What is drag, anyway? We’ve all seen queens strutting their stuff at gay bars or comically feminine cross-dressers in the theater, but as the artform expands and explodes, how do we even define this type of expression? While drag has gained new levels of accessibility with television shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and social media platforms like Instagram, the performers at this weekend’s Bushwig festival in Brooklyn, New York are challenging the mainstream idea of what a drag queen even is.
Organized by beloved Brooklynite Horrorchata, Bushwig has expanded from a small gathering of underground queer artists into a full two-day festival with over 100 performers. What started in a small backyard venue slowly grew over half a decade. This year, the Wigstock-inspired festival took over The Knockdown Center, a sprawling warehouse art space just on the outskirts of Bushwick, Brooklyn. For the first time, the festival featured a food