DOTYK appeared at the beginning of 2015 on the initiative of To Be Queer, a
spontaneous and flexible association of initiatives that during the time of its existence
served as a place for negotiations and consolidation of activists and followers who
weren’t indifferent to the problems of discrimination. In the middle of 2015 To Be
Queer seized to exist, and DOTYK became independent.
DOTYK was originally planned to become a film festival with the accompanying events
that would be held once a year and would help to comprehend what the
discriminated groups go through. The first film festival was held in Minsk in the
February of 2015. The festival program included screenings of fiction films,
documentaries and animated films, exhibitions, workshops, lectures and discussions
with our guests from different countries. But after a few months the team realized
they don’t want to stop there. That’s when DOTYK grew into a queer culture festival,
which combines various formats and locations, it also reached cities outside Minsk.
The DOTYK team works to hold cultural and educational events in Minsk and regional
centers regularly. Apart from that, we also eagerly cooperate with creative people
regardless of their fame and experience, create art projects relevant to the current
Belarusian social and cultural context.