Dana Fest was born in November 2007 in Saint-Petersburg. It is named after israel singer Dana International, who won the competition of European song "Eurovision 1998" in Birmingham (United Kingdom).
The winner declared publicly herself as a transsexual. Beautiful and gifted Dana became a positive role model for many people in the world.
The first Fest took place on the 25th of January 2008, just in 10 years after Dana's victory and on the eve of her birthday. It gathered the artists of the travesty genre, transsexuals, parodists, singers, Dana's fans and other talented people from different corners of Russia and abroad. The representatives from Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Pskov, Blagoveshchensk, Tallinn, Helsinki, Riga and Minsk met at the lounge-café "Barhat" on the Griboedov canal, in the center of Saint-Petersburg. They were performing their best songs and numbers supported by the ballet-show and the most trendy DJs of the city. Dana's birthday was celebrated with much éclat.
After our first festival we got a lot of messages with gratitude words and requests to continue what we started. Inspired by your support, on the 24th of January, on the eve of Dana's birthday in the night club "Gala" we held the second International festival of Trans Culture DANA Fest 2009. The conception was refined and some competition lines appeared in the festival program:
· Pop line: for the artists of parody genre. The best image of Dana style as well.
· Art line: photography contest "The New face".
The participants of all contests were travesty and transgender people from different corners of Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Moldova, the Netherlands, Israel. The request for participation in "The New face" contest was accepted even from Mexico.
So we confirmed the title of the International Festival!
Rewards have found their heroes.
More details about the participants, the jury and the presents read the links below
"The history Fest2008" and "Fest2009".
In June 2009 the new literary contest "The Freedom of Speech" (within The Third International festival of Trans culture Dana Fest 2010) was announced in the magazine "TimeOut Petersburg" and on the official website of the project. But The Festival was never held due to the economic crisis.
The thought of the festival was postponed until better times. But no such luck! The law Homosexual propaganda was declared and the ant hill was stirred up. The society seemed before to be tolerant, but it bristled up against LGBT representatives. We, the festival organizers, got a lot of threat calls and messages against the festival and against the people who would take the risk to participate in the festival. The issue was challenging, but we made the only one right and sensible decision at that moment – the safety of the participants and the audience is much more important than here-and-now profit. Dana Fest was closed until better times.
We went on hoping to revive the festival, we negotiated with partners from Finland to arrange the festival in hospitable country of Suomi, but the negotiations were led into a blind alley because of financial matter (mainly because of the high price of the festival ).
In 2014 in Russia there was another crisis which caused the economic slump of our potential patrons and many other political events that disrupted the festival.
We didn't want to go far away from Russia and we didn't want to held the festival and put the participants in danger.