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Queer(in)g Croydon: Panel Discussion & Live Performances

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Croydon Arts Store

Whitgift Shopping Centre

Welleseley Road Entrance

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CR01UQ

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Queer(in)g Croydon
Exploring the potential towards a common safe place with Q&A

Event Hashtag: #QueeringCroydon
Panelists:
Almass Badat, Ana Benlloch, Mandisa Apena, Fahmida Islam, Asifa Lahore, Anisha Jogani + others tbc

Followed by
Short Film screening by Almass Badat, live performances by Tom & Jet of the Ninetales Collective & others

This is a panel discussion on the potential to create a new queer place for Croydon’s diverse LGBTQIA community. The idea will centre on the potential to use existing venues, spaces and places as well as make better use of disused places, and connect different groups to help program and develop an inclusive & sustainable model.

The discussion will briefly explore existing models of successful community organisations and what a community-led model could be for a queer place in Croydon. It will also propose questions, especially in ways of understanding what a safe space could potentially be for diverse members of the community. Croydon is the largest London borough with a population over 380,000+ people and itself has a deep history with LGBT+ activities. It is represented currently in events such as the Croydon Pridefest, its participation in LGBT History Month, IDAHO as well as diverse groups such as the Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) that meet regularly. At the same time, there has been the erosion and closure of entertainment and other venues that catered specifically for the LGBT+ community across London and this means new models of place-making need to be explored. This panel discussion will look to talk about a more dynamic, community-led model, and the panelists will discuss aspects of their experiences and what they believe could be a collective vision for a safe space for the queer community. The evening will allocate ample time for questions.

This event is aimed at the public in general, and we will also invite local council members, LGBTQIA community leaders, along with wider London advocates including academics, activists and cultural leaders for a meaningful discussion. The outcomes of this discussion will be used to develop the discussion for making a temporary or permanent queer space in Croydon.

The evening is to coincide with Ruhul Abdin's Reclined Nude Scrolls Exhibition opening in the LOFT space
Poster

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Mandisa Apena,
Mandisa Apena is a poet, womanist and part-time vegan from South London, England. Their poems span over concepts such as the convolutions of life, the isolated, neurodivergence, the body, dreams and the earth. they are a Barbican Young Poet, and founder + host of poetry: hot 4 u (a queer poetry night in London). they also self-published a collection of their poems 'and twice as bitter' in 2016.

Almass Badat,
Almass Badat is an Artist, Creative Consultant & Activist. With parents of Indian origin, she spent the majority of her early childhood in Lusaka, where she roots her inspiration to document within culture, nature and the Arts. Almass is Founder of MOTION PICTURE, a quarterly independent film screening providing free access for those unable to interact with the Arts. She is a vocal and visible advocate for #BLACKLIVESMATTER and the QPOC community.

Ana Benlloch,
Ana Benlloch is an artist who queers language in sticky, fluid, hypnotic rituals to create new potential realities.They are part of AAS art group and Ninetales Collective and make audio works as Underwater River.

anabenlloch.net aasgroup.net ninetalescollective.org

Fahmida Islam,
Fahmida Islam, 32 identifying as queer androgynous, cis female Sylheti Bengali, Muslim gay. Born and raised in London, Hackney. With a background in marketing and documentary filmmaking - she has worked with small non-profit orgs adding value to their marketing/comms. Passionate about mental health, intersectionality, decolonising mindset, and actively challenging white fragility in the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Asifa Lahore,
Asifa Lahore is Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen, pushing the boundaries of what it means to be LGBT+ and Muslim. Her impassioned activism on intersectionality, race, gender and religion has led her to speak at prestigious institutions such as the Lost Lectures, Channel 4 Diversity Festival, Women of the World Festival, the British Library, and the Oxford Union. She has also been the face of C4's 2016 diversity campaign, 'True Colour TV'. Asifa continues to promote and DJ at London's top Gaysian club nights, Club Kali and Disco Rani. Her musings on world events are featured in Winq magazine where she is a columnist.

www.asifalahore.co.uk

Anisha Jogani (tbc)
+ others (tbc)

ABOUT THE LIVE PERFORMERS

Tom and Jet (Ninetales Collective)
Tom Milsom and Jet Sweeney are artists and musicians working collaboratively and independently on songwriting projects and comic books.

www.ninetalescollective.org


+ others (tbc)


HOW TO GET TO THE CROYDON ARTS STORE

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#LGBTQ+ #POC #BAME #Arts #LiveMusic #Screening #Talk #Discussion #QnA #NudeScrolls #QueeringCroydon

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