Curated by UCL URBAN LABORATORY, this salon will queerly reimagine the 1931 Beaux Arts Ball in New York, a famously peculiar moment in urban history.
Join us to celebrate the ways that LGBTQ+ people and communities create night-spaces in the city. We will think together about how LGBTQ people have contributed to urban change in London, as well as the specific challenges and opportunities LGBTQ communities face in queering the capital at night.
The evening will be hosted by Dr Sharon Husbands (Naked Boys Reading, Ask Dr Shaz) featuring performances and provocations:
— Travis Alabanza, 'OBSTACLE'
Travis will read poetry from 'before i step outside (you love me)', including OBSTACLE, which details of experiences of harassment on a night out. Travis is a performer, writer and theatre maker. Known for increasingly paving much of the UK conversation around trans politics, Alabanza has become a staple part of the London queer scene and further afield.
— Chardine Taylor-Stone, 'They Only Love Us When We are Not There'
Chardine will speak on the experience of reviving the Shim Sham club; and on liaising with straight venues to produce a queer club night. Chardine is an award-winning cultural producer, writer and feminist activist. She is the founder of Black Girls Picnic a global movement in collective self care for Black women and girls, Stop Rainbow Racism and bangs the drums in Black feminist punk band Big Joanie. In 2017 she won the British LGBT award for contribution to LGBTQIA life.
— Planning Out and Friends of the Joiners Arms 'in conversation'
A discussion about the challenges and potentials of queering space in new urban developments – how well does the planning system work for LGBTQ+ spaces and communities? What spaces should be protected and how? How do London and the UK compare with other contexts? Co-founded by Simon Brooksbank and Rob Krzyszowski, Planning Out is a network of LGBT+ urban planners. Friends of the Joiners Arms are a campaign group seeking to save and evolve The Joiners Arms.
— Stuart Feather, 'Political Protest and LGBTQIA+ Spaces'
Author of 'Blowing the Lid: Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens' (2016).
— 'Fabulous Façades', Ben Campkin, Laura Marshall, Zia Álmos Yeshua X, Gabrielle Basso Ricci, Sebastian Rod CH and Thomas Kendall
Queer readings of planning applications in the mode of the 1931 New York Beaux Arts Ball. This moment, when modernist architects famously masqueraded as their own buildings, will be used to exhibit and interrogate the documents collated as part of Urban Lab’s research project LGBTQ+ Nightlife in London.
Dress code: anything goes. We’ll be personifying our favourite queer spaces and any ball-goers who want to join us in DIY city-themed drag, or dress to evoke their favourite queer space, are more than welcome.
Entry £15 (£11 conc.) and includes a French 75 (a popular cocktail in 1930s New York and London). **Tickets via link above.**
Curated by Ben Campkin and Laura Lanfear (UCL Urban Laboratory).