Queer Lives on stage, and off stage.
Super grateful for you our regulars who rushed your ‘just flown in friends’ so they could be part and see what Bar Wotever is all about.
Many Londoners there last night, but also so so many from the rest of UK, Europe, Aus, US, Asia and Africa. Proud to be part of something so so global and massively funny, sweet, sexy and silly at the same time with an urgency of Importance.
As of 1st Sep, Entry to our Tuesday Nights Queer Cabaret Bar Wotever will be £6 Full Price and £4 Concession, but you can still get in for only a fiver if you PreBook your ticket HERE!!
New is also, you can pay online for a Pay Forward! That means you pay entry for you and then we give free entry for anyone who needs it, we can only let people in for free IF we have a ‘pay Forward’ sticker hanging by the entrance. If you need this – just ask and it’s yours.
Since we started charging on the door two years ago…
This year Bar Wotever have been beyond Magical, and every Tuesday is filled with Amazements, Glitter and such a Queer Family Feeling!
We’ve had so much fun, and so many have asked us to come and do Bar Wotever in other cities and places too – and this year, and next we actually gonna do it!
Bar Wotever will go on Tour!!
We are very proud to present Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth!
Full preview of his Edinburgh Fringe Show at Bar Wotever Tuesday 2nd August! “fantastical fairytale horror, equal parts Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allen Poe and Bruce La Bruce” (Time Out) “a cross between Pam Ayres, Liberace and Tales from the Crypt.” (The Scotsman)
‘Last night I cried on stage. As did many of our acts. And in the audience. We held each other and we shared. As a promoter and organiser of events that draw big numbers of people who many times confess to me, that THIS is where they feel most at home. Most free to be themselves. Most Seen. Most True. My heart broke for the organisers of the event at Pulse last Saturday. It broke for all in the LGBTQ Latinx Community who went to Pulse now and then and felt at home, had fun, but also the nightclub who made them feel most at Home. Most True. They had a place to go to, a place that meant Home. And it broke for All in that club that night, who was there to be happy, seen, share and noticed. And it breaks my heart that this safe space, meeting place is now shattered from the event on Saturday night. So many lives taken and affected at a night for celebrations.’ Ingo
This message landed in our inbox the other week…. ‘Hello Sweeities! How’s y? Im a brazilian drag queen, and i’m in London till 4 of June, realaizing a artistic residence at Hornimam Museum and Garden about the queer scene in Brazil. My friend J, from Hornimam told me about y and i will love if i have the opportunity to do something in the bar, specially cuz the Drag scene from London inspire A LOT the queens in Brazil! So, if y think that is good, let me know and we talk about! Sadickisses’
Tuesday nights have been dedicated to Bar Wotever in many of our lives over the years. At the moment we are having a massive upswing with great shows and high numbers of LGBTQ people from near and afar coming to us, making sure they are there in time to sit down and see the show, prepare their Community News and Meet old friends and make new ones… In between the acts Bar Wotever is a hot spot for Social Interactions…
Recently someone pointed the Bar Wotever listing in Time Out London out for me. and it looks like we are many who’ve seen and appreciated the changes but also keep on doing what we do, provide a space and a stage for a variety of acts and performances as well as an audience week after week.
What people said about Bar Wotever lately…
‘Fabulous venue that is welcoming to all LGBTQIA and has the most exciting and varied shows. No other place like it in London!’
‘There’s always something for everyone. Great music too. Welcoming and at times questioning. Last night singing,rapping, spoken word, drag and burlesque! What more do you want for a fiver.,’
‘Super-nice and friendly, always mindblowing performances in this great venue.’Time Out
Every Week is different, so Expect the Unexpected!
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!