LGBT+ History Month
forum+ has announced the largest line-up of events celebrating LGBT History Month in the UK. The aims of Camden & Islington LGBT History Month are to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their history, lives and their experiences in the wider community. This is an opportunity to raise awareness and advance education on matters affecting the LGBT community and build inclusive spaces for everyone, thereby reducing social isolation and marginalisation.
The 2020 festivities centre on the themes of ‘Poetry, Prose and Plays’ and there are events for everyone to enjoy across Camden and Islington. From guided walks in Islington, to LGBT+ under-fives’ story book mornings; from plays by LGBT writers to queer poetry readings; from the Loudest Whispers Art exhibition to the LGBT Film Day at the British Museum, forum+ has partnered with organisations across Camden and Islington to offer a month brimming with events – which are mostly free for people to attend.
Club Kali Club & Cabaret LGBT History Month Celebration
Saturday 1st February, 10.00pm–3.00am
Latin Groove (Kolis), 18 Kentish Town Rd NW1 9NX MRRA
Join Club Kali’s Queer global community to celebrate who we are with Unity, Diversity and Pride. Upstairs: get on your mic with Prose, Poetry, Cabaret, Games, & More hosted by Aamir & Aamir! Downstairs for Dancing, kick off 10pm with our Fun Bolly-Pop Dance Class followed by Club Kali DJ’s spinning your favourite dancefloor tunes from Bollywood to Hollywood! Plus Spectra-London on our community stall offering services/info. Come party with LGBTQ+ friends Event. Ticketed from £7 see website www.clubkali.com to book and for more information.
Tuesday 4th February – Saturday 29 February Tues-Sat 8pm, Sundays 6pm, Saturday 22 and 29 February 3.30pm
Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF
Working together with young LGBTQ+ ex/homeless people in London, Vicky Moran’s new play shines a light on a forgotten generation of homeless youth. Combining real stories, verbatim interview clips and an original score, No Sweat reveals stories from within the world of gay saunas - a common place for young homeless people to seek accommodation. Tickets: £12 - £16 for booking information please visit www.pleasance.co.uk
Launch of Camden & Islington LGBT History Month and Opening Night 2020 Loudest Whispers Exhibtion: A Midwinter Night’s Dream.
Friday 7th February 5.30pm - 8.30pm
The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, NW1 0PE
forum+ and The Arts Project are proud to present A Midwinter Night’s Dream. Join special guests at the launch of Camden & Islington LGBT History Month and enjoy an evening of sparkling fusions of music and comedy. Hosted by Xnthony, an award winning performer of cabaret and comedy who turns the art of future facing performance into a vibrant experience for the audience. Xnthony forms a unique musical partnership with virtuoso pianist Mark T Cox who generously showcases camp musical comedy.
Sunday 9th, 16th and 23rd February, Midday - 5.00pm, Showcase: 23rd February 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Welcome to the magical world of Drag! Have you ever wondered what drag is all about? Would you like to grow in confidence or explore performing arts? Then this is the perfect space for you. Crayola The Queen (Queen expert) and Clay Taurus (King expert) will be working with you this time round. There is even an opportunity to take part in the Showcase! This is a fun and safe space so we ask that you are respectful of people’s genders, pronouns, sexual orientation and diversity. Please note that you need to attend all days to be accepted. Venue: TBC - For more details visit: mosaicyouth.org.uk/ dragacademy
Loudest Whispers 2020 Art Work Exhibition
Monday 10th February - Thursday 9th April Monday To Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
The Conference Centre Gallery, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, NW1 OPE
Loudest Whispers 2020 is a mixed multi-media visual art exhibition celebrating the creativity of LGBT artists. 16 New artists combine with over 30 established artists including Simon Croft, Jaime Freestone, Pawel Jaskulski, Michele Martinolli, Peter Smith, Terence Wilde and Simon Richardson with displays of new developments through the support of The Arts Project. The theme of LGBT History Month 2020 is Poetry, Prose and Plays. Inspired by this concept, digital photography and graphic design artist Marius Els has created a stunning 3D installation involving a magical mysterious book revealing secrets from pages in the entrance of the gallery.
Monday 17th February 8.30pm -10.30pm
Phoenix Arts Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London WC2H 8BU
Join London’s best Queer poetry night for an LGBT History Month special! Performance poet Hannah Chutzpah will host an evening of poetry and spoken word performances at the open mic. There will also be an opportunity to read and recite some of the most famous and unforgettable pieces of LGBTQ poetry ever written! After the event, you are all invited to the bar at Phoenix Arts Club which is open until 2:30 am in the morning!
LGBTQ films and talks with forum+ at the British Museum free
Saturday 15th February 11.00am - 4.30pm
Join forum+ at The British Museum for a day of LGBTQ-themed film screenings and discussions around this year’s theme Poetry, Prose and Plays. booking essential via www.britishmuseum.org
Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February 7.15pm & 9.00pm
Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Rd NW1 2PY
An experimental reworking of Paper Thin, Nataly Lebouleux’s awardwinning animated film, this piece uses an innovative cross-art language and style to explore the controversial issue of conversion therapy and gay exorcisms. Combining film, animation, physicality and sound, this piece is fluid, layered and open to interpretations. There will be post-show discussions for audience members on Jan 25th with the production’s creative team, focusing on the devising process and themes which inspired the creation of Mina. This production is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences through creative captioning integrated into the fabric of the piece. Tickets £12/£10 (concession). To book please visit www.cptheatre.co.uk
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