Wotever World are involved in many things. One of the events we do an provide is a Sex Positive meeting space in a sauna for All sorts of women and people on the trans Spectrum. We do this because we want and we can… It is very liberating and now after been doing this for many years we have a loyal following of regulars who turn up again and again,
This piece/review was written by one of our regulars and sent to us after the event we did in March 2016. We do another one in May.
‘Friction is a wonderful thing. Friction creates heat. Friction creates sparks and when those sparks start to fly at the SWEAT night, it becomes a wonderful thing. Sweat has been going for a few years now. I’ve been attending since the start, and have had a great time on every visit.
The venue is spotlessly clean. With a steam room, sauna, a spacious communal shower, several private play cubicles and a huge communal bed, Sweat has something for everyone who comes and comes and comes… Sweat also has free refreshments, queer women-focused porn playing on screens throughout the venue, and a chill out space to cool down and chat.
Sweat has been a consistently good night out for the entirety of its existence. It is an event that’s unlike anything I’ve ever known. Despite the friendly creatures in the shadows of the steam room, and the wicked things I’ve done in the showers, Sweat feels safe for me. I feel safe enough to explore things with friends and strangers I’ve met there. I’ve also felt safe enough to not feel forced into anything I didn’t want to do; to say No, and to have that respected.
But let me tell you about the times I’ve said Yes. I’ve squished myself into a private cubicle with three friends, silently sighing as we stroked and touched each other with affectionate, determined hands. I’ve had sex in the steam room, where I was dominated by a woman who held me down and used friction to make us both come. I’ve had sex with folks that have made me grin all the way home. Sweat is an oasis in the desert that is sex-positive spaces for women, trans and queer folks. Come to Sweat and see why!’
Queer Fayre is Wotever World’s crafts market/indoor boot-sale for and by queers, where many meet and sell their ware and collections.
Lindsay is a regular contributor at Queer Fayre and over the years we’ve met at many Wotever events, but Queer Fayre stays a firm favourite for her, she says, because it’s community, friendly, daytime and accessible, and with great opportunities to meet up with and make friends with people of all ages.
Lindsay, a keen vintage collector of all things queer, has been to pretty much all of them since the start, and she always has a great story to tell about the items on her table.
Queer Fayre is also a highlight for Rainbow Families, as kids are allowed, it is dog friendly when at RVT and used as a social meeting spot for many during the daytime. And, as Lindsay says, “a perfect place to pick up great gifts made by the people selling it.”
Queer sellers for queer buyers. And over the years we have seen all sorts of craft you rarely see elsewhere.
Queer Fayre is held regularly at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and has recently launched at Hackney Attic.
Our next event is at RVT, Saturday 7 May, between 1-6pm.
Wotever World is a Queer Art & Culture community
Since the start in 2003 we have created meeting spaces, shows, platforms and places for LGBTQ people & friends on a regular basis, mainly in London, but also all over Europe.
People who visited us and our events sometimes asked if we had any merchandise they could buy for themselves, or bring back home for friends and lovers… as memorabilia.
Last year, I designed the first ‘I am Wotever’ Tshirt and printed a few that I gave to crew and performers. It became very popular and many asked where they could get one too…. AND NOW YOU CAN!!
Today Sunday 6 March, we welcome all dancers to our dance event again.
Reason why we stared these events was that we like to dance and to have fun. Not take it too serious, but serious enough to go, and dance one Sunday afternoon with others who also like it. Since the start it has been so much fun and every time there is a wide range of ages and abilities who turn up and take part.
We start the event with Queer Tango Lesson at 5pm. All levels welcome!
Introducing our guest teacher Jorge Arbert a performer in dance, theater, tango and stilts. He has had a professional career in performance in Argentina and now lives in Amsterdam.
Jorge runs Tango Queen in Amsterdam, a initiative that explores dancing tango with no fixed roles.
He’s in London currently working as an actor/mover at the ENO (The English national opera of London ) in The Magic Flute.
On Friday night we saw the kinky inclined Queers come out for another night of klub fukk.
It all started with a great and well attended (SOLD OUT) workshop on role play and participants talked, shared and was lead by The Bruiser in another successful and well informative event.
Then it was time to play – and as rules has it – Whatever Happens at Klub Fukk stays at Klub Fukk! – I can’t share much what happened in those rooms before closing time… BUT, I can share with you a preview of our new hot pants! And Tshirts…
In my inbox this morning I had a message from youtube;
Good news! UMG has just released their copyright claim on your YouTube video.Video title: “The Wau Wau Sisters” – The YouTube Team’
Thankfully I had not worried about this too much, but anyway – it made me happy, as then even more than the 78 000+ people who’ve already seen their act performed at Bar Wotever in 2007, have a chance to see it. It’s so old that we even use our myspace (!!) address as contact for future performers… It was also shot live at our first Bar Wotever space, Central Station, in King’s Cross…
The Wau Wau Sistersare a duo and they are Sisters in real life too who back then in 2007 was getting big in US after many years hard craft & work… (Now they are MEGA STARS in La Soiree and La Clique and travel & perform in style all over the world) and we could NEVER EVER afford them. But we are happy that we met them back then as they were absolutely darling and brilliant to work with, see the video how they incorporate the somewhat narrow stage space they have and the wall behind what looked like a curtain, true professionals!
They came to us and Bar Wotever as in June 2007 the DVD release of Shortbus was happening. Shortbus the film with all it’s Queer Dreaminess and Quirks (See it if you haven’t!! Google it and I bet you find it online for free somewhere!) Shortbus is written by John Cameron MIchell who also wrote Hedwig and the Angry Inch – a true classic…
But, back to Wau Wau Sisters and how they ended up at Bar Wotever…
They was due to help spreading the word of the film/DVD as they are in it and part of the film. Michael D had their contacts and asked me if I would see it fit for them to come performing when in town and in between, many other engagements to raise the profile for the film. I said yes. I pretty much say yes anything as you as a regular Bar Wotever goer very well knows – If you wanna do it – DO IT!
And then they came, did their show we all fell in love with them and Loved them…
AND, this is the best – They Said ‘BAR WOTEVER was like and felt like SHORTBUS!!’ That we had the same feeling. I used that quote a lot back then…
So, if you want to see a great act from back in 2007, with ok copyright’ed music – sit back and play it loud!
Big Hello to the Fab Live Audience who gave them a standing ovation out of Love, Respect and Admiration.
And The Wau Wau Sisters – Thank You for being part of our Wotever history!!
BAR WOTEVER is Still Going, Every Tuesday with shows and great Acts! But now we are in the Fab and Grade II Historically Listed Building Royal Vauxhall Tavern!
Don’t Miss Out on Great Acts! Brilliant on video but AMAZING Live!
Twice last night I said to acts, keep on being political, do more shows THAT HAS A MESSAGE! Say something with your art otherwise it’s just fluff and fairy dust… Nothing wrong with fluff, but I LOVE ACTS with a message, a political point, an experience, a Eureka Moment involved! Get Inspired and Do Acts THat MEAN SOMETHING…
We live in times where we have freedom to raise our voices! Still we can gather and we can create change… Change in others opinions, our own behaviours and how we see the world.
Use your platforms for what you believe in!
Sometimes these tests and trials on stage and off, might go slightly wrong… BUT as an artist – your drive should be to expand minds! Not just make everything as it always have been….. there is NO progress in standing still and ‘safe’. Bar Wotever welcomes you and we are ready to forgive if you learnt from it. So get up again!
For this I loved johnsmith’s piece last night, and I was enthralled by Pi the Mime. I thought Auburn was a great band and by doing what they’ve done for all these years based on a wish to create music I adored them! And our hostess Aletia, who tested and stepped out there last night I applaud for bravery and risk taking. NOt all how I would have chosen how to do it, but by doing it made people wake up and react, and THAT is important! Our stage is a Platform for Change, and expanding minds! And Bar Wotever would NOT like it any other way!
If Open mic spots at an event like Bar Wotever last night is anything to go by we Definitely have AMAZINGLY talented AND Political Artists amongst us!
A welcome return by Holly and her MAGIC Guitar technique! Thank Fuck there were ppl in the music biz there last night to hear and see her skills!! ANd Travis with their Amazing Spoken Word piece about a Blow Job that had so many layers of race, privilege and work ethics in it – it literally blew me..
BAR WOTEVER at RVT is not just a SHOW night. It is not just a MUSIC night. It is Not just a COMMUNITY Gathering… It is…. All the above and more.
Hence the Listing for RVT is important, to keep on doing events in, but have a place to call home, a playground to test things, a space to learn and meet up in. We heart RVT and we wish this old building many more Happy Queer Years!
Last Night Community struck big time! Big surprise when Samuel, a regular Wotever goer for many many years came with £250 he collected via fundraising for Bar Wotever and what we do.. He raised the money by cycling from London to Bristol. It took him two days and he brought the money and the signatures with him last night! AMAZING Community.. Bar Wotever is not just a show…. IT is MORE, don’t you agree?
The money will be split between Out and Proud Diamond Group (fundraiser for them next week at BW) and the Uganda Sanctuary House, we pay rent for.
Fairy Lights on stage… who would have thought?!
Last night was also a Night packed with Older White Dudes, some were absolutely AMAZING, one Pete who did the Lighting for Auburn , actually was at RVT already 40 years ago and did the lighting for the venue back then too. By the end of the night he came and hugged me and said he had the most amazing time… not queer or LGBT, he just felt so at home he said. And he will be back. AND we will nick his Fairy Lights on stage idea! It made it look totally magic!
The other Older White Dude to mention was Justin, Auburns tech and sound guy, An absolute MARVEL in the tech booth, but also an amazing teacher of Tech in Brixton and his experience working with people who learn shone through 100% and he was the most amazing person to meet… We’ve got his number and he will be back with us and we might start collaborate so more LGBT and Queers get a chance to learn sound tech…..https://www.soulsound.co.uk/
These two, Pete and Justin was a privilege too meet.. Then we could live without the two grumpy White Men who just took space and did not get us at all…
But not all do…. we know… some just DO not get us… and that’s fine too. Plenty of spaces and places in London!
As always Bar Wotever felt like a micro cosmos in our womb of RVT. A place where we meet, fall in love, argue, learn how to get along because deep deep down, we are all humans and for a moment in a big city like London we meet each other and we are HERE and NOW!
Yesterday Planet London hosted their 2nd Annual Community Awards ceremony.
It was GALA!
They hashtagged it #LesbianOscars, in general terms it was an LBQ event. For all the Cis* and Trans* LBQ community – to highlight and shine on to all of us who are part, create things and make shit happen, on stage, behind the scene, as a volunteer, via radio or writings….It was in short the sort of community event, London (UK) should have had every year for a long time! I know there are Stonewall awards and Pink Lists and such… BUT this one was filled with grassroots awards, Social meetup organisers won, as well did struggling comedy artists, writers and small charities. Plus club nights, Events and Performers who do stuff, many times with no more in their pockets after the event than a glowing applaud and a pat on the back from the punters saying Thank You.
So, FIRST OF ALL. THANK YOU Naomi and Katie to make this happen!! You have created and done a great thing for our Community! Let’s hope the Social Networking, exchange of details and camaraderie of last night will lead to better and bigger more collaborative events in and around London. It was Great to be part!
I was Nominated in the category Role Model of the Year, and even tho I know many of you voted for me, I did not win, but came in proud second with a honourable mention after blogger Megan Evans.
So, even if I did not really Win – I truly felt like a Winner! Seeing so many of my ‘babies’, events, performers and People I care about getting Nominated and Awarded, plus just the feeling of being part of this community, still standing and still doing all this…. It sure made me feel special and very very PROUD.
So, here is my Thank You Speech;
Thank You for Nominating me, a Fat Dyslexic None Englishspeaker as a Role Model. I pick my nose when no one watch, I’m a daredevil when it comes to take risks with absolutely no money outcome, I’m homeless, and I like Creative Chaos. I stand before you as a Gender Bending, Sex Positive , Curious for life and FunLoving Role Model. I’m over 50 and I like my Life. So, thank You for Nominating me and thank you all who voted.
What I’ve learnt and would like to give to you as a Role Model are;
Make sure you work with NICE people! In the long run, they are the ones who stand by you no matter what!
What Goes around Comes around! Treat others as you want to be treated and met.
Don’t assume anything! Get it in writing!
Say YES! Say yes to collaborations, and new ideas. If you have time and energy to do it, DO IT! You never know who is in the audience that night and where it lead..
Stay True to Your Roots! Once a Punk, Always a Punk! Break norms and think outside the box. Don’t copy others, Do Your Own Thing! You are the one who have to live with your decisions.
Look after Yourself! Being on the scene all the time is tough, so days off to watch crap telly and do nothing is essential!
Do It! No matter how much you talk about the event you are gonna create, or the act you want to perform… If you do not DO IT – It is just words!
Actions speaks more than words! What and How you do it is actually what people will see and remember!
Create a Crew! You can do a lot by yourself, but nothing nicer than sharing with others!
and on that note, I would like to thank each and everyone I’ve worked with over the years, all who have been part of the crew, and all of you who have been to any of the events; Bar Wotever, Queer Experiments, Female Masculinity Appreciation Society, klub fukk, Wotever DIY Film Festival, Queer Fayre, GenderSwap Workshops, Wotever Xtravaganza, Drag King Workshops, Wotever Winter Ball, Club Wotever, Wotever Sex, One Offs and many many more.
Thank You to all of you in London, Glasgow, Bristol,Brighton, Leicester, Middlesex, Stockholm, Warsaw, San Francisco, Iceland, Berlin and any other location and city we have visited and where we have created a bit of queer punk magic!
Here is where You Find out what we do Next: Wotever World Page packed with info and events in the future and from the past.
Follow us on Twitter @woteverworld
Or just join our email list: woteverworld [at] gmail [dot] com for irregular (1-3 times/month) info.
Thank You for making me your Role Model!!!
Ok I know I did not get it!
BUT, I had things to say and I did
This is MY blog after all…. 😉
Lots a Love, and see you soon! As you know, Wotever is rocking and we are looking forward to a mega end of 2014 and a very vibrant 2015, where we are going to celebrate Bar Wotever’s Tenth year anniversary!! and much much more….
// Ingo x
Plus, if you were there and saw me presenting and would like to book me for your events, I am open and available for outside work as a Producer, Host, Presenter and general HardWorking Theatre Bitch!
A few months ago I was asked if I could help the Planet London women to present at their Awards Gala in November, and as they have always been very supportive and charming towards us and what we do – I of course said YES.
Great people in this community need support, help and knowing they are loved.
Now, the thing is, someone went and Nominated ME, Ingo for an award! As a Role Model of the Year, no less… That is amazing, and thank you who ever did – and sent this amazing motivation ;
‘Ingo runs an inclusive space where you can go no matter how you ID. They just ask for respect and treat others how you want to be treated yourself. Cabaret, eclectic DJ’s, fayres, fashion shows, film festivals and much more. Treat others as you wish to be treated – equally!’
As I’m part of the most deserving and hardworking people in the biz category, this is amazing, and I am so looking forward to meet the others. As some of you who know me, I find it slightly embarrassing to be in this situation, but none less, I am Very Proud and Very Happy about it, and I will try to not make a fool out of me, winning or losing….. It is just nice to be asked and nominated. THANK YOU!
Plus, there are so many Categories where Wotever World, our events, Artists, DJs and Favourites are nominated. So, if you have time, I urge you to go in to the site and vote on the ones you like and want to give a little cyber recognition too..
Author of the year (established): Both Stella Duffy and V G Lee, both have been on our stage and collaborated with us, plus they are brilliant writers we truly enjoy to read!
Film Festival of the Year:Wotever DIY Film Festival!! This is amazing and Theresa’s & Tara’s hard work with this years successful festival should def be recognised!
LBQ Comedian of the year: Here you see no less than three amazing women who have had us laughing and laughing somewhere at an Wotever event this year, Hannah Brackenbury, Lara A King and V G Lee.
LBQ Comedy Event of the year: Short and Girlie Show came and took over a whole night at Bar Wotever whilst on their Spreading the Love Tour! Packed House and Many New Fans Won!
Musician of the Year: Our own and Only Resident Band Battle of You is nominated in a very strong group. Also nominated are Miri, who we adore and love to work with too.
Volunteer of the year: Setting up and doing stuff helping yourself whilst helping others is great, and Kerry Positive Change is doing this. Whilst spreading information and raising awareness. They are the one I know most, but this is def a category you wish you could vote for each and every one! You are All Winners!
LBQ Business of the year: Our beloved friends and Mega Favourite bookstore Gay’s the Word is well deserved Nominated! Year after year they are there and support, smile and sell books we like to read! They should have a LIFETIME WINNER OF EVERYTHING nailed above their door! And the perks and sparkle that the film Pride gave to this bookstore as an important LGBT Institution is making me soo sooo happy!
Photographer of the Year: They are not in this category – but if we could we should def vote for AbsolutQueer Photography! They have taken millions of photos of us and our community over the years, and should def have an Award!
Cabaret & MC of the Year: The lovely Stephanie Goldberg, hostess with the mostess of FMAS, and Queer Femme Peculiar is up for this in a jungle of Drag Kings 😉
It’s a category we really like, but also where we miss a lot of the amazing performers we have worked with over this last year… We also would have loved to see Bar Wotever’s Queen of Everything Maria Kinsella here, plus force of nature Rubyyy Jones, Lolo Brow, Miss Cairo Mascara, Crimson Skye, or her drag king persona, Duncan DoNut, and many many more… but this also shows that we have to create some sort of Wotever Award maybe…
London DJ of the Year: Floorfiller and Popular Dance Tunes Guru DJ Jo Bunny is well deserved up for this. If you have been to any event this Bunny have played at, you also know you have danced! Proud Mary all the way! They are also one of our regular DJs at Bar Wotever and FMAS, plus many other events we create at Wotever World. ‘They give good Dance for the Money!’ Missing on this list is a lot of other mega Fab DJs we like and work with, plus our second regular DJ at Bar Wotever and FMAS, Hug the DJ!
London LBQ friendly venue of the year: Our HOME venue Royal Vauxhall Tavern is up for this! And yes, it is totally LBQ friendly, welcoming and do shows, have events and play parts in films (latest Pride included a very moving scene, filmed at RVT!). We are Here and We are Queer!
London most Creative Clubnight/Event of the year: This is a very fun and sparkly category with a lot of great nominees, including our own Female Masculinity Appreciation Society! Our ‘Gentlmans Club Ethos’ and sparkle seem to go a long way. People are encouraged to dress up and socialise as in the olden days here. Plus, we are now a short film too… premiered and screed at Wotever DIY Film Festival earlier this year… And if you want to experience this, our next one is this Friday 10th Oct! It is all about Glam!
There are many more categories where you can vote and share your love. When listed like this you also see the variety and how much really DOES happen here in London! And you know that there is much much more than what’s listed or not… So, keep going out and do stuff, help people, meet people and Dance! Staying in, is def not the way to meet new people who will be friends, lovers, camrade and collaborators.
London Rock! And, so do we apparently 😉
THANK YOU Planet London!
plus, IF you like to Nominate and do these things, Independent is Calling for Suggestions to their Rainbow list. IF, you would like to place my name there, Ingo Andersson, Wotever World. This would be great work wise! As you know Wotever have been going on for a long time now, and we are providing a great space and places where Queers meet here in London and elsewhere in the world. Being on THIS list would actually help me, and Wotever to reach further in 2015. That is also the year when our Bar Wotever will celebrate TEN YEARS of weekly events, packed with LGBT and Queer Art & Culture!
And my name is, Ingo Andersson. But good thing is that you can cast votes many times of a big variety of people!! So, support your community and name some who deserve to be recognise and feel a little bit of love…
Interview with The Dykeness, before they go on stage at Female Masculinity Appreciation Society,10th October. They played Bar Wotever earlier this year and was an instant hit. This is what we said, wrote about them then, here are their answers to some of our questions……
How and when did you all meet and decide to become a band?
Thrustin’ Hawkins: My gift to the universe is music. And we’re just a band of really nice guys, making music about what it’s like to be a guy, with other guys. But not in a gay way.
Johnny B. Wood: I needed a strong male role model so I don’t grow up into an independent breadwinner like my mom. So I started following Thrustin’ around.
Thrustin’ Hawkins: I couldn’t get him to leave.
Billy Bob Big Johnson Johnson: My folks came up from the South of Space during the great Uranium Rush of 3025, and while I was passed out at a drive-by on Mars these guys picked me up in their spaceship and got me to play this here bass machine.
Dyck Van Dick: I think it’s important that music has a social cause. As your Earth Lord Kanye West bravely said, ‘Pop a wheelie on the Zeitgeist, I’m gonna start a new movement.’
Thrustin’ Hawkins : We don’t know what a Zeitgeist is, but it sounds like some bullshit a woman would say, so we are here to obstruct it. With a wheel.
Why do you play the music you play?
Thrustin Hawkins : We know how hard it is to be a dude here on planet earth, so we’re making it real clear that we also have Very Deep Feelings, About Stuff, and that’s why we make the music we do.
Johnny B. Wood: We wear our fedoras so the Hot Earth Chicks know we’re nice guys.
Dyck Van Dyck: Our new album is an autumnal, mellow meditation on love, life, and getting laid.
Billy Bob Big Johnson: High five !
Thrustin’ Hawkins: Yes ! So, to answer your question – we met, all wearing these fedoras here that are the intergalactic driving symbol for ‘Approaching Nice Guy!’, and we are here to give you Hot Earth Chicks some hot, pumping, glam rock ‘n roll!
What do you do in your spare time, ie when not on stage?
Johnny B Wood : Let’s just say it involves Hot Earth Babes.
Thrustin Hawkins: Johnny, you haven’t met any Hot Earth Babes.
Johnny : Let’s just say it involves Hot Earth Babes, that I haven’t met yet.
Billy Bob: Loving the ladies.
Dyck Van Dick: Mostly I read Kierkegaard.
Thrustin’ Hawkins: Well life is a stage. When I’m not stage, I pretend I’m on stage. That’s why I’ve converted my bathroom into a live-streamed television channel.
Do you have a message to your fans planning on coming to see you at FMAS 10 oct?
Dyck Van Dick: Be excellent to each other and party on dudes.
Billy Bob Big Johnsson Johnsson: The North of Space is too gentrified. Don’t park on an asteroid if you see a Space Waitrose.
Johhny: Mom, will you pick me up at half past nine?
Thrustin’ Hawkins: Look, we’re just regular guys, and what see is what you get. And what you get is what you see, and what you’re gonna see, is what you’re gonna get, with a coating of spandex and glitter, and we have a special discount for Hot Earth Chicks: You get a free lascivious stare with every entrance. Rock and rooooooooll!
Dyck Van Dick: Thrustin’, put the microphone down.
See them, believe them and Welcome to FMAS #09 which also include a Live PA from Stelar Rey and DJ Jo Bunny & Hug the DJ. 10th Oct, 8pm-1am, RVT, £8, in adv tickets £6 Here