Joy Against the Machine: Creative Writing from a Place of Queer Joy
Led by: Tom Stockley
Join queer poet, writer and community activist T.S. IDIOT to share your thoughts on queer joy and what that means to us. Learn to write from a place of joy and resilience rooted in our collective queerness, and create a group poem based on our experience.
Bio: Tom Stockley (T.S. IDIOT) is a queer performance artist, producer, poet, writer, designer, organiser and semi-professional idiot living, working and wiggling across the South West. Informed by a century of counter-culture, their practice flirts with the humour, beauty and sadness of every day life by any means necessary. After graduating from a Fine Art BA in 2016, they have expanded their practice to include collage, photography, short films and live performance, often created collaboratively with other artists and in community settings. Increasingly this has included theatre, a medium that they stumbled on entirely accidentally but seem to be doing ok at. They are interested in our human experience, collectively and as individuals, creating conversations around identity, culture, mental health and the places we call home. They are also a qualified youth worker and have been working in youth and community roles since 2011, and believe in the value of all people who feel othered and abandoned.
Led by: Rokas Buciunas
Ecstatic Prance is about free movement and playful moments of closeness. Behind our light-hearted idea is the simple act of dancing freely and the sense of belonging amongst the like-minded. How we vibe:
· Dance however you like
· Be brave, be silly
· Co-create a judgment-free space
· Let loose without drugs or booze
· Respect other people’s no-no’s
Expect an eclectic mix of bangers from diva-evoking disco to spacey electronics. We explore contrasting rhythms to tickle our imagination for what our bodies can do. After a guided warm-up, join us on the 60-minute journey of freestyle dance and self-discovery. You’re welcome to stay for a bowl of soup and chatter at the end. It’s okay to feel nervous, especially if you come alone. Dancing freely around others is a courageous act. Yet we come together to overcome our fears. Dress code: wear whatever you like but fancy dress makes us happy
Slime Time: Slugtopia
Led by: Vix Williams
An interactive installation that employs UV-reactive slime as a tactile medium to combat anxiety and gives us a place where we can play, connect and collaborate. Inspired by the mating rituals of the Leopard Slug, Slime Time creates a visual representation of the Leopard Slug’s male/female dichotomy-challenging genitalia as a platform to converse about queerness and gender fluidity. Escape the detachment of the pandemic through sensory touch and play. Relax and unwind in a safe, queer space by trying something deliciously different. Don’t worry, we’re all slugly here. Attendance information: slime is messy, it gets stuck to clothes! Underwear or slime-proof/washable clothes are ideal (no sequins or fishnets) and excess garments will be safely stored by our host slugs, Groups will be held in bubbles, the room will be cleaned between sessions, and there will be UV and strobe lighting.
Led by: Alice Klages
This queer-friendly ballet workshop aims at making the usually highly gendered and exclusive world of ballet accessible for everyone who wants to get a taste of the glamorous and sparkling world of prima ballerinas ✨ The class is a space for bodies and identities that are non-traditional in the world of ballet to break classical rules and express who they are. Learn the basic steps of ballet, work on your posture, and express yourself freely in a safe, inclusive and relaxed (but of course sassy!) environment. This ballet class is primarily for trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people, but is open to anyone respecting of this safe space. Leggings or tights recommended, but please wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable. Training can be done either in socks or barefoot.
Queer DIY film-making workshop
Led by: Rob Eagle & Paul Samuel White
Got a story or concept for a film? Not got a lot of money? Have no fear! In this workshop, we'll be looking at methods of low- and no-budget queer DIY film-making, using the resources available to you. We'll go on a whistle-stop tour including pre-production scripting and planning, mood board and aesthetics, cameras and lights, post-production and queer film festival and DIY distribution. This is an interactive workshop for all levels of experience in film-making to share and learn from each other.
The workshop is facilitated by film-makers Rob Eagle and Paul Samuel White. Rob has been making low-budget documentaries for over 15 years with their latest short film 'OINK!' screening as part of the Palace Film Festival. Paul specialises in low/no-budget film-making with music videos, short documentaries and live art documentation. He has two films screening in the festival, 'Argos' and 'We are not a single species’.