Celebrating trans*pride & looking forwards

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What a weekend!

Well done to the incredible Trans*Pride Brighton​ team who created an event filled with respect, celebration, new friends and positivity. It was a total honour to be a part of it.

This weekend was the last part of our Arts Council funded project so we’re gonna do a little reminiscing…

As part of this project we presented Justin Vivian Bond at Brighton Dome in partnership with Queer Contact and the Southbank Centre and worked with V on events at University of Sussex and the Brighton Trans*formed night at the Marly.

We hosted a Long Table on how we talk about gender with Lois Weaver, which Evan Ifekoya then creatively responded to with this kick ass video.

New Yorkers DarkMatter played one very special sold out show of #itgetsbitter at the Marlborough.

We worked with long term collaborators Traumfrau to make one of our best parties ever with some help from Rachel Mars, Krishna Istha, Foxy & Husk, Su Hewlett and Steve Nice. See filmmaker Rosie Powell’s ace video of the night here.

We presented the fabulous Kate O’Donnell’s Big Girls Blouse in partnership with Contact Theatre, Manchester as part of Brighton Fringe and also had 2 very sweaty sell out CHRISTEENE shows as part of the Fringe.

And finally, we worked with Trans*pride to fund this video created by Fox Fisher and Lewis Hancox and present new work from Evan Ifekoya & None of Us Is Yet a Robot at the Marlborough Theatre and in the park.

We have had an amazing time running this project, we have learnt a lot, we have read a lot, we have met new people and realised new struggles. Ultimately we aimed to engage audiences in new ways of thinking about the spectrum of gender identity and give space to unheard voices.

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If you were at the Kate Bournstein screening on Friday and saw her special message at the end you will know that the cat is out of the bag, we have some VERY exciting plans to bring her to Brighton in early 2016. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep informed about our upcoming plans with Auntie Kate!

We are ALWAYS wanting to chat to folks about what you want to see happen in the city. If you have a project you’d like to talk to us about or a queer performer/artist/educator that you’d like to see come to Brighton, get in touch with producer Abby Butcher on abby [at] pinkfringe.org.uk. These are hard times for arts funding but with the community behind us we are feeling as positive and excited as ever, we love working with you gorgeous lot to make good stuff happen in the city ❤️

For now,

Pink Fringe x

photo credits: Long Table, Justin Vivian Bond & Traumfrau images: Sharon Kilgannon. Middle left image: Melita Dennett

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