We would love to extend a massive thank you to everyone who has responded to our call for LGBTQIA+ performers so far – the response has been overwhelming!
Cities, towns, and villages all over the world are full of talented LGBTQIA+ artists and individuals who all too often get sidelined at Pride events – getting hidden away in smaller tents and spaces while time on the mainstage is given to non-LGBTQIA+ performers with mild mainstream success. And we feel the diversity of performers on Pride mainstages rarely ever represent the diversity of our queer communities.
At Free Pride we want to create a space that will put LGBTQIA+ performers and artists centre stage, and that will prioritise the representation of those who are commonly sidelined on such stages – for example performers with disabilities and people of colour.
Throughout the day time event we will have poetry and music from many local individuals and groups. One group that we are excited to announce is the They They Theys!
They They Theys are poet Sandra Alland and musicians Lawrence, Chris Red and Nathan Gale. They are sometimes accompanied by the stunning films of Ania Urbanowska and BSL performance by Alison Smith. Their debut performance at ‘SEEP: Fluidity in Body & Landscape’ received 5 stars from The Skinny, and The Student said: “They They Theys are at once a band, a film and a poem. A beautifully shot film, carefully orchestrated with Sandra Alland’s words, and strings, a harmonica, percussion and an oboe, touches on the issue of bodily fluidity whilst also allowing itself to be a startling piece of art.”
Watch the short film here:
Check out more about them here: