Building Community Through Ritual | Nik Jovčić-Sas | TEDxBath

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Growing up as one of the only people from an Eastern European immigrant background in a small town in rural Somerset, Serbian Orthodox theologian and LGBTQ+ activist Nik Jovčić-Sas says their personal experiences have shown them the enormous positive power of cultural ritual. In this moving talk, Nik explains how communities can use rituals to bring people together and manifest a version of the world as they dream to see it. Nik is an LGBTQ+ activist, theologian and musician who has been working for over ten years in everything from drag nights to pride events and academic conferences. Their unique approach is to blend traditional culture and theology with queer theory and intersectional feminism in an attempt to include communities left behind by the contemporary LGBTQ+ rights movement. Nik uses ideas about ritual, tradition and iconography which bring a unique twist to their current work: ranging from Pride bake-offs judged by drag queens in rural Somerset, Balkan circle dances at UK festivals or protests with rainbows on religious images. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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