Held from July 24-26th 2020, Two to the Power of Five: The Power of Queer Words was a special winter online festival that paired up fascinating queer writers for five fantastic online conversations. The sessions were all free and held thanks to the support of Creative NZ.
The lineup of talent included international guests Eileen Myles and Nevo Zisin, as well as an amazing lineup of Aotearoa’s top LGBTQI+ writing talent.
“Samesame but Different is held every February during Auckland’s Pride Festival, but the Covid-19 lockdown got us thinking about brightening up the middle of the year with some stimulating conversations between queer writers,” said Samesame but Different’s Simie Simpson. “Two to the Power of Five was an exciting event for us, because it gave us the chance to invite more people to be inspired by the creativity of the writers we’re showcasing.”
“We thought really hard about how to set up a programme that people can enjoy in their PJs, with a cuppa from the comfort of their living rooms,” said Sam Orchard, Samesame but Different’s Creative Director. “We’ll record the sessions so people can watch them again whenever they feel like it – as well as entertaining and stimulating people on the day, we’re establishing what we know will be a great future resource for queer writers from all over Aotearoa.”