Queer Club Culture Panel Discussion

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This talk is followed by a voguing workshop run by the London ballroom seasoned dance artist, Omar Jordan Phillips.

As part of our Zebrario research project into the history of the iconic queer discotethque Paradise Garage, we gather to discuss how the LGBT dancefloor became a utopian space to express identities.

For about ten years, from 1977 to 1987, Paradise Garage raised important political and cultural issues. Attracting popular celebrities like Grace Jones and Madonna, but it was primarily a space for the young, black, and queer. According to the founder, Michael Brody, it was shut down because of local complaints that it was a predominantly black club in the neighborhood—and these questions, involving racism, accessibility, and cultural appropriation, still remain relevant today.

Whilst the Mayor of London has pledged to safeguard these spaces at a time in which 50% of the capital’s clubs have closed; Nottingham’s LGBT scene continues to be a cornerstone for the city’s nightlife. How have these spaces locally, nationally, and internationally have changed? What can we do to protect and revive these spaces?

This talk is followed by a voguing workshop run by the London ballroom seasoned dance artist, Omar Jordan Phillips.

Programmed by 15-25 year olds. Open to all.