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!
Last Glory Wotever we did in early May was a cavalcade Poetry, Power and Politics, it was a Non Binary Cabaret and it all was brought by Great Acts. Handpicked and invited were some of our favourites, Dr Woof, The Phoenix, johnsmith, Maxi More, SJ Soulist, Baby Lame and Frankie Sinatra
This is what qx magazine said about the event:
‘The entire night was all embracing: in a scene that can be predominately focused on white, cis-gender gay men, to find a place where being Wotever is celebrated is something to be triumphant about. BRAVA.’ Read the whole review
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 more of these on a regular basis….
‘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.
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!