GFEST 2018

23nov6:30 pm9:00 pmHappy Birthday, Marsha! screening Event Organized By: Poppy Alaba and Sonja Shah


Event Details

***This event is for Queer Trans Intersex Black people & People of Colour ***
Join us on Friday 23rd of November for an evening celebrating Black Trans and non-binary art and activism.
At a time where Trans people in the U.S are facing legal erasure and an attack on their basic civil rights the need to celebrate and reflect on what Trans activists of colour like Marsha P. Johnson have fought for is felt with urgency.
We will be screening the short film Happy Birthday, Marsha ‘about iconic transgender artist and activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City’ ( ). Written and directed by Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel.
The screening will be followed by readings and performances by artists Chloe Filani and Ebun Sodipo and a panel discussion looking at themes of remembering and archiving community existence & resistance chaired by Tobi Adebajo with KUCHENGA, Chloe Filani, and Ebun Sodipo.
Artwork by artists Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and @blkmoodyboi will also be shown at the event.
We will be collecting funds for KUCHENGA’s fundraiser on the night:
Tickets: £7 online / £9 on the door.
Book your tickets here:
The screening is in the cinema hub which is fully accessible, on the ground level and is step free.
All bathrooms are gender-neutral at the cinema hub and in the Bernie Grant Arts Centre buildings.
Please let us know if you have any access requirements, you can email us at:
If you are a trans/non-binary person of colour and lack funds, drop us a message here for info about concessions ubers home:
This event is taking place with the support of:
Decolonising Our Minds Society
SOAS Drag Society
KUCHENGA is a writer, an agitator an avid consumer of all culture high and low.
She is a Black transsexual feminist whose work sparkles with vivacity and originality.
A member of the Bent Bars Collective she is nourished by the epistolary relationship she has with trans girls on the inside.
She lives in Brighton and can most often be found frolicking on the beach with her dog Nene.
Twitter: @kuchengcheng
Instagram: @kuchenga
Tobi Adebajo is a co-founder and core member of the Purple Rain Collective, a collective space for Queer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour in the UK.
They hold space and run events for black femmes and femmes of colour.
A community-focused hairstylist, activist, poet and singer, Tobi has performed and shared work in many venues around Europe.
Chloe Filani. Black feminist, Poet, Performance artist and Public
Speaker. Working with my lived experiences and the broader themes of identity and power structures. Dealing with ideas of precolonial stories of African trans women and what those stories through imagination could be.
She has performed at Tate Britain at a Late at Tate. Spoken at UAL
feminist society, Women of the World festival with BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Performed and curated an art and music event for Black women cis,
trans and Queer called Swaying Feels with Blk Sirens. Currently part of an artist, poetry and performance collective that have shown a performance piece called Rush at Auto Italia. Then released a mixed tape called Breathless, that was also shown/heard in a soundscape room at 198 gallery.
Ebun Sodipo. As a writer and visual artist, Ebun’s work interrogates and excavates knowledge production, identity construction, the everyday, and online social networks, producing immersive dissonant installations and short playful videos.
They aim to provoke questions about categories and their specific histories; to trouble notions of a ‘natural’ state of being and of knowing; and most importantly to give place to everyday diasporic, marginalised practices as forms of art: as forms of creative living, of lives that constantly offer alternatives to hegemonic ways of being and knowing.
Their work finds its impetus in their social positionality/most salient identities: they are queer, non-binary, migrant, African, AMAB, middle class, artist and Black.
Their written work attempts to examine the category of blackness and its relationship to modernity as an originary concept.
They have spoken on panels about race, skin colour, history, masculinity, religion, intersectionality. As part of the collective The Black House, Ebun temporarily takes over spaces and transforms them to create warm, inviting, familiar, and rejuvenating black homes.


(Friday) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, London N15 4RX

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