Looking at [Lewisburg]: AQFF’s Home in the West Virginia Hills
Nestled in the hills of Greenbrier County, WV lies Lewisburg, home to the West Virginia State Fair, the Chocolate Festival, and (we think) most importantly, the Appalachian Queer Film Festival.
Lewisburg was formally established in 1782 as an act of the Virginia General Assembly, and has been a hotbed for artist types, and has been a haven for artsy and activist types ever since. It boasts one of the only four continuously operating Carnegie Halls in the world, along with West Virginia’s largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration — no wonder it won Budget Travel’s 2011 Coolest Small Town in America award!
With its tolerant attitude and top-quality amenities, Lewisburg was a natural choice for the Appalachian Queer Film Festival. Recalls Festival founder Tim Ward, “The vibrant arts community in Lewisburg made it a perfect choice for our festival. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect fit – Lewisburg is a small town with a high dose of tolerance and understanding.”
The Appalachian Queer Film Festival as happy to continue to make its home in Lewisburg for our second annual celebration of queer culture and Appalachia. Start planning your trip for this year’s festival, which will take place October 1-4.