Welcome to this years And What? Queer. Arts. Festival. It’s 2018 and we are 3-years old.
We are returning with an October-long celebration of Queerness, Art and Experiences. This years Festival features over 20 events, in venues and spaces around London, and includes dance, digital arts, theatre, spoken word, music & song, installation, performance parties and visual arts. We are SO excited to introduce more new artists to the And What? family as well as getting giddy about some old acquaintances.
We are super-thrilled to have the Danish company HimHerAndIt back for their third-year presenting GARDEN; its most ambitious work to date and the nominee of handfuls of theatre awards in Denmark. GARDEN is an experience for one person at a time and has VERY limited tickets - so don’t miss out!
We are also bringing back Queer Art(ists) Now, our open-call visual arts exhibition that stormed the programme last year (we almost had to barricade the doors on the Private View; it got frighteningly busy!) and there is a third iteration of our sexy Queerdo and very wonky Cabaret/Circus night Pink Bucket; this year’s theme is Of Spirit and will be hosted by the delectable Virgin Xtravaganzah.
What more? Well, in the spirit of supporting new work and keeping it fresh we have some work-in-progress showings happening in a deep-down tunnel and over A Roast Dinner. There is more London premières than you can shake your selfie-stick at, including: a mini-season of works over at Camden People’s Theatre, a brand new sound commission about cruising, The Other Friends of Clapham Common, hosted from Omnibus Theatre; and there is Zombies, Drag Queens, a 5-Star sell-out Vogue-Theatre show from Manchester’s ball scene, and a big old knees up in the form of a Queer Prom - dust of that taffeta!
Queer Migrant Takeover (a day of discussions, performance and partying from Queer Migrant performers) and The House of Kings of Queens keep it poised and political in equal measures, and closing the Festival - well, you have to take a bite of Travis Alabanza’s Burgerz.
Schizzle, that’s a lot, and I haven’t even scratched the surface! Check out the full programme - enjoy and support the artists!
Queer Arts For the Hearts of London
Andrew Ellerby, Artistic Director - xoxo