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TAKE ME SOMEWHERE STICKY

FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY:
An Intergalactic Queer Performance Party
SWG3, GLASGOW
Sat 2nd June 2018
8pm -2am

8pm entry  |  11pm entry

*£8 8pm Entry ticket available for Deaf audiences (As Mykki Blanco will not be BSL Interpreted). Free for asylum seekers and those on benefits Email karl@takemesomewhere.co.uk to reserve a free or reduced ticket

PERFORMANCE:
MYKKI BLANCO
LADY VENDREDI
KATY BAIRD
RATTY BYEBYE
BRONZE
MOUSE
LYN CHEE & VIKKI RYAN

TUNES:
JUMEA
LEZZER QUEST
VATSALA

THIS PLANET’S A LOST CAUSE, SO BABY WE’RE HEADING TO THE STARS!

Take Me Somewhere Sticky closes the festival with a stellar line up of galactic goddesses to build a new paradise in Outer Space. Cosmic Queers … Maverick Martians! Come aboard and let’s get outta here. With live performance from gender-fluid, warrior princess rapper Mykki Blanco, mythopoetic super heroine and vodou priestess popstar Lady Vendredi and Revolt-ing Disney Drum-and-Bass Dynamo Mouse, alongside performance installations from Katy Baird, Bronze, Ratty ByeBye and tunes from Jumea, LEZZER QUEST and Vatsala.

Hosted in BSL and English by celestial superstars Lyn Chee and Vikki Ryan.

BSL Interpretation all night except for Mykki Blanco’s set from 22:00 – 23:00. A reduced ticket price of £8 is available for BSL users wishing to arrive at 20:00.

8pm Doors
9pm-9.30pm Lady Vendredi
10pm-11pm Mykki Blanco
11pm-12.30am Katy Baird, Ratty ByeBye, Bronze
12.30am-2am Mouse

Take Me Somewhere Sticky was programmed by a group of local queer artists Thulani Rachia, Bonzai Bonner (Shoot Your Shot), Nima Séne and Bea Webster.

Poster by Wildeblood Design

Presented by Take Me Somewhere and Outspoken Arts Scotland.

ACCESS: The venue is wheelchair accessible and there will be BSL interpretation all night

 

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FK ALEXANDER (Scotland)

VIOLENCE
TRAMWAY, GLASGOW directions
Wed 16th & Sat 19th May 2018
9.30pm // 1hr // 14+ // £12/£8*

A new commission presented by Take Me Somewhere, Outspoken Arts and The Marlborough Theatre.
FK Alexander works with Amplifier: Nick Anderson.

“We have been poisoned by fairy tales’’ Anaïs Nin

VIOLENCE is a brand new performance art piece by FK Alexander; a meditation on the cruelty of love, the weight of loneliness, the gift of desperation, the freedom of anxiety, the chrysalis of hopelessness… and the power of dreams.

VIOLENCE is a personal anti-love tribute to crushed hope and renewed desire, combining variously sourced text, live percussion, non-dance and flowers.

VIOLENCE offers a non-linear fantasy panorama in praise and confusion of co-dependency between you, between them, between God.

‘’protect me from what I want’’ Jenny Holzer

Image by Joanna Stawnicka

“★★★★★
a unique, powerful performance”
— BROADWAY BABY on (I Could Go On Singing) Over The Rainbow
ACCESS: Venue is wheelchair accessible. The performance is highly visual and all text will be captioned.

 

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MYKKI BLANCO (USA) – Live

SWG3, GLASGOW
Sat 2 June 2018
8pm-2am* // 18+ // £10 – part of the TAKE ME SOMEWHERE STICKY festival closing party.
* Mykki Blanco on stage 10pm.

Presented by Take Me Somewhere and Outspoken Arts Scotland, in association with Synergy Concerts.

“★★★★
this arresting, gender-fluid rapper sashays magnificently between braggadocio and distress, prodigious drug use and squarer desires (real intimacy, monogamous love), between naked Snapchatting and soul-baring. He has HIV, and can’t find his shoes. It’s one of the year’s most riveting musical self-portraits, in which trap beats alternate with string sections, and demi-monde specifics with universal needs.”
— GUARDIAN

A fearless artist at his challenging yet melodic best, Mykki Blanco released his debut album “Mykki” (produced by Woodkid and Jermiah Meece) in 2016.

Mykki Blanco has metamorphosed many times. The multi-faceted star was a child actor who founded a performance art collective as a teen, ran away from home, and won scholarships to two prestigious art colleges, quitting both as he realised that “the art world is just one big scam for rich people”.

Finding fame first as a fearless noise rap poet, he published a book “From The Silence Of Duchamp To The Noise Of Boys”. Then what started as a video art project about a “teenage drag rapper” transformed into two years of Blanco living as a transgender woman in his personal life. Though eventually not transitioning, Mykki graduated into the non-binary gender-queer post-homo-hop musical artist that we see before us today. Needless to say, it’s impossible to pigeon-hole Blanco, and his unique and beautiful sound is no exception.

Amassing a vast online following with a savvy and savage social media output, Mykki is hailed online as a digital warrior princess who rules across the underground music scene.

www.instagram.com/_mykki_

www.facebook.com/mykkiblanco

www.twitter.com/mykkiblanco

 

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DAVID HOYLE (England)

DIAMOND
MAYFESTO @ TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW
Fri 25th* & Sat 26th May 2018
8pm // 1hr // £15/£10
£10 tickets also available for U25s – use code DH25 when booking (ID required at time of event).

Presented by Take Me Somewhere & Outspoken Arts Scotland.
Written & Performed by David Hoyle, with special guests The Lipsinkers.
Director Mark Whitelaw
Producer & Dramaturg Jayne Compton
Commissioned by Contact.

Diamond is an avant-garde, angry and often hilarious journey into LGBT liberation from 1957 to present day, told via the thrilling, passionate biography of David Hoyle, with musical interludes from London drag four-piece The Lipsinkers.

Weaving together intimate personal experience with public events, Diamond charts David’s rise from a gay adolescent working in BHS in Blackpool to Channel 4’s famous anti-drag queer cult phenomenon. Reclaiming renowned historical moments and reflecting on the lives of prominent gay figures such as Alan Turing, Diamond revisits LGBT political history through Hoyle’s provocative and profound lens. Navigating and dissecting counter-cultures and British attitudes towards them, Diamond will appeal to all with liberation in their heart.

Main photo: Lee Baxter.

 

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CADE & MACASKILL (Scotland)

ROSANA CADE & EILIDH MACASKILL (Scotland)
MOOT MOOT
THE ART SCHOOL, GLASGOW directions
Tue 22nd & Wed 23rd* May 2018
9pm // 1hr // £12/£8 // 18+

Moot Moot is Presented by Take Me Somewhere & Outspoken Arts

It’s all about you and your opinions… so get in touch!

Cade and MacAskill take on the roles of doppelgänger radio hosts Barry and Barry, batting banter back and forth in their surreal phone-in talk show. Seeking connection with the world beyond, they can only tune into the white noise at the edges of their outer space echo-chamber.

MOOT MOOT is a weird and wild trip through never-ending feedback loops; a riotous rhythmic transmission for our times.

Rosana Cade’s powerful immersive Walking-Holding and her autobiographical performance Sister, have toured the country to critical acclaim, as has Eilidh MacAskill’s solo performance piece STUD. They have been performing as a duo for three years in the cult live art riot grrrl boi band Double P*ssy Cl*t F*ck.

Now they combine forces to create this hilarious new show, with a unique sound world devised by Yas Clarke. See them desperately grasp at meaning in a post-truth world, where all facts are moot.

 

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Queer Champions 2018 Participants

Queer Champions Exhibition 2018 – Participants

NAME BIO
Alyn Smith Alyn Smith is a Scottish politician, and Scottish National Party Member of the European Parliament for Scotland.
Andrew Patterson Andrew is a former turner and care worker, an authorised preacher and an active ally, voice and supporter of the transgender community in Scotland.
Ben Hunter Ben Hunter is a masculine butch dyke lesbian, she hails from Nigeria, she currently resides in Glasgow and volunteers for the Equality Network.
Ellen Galford Ellen Galford wrote The Dyke and the Dybbuk, The Fires of Bride, and other lesbian feminist fiction. She’s now writing poetry, some of it in Yiddish.
Garry Mac Garry Mac is a Glaswegian writer and comic book artist currently working on a semi-autobiographical queer graphic novel.
Horse McDonald Horse is simply one of Scotland’s all-time greatest vocalists and songwriters. “Her voice wraps us up like a great big duvet” – The Scotsman
Jamie Valentine Jamie Valentine is co-founder and chair of OurStory Scotland, a charity which collects, archives and presents the life stories of the LGBT community in Scotland.
Leo Siebert National Union of Students, Trans Activist
Lisa Charlwood-Green Lisa is the Director of The WOW Network which exists to support, guide and connect with LGBT women in the workplace.
Mitch Alexander Mitch is a queer videogame designer and artist living in Glasgow, with work focusing on monstrous identity and queer community.
Mridul Wadhwa Mridul lives in Edinburgh and works to end gender based violence, her activism focuses on the lives of migrant women experiencing gender based violence.
Nick Shane Nick Shane is a Dundee based Mod musician and political activist, with high recognition in music, fashion and Gay Rights campaigning.
Nosheen Founder of GLITCH Festival
Robbie Norval Robbie is a proud gay man, and a proud social entrepreneur, founder of lingo flamingo – who believes in empowering older adults and challenging stigma about ageing and dementia.
Robert Gayle Robert is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene – as actor and performer, writer, artistic director and advocate of equality of access for disabled people.
Rowan Alison Rowan is the founder of Glasgow Free Pride
Stuart Duffy Stuart is a multi-media journalist and business owner based in Fife and the Founder of Pink Saltire and Fife Pride.
Sue John Sue John has been a feminist and LGBTQ activist for over thirty years. She works at Glasgow Women’s Library, the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s history.
Tom Harlow International burlesque performer and activist
Zoe Strachan Academic and writer
Louise Welsh Louise Welsh is an academic and writer who works across genres. She lives in Glasgow.

 

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Ajamu Ikwe-Tyehimba

Ajamu Ikwe-Tyehimba
British artist
b.1963
Huddersfield, Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council, West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber
Residence:  London, Greater London, London, England

Biography
Ajamu X (born Huddersfield, 1963) is a British artist, curator, archivist and activist. He best known for his fine art photography, which explores same-sex people and the Black male body, and his work as an archivist and activist to document the lives and experiences of black LGBTQ people in the UK.

Early life and work
Ajamu was born in Huddersfield to Jamaican parents. He studied Black History and photography in Leeds. While in Leeds he and two friends, created the magazine BLAC, an acronym for Black Liberation Activist Core. In October 1987, after seeing it advertised in the newspaper Caribbean Times, Ajamu attended the first, and only, National Black Gay Men’s Conference held at the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre in Camden. By January the following year, he had moved to London. He was given the name Ajamu in 1991; it means “he who fights for what he believes”.

My name Ajamu X is a reference to Malcolm X who was my first key role model. Changing my name to an African one was very significant. — Ajamu X

His first major exhibition Black Bodyscapes, in 1994, focused on the realities of black gay men. More recent projects include Fierce: Portraits of Young Black Queers. an exhibition of 24 portraits of a “…new generation of Black and proudly out young, emerging and established talent” at London’s Guildhall Art Gallery in 2014 and I Am For You Can Enjoy with Khalil West, at Contact Theatre, Manchester, in 2016, which uses photography and video, to explore the lives of queer Black people. Ajamu has described himself as an “artist who has created an archive” and, in addition to his art practice, continues to document black LGBT experiences.

“Write and record everything you do; no-one is going to write our histories for us.” — Ajamu X

In 2000 Ajamu and Topher Campbell co-founded rukus! Federation an ” arts company dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the best in challenging, provocative works by black lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender artists nationally and internationally.” Ajamu was the Archive Manager “The Black LGBT Archive Project”, a major initiative to develop an archive collection on “Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-Gender heritage, history and lived experience in the UK”. In 2008 Ajamu co-curated the exhibition Outside Edge: a journey through Black lesbian and gay history at the Museum of Docklands. The rukus! Black Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Cultural Archive was deposited at London Metropolitan Archives in 2010.

His fine art photography is in national and international collections including the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Autograph ABP, and the Neuberger Museum of Art in New York. Ajamu is co-chair of Centred, an LGBTQ community organisation, in London’s Soho.

Selected exhibitions
2016 Khalil West and Ajamu – I Am For You Can Enjoy, Contact Theatre, Manchester (4 February – 18 June 2016)
2013 Fierce – Portraits of Young Black LGBTQ people by Ajamu, Guildhall Art Gallery, London
2012 Future Histories, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
2011 Queer Self Portraits Now, Fred, London
2010 Photoshow, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York
2009 Familiar Strangers, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
2004 Hidden Histories, Walsall New Art Gallery,England
1997 Transforming the Crown, Caribbean Cultural Centre, New York.
1994 Black Bodyscapes, Camerawork, London
1992 From Where I Stand, Brixton Art Gallery, London

As Curator:

2016 Curatorial Resident, Visual AIDS, New York
2008 Outside Edge: a journey through black British lesbian and gay history, Museum of Docklands, London
“Khalil West and Ajamu – I Am For You Can Enjoy”. Contact Theatre. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
“Queer Self Portraits Now”. Artlyst. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
Eddie Chambers (29 July 2014). Black Artists in British Art: A History since the 1950s. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-0-85773-608-6.
^ Melanie Keen; Elizabeth Ward; Institute of International Visual Arts (1996). Recordings: a select bibliography of contemporary African, Afro-Caribbean and Asian British art. Institute of International Visual Arts and Chelsea College of Art and Design. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-899846-06-1.
“Introducing 2016 Visual AIDS Curatorial Resident Ajamu”. Visual AIDS. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
“Who works on an exhibition like Outside Edge?”. Museum of London – blog. Retrieved 13 April 2016.

 

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At A Stretch

AT A STRETCH
By Jordan & Skinner
Melanie Jordan & Caitlin Skinner

Sat 17 Feb 2018, 2pm
Paisley Arts Centre
15 New Street, Paisley, Postcode PA1 1EZ
Ticket prices £5
Box Office no. 0300 300 1210 https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

M and E live in a big city. Life is fast and it whizzes by them everyday. But, when they accidentally bump into each other, their worlds’ stop. This person is different, and these feelings are weird. M and E find themselves continually drawn together. Magical connections start to appear between them and they won’t go away. How will they learn to live together when they can’t seem to be apart? The story follows these two women as they become increasingly tied together and learn to negotiate the tricky world of close relationships.

A wordless visual theatre production for children and families with comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre from multi award-winning Jordan & Skinner.

Diva Magazine ★★★★★ “a beautiful and playful piece of aesthetically simple yet stunning theatre”

Three Weeks ★★★★★ “This show is funny, heart-warming and just glorious, no matter how old you are.”

Scotsgay Magazine ★★★★★ “A joy to watch. Get along to this pioneering treat of LGBT theatre”

Supported by Creative Scotland & Puppet Animation Scotland.

 

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Jumpers For Goalposts

By Tom Wells
presented by Saltire Sky Theatre Company

Wed 28 Feb 2018, 7.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
15 New Street, Paisley, Postcode PA1 1EZ
Ticket prices £8 (£5 conc)
Box Office no. 0300 300 1210 https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

Follow the stories of Geoff, Danny, Viv, Joe and Luke who are playing in the Leith Gay and Lesbian five a side football tournament where fitness, friendships and fabulous Moroccan cuisine are put to the test in Tom Wells’ heart-warming and comedic look into gay culture and what it means to truly be accepted no matter your story.

“Saltire Sky are certainly stamping themselves as an impressive young company to watch for the future.”

Presented as part of LGBT History Month Scotland

 

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Wicked Women

An evening of music & spoken word to mark International Women’s Day.

Featuring Carol Laula & guests, Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins & Linzi Clark + more.

Thu 8 Mar 2018, 7.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
15 New Street, Paisley, Postcode PA1 1EZ
Ticket prices £10 (£8 conc)
Box Office no. 0300 300 1210

https://www.renfrewshireleisure.com/wicked-women-carol-laula-and-friends/

“Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter” (Glasgow Herald)

“Laula’s songs deal with strength in adversity – especially from the modern woman’s perspective – on a personalised but universal level. (Q Magazine)

 

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