A South Yorkshire based queer arts organisation will bring a series of inclusive events and workshops to Sheffield to celebrate the city’s LGBTQ+ community.
Andro and Eve, founded in 2016 with the aim to provide inclusive and accessible spaces for the LGBTQ+ community in Sheffield, is bringing a series of live events to South Yorkshire this summer.
The ‘Reyt Queer Extravaganza’, hosted by writer, director and actor, Rikki Beadle Blair, will showcase some of South Yorkshire’s most exciting queer performance talent, professional dancers, and drag artists from across the North of England.
The event is due to take place in Sheffield’s iconic performance venue, The Leadmill, this July, and is partly funded by Arts Council England.
For this programme of work, Andro and Eve will be partnering with The Civic, Barnsley, and will be collaborating closely with Manchester’s Ghetto Fabulous.
David Sinclair, Head of Visual Arts and Engagement at The Civic said: “The Civic is really excited to be partnering with Andro and Eve and Ghetto Fabulous on this landmark queer event for South Yorkshire.
“Part of our organisation’s core values is to amplify the voices of those typically marginalised in the arts. Therefore, we are delighted to be able to provide these events and workshops to offer an amazing platform for our home grown queer talent.”
In the run-up to the extravaganza, Andro and Eve and Ghetto Fabulous will be hosting a series of ‘Feeling Fabulous’ workshops in Barnsley and Sheffield.
These workshops aim to help participants feel more confident, gain dance and performance skills, and develop a short performance to be showcased at the Reyt Queer Extravaganza.
Finn Warman, Artistic Director for Andro and Eve, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be back producing accessible events to celebrate queer culture where everyone is welcome.
“We’ve been in talks for a long time with Ghetto Fabulous to bring to Sheffield the sort of events you’d see in Manchester, and are just so chuffed to have secured the funding that will allow us to do this and make this work accessible.
“We’re also really excited to be able to provide larger platforms for South Yorkshire queer artists and space for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and celebrate their resilience and joy.”
Tickets for A Reyt Queer Extravaganza will go on sale at the end of April.
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