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In 2018, we would be remiss not to acknowledge that despite White Supremacy’s (very) far reaching efforts, there are are Queer Black and Brown Artists of all disciplines who are finding ways to not just survive, but thrive, in this here world.
This workshop is about asking some of them directly, How the hell are you doing it?? We will be discussing Sustainability, Mental Health, Paperwork, Collaboration and whatever else you can think of.
For any QTIBPOC out there who are just stepping into the creative life, have been living that life for a minute or just want to share space with other Queer Black & Brown Artists, this is the space to ask & discuss Tips and Tricks for dreaming and reaching and not getting lost in the sauce.
We will have a few questions to start then the floor will be open and we will be taking and answering questions for as long as we can, so get your questions ready.
Check out our amazing lineup:
RUDY JEE VAN JEE
Having seen the cabaret establishment, The Cocoa Butter Club on an episode of Queer Britain on BBC 3, he decided that it was time to make his inner truth a reality. Inspired by the courage and pride shown by these queer performers of colour, he shortly went on to debut with the very same club as a cabaret artist. Captivating the audience with his soulful vocals, and mesmerising burlesque dance movement
JOY GHARORO- AKPOJOTOR
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, is a producer and writer, whose second feature film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, 2016, and was also up for the IWC Filmmaker Award. She was part of the BFI Flare Mentorship Scheme 2016, in which her mentor was (and still continues to be) Ben Roberts, head of the BFI Film Fund. She has also been mentored by Stephen Kelliher, Director at Bankside Films, through the Filmonoics Plus Scheme in 2017. She currently runs Joi Productions, a Film production company focused on Queer, Black and Female-led work. She’s currently developing her third feature with the BFI, to be directed by Baff Akoto.
Evan Ifekoya is an artist working primarily in performance, moving image, sound and text. Their work explores what it means to make art in a world that would rather people like me not exist, let alone flourish. Their current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound, focused on co- authored, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of spectacle.
Forthcoming is a solo exhibition ‘Ritual Without Belief’ at Gasworks Gallery, London opening July 2018 and a public art commission with Studio Voltaire and Lambeth Council, part of Clapham Public Realm Programme to launch Autumn 2018.
As a velvet-toned songbird & powerhouse of a host, ‘A Bad girl with a good voice and a lot of loving to give…’ Sadie Sinner is a creative force! Founder & curator of The Cocoa Butter Club, Sadie performs a seamless repertoire bursting with the RnB, Blues, Jazz, Motown, Funk & Neo Soul that raised her. Sadie brings entire rooms to their feet- her vocals & vibe, compelling them to dance the night away!
Thomarya (tee) Fergus is a multidimensional artist currently based in Toronto. Tee, creates at various capacities, and uses different mediums to communicate her message. A true renaissance woman, Tee is a painter, a Tattoo Artist, Documenter, Activist & Rebel, here to show the world all that she embodies. Tee is passionate about living a life true to her roots, the root of human beings, and that is a life dedicated to being and sharing love, reverence for the land and honoring the essence of spirit.
This event is part of a crowdfunded community festival.
All events are $5+ suggested donation, if you cannot afford this just show up on the day and let us know or contact us via www.purpleraincollective.com so we can put your name on a list.
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*Our events are for Queer Black & Brown folks and their family and friends. If you are not accompanying a QTIPOC then please pause to consider what exactly you are doing in the space and if it is necessary to be there.