Noon Festival · Intersectionality in Queer Spaces · Talk

21/05/2019

19:30 - 23:00

Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin

Admission is free - donations are welcome

*** This event is part of Noon Festival · Queer History Month x Ramadan · be‘kech ***

► Intersectionality in Queer Spaces: Which Way Forward?

Talk with Adrian Blount (House of Living Colors / No Shade), Folly Ghost (No Shade), Joe von Hutch (DADDY Magazine Berlin / Siegessäule) and Xeno Rafael (New World Dysorder: Berlin).

Hosted by Sailesh Naidu

Join us for a talk with a number of Berlin’s queer activists on the importance of intersectionality within queer spaces: what has already been achieved, and what remains to be achieved?

· ABOUT ·

Berlin occupies the reputation of being a city with some of the ‘best parties in the world’, having something to do almost every day/night. But increasingly activists have been asking the question: who do these parties cater to the most? Which communities are they at the expense of? With many instances of parties and venues instituting policies that exclude queer, trans* people of colour, Berlin has a long way to go before it can truly call itself a ‘queer haven’.

There are, however, a number of queer artists and activists of colour who are taking the scene by storm and pushing for better representation. This event aims to provide a space for some of these activists to talk about their work in the present, and how we can work towards achieving a collective empowerment for our community in the future.

· SCHEDULE ·

20:00 – Introduction
20:15 – Panellist presentations and discussions.
21:30 – Post-discussion Q&A with audience.

· SPEAKERS ·

Adrian Blount is a movement and theatre artist based in Berlin. They hold a BA in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University and have worked in performance art mediums all over the world. Amongst theatre, they have taught anti racist and collective healing workshops with the f_antifa Kongress and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, co created the theatre collective- Blackism, performed at beloved Berlin theaters including Volksbühne, Künste-Werke Biennale, Sophiensaele, English Theatre Berlin, and Saavy Contemporary. Adrian also founded the drag/performance art collective House of Living Colors and recently joined the No Shade Collective for womxn*/trans/non binary djs. Additionally, they’ve spoken on panels for Dice Festival and the Neues Deutches Congress. Adrian’s performance work is focused in non western/pre colonial ritual, intersectionality and activism.

Folly Ghost is a transmasculine DJ born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, and now based in Berlin. His main commitment as a DJ is to make booties shake and provide a mood where the celebration of different bodies and cultures are both possible and delightful. He believes that providing safer spaces are key for making the crowd feel comfortable enough to express themselves to the fullest. Folly Ghost is a member of the No Shade collective and is very keen on engaging in projects that help the QTBPOC community to be better represented.

Joe von Hutch is an American lawyer and journalist living in Berlin. He is the founder of Hutchinson Legal PLLC, a civil rights law firm located in New York, as well as the first Political and Social Editor for DADDY Magazine Berlin and the new Film and Brandenburg Editor for SIEGESSÄULE. He regularly performs stand-up comedy in English about being Black and gay in an interracial relationship.

Xeno Rafael is as an artist, producer, and DJ based in Berlin.
He is a member of New World Dysorder Berlin, a queer collective of diverse creatures who produce and curate experimental events and nightlife soirees, who co-organize a monthly party for the queer and trans community with a focus on highlighting underrepresented artists. In addition to his creative work he is also a fierce transformative justice accomplice and collaborator with initiatives that engage conversation around nightlife politics, clubbing, and the trans liberation movement.

· HOST ·

Sailesh Naidu has learned to channel their ADHD in to many fruitful pots with not enough hands. As the founder of Shakti Creative Solutions he works with international organisations to help them understand how to work with youth, migrants, and those who are excluded because of gender and sexuality primarily in crisis and post-crisis settings. A former German Chancellors Fellow they now live in Berlin creating as a writer for DADDY Magazine as well as a comedian and spoken word artist. They have headlined at the Brooklyn Queer Comedy Festival, ISSA Comedy Show here in Berlin and have performed their poetry internationally across Europe and India. They have also recently learned how to nap.

· DONATIONS ·

This event is free to attend and open to all – donations are strongly recommended, as all proceeds will be going towards the Black and Pink Crescent. There will be more information available at the event on the work that the project does, and please feel free to ask our team!

LOCATION ·

be’kech [anticafé · coworking space · bar] Exerzierstr. 14
13357 Berlin- Wedding
(U8 + U9/ Pankstr., Osloer Str.)

· HOUSE RULES ·

We have no place for sexism, queerphobia, transphobia, any form of racism or discrimination such as anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish racism, and any sort of violent or aggressive behaviour. be’kech is a safe space for all, an open forum for dialogue, criticism and a place where we stand up for each other. If someone/something is bothering you, please approach a member of staff who are here to help!

· ACCESSIBILITY ·

There are three steps to enter be’kech and the bathrooms are on the lower level. Regrettably, the bathrooms are inaccessible for wheelchair users due to the design of the building.

Whilst the bathrooms are gendered by law, we encourage guests to use whichever facilities they identify with. Bathroom policing will not be tolerated.

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