Jack Remiel Cottrell, Rebecca Hawkes, Tendai Mutambu and essa may ranapiri spoke on the theme of ‘queer inspiration’ for the opening night gala for Same Same but Different 2022. Chaired by Rhion Munro. There were shout outs to fan fiction and tributes to Shola von Reinhold, Mary Oliver, Hera Lindsay Bird and Keri Hulme, to name some.