When we do it together, nothing can stop us.
When Beauty gets on stage, share stories and move us so much we have to take a break and just be for a moment. Wotever Sex: Filled with Cream last night was one of those nights. London need to wake up and appreciate the beauty they have within! Mega Super Massive Smooches and LoveFilled Balloons to CN Lester for not only amazing music but also for the most glittery cupcakes, Arkem doing RVT proud, as Arkem in RVT wearing Arkem at RVT… Mind boggling on the smaller scale. Films of beauty and Lust in Ingo‘s special Queer Feminist Pornos, Applewriter with so much creaminess the nipples grew hard and we all needed a break to breathe. Beautiful! Rubyyy Jones with more tales from the outside, the need of family and how DragQueens saved her life! And then Shoes…. I want shoes too we cried! SnakeBoy, SnakeBoy Hips don’t Lie, these are extraordinary hips and they shake, move touch and make the room so hot and steamy…. What a Night! Wotever Sex last night was indeed LUST! Plenty of LUST!
As always the crew did a FAB job with smooth moves, flowery displays and great tunes! Thank YOU For it all!
Let’s do it again! Let’s do a show next week (20th Aug) that end this years Wotever Sex series with packed rooms and with a massive BANG!
Thank You and Bless this QueerLustFilledLife!
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CN Lester – Music Arkem – Performance, A RVT Poem! Vikki Chalkin – Accademic Performance Jacqueline Appelby – Erotica Lick It! – Film by Ingo SnakeBoy – BellyDancing Rubyyy Jones – Life Skills & Thoughts, Performance
DJ inbetween, before and after: DJ JoBunny
Come and be part of it all!
For the Forth year running we take part in Hot August Fringe with fresh, thought provoking and amazingly sexy stuff. We invite some of our favourite Performers and give them free hands to work within our theme, and this year it is:
LIFE – what is a good life, what sort of Queer Life do we strive for? Are we happy? Life Skills for QueerBrains…..
LUST – my lust, your lust everyBODY lust? Lust that scare and lust that hurts, in lust we love and trust…
DEATH – one thing that is so human. We are all gonna die. What is death, how do we celebrate the ones who died. Straight Death vs Queer Death. Bed Death and Beds Alive…
Three Tuesdays that are connected and clever, Different and Diverse. Erotic and Potent. Queer and Normal.
plus More Films, Music and Party!
At Royal Vauxhall Tavern
July, nothing is happening, plenty of lazy summer days are flowing past and I am horny, need a challenge, have separated and been to San Francisco got inspired, missing some flexibility and queerness here in London and just celebrated my fortieth birthday…
Around this time ten years ago me and my friends Sam and Col was fired up by the prospect of doing an event, a night where we could invite all kinds of people too. It was important for us that we should be open for all people we liked, no matter if they were dykes, straight and/or trans*. We came from different set ups and with different goals and ideas, and me, as the driving force with plenty of experience from running events in Sweden def took the lead.
We had a name for the event ‘Club Whatever’ the name that came to me after me myself been called ‘Sir, Madame…..Whatever’ by a genderconfused barista. The idea behind the club was that some of us were a bit male and a bit female and walked the line from one gender to another as easily as we expressed our sexuality and love for a variety of people and genders…
We had a venue, two guys had opened up a winebar near where I worked at the time (Gay’s the Word) and they were keen to increase their attendance and bar takings a Saturday evening early August when Bloomsbury was quite and almost deserted. Nothing to loose for them, And nothing to loose for us. Invited DJ was Caroline of WANC fame, Wanc, this Women’s Anarchist Nuisance Café that ran various events and evenings for women was a big inspiration. I liked their politics and set up, but I have always felt more at home in a mixed environment. But, Carro is a mean DJ that I’ve know for a long time, so she was a given playing tunes our first events. Col and Sam did the door and I hosted and took care of the people who arrived…
At this point I was living in a shared house in Islington with a big garden, great for meetings and set ups, and we sat there and discussed what we should do and who should do what. I had no computer so we used the local internet café heavily. So heavy that the owner allowed us to install an early version of Photoshop onto one of his computers… and then we had to use this one for altering images and make flyers. Col, designer and computer wizard, came up with the more Aussie spelling of Whatever, so we became WOTEVER from the start…
And the symbol that looks like a shadow figure with a hunch standing in front of the moon became our identity, our poster… No gender and with plenty of chances to show off my favorite color orange. And we used the font Curlz..
The first evening we opened the doors and truly enjoyed the plethora of people who turned up, we flirted, some had sex in the toilets, we danced and we had a great time… The idea of a space where we could have plenty of Fun and Feel Free, crossing not only the general hetero-normative borders of what and with whom we wanted to flirt with, we even broke the Butch-Femme boundaries and became more, we made sure the gay and dyke separatist became friends and in the mix we were free to flirt with whomever and whatever we so wished.
After the first event we was asked if we wanted to do this again, and quickly I said yes. I liked it! Col and Sam agreed as both had enjoyed the attention they both got too… Working and being part of wotever have always been driven by lust, much more than hunger for fame or money. Lust and Politics are and have always been our driving force, so much that I almost bankrupted myself over it…
Already at the second time there were people there we had no idea who they were, ie people had heard about Club Wotever and word by mouth had made the rumor about our genderbending night spread across London..
At this second Club Wotever night we had the pleasure to welcome Josephine to our stage for the first time. She had arrived already at the first event with some of my acquaintances, and told me that she was a dancer, and would happily dance for us. And so she did, she did Gender Violence, the piece that has become her trade mark and given number whenever she ask me what I would like her to perform. Josephine also came with academic credentials and as a writer and word smith extraordinaire she have helped me so much! It was Josephine who drafted the manifesto we quickly made sure that we had. The manifesto who made sure we know why we do what we do and what guiding stars we follow whenever we need to reflect upon events and happenings. The manifesto have changed very little over these years, we still follow it and share it whenever we can, or feel the need.
Wotever have always been a organic bubble with various people dipping in and out when they have time, need or feel like it. Very early on Col decided to leave the set up and another year of Club Wotever events Sam decided to leave too. I kept on going as with this little odd set up I felt I had a chance to share and create things I believed in. It was open, but yes it was open from my point of view and many times I think it have pissed people off. But as this was started and driven by lust, the idea was, join in, take part or if you want do your own events. London is free and very big! The luxury of creating these things in London is of course that there is such a mix of people around and it’s a flow of amazing people moving in, arriving, coming out, creating stuff and do things… so, yes Wotever is my baby. I created her, but she have def been brought up by many…. so many…
But how did we survive all these changes, all this chaos? With shitloads of power and happiness I would say. But, also with plenty of help from great collaborators. One person that I think have a key to why it survived is Zem, she came to that second event we did, a phd student in visual anthropology and she was looking for a project, something that tickled her and that she could do her phd on. She followed us for a year and she made the film Mirror Mirror, a historic document following and filming Wotever, me, and the performers Lazlo, Josephine, Maria and Jacq both on and off stage. Now in hindsight we have agreed that in hard times we sort of supported each other, ie I did Club Wotever so she had something to film. And because she needed to film I did Club Wotever..
But what are the key to surviving on no funding, plenty of voluntarily work and being so known out there in the world that many performing queers make sure they stop by at Wotever on their tour…
I pretty much have said yes to most things suggested, and this have created a very mixed set up – looking back on it I could wonder what my drive really was… For me it was Education and Equality.
Wotever became more than just Club Wotever when we did Cabaret Wotever that toured in Stockholm, Leicester and Warsaw. That was when we travelled as a troupe with a set of great and amazing performers to said cities in the early days of 2004-2005…. We did big shows at Hackney Empire here in London and I started up Bar Wotever with Al. The idea of Bar Wotever, was to create a midweek event where LGBT and Queer artists, writers musicians and performers could show their acts and numbers for a LGBT and Queer Wotever audience. Back then London had no ‘middle range stage’ for this sort of performances… Just image if you are mega big in your home country/city but do your first gig in London and have no audience, but you are queer and would love to sing/perform for an audience that gets you and your references…Over the years we have been very fortunate to work with many big names, amazing artists and Performers. We have seen people develop new skills and grow on our stage. And Bar Wotever is a community where many have leant new skills, shared their thoughts or community news on our stage, Given or heard one of our many Wotever Talks, as well as eaten some nutritious and cheap vegetarian food from our Love Soup team. Bar Wotever have since 2009 been on every week at Royal Vauxhall Tavern. A venue that have won Best Venue Awards left right and center, a space where the setting is amazing and glamorous with music hall in their walls. It is perfect for this and it is a truly unique situation that we have access to this.
At RVT we have also created Wotever Sex events these last four years. These events are all about Sexual Education and Entertainment, with curated shows around a variety of topics. The last years we have done this during Hot August Fringe to reach out to pretty much anyone who enjoy this sort of things in London. We also set up our market stalls and invite people to our Queer Fayre, a daytime family friendly market where a variety of useful and beautiful things are sold, or eaten.
Wotever is my baby, and a few years back there was so many different things happening and I needed to create an umbrella name and Wotever World was born. Under Wotever World, me and the now around 30 people strong crew, create a variety of events in the spirit of Lust and Curiosity.
We do, Female Masculinity Appreciation Society, Wotever Stockholm, Queer Fayre, SWEAT, Various events at Ritzy, Hackney Attic and many other venues all over London and elsewhere.
BAR WOTEVER is as from NOW, under the umbrella The Queer Embassy. For the first time EVER we are a charity, we have a board board, so we can keep Bar Wotever a free entry event and open for everyone.
A special wotzit with a packed line up!
Only GREAT tunes!
Make sure you pop in to Retro Bar Pride Saturday for a drink, use the loo, sway to the tunes, and a sit down and rest your marching feet, meet up with new and old friends. We play the music between 4-11…. Come and Join us!
4:00-8:00 Wotever SuperSet
8.00 – 8.30 Ingo
8.30 -9.00 DJ Malteazer
9.00 – 9.30 Joe Pop
9.30 – 10.15 DJ Jo Bunny
10.15- 11.00 Ingo
We’re currently accepting submissions for our third Wotever Queer Film Festival, to be held on the 27th August. Submission deadline August 7th.
As always, we’re looking for shorts (3-15mins) of any genre on a Queer theme. Other than that, our only criteria is that they must be in keeping with our Wotever ethos and as such will not consider submissions that are racist, trans*/homophobic, religiously intolerant, ableist, sizeist or in any way prejudiced or exclusionary towards a particular group or identity.
We welcome films that push the boundaries of queer thinking and ideology, are thought-provoking and progressive. Saying that, we also appreciate a nice queer-meets-queer love story, slap stick comedy or music video we can dance to.
We’ve been delighted with the diversity of the films we’ve shown over the last year and would like to continue to encourage queers of all backgrounds, nationalities, origins, identities and abilities to submit work. However, we know we can always do better and so if you feel that you have been under-represented thus far, send us your film and we will show it; send us your suggestions and we will listen. Alternatively, share this with your friends, lovers and family and let’s get the word out to as many corners of our wonderful queer community as possible.
For submissions, questions, suggestions or queries contact Theresa at woteverfilm [at] gmail [dot] com
Time has come for yet another of our popular meet ups in a slightly more kinky and sexpositive surroundings. This is for you who like to get together and meet other amazing, friendly and liberated people.
The evening is what you make it to be, the sauna is hot and so is the people attending.
SWEAT London is a play space for women, transmen, transwomen, intersex and genderqueer people (whether assigned female or male at birth).
We welcome people who are respectful in the way they communicate with others, open-minded, friendly and unjudgmental.
We’re in our favourite space in a great venue in South London which has play spaces, a sauna and steam room. Newcomers are very welcome as well as more experienced players. We run an ice-breaker thing early in the evening which is popular.
Please email sweatlondon [a] gmail [dot] com to join the mailing list and find out how to get tickets. Please note that unless you are already on the mailing list we will ask you to tell us a bit about yourself.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday 4th July, 20:00-00:00 (icebreaker & meet and greet 20:30)
please note, you have to be ‘vetted’ before you even get info how to get tickets. and that we only sell tickets in advance, on line, for this event. All to make it as secure and safe as possible.
14 June, 20-01 Bonden Bar, Bondegatan 1c, Stockholm FREE ENTRY all night!
Wotever in June is all about twisting, swirling and twirling, and maybe dirty dancing! Not one, not two, but three fabulous DJs will tonight provide the soundtrack for your tangos, lambadas, slowdances and head banging. Think of the fabulous glitter of the ballroom queens, or skin tight body suits of the modern dancers. Think of well-choreographed numbers with top hats and canes, or grinding hips to heavy beats. Or just come as you are and dance like no one is watching!
Strutting their stuff on stage tonight is none other than the delectable and delightful Miss Meadows, showing us why Diamonds are indeed a girl’s best friend. In fine company, we have Kim, doing his turn by showing us his stand up in style. And finally Josephine will be popping and locking and trying to figure out how to actually dance to dubstep for your delight and amusement.
Your DJs for the night also offer and unique spin of the turntable, as we introduce newcomer DJ Raven Star, alongside Max who will be joined with a guest appearance by the Sweaty Betty’s dancing ensemble. And finally to play us into the wee hours, the big cheese themselves, Ingo all the way from London, will rock your socks right off!
As always, all of this is completely FREE entry all night long at the Bonden Bar. Wotever is an open space where encourage everyone to come as they are or want to be. This means no dress code (though we adore you to dress up), and no door policy (anyone and everyone is welcome). However, everyone is asked to respect everyone’s right to be there and to be as fabulous as they are.
Wotever is a space that encourages play and innovation, and we are very excited that tonight features some brand new artists that we are very proud to present to you. However, if you are keen to strut your stuff on stage or provide the soundtrack for our lives, simply get in touch and we will help you to show off your fabulous selves!
When we created this video, we had held three events named Female Masculinity Appreciation Society already. We have met up, arm wrestled, knitted, giggled and danced. We have had conversations and seen shows…we like FMAS A Lot!
On Friday we held no 4 we held meet up number 4! RVT was packed with brilliant people who totally got involved. On the dancefloor and with eachother….
One can wonder why we do like to do these events so much… Is it because we want to highlight an invisible and rarely celebrated group in our society? Is it in opposition to something else? Why are we not doing a Female Femininity Appreciation Society event? So far we haven’t but I think we will in the future, just because we can! When we are at it, why not use our sense of humour and continue having fun, celebrating that we are indeed here, queer and alive! The society are forcing us into boxes, gender stereotypes and ‘how to behave’… Wotever started as a WE DON’T WANT TO BE BOXED IN!!! We are this, that and everything inbetween… For all who 100% are happy as who they are, meeting up with others who do enjoy who they are is a luxury indeed…. and for you who feel like you wanna belong and be part. Please do! You are so WELCOME! Our Door is open for you!
And yes, we like it! And we will do more, as long as you join us!
Next Female Masculinity Appreciation Society meet up take place September 13th at RVT. This might also be when we celebrate Club Wotever and our 10 year anniversary… so, it will be special!
Former international Ms Leather, author and performance artist Mollena Williams is visiting Sweden on her whirlwind tour of Europe. We were lucky enough to have her on the Wotever Stockholm stage as part of the Stockholm Fetish Weekend where she had an incendiary effect on our senses, Here’s what happened…
Stockholm on a Saturday night can be a pretty miserable place. If the roving gangs of tanked up Swedish boys with their perfect hair and over inflated sense of entitlement doesn’t wind you up then the girl siting opposite you on the metro with streaky orange legs who is alternately crying and vomiting into a dangerously soggy McDonalds bag is guaranteed to. Fast-forward, if you will, through your arduous traipse through Stockholm’s hetero party district to a little Bar called Bonden Bar where a bunch of degenerate queers and perverts are getting saturday night just right.
While the theme of the night is ‘Slap and Tickle’ it could have been just as aptly named ‘My First Slap and Tickle’- perhaps warming up for the fetish after-party Deckadance- the topic of discussion centres around our first encounters with the world of kink. Mollena Williams, the main guest for tonight is relatively unknown amongst tonights attendees, most of whom seem more interested in parading around the bar in increasingly daring fetish gear and sizing each other up for later. However, as soon as she takes the stage the room becomes quiet. An orderly and perfectly silent semi-circle, that glimmers and shines with metal studs and highly polished latex has formed around a low stage where Mollena holds them in her thrall. Tearing my eyes away from Mollena for a few seconds I am amazed by the awestruck expressions on the faces of the audience- it is a very strange tableau- a room full of perverts carrying handcuffs and riding crops sitting around like kindergarten kids at story time.
Mollena tells us a story about one of her first encounters with submission and it is the kind of scene we are all sitting there hoping to have later on that night; a scene where time stops, where the world ceases to exist, where afterwards we can’t even remember half the things that were said but you know they were good because there’s a feeling inside you half way between floating and exploding. With the subtle power of a brilliant performance Mollena had seduced us before we even knew we were being seduced. As she described the act of kneeling my heart started to beat faster, and when she literally knelt on the stage in front of the whole room and just looked at us silently for what felt like forever but at no point became awkward my heart disintegrated into a million pieces. It was sexy, it was really sexy, and it was real and raw and so intense.
It takes a powerful person to get down on your knees in front of a room full of strangers holding instruments of pain and torture and tell them about kissing someone’s boots. Even more powerful than that is to infuse the telling with emotion, romance and anticipation. Very rarely is a performer able to utilise silence so effectively, to say so much without speaking, to draw us all in just with the power of her presence. Someone once told me that they knew a guy who once had a scene so intense that he didn’t play again for three years because that’s how long it took to process everything that happened. I thought about that after Mollena’s performance, she was probably on stage for less than fifteen minutes but her presence was so rich and intense that I know that I will still be mulling over her words for years to come, and even better; I was so seduced by the lingering sensations of such a memorable performance that I didn’t even notice the drunk people passed out around me on the train home.
Maxwell Zachs is a queer freelance writer and musician based in Stockholm.