from Nigel Harris, Acting Director of Camden LGBT Forum
The London Boroughs of Camden and Islington are to host the world’s largest program for LGBT History Month throughout February 2014. The program is put together by Camden LGBT Forum with the support of Camden and Islington Councils and a team of highly dedicated volunteers. This month is about celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans histories. The theme is music but events cross genres of film, poetry, science, biography and art.
The program has more than 50 events and most of them are free to attend. Highlights will include our Loudest Whispers VI, one of the largest outsider art projects in the UK featuring over 30 new and local LGBT artists. We will be entertained through films about our queer music heritage at the British Museum and we will explore old and new with a concert by Transpose featuring music by Tchaikovsky, a gay man whose heritage is being washed out by powerful figures in Russia. In Islington we will host events dedicated to the life of Magnus Hirschfeld, one of our movement’s founding fathers, and enjoy a discussion on music criticism with one of the world’s top critics, Professor Bryce Morrison. And don’t forget our closing night extravaganza, ‘The Glamour Factory’ at the Camden Centre on the 28th.
Nigel Harris, Acting Director of Camden LGBT Forum said ‘Each year it gets more challenging to beat our previous success for History Month both in terms of attendance and diversity of events. But with the help of our dedicated volunteers, our partners in Camden and Islington Councils and the most remarkable promotional video done with over 789 hours of volunteer time, we feel that with your help we will get as many people to take part in a month dedicated to celebrating our diverse LGBT heritage as possible.’
Check out our promotional video here: http://bit.ly/1lAuNOG
Print off your own schedule of events on our website here: http://camdenlgbtforum.org.uk/imgoing/
Or check out a pdf booklet here: http://camdenlgbtforum.org.uk/the-2014-programme/
Get the latest on our Facebook site here: www.facebook.com/camdenlgbtforum
Or pick up one of our booklets at various locations in central London.
For details of events call 020 7388 5720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden LGBT Forum is an independent registered charity supporting victims of hate crime and celebrating local talent. We have projects to get local LGBT people back into work, run a group to get young people speaking in public and operate a safe havens scheme for victims of abuse. We have run a History Month locally for 8 years and this is the fourth in partnership with Islington Council. It is created from the inspiration of the national LGBT History Month campaign and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful local LGBT events. We are not-for-profit and run on a very tight budget so any help in promoting our month is greatly appreciated!
Camden LGBT Forum
54 Chalton Street
020 7388 5720
Our promotional video is 126 seconds long and features local politicians, residents and talent. It was made for us by a local Camden film group called Three Flying Piglets – website: http://threeflyingpiglets.co.uk/.
Loudest Whispers VI will launch on Friday 7th of February and run from Monday 10th February to Thursday 10th of April 2014. It will be in the gallery space at the Conference Centre, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE. The launch and private view on the 7th features a ‘meet the artists’, entrainment hosted by Mzz Kimberley with Early Grey, DJ Martin Green and Missy Le Pink and free refreshments. All press invited to attend as our special guests.
To Russia With Love is our classical concert at the Lumen United Reformed Church, 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RS held purposefully on the 14th February to demonstrate solidarity without Russian allies going through difficulties with their anti-gay laws. Transpose is a group of Transgenderd and Transgenderd-allied classical artists and the blurb in our booklet sums it up perfectly: ‘Pianos, voices, violas, cellos – romance, friendship, community, love – cupcakes and wine and Tchaikovsky. Best Valentines ever? Here’s hoping!’ The event is free and can be booked by phoning the Forum or on our eventbrite page: www.camdenlgbtforum.eventbrite.co.uk. Times: 6:30pm – 10:00pm.
The film day at the British Museum will be held on Sunday 16th February and show Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict (2013), T’Aint Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2011) and Mirror Mirror (a short about Club Wotever, London’s original queer night) with Director’s Q&A. From 10:45AM – 5:30PM. Free but book tickets at British Museum Box Office on 020 7323 8000.
A Question of Criticism: a talk by Prof. Bryce Morrison will be held in Committee Room 1, at Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD. Forum volunteer Bryce will talk about the art of critic and his career as a world renowned gay critic writing for the Times, Gramophone and as a professor at the Royal academy. The event is free and tickets can be booked by calling the Forum or booking on www.camdenlgbtforum.eventbrite.co.uk. 6:30pm-8:00pm. Refreshments provided.
For other details of our events check out our calendar on http://camdenlgbtforum.org.uk/imgoing/