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Queer Art and Culture Club

A New Night is born!

In collaboration with The Horse Hospital and Wotever World!

Now we have found a new venue that suits us and these events with a mix of Culture, Knowledge, Sex and Education really well. THE HORSE HOSPITAL

Join us for our first event there THURSDAY 27TH JULY at QUEER ART & CULTURE 

It’s a Soiree and Variety show/event lead by Ingo Cando, filled with Film, Talk & Show

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On the programme this first event we are proud to welcome one of Brazils biggest rising Drag King star Wendell Cândido! They have brought the groundbreaking Film  ‘King On, Brazil’ by Director Luiza Folegatti with them, plus they will do a short Performance and be part of the Q & A for afters.

Plus, We have an extra special performer all the way from Melbourne Australia! Jess McKerlie is a performance artist based in Melbourne, part of the 2015 PACT Collective.

Gender SpannerJessica’s first solo show, GENDER SPANNER has been touring Fringe Festivals across the world for the past two years and has recently done a stint at Brighton Fringe AND was Nominated for a Brighton Fringe Award! They will be performing a section of their show for us at Queer Arts and Culture Club!

 

QUEER ART & CULTURE,  Thursday 17th July

A review show of what’s happening in our Queer World NOW!
Lead by Ingo Cando, Artistic Director of Wotever World

Sit down & show start at 8pm, Doors & bar open from 7.30 – late
Tickets £8 in advance, £10 otd

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, WC1N 1JD London

Accessibility; please see The Horse Hospitals INFO

Non Binary Cabaret – Too Fabulous For Your Binary!

We will be heading back down the the Basement at The Glory for another fabulous Non Binary Cabaret Event! We will witness performances from the incredible Drag King Oliver Assets. We have the WINNER or LipSync 1000 Sue Gives A Fuck! Plus the hilariously funny Barbara Brownskirt will be  making an appearance! More acts TBA but we highly suggest you mark this event in your diaries!

 

Show start at 8pm, a short interval, tickets here

Wot Happened at FMAS?

Last month we through Female Masculinity Appreciation Society Number Six and it was MAGNIFICENT! We had such an incredible time with all performers, party goers and arm wrestlers! We even have photos to prove it! 19732337_10155041429588393_8239401925561434401_n

 

arm wrestling

We witnessed an incredible talk with visuals from the Living Legend Del LaGrace Volcano! We watched Benjamin Butch, Don One, and Jess McKerlie take to the stage AND we saw a fashion show from Gender Free World!!

Don One got the crowd singling along to Star Man and had everyone on their feet with his incredible voice!

We also crowd a WINNER of the annual Arm Wrestling Competition! Then we partied until 3am!!!

London Pride Weekend

It’s Pride in London weekend this weekend and we have heard some of our favourite acts will be embracing the Pride Stages!
 
There are many stages places around Soho for Pride in London including the Main Stage, The Cabaret Stage, and The Womans Stage!
 
On the new Cabaret Stage on Dean Street you can witness not one but FOUR Drag Kings, Adam All, Frankie Sinatra, Louis Cypher, and Benjamin Butch will be embracing the stage with their talents. On The same Stage you can catch the breathtakingly brilliant Lady FKA and out Host throughout August, Sadie Sinner The Songbird! All of these beautiful humans plus SO many more acts will perform across the London Stages!
 
On The Womans Stage will be Team Radio Diva, and comedians and co-hosts Rosie Wilby and Jen Brister will be joined by the one and only Heather Peace. Plus so many more fabulous performers!
 
On Sunday, UK Black Pride will be taking place in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Here you can see some AMAZING performances including headline acts from FKA and Travis Alabanza! Starting from 12pm until 21:30! 
 
“UK Black Pride promotes unity and co-operation among all Black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent, as well as their friends and families, who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.”
 
If big crowds is not really your thing, you can catch many Before and After Parties including Tonights Glory Gala in Stoke Newington with performances from some of the Man Up and Lipsync 1000 Finalists. Tomorrow Butch Pride will be at The Basement in The Glory, and Dalston Superstore will be throwing a mega party until 4am.
 
Remember to stay safe during Pride, stay in a group and never leave your friend on their own, take plenty of water with you to stay hydrated, and remember to enjoy and be PROUD of who YOU are! You can celebrate in any way you like, we will be celebrating every Tuesday of the year!
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…playing a poignant cover version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

This landed in our inbox recently.

Hey 🙂 I was at the RVT last night, it was my last night in London on this very emotional visit, used to live here. I was completely taken with the performances. Couldn’t help recording a bit of Miri doing Cyndi Lauper. This is what I wrote when I got home last night:

My London guide for May 2017:

Bar Wotever AudienceGo see Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf before it closes. This is acting.
Go see Elton John’s collection at Tate Modern. This is photography.
Sophie Calle at the Photographer’s Gallery is also photography, and much more, if you have ever lost a loved one. Go see that.
See Hockney at Tate Britain, they tell me, though if they try to sell you a ticket to enter 4 hours later then, like, fuck it.
Spend time with friends. See what they’re up to.
Go to the places you went to with friends who are now gone.
Try again the things you have quit.
Go somewhere that’s very green, then go somewhere that’s very grey.
Go to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on a Tuesday. The people are different but it smells the same.
Listen to a Saudi-Lebanese 20 year-old Business student express his fears about the future of the world.
Unprompted, tell someone you have decided you prefer American hypocrisy over English passive-aggression, then worry that you’ve offended them.
Ride the tube, at rush hour, from Bank. Be like, there are too many people in this city.
MIRI at Bar WoteverListen to the sound of bus tires on puddles, again and again, filtered through your headphones playing a poignant cover version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
Go home.’  Shahaf Ifhar

Here is the Soundcloud link to that Cover Version of Girl;s just wanna have fun with MIRI

Have a Listen and write your story of London. If it include us and what we at Wotever World do, please send it to us to read and maybe share.

Queer Art & Culture

A New Night is born!

In collaboration with The Horse Hospital and Wotever World!

Wotever World have lead and done Queer Experiments & Hackney Wotever over the years, but had (and wanted) to leave both the venues where these events where held at, due to their staffing policies, and refusal to pay their staff The London Living Wage . We might return, if and when things change.

Now we have found a new venue that suits us and these events with a mix of Culture, Knowledge, Sex and Education really well. THE HORSE HOSPITAL

Join us for our first event there FRIDAY 30th June at QUEER ART & CULTURE 

It’s a Soiree and Variety show/event lead by Ingo Cando, filled with Film, Talk & Show

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On the programme this first event we are proud to welcome one of Brazils biggest rising Drag King star Wendell Cândido! They have brought the groundbreaking Film  ‘King On, Brazil’ by Director Luiza Folegatti with them, plus they will do a short Performance and be part of the Q & A for afters.

Plus, We have an extra special performer all the way from Melbourne Australia! Jess McKerlie is a performance artist based in Melbourne, part of the 2015 PACT Collective.

Gender SpannerJessica’s first solo show, GENDER SPANNER has been touring Fringe Festivals across the world for the past two years and has recently done a stint at Brighton Fringe AND was Nominated for a Brighton Fringe Award!

 

QUEER ART & CULTURE,  Friday 30 June

A review show of what’s happening in our Queer World NOW!
Lead by Ingo Cando, Artistic Director of Wotever World

Sit down & show start at 8pm, Doors & bar open from 7.30 – late
Tickets £8 in advance, £10 otd

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, WC1N 1JD London

Accessibility; please see The Horse Hospitals INFO

Diane Torr, Rest in Power

 

15826216_10154487232238393_4949428711507515547_nDiane Torr, leader of the pack has passed!

She passed peacefully with friends and family in Glasgow 31st May 2017

Diane Torr,  Drag King, Educator and Human Extraordinaire is gone. We will miss her and her contributions for a more gender variety accepting & understanding world. Her wicked sense of humour that sometimes was unbearably dark. Her Mischief, Creativity and Kindness.
She was a Trailblazer and we will remember her with a big smile and gratitude. You made the world better Diane!
Thank You!

Me and Diane Torr Glasgow, Sep 2016I knew her as a performer, and then someone who became my friend. She asked me to come with her to Stockholm and Sweden for two ‘Man For a Day’ workshops she lead there,  b/w photo at the top is from one of these, she wanted me to assist her with make up and knowledge for these workshops. She had expensive taste and seeing her going out and order food and drink with someone else’s money was a joy to behold!  And so was the tenderness and ease she guided and lead women to start taking up more space, walk with mor confidence and using their voices in a different way at these workshops. I know that these exercises lead by Diane changed many women’s lives.

I saw her the last time in September when I was in Glasgow and we met up, and she told me about her diagnose and her plans on what to do after it was sorted out..

I hope that by the end  she knew  how much she was Loved and Treasured within our community and world. She really was one of a kind!

I really hope that we are many who keep on carry her legacy of do whatever we want to do and by doing so, touching and helping many people along our way. Because Diane, you did. You were a trailblazer and a person I will miss A LOT! Gender Bending and Gender Blending Rule!

Rest in Power
Diane Torr
1948 – 2017

Here is a clip from her promoting her book Sex, Drag and Male Roles at Bar Wotever in 2011. Many more clips and videos of her life and workshops can be found on You Tube.

The Bar Wotever Tour

As you are aware Bar Wotever set out on tour at the beginning of February and finished just last week on the 3rd March. We visited Bristol, Brighton, Exeter, and Edinburgh and in each city we did at least two nights of sold out shows!

Our first stop was at the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol! We had incredible performances from our regular performers at Bar Wotever from Travis Alabanza, and Ebony Rose Dark, and we had three Bristol based performers take to the stage (Dis Charge, Isadora Vibes, Oliver Assetts, and Annette Curtain). We were also able to take along our stage manager Lysander and our sound techy Harry… Hooray!

Then we travelled to The MarlboroughBrighton. Where Adam All, Apple Derrieres, Sherika Sherard, and FKA took to the stage and wowed the audience at The Marlborough Pub and Theatre. This night was full to the brim of drag, live music, and love!

Next up was Exeter. After two performers and our stage manager missed their train from London… we all stayed as cool as cucumbers and waited for information that they were indeed on their way, in true “The Show Must Go On” style! Our new home away from home was at the Bike Shed Theatre, a very cute and warm space. Here we did one night of performance from Travis Alabanza, Billie Butch, and Benjamin Butch – with an appearance from Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry! Then, on the second evening we had a ‘Drag Performance Corner’ where Billie and Benjamin Butch performed in the bar area of the venue and Ingo DJ’ed the night away!

Our final stop of the tour was all the way in Edinburgh, where we teamed up with Dive Collective, to put on two evenings of fabulous shows. On both nights we witnessed drag, politics, comedy, and cabaret. All of which were performed at The Voodoo Rooms.

At every stop of the tour we witnessed some INCREDIBLE performances during the Open Mic slots that we offered… these were slots given to local performers who wanted/needed a place to showcase their work. These open mic performances showed us that there are so many performers out there who need their voices to be heard and to be listened to by a willing and loving audience. It was also so lovely to see our wonderful crew and performers pull together when we are away from our home at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

At the end of every show and at every city we visited on our tour, we had so many different audience members approach the crew and performers to thank us for bringing Bar Wotever to them. It was so heartwarming to see and feel the love that they felt towards us. This is why it is so incredibly important that we keep doing what we are doing, so we can reach out to more and more people around the country and then…the world! We have been asked back to Bristol, Brighton and Exeter…. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements of when will be on the move again!

We have ants in our pants!

Some Tour Pics More HERE

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The ABBA Panto

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! We want ABBA Panto at Hackney Attic

We have a dream! For the second year running, in the last shivering days before the Happy New Year, Wotever World are concocting a terrifyingly beautiful hybrid creature of the winter night city: Half traditional panto, half Abba tribute, it’s that super trouper queer mega-extravaganza, the wonderful ABBA: THE PANTO. It’s an arrival full of radical drag, surprises, spectacular performances and low-brow comedy – cabaret-panto splendor is the name of the game. Mamma mia!

Fall head over heels in love with dashing drag king legend Adam All as Benny, Wotever World’s own Ingo as Björn, that wonderful femme honey honey Apple Derrieres as Frida and introducing for the first time as Agneta, our very own dancing queen, the amazing Virgin Xtravaganza! This is Cinderella as you’ve never seen it before, infused with the special brand of Wotever gender-defying humour and spectacular bang-a-boomerang energy that every one of us treasures.

This show also include Music with Tabitha Benjamin, Burlesque by  Mysti Vine and DJing by DJ Jo Bunny! All to ABBA of course!

Last year’s show was a sold out smash hits, so unless you want it slipping through your fingers, voulez vous not make sure you  book your tickets early? You do, you do, you do, you do, you do!

ABBA: THE PANTO 2016

27 and 28 December 2016, 7.30pm

Location: Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE

Dir. Apple Derrieres

Produced by Wotever World

Tickets: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/abba-the-panto

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1848980688671067/

Great Write up for Wotever Iceland

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Gay Iceland wrote a lovely pice about Wotever Iceland this month

‘Alda feels that this type of venue is needed here. “Homosexuality is at a socially acceptable level in Iceland and there is certain entertainment and venues aimed towards that group. But if you are somehow out of the norm you don’t have anywhere to go. At the Wotever nights we create a safe space where people can come and be themselves,” says Alda and we go on to talk about this idea of the safe space……’

Read the Whole Article HERE

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