Trans Vegas 2019 will return for its second annual transgender arts festival in Manchester on Saturday 29 June until 3 July.
The innovative festival promises a programme of ground-breaking transgender art, performance and conversation across some of Manchester’s finest venues.
The launch party takes over iconic the Manchester bar, The Refuge, to honour transgender activist and pioneer, Marsha P. Johnson with a stunning soirée complete with burlesque, spoken word and the art of voguing to celebrate trans performers of colour.
Other events taking place across the festival include 100 Trans Voices, Trans Men Wear It Well and Stand By Your Trans.
Stand By Your Trans takes its name from the iconic and influential campaign of the same name. The pioneering trans arts organisation will be showcasing live performances and open-mic sessions from the talent within the trans community. Designed to lift spirits, this unique evening of music, comedy and poetry is the final event of the festival on Wednesday 3 July.
Trans Creative is the driving force behind Trans Vegas and is the city’s very own transgender arts company. This year, Trans Creative have been working with Manchester Pride to create a unique event the celebrates and empowers the trans community. The event also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion – a series of spontaneous riots in which transgender and gender non-conforming people played a crucial role in resisting police violence and discrimination.
The festival has been carefully curated by Kate O’Donnell, the Artistic Director of Trans Creative, who is herself an international performer, writer and curator.
She said of this year’s Trans Vegas: “We wanted to hear twice as many trans voices at this year’s festival, we want to hear them roar and raise everyone’s trans spirits. Brace yourself Manchester, Trans Vegas is coming!”
Trans Creative was launched by Kate in 2017, to raise visibility and awareness in the trans community and to fight transphobia through arts and education, to provide transgender people with a platform to get their voice heard. Kate was recently recognised in Manchester as part of the ‘Strong Women’ campaign, where she has made a name for herself through her work in theatre and her groundbreaking role in ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride said: “We’re pleased to once again be supporting Transvegas and helping to introduce LGBT+ people across Greater Manchester to this innovative and compelling festival. It takes place over the weekend of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and what better way to mark how far we have come than with this exciting programme which is packed full of talented Trans voices.”
These powerful events will take place all over the city, venues include HOME, The Royal Exchange Theatre and The Anthony Burgess Centre.
Some events are free of charge to attend, some require tickets and some of them operate on a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ basis.
To find out more information, visit the festival website at: transcreative.uk