A Queer thing's happening at the Arts Centre
Launch night at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Saturday 1 February 2014, 5pm till late
Following the rip-roaring success of the Enfys Aber fundraising night in October, the Arts Centre is proud to launch ABERRATION – a series of exciting events with an LGBT bent that are open to all. With bands, films, spoken word and late-night DJs.
From Chocolat’s dancey jazz to Mike Parker’s queer history of Wales, this is a fabulous night across three spaces, with quiet and raucous zones.
A proportion of ticket sales will go to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) charities. To book, call Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 01970 62 32 32 or go online: www.aber.ac.uk/artscentre
Aberration is programmed by Enfys Aber (the Aber Staff Pride society) and SpringOut, and in February it is part of LGBT History Month UK. For further information please email Ruth Fowler at email@example.com or Helen Sandler at firstname.lastname@example.org
5 to 6pm Theatre Foyer
Come early to meet each other and help construct a timeline of LGBTQI* history that’s relevant to us all. Bring pictures or objects from your own personal timeline that can be hung from our special washing-line. Friends and family are welcome to contribute. Hang out together and hang it all out! Led by Jane Hoy of SpringOut.
* lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans / transgender / transsexual / genderqueer, queer, questioning and intersex – anyone who isn’t completely heterosexual and entirely male or female.
6.15 to 8.15 Cinema
Seen on Screen
Wonderful short films that put LGBT lives and stories right up there on the big screen. Plus discussion. Curated by Sal Hampson and Sue Gorbing of SpringOut.
6.15pm Iris Prize Shorts A vivid variety of super shorts from the 2013 Iris Prize film submissions – Cardiff’s international LGBTI short film prize. Introduced by Berwyn Rowlands, director of the Festivals Company, which runs the prize. Berwyn will also take part in a Q&A after these screenings.
7.30pm T’ain’t Nobody’s Bizness (Robert Philipson, 2011, USA, 30 mins) Through film clips, photographs, interviews and music, this remarkable documentary takes us into the lives of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter and other great queer blues divas of the 1920s. These stars were unapologetic about their unconventional choices in clothes, recreational activities and bed partners.
8.30 to 10pm Studio
A Celebration of Queer Lives in Words
The Studio stage is compered by Helen Sandler who will throw in a few of her poems along the way, as well as introducing a special guest who is time-travelling to meet us from the Victorian music hall.
8.30pm Mike Parker presents ‘Y Ddraig Binc / The Pink Dragon: An Illustrated LGBT History of Wales.’ From C12th chronicler Gerallt Cymro's promise that the Welsh ‘have now given up homosexuality’, to the queer cultural and sporting heroes of a modern, re-emerging nation, the story of LGBT people in Wales has been a mixed bag. Popular author and broadcaster Mike Parker takes us on a lively journey through this history, unearthing little-known characters alongside more famous names such as the Ladies of Llangollen, the Rebecca Rioters, Ivor Novello, Jan Morris, Ron Davies, Gwen John and Dafydd "the only gay in the village" Thomas. Mike’s latest publication is Mapping the Roads: Building Modern Britain (AA, 2013). He is Ceredigion's Plaid Cymru candidate for the May 2015 Westminster Election: follow Mike's campaign on Facebook.
9.10pm Stephanie ‘Sonority’ Turner will amaze you by jangling up the rhythms of speech and poetry, zapping them with her own magic and then setting the stage on fire as she struts across it. Sonority’s mesmerising spoken-word performance was a hit at this year’s L Fest and we couldn’t wait to invite her to Aber. Sonority also sings, paints, runs workshops in schools and works in artist liaison at music festivals. Visit her website: www.sonorityturner.co.uk
9.30pm Jonathan Kemp will read from his daring first novel, London Triptych, which brings to life three eras as it interweaves the lives and loves of three very different gay men – taking in rent boys, aristocrats and Oscar Wilde. The book won the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award in 2011. Jonathan’s next novel, Ghosting, will be published this autumn. He has also written a volume of prose poems and a study of the penetrated male body in literature. He teaches creative writing at Birkbeck College, London. www.jonathan-kemp.com
10pm till late Theatre Foyer
Making a Song and Dance of It
The Foyer stage is compered by Matthew Jones in his inimitable style.
10pm Chocolat is a mid-Wales jazz outfit with a rolling cast of musical characters, covering gypsy standards and Piaf tunes alike. The set at Aberration will feature Jean-Louis Raimbaud on guitar, Pixy Tom Owen on fiddle, guitar et al, and Ali Matthews on vocals.
10.30pm Bristol-born singer-songwriter Sam Scott returns to entertain us with his beautifully rendered songs of love and life.
11pm Acclaimed singer-songwriter Stephanie Finegan has recorded seven albums and extensively toured Europe with her unique combination of folk, punk and poetry.
11.30pm Chocolat perform a second set.
12 midnight The High Commissioners are a DJ duo based in Aberystwyth who blend funk, hip-hop, house and everything in between.
1am Local ghetto-swing maestro 'Deadlock' returns for another big-bass throwdown. Expect some 8-bit bass sounds inspired by his 'Dubtendo' project.
Note: All times are approximate and may change on the night.
Jonathan Kemp www.jonathan-kemp.com https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.kemp.779?fref=ts
Mike Parker website: http://www.mikeparker.org.uk/follow his campaign on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeParkerCeredigion?fref=ts
Stephanie ‘Sonority’ Turner www.sonorityturner.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sonority-Turner/103946743013041?fref=ts
Helen Sandler www.helensandler.co.uk
Sam Scott music: https://www.facebook.com/SamScottMusic
Stephanie Finegan: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieFineganMusic
DJ G Wizz: Here is a promo vid for his event in Aber http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ysg9-q5cr6c
DJ Deadlock: https://soundcloud.com/jakecarless
Deadlock UK https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deadlock-UK/137611292970887
Iris Prize http://www.irisprize.org/
T’Aint Nobody’s Bizness http://shogafilms.com/
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