friends to participate in our festival. So, this year we decided that our name should reflect our inclusive model. As always, we want to be a home for ALL forms of performance, a home for ALL talented queers. So, if you are a burlesque performer, a drag king or queen, a musician, a sideshow performer, a magician, a ventriloquist, a singer, a hula-hooper, a bellydancer... WHAT EVER YOU ARE... We Want YOUR Talent to be represented in our festival. 

Only the biggest, queerest party on the planet! 

May 9-12, 2019 - COLUMBUS, OHIO!


Fierce! will honor the history of and diversity within the queer performing arts community -- celebrating a spectrum of age, race, ethnicity, class, body type, access/ability, and gender expressions. Fierce! will provide kinship and celebration for all, and highlight the talents and contributions of queer and allied performance communities and performers throughout the world.


Fierce! is the first festival to honor the talents and uniqueness of performers across the globe who identify as queer. 
"The biggest queer party on the planet!"


Fierce! Code of Conduct

Zero Tolerance Policy

Fierce! has adopted a zero-tolerance policy toward discrimination and all forms of unlawful harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment. This zero tolerance policy means that no form of unlawful discriminatory or harassing conduct will be tolerated. Fierce! is committed to enforcing zero tolerance at all levels within the organization — staff, audience members, volunteers, vendors, or performers who engage in prohibited discrimination or harassment will be asked to leave the festival and banned indefinitely. Similarly, any reporting of discrimination or harassment outside of the festival that has been reported as making any members of the Fierce! population uncomfortable, will be approached with zero tolerance.

The following will be considered harassment: physical or verbal threats; unwelcome attention; stalking; pushing, shoving, or use of physical force; behavior that creates a disturbance or is dangerous, including lewd or generally offensive behavior or language; using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct; excessive profanity; obscene gestures; use of racial, religious, sexual, gender, ability, or ethnic slurs.

If a person tells you “no,” your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact with that person, you may be asked to leave the festival.


  • “No” means no.

  • “Stop” means stop.

  • “Go away” means go away.

  • Attire is not consent.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Fierce! does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin / ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, audience, volunteers, vendors, and performers.

General Festival Policies

Fierce! is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property, or for injuries sustained during the course of the festival.

You must wear your valid Fierce! badge at all times to be admitted to the festival shows.

We reserve the right to ask you to leave the festival or associated events if you are acting outside the Code of Conduct.

If you are taking photographs of attendees, please respect those that do not wish to be photographed or recorded by asking permission to take pictures.

Reporting Harassment or Conduct Violations

It is very important that if you are being harassed or are in any way endangered, you report it to a Fierce! staff member immediately. We cannot address anything that we are not made aware of and we need whatever detail can be provided, such as names and other descriptive information.

If you experience or witness harassment or threatening behavior, please report it to a Fierce! staff member immediately. If, at any time, you feel that your personal safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, please contact the police in an emergency via 911.

As an attendee, if you witness harassment, threatening behavior, or other inappropriate conduct, we encourage you to speak up and say something. We want to come together as a community, look out for one another, and ensure everyone is treated with respect.

Consequences of Code of Conduct Violation

Fierce! reserves the right to revoke attendance of the festival and associated events. If an individual is in violation of the Code of Conduct during an event, they may be barred from the festival indefinitely. Also, if an individual breaks the law – city, state or federal – they will be arrested.