October 14-21, 2018 Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Special Events

Something special is in store!

A Fantasia Fair Special Presentation of
"A Self-Made Man"

Fantasia Fair 43 is proud to offer a special showing of a special film about a special person:
A Self-Made Man

Please join us on Thursday, October 19th at 8:00pm for a very special film. Following the film there will be a special Q&A session with the star of the film, Tony Ferraiolo.

From live music to high tea, from documentary films to performance art, every year Fantasia Fair offers special events that are fun and exciting.

While all conferences offer opportunities for socializing, with Fantasia Fair, this socializing is offered as an extension of our educational offerings. For many of us who have been raised in one gender role, it can be very beneficial to socialize in our preferred gender presentation in a safe, protected environment. Social events provide us with opportunities to apply what we have learned in the daytime. In addition, these social events allow people to interact so that we learn from one another.

And oh, by the way, these events are fun!

The Fair organizers make a special effort to showcase talent from our own trans* community. This year, Fantasia Fair is delighted to present the film A Self-Made Man, tellin the personal story and important life work of Tony Ferraiolo, a transgender youth advocate.

Last year, Fantasia Fair was delighted to have comedienne Jaye McBride share her unique brand of comedy at this year's Fair. Jaye has performed stand-up all over the country and has opened for comics such as Gilbert Gottfried, Aziz Ansari, Bobcat Goldthwait and many others. She was the winner at "Times Square Comedy Showdown" and the "Comic Syndrome Comedy Festival". Opening for Jaye was The Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus – one of the very first all-transgender choirs in the United States.

With the 2015 Fantasia Fair, we were treated to a performance "Debutante Balls" by Scott Turner Schofield. This award-winning show is a theatrical stand-up comedy dance through the fascinating culture of the Southern Debutante Ball that pokes fun at gender roles and sniffing the vapors of nostalgia gone-with-the-wind in these modern times. An excerpt from “Debutante Balls” can be found on YouTube.

For Fantasia Fair 40, acclaimed film critic, poet and trans woman Christine Howey performed her one woman play, Exact Change, for our annual Town and Gown affair. Exact Change was described as a "one-woman tour-de-force spiced with literary references, personal stories and an incisive wit that truly packs a punch."

In 2013, Fantasia Fair brought to the stage award-winning standup comic, Kelli Dunham. Kelli, who has appeared on both Showtime and the Discovery Channel, and tours nationally to colleges, comedy clubs, and LGBT pride events, is an ex-nun, a registered nurse, and an honored Queer entrtainer. You can get a peek of what Kelli is like from her website,

Also in 2013, we enjoyed the 4-time Outmusic award nominee Namoli Brennet. Her music has been featured on NPR, PBS and in films including the Emmy-award winning documentary "Out in the Silence." If you have heard Namoli Brennet's work, you know just how intense, passionate, and gifted of a performer she is. If you haven't heard of this transwoman, you can experience a bit of her magic by visiting her website,

Ian Harvie, photo by Darren Setlow In 2012, Fantasia Fair was delighted to have with us a rising comedy star in comedy, Ian Harvie. Ian has been featured on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and is a regular on the two-time, Golden Globe Award-winning, Amazon TV series TRANSPARENT. He was known for being Margaret Cho’s opening act for years and was recognized with being on several important GLBT-related favorites lists.

Angelica Ross graced our stage in 2011. Her personal journey is reflected in her music: from Navy recruit to fashion model to singer/songwriter. This is where life becomes art.

In 2010, Fantasia Fair hosted a special showing of "Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps" Presented by Scott Turner Schofield, named a "Young Trans Hero of 2006" by The Advocate magazine, who gave a performance that employed multimedia storytelling, silk fabric acrobatics, and audience participation to reveal the life of a man who just happens to have been born a girl.

The Fair has hosted internationally-renowned classical pianist Sara Davis Buechner. Ms. Buechner is a master pianist, having performed with many different orchestras including Philharmonic Orchestras in the New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland and San Francisco. You can listen to some of Ms. Buechner here.

Fantasia Fair also has been honored to provide a venue for a number of compelling and important films.

The 2014 Fantasia Fair presented a special screening of "Just Gender". This important film, is narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, photographed by Mariette Pathy Allen and directed by George Zuber. It tackles the all too often misunderstood world of transgender. In 2010, we witnessed the North American premier of the award-winning film "Unraveling Michelle". This work chronicled the transformation of prominent East Coast independent filmmaker, Joe O'Ferrell, through a series of feminizing surgeries and treatments to become Michelle Ann Farrell. In 2005, writer, director, and producer Susan Stryker gave a special showing of her film "Screaming Queens." The film tells the story of the Compton's Cafeteria riot that pre-dates the famous rioting at New York's Stonewall Inn. The movie "Southern Comfort" , directed by Kate Davis, was the focus another year. This breakout hit and winner at nearly 20 major film festivals had us mesmerized with its rare blend of humor, tragedy, and romance. The story chronicles the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual, who was turned down for treatment of ovarian cancer by two dozen doctors. By the time Eads received treatment, the cancer was too advanced to save his life. In 2003, Fantasia Fair was the venue for the first time ever North American showing of "Georgie Girl", the story of Australia's first transsexual member of parliament.

Fantasia Fair has hosted a number of book launches and signings, including the award-winning The Gender Frontier by Mariette Pathy Allen, "Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not" by Joanne Herman, and My Husband's a Woman Now by Leslie Hilburn Fabian.

Fantasia Fair is also know for some of its home-grown happenings. In addition to such annual traditions as our Gala Awards Banquet, Fashion Show, Pioneer Awards Banquet, and the Fantasia Fair Follies, we often hold events put on by Fair attendees themselves. We have held art shows exhibiting the works of Fairgoers. We have held High Tea, poetry readings, and even the occasional game show. Plus, we greet Fair attendees each year with a private reception at one of Provincetown's favorite restaurants.

All of these activities, together with the week of workshops and keynote addresses, makes Fantasia Fair a unique experience that you won't want to miss.

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