AgeOfThe: Dirti Grrrl !
to Jun 2

AgeOfThe: Dirti Grrrl !



We're back with another PACKED line up of performance art/drag and live music!

DOORS @ 8:30
£6 Advance presale tickets/ £8 OTD
Live Art Bistro, Regent Street Leeds

EXPECT REBELLIOUS, TROUBLE CAUSING, ANARCHISTIC LIVE ART !! Based around the revolutionary movement "Riot Grrrl", We're here to diversify the Drag Scene! ALL FORMS OF DRAG ARE VALID AND WE'RE HERE TO SHOW THAT





Please be reminded that this is a 18+ show and you must be 18+ to attend.
We manage a Zero Tolerance Agreement at all of our events, this is zero tolerance to homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism, ableism. At any point within the event you feel unsafe or at risk please grab your closest performer, we're one big family and we're here to keep each other as safe as we can xxx

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11:30 AM11:30


🎉🏳️‍🌈York Pride - North Yorkshire's biggest and best LGBT+ celebration - takes place on Saturday 8 June 2019!🏳️‍🌈🎉

Gather outside York Minster from 11:30am for the start of this year's York Pride Parade through the heart of the city and along Bishopthorpe Road to The Knavesmire for this year's Festival.

Join us at The Knavesmire between 1pm and 7pm for a fantastic and colourful afternoon of free family-friendly entertainment on-stage, plus a funfair and over 100 stalls, including food outlets, community stalls and a fully-licensed bar.

The fun continues into the early hours at our Official York Pride After-Party - STAY TUNED FOR FULL DETAILS VERY SOON!

Make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest information on this year's event by selecting 'Interested' or 'Going' and by following our other channels:

🐦 @yorkpride
📷 @yorkpride

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Social media workshop for poets & artists
2:00 PM14:00

Social media workshop for poets & artists

Social media workshop for poets & artists
2-5pm 8th June
York Explore Library
Limited places, tickets available here!

Led by Bristol-based poet and producer Josie Alford. Get to grips to social media, develop techniques to grow your following, reach new audiences and promote yourself. Shape your social media strategy in general, with comprehensive advice to grow your audience. Whether your gig is being a performance poet, novelist, a musician, a crafty jewellery maker or a cupcake-making genius, whatever your hustle is, this workshop is for you.
“Fabulous, I thought I knew about social media. Turns out I don’t know anything. Really helpful, comprehensive and informative. Great for all stages of social media experience – newbies and those with some knowledge. Josie is a warm and friendly presenter and takes time to answer questions” - Stephen Lightbown

Supported by Arts Council England
York Explore has limited disabled parking and step-free access

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What Would Boudicca Do?
8:00 PM20:00

What Would Boudicca Do?

Tired of being talked over? Of social media making you feel rubbish? Boudicca stuck up for herself and now she can help you do the same. Authors Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates invite you to start channelling the spiky superwomen of history to conquer today. From Cleopatra to Coco Chanel, take inspiration from remarkable women who took control of their own destinies and made life work for them.

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If you require more than 3 tickets, please contact the Festival Team who will be happy to help.

Please ensure you use the correct email address as this is where your ticket will be sent. If you do not provide the correct address, you will not receive the acknowledgement email or ticket.

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Abstract Orchestra plays MF Doom - York
7:30 PM19:30

Abstract Orchestra plays MF Doom - York

Abstract Orchestra, the all star hip-hop big band return to The Crescent ahead of their new album, and fresh off their tour with Slum Village.

After their last show which covered the Madvillainy album from start to finish, we've got them back in, this time delving deep into the Doom back catalogue. 18 incredible jazz musicians taking on Doom's classics; featuring MCs Micall Parknsun and Joker Starr.

Tickets are £14 advance, and available from the venue, earworm and here:


Abstract Orchestra is making some of the most exciting music in hip-hop, blending jazz orchestration with hip-hop beats and MC’s. The 18-piece all-star big band creates unique music that is both heavy and beautiful, pushing the boundaries of live hip-hop. The band includes musicians that have toured with some of the top acts in the world including Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, John Legend & The Roots, Roots Manuva, Adele, Estelle and Lily Allen.

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Unknown Magazine Launch
7:00 PM19:00

Unknown Magazine Launch

t's here! Unknown Magazine presents the launch of our Disorder edition!
Join us at Spark on May 24th for a night of food, drink, live music and poetry to celebrate the arts and culture in York. It will also be a chance to get your hands on a copy of our Disorder edition, which the team have been working so hard on to put together.

More details will be coming soon. Hope to see you there!

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Encounters | Performing Gender
to Jun 28

Encounters | Performing Gender


A 2 day open intensive workshop for artists and those with an interest in gender.

As part of the European project Performing Gender British dance artist Hannah Buckley and Spanish playwright and dramaturg Sergio Martinez delivered an 8 day workshop for local dancers in Madrid.

As part of our upcoming Encounters Festival in June they invite you to join them here at Yorkshire Dance as they share elements of this workshop and their research.

Taking inspiration from nature and the idea of transformation Hannah and Sergio will offer metaphors and imagery as starting points to explore how a fluid identity can express itself and if it’s possible to transcend gender.

The workshop is both a collective experience and also a space for people to bring their own individual perspective, understanding and questions in relation to gender.

Dance training is not necessary for this workshop, but an interest in moving is.

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Encounters | Daniel Mariblanca’s 71 Bodies 1 Dance
7:30 PM19:30

Encounters | Daniel Mariblanca’s 71 Bodies 1 Dance


A multidisciplinary trans art project – performance/ photography/ video.

An interdisciplinary and choreographic initiative by Daniel Mariblanca in which photography, film installation and dance performance are in dialogue to create an intersectional format that pertains to the reality and complexity of the wide spectrum of (trans)gender identities. The work is inspired by 71 personal experiences and testimonies from transgender individuals in Europe. This artistic project gives visibility, awake curiosity and generate knowledge about the transgender community – from a human level through an artistic work.

By exposing diverse ways of being, the project propose new references and ways of appreciating beauty and producing desire.

What is gender? What does it mean to be transgender?

What is the difference between a transgender person and a cisgender person?

What differences are there between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation?

What does it mean to live in the closet? What does it mean to come out?

“When I began my transition from female to a trans man, I had the urgency to create a choreographic work where I could express my strong emotions as well as the changes that I began to experience within my body. It felt so liberating to come out and open my heart to all people that were surrounding me. I did it because I could not lie to myself anymore. I had a lot of doubts and fears about coming out; to be discriminated or refused by my family, my partner, or my friends. I had the fear that I could lose my job. I was questioning if coming out would affect my career. I was concerned about how my coming out would affect my future. I knew that I wasn’t the only one having these fears and pressures. Many other transgender people go through similar struggles. I realized that only talking from my individual perspective would give a very limited version of what it is to be a transgender person. That’s why I was inspired to base this work on 71 transgender people and was also the beginning of this company.” Daniel Mariblanca

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John Luke Roberts & The Delightful Sausage Fringe Previews
7:30 PM19:30

John Luke Roberts & The Delightful Sausage Fringe Previews

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John-Luke Roberts: After Me Comes the Flood (But in French) drip splosh splash drip BLUBBP BLUBBP BLUBBPBLUBBPBLUBBP!!

Blam blam! The critically acclaimed idiot returns with a brand-new hour of extraordinary daft-hearted comedy, following a complete sell out at last year's Fringe. 'Freewheeling escapism... a joy' ***** (Fest). 'A hit' **** (Times). 'Impeccably choreographed, giddily inventive, turbo-charged hour' **** (Telegraph). 'Killer gags... glorious idiocy' **** (Guardian).

The Delightful Sausage: Ginster's Paradise

Yorkshire’s finest meat-themed double act is back, in an all-new sketch comedy nightmare. This time the perennial bad lads of Icklewick are at Ginster’s Paradise, a holiday camp unlike any other. Surreal shenanigans, unsettling illustrations and a staycation adventure you’ll never forget! ‘Very smart writing’ (Best Shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2018, Guardian). ‘A serious double act contender for a long time to come’ (Scotsman). 'Barmy comedy fantasia' **** ( 'Old-fashioned silliness with modern comedy sensibilities' ****½ (

2 full Edinburgh Fringe Preview shows for only £6.00!

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Baltic is Curious
7:00 PM19:00

Baltic is Curious

Produced by Curious Arts and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Programmed as part of Curious Festival 2019.

This lively evening explores gender through queer performance and screenings by celebrated local and national artists.

BALTIC is Curious’ triple bill includes:

By Lazlo Pearlman

A 10 minute cabaret/boylesque performance that explores intimacy, love, partnering and the transgender body.

"Candidly disarming and vividly confrontational, the routine Dance Me to the End of Love by transgender idol Lazlo Pearlman is as engrossing as it is challenging. A graceful, gentlemanly pas de deux with a coat stand, it defies description, blurring the boundaries between burlesque, boylesque and performance art. [...] acts as thought-provoking as this don’t often end with the public absorbed in widespread dancing." C.J. Lazaretti, Erotic Review

Includes frontal nudity.

By Amy Bell

A conversation with a dancer dancing in conversation with their gender
A rolling archive of tomboyhood
A drop-in durtational installation
Give it a spin

What is a tomboy? How does that word live in the body and why would anybody want to grow out of it? How does the gene pool lottery connect with learned patterns of movement to shape our felt sense of body, gender, self and belonging?

TOMBO(Y)LA dances in that space between language and embodiment and opens up the gaps between names, nouns, declarations and the affects, emotions and potentials of embodiment.

TOMBO(Y)LA asks what it might be to move differently within gendered attempts to fix the flux of experience.

You are welcome to join Amy in conversations - thinking out loud and being with the questions rather than being satisfied with the answers. You are welcome to simply watch. You are welcome to come and go.


The starting point is the art. Before Down’s Syndrome, before extra chromosome, before disability, before anything. We are Drag Syndrome! Freshly fierced! The world’s first Drag troupe featuring highly addictive drag queens and kings with Down's Syndrome.

Date: Sunday 7th July
Time: 7:00pm
Location: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Ages: 16+ (16-17 accompanied by an adult)
Tickets: £12 / £8 concessions / £10 before 30 June + Eventbrite booking fee

Curious Festival celebrates and explores Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer culture through the arts. Curious Festival 2019 is supported by Arts Council England, Newcastle University, Teesside University, GemArts, ARC Stockton, Alphabetti Theatre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Cultural Spring, Dance City, Live Theatre, Middlesbrough Theatre, Northern Stage, Praxis Gallery, Sage Gateshead, Seven Stories, Theatre Hullabaloo, Tyneside Cinema and Sail.

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Renegades of Chunk IV
to Aug 25

Renegades of Chunk IV

Fourth edition fundraiser for your local DIY music and nonsense collective! Good times, wholesome vibes, some old faces and a bunch of new ones. There's a bunch more bands to announce and tix will be online soon.

Love and Noise xoxo

The Cosmic Dead
Hairy Glaswegian psych.

Double drumming noisey grooves.

Living Body
Calming experimental pop.

Straight Girl
Sad-dance music connoisseur.

Off kilter dark beats.

Acid Cannibals
Two Piece punk 'n' roll.

Negative School
Local noise punk.

Compost noise pop.

Songs you can bob your head and cry to.

Dbeat for moshers by moshers.

Smart post rock .

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Queer Space 4.0
to May 19

Queer Space 4.0

Queer Space is back and we are VERY excited! Join us for Queer Space 4.0 on May 18thll!

We are running a queer mental health performance night at The Fulford Arms in York. It's being organised by Queer Space York which is a project by QWGG (York Queer Women & Gender Group - QWGG). If any one has any questions please message Queer Space York (or email!

Safe space policy to follow.

Line up so far:
Emma Scott
Megan White
Katie Watson

Natasha Corken

Maria Munir
Daniel James Bowen

Ian Howie

Alice Nicholls
Pippin Major (Performer name: Maybe Wednesday)
Flora Greysteel

Trigger warnings will be in the event discussion nearer the event time, and will be repeated on the night.

We have the DJ Jessica Wynn for after the performances too! We will be selling crafts and a new Queer Space zine for charity, and we will also have some great local queer businesses selling on our little stall (TBC)

We will be taking donations on the door to fundraise for a local non-profit organisation and York QWGG but there is no set amount that people have to give as we want to make the event as accessible as possible for people on low/no income so don't feel pressured to give more than you are able.

Look out for Queer Space craft and zine workshops on the York Queer Women & Gender Group - QWGG page!

Accessibility- Fulford Arms is all on the ground floor. We'll set as many chairs as possible out also :) Wheelchair information from the venue: 'the Fulford Arms do have a ramp for the front door - this isn’t the usual door for entry for events but a member of staff can open this if required. The toilets have a grab rail in them but aren’t fully disabled access friendly, it depends on the size of any wheelchair and we usually recommend people have a look in advance. They have been used by wheelchairs but the ladies has a turn in it that could be tight for a larger wheelchair.'

Decorations- please respect our decorations. Our group and committee work hard on our decorations so please do not pull them down, destroy them or damage them. Anyone caught doing these things on purpose will be asked to leave. Respect other people’s art!

How to get to the Fulford Arms? It is a half an hour walk from the station, about 15-20minutes from York City Centre, 15-20 minutes from University of York or about half an hour walk from York St John. There is a number 7 bus that goes from York city centre or the station which stops right outside the Fulford Arms- this runs until about 8pm. The 415 also goes from town regularly to the Fulford Arms and runs until just before midnight from just outside the Fulford Arms to town. There is the 66 bus from the station, town and University of York where you can get off at the end of Heslington Road (town end- Willis Street stop) and walk from there which takes about 10minutes to the Fulford Arms. The 66 bus runs through the night so is still running at the time the night ends if you wish to get it back to town, the station or the University of York.

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SAY OWT SLAM #22 featuring Inua Ellams
7:30 PM19:30

SAY OWT SLAM #22 featuring Inua Ellams

Say Owt Slam #22 featuring Inua Ellams
Our last slam until October!
Poets vs poets in a highly charged, highly energetic and highly fun evening of entertainment, verse, rhyme and words. Highly Commended in the York Culture Awards!
Each poet gets 3 mins to impress the audience and win a cash prize! Interested? Email for a slot or more info.

Featuring very special guest Inua Ellams.

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre.
Across his work, Identity, Displacement & Destiny are recurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new.

“Ellams’ poetry gleams with a dusty, worn, deeply original beauty and he remains such wonderfully generous company to keep on stage.”— Metro Newspaper

£6 advance from City Screen, York
£7 on the door
The Basement is located downstairs, but a wheelchair lift is available.
If finances are a barrier to attending, we can offer discount and complimentary tickets. Email for more info.
Say Owt is supported by Arts Council England

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Works Ahead 2019
to May 17

Works Ahead 2019

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A risky night out or a good night in? Two explorations of inner conflict, outer division, and the politics of oppression from Mark Croasdale + Avital Raz.

Presented by Word of Warning, Contact + STUN - Sustained Theatre Up North on Thu 16 + Fri 17 May at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets: available to reserve via Contact, Pay What You Decide (cash only) in person on the evening.

A double bill of new works in development from artists at the start of their journeys:

STAYING IN by Mark Croasdale
“Young, gay, fabulous — it’s all about being out and going out… isn’t it?”
Fuelled by internalised homophobia and beset by social anxiety, Mark agonises over the ‘correct’ way to be a ‘good gay’, to be himself, and to connect with others.
All he wants to do is invite you out… for a good night in.

MY JERUSALEM by Avital Raz
A solo performance derived from a song.
A politically charged tale of a drunken one night stand, infused with stories of growing up in the turmoil of 80s Israel.
A nuanced exploration of the politics of division, from internal checkpoints and separation walls to gender norms.
Can we go beyond the blame game to really see each other?

Age advisory: 18+ The double bill will last up to a maximum of 2 hours, including an interval (running order tbc).

Word of Warning's annual sampler of new performance, Works Ahead 2019 is co-commissioned/co-produced by hÅb, STUN - Sustained Theatre Up North + Contact; supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Project Mentor: Peader Kirk.
Image: Avital Raz by Tamsin Drury.

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UnShut Festival
to May 18

UnShut Festival

A three day performance festival taking place 16th-18th May at the Local Theatre in Sheffield. With 17 performances, a networking event and Producers Gathering.

Tickets are:

In Advanced
Day pass: £5
Weekend: £12

On the door
Day pass: £7.50
Weekend: £15


Doors 6:30PM

Speeches 7PM

Dawn Robinson -
Trouble Shooter//Boom 45 minutes 7:30PM
Hannah Jade Robbins -
The Immortality Project 45 minutes 8:45PM
Julie Burrow
An Evening with Rosy Maple 30 minutes 10PM


Producers’ gathering 1 hour 5:30PM

Gameshow -
What I’m Worth Durational 6PM - 10PM
Patrycija Dynowska -
Sh*it Happens 50 minutes 7:00PM
Emma Gannon -
Civilisation 30 minutes 8:20PM
Joseph Schofield -
Here comes the Sun 70 minutes 9:20PM


Artists meetup 1 hour 11AM

Charlotte Blackburn
and Tim Norwood -
Not Your Kind of Trauma 1 hour 1PM
Phillip Bedwell -
Fit For Purpose 30 mins 2:30
Natalia Kieniewicz -
Dress the Diva 1 hour 3:30
Nick Kilby -
Arias of Elizabeth 45 mins 4:30
Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau
with Daniel Oliver -
Resentment 45 mins 5:45
Jessica Gibson -
Work in Progress 1 hour 7:15
Vendetta Vain -
Taking The Piss 30 mins 8:45
Closing party 10PM

Durational Performances on Saturday

Kelvin Atmadibrata -
Forcing Hyacinth 3 or 4 hours
Matt Allen, 1-2-1 -
NoAir 3 hours
Paula Davy 1-2-1 -
Hostages 2 hours

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A M O K #3
7:30 PM19:30

A M O K #3

Doors 7.15pm

Concert 7.30pm

Tickets OTD

Tickets are 'pay what you can' at four price brackets.


No-one will be refused entry from lack of funds.

A M O K is a new experimental music platform. We hire the venue, choose artists whose work we believe in, and organise a platform for them to share their music, experiments and ideas.

A M O K #3 features works and performances by Tom Sissons, Tom James, Aaron Moorehouse, Rebecca Burden and more to be announced.

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L19 - Juicebox with Tommy Cash and Yves Tumor
7:00 PM19:00

L19 - Juicebox with Tommy Cash and Yves Tumor

JUICEBOX returns to L19 for one night of cult-queer art-club hedonism with TOMM¥ €A$H and Yves Tumor.

Over the years, LiveArt Bistro have gained notoriety for their take on late-night soirees – capturing the attention of some of the world’s most radical and boundary-breaking performers in the process.

JUICEBOX at Live Art Bistro proves no exception. Housed in the Festival Village, this closing party is set to raise the bar – despite what Leeds has come to expect in the fluid playgrounds of the city’s underground performance/party scene.

L19 Cube @ The Village
Afterparty @ Live Art Bistro

Tickets on sale now.


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Excessive Human Collective X AgeOfThe Present: FUNDamental
to May 4

Excessive Human Collective X AgeOfThe Present: FUNDamental


Are you missing an affordable rehearsal space in Leeds?
Dance classes for everyone?
Evening professional classes?

We can make all of this happen, but we need your help.
All money raised from this event goes towards the improvement and renovation of the space and floor.


OTD: £6
Pre sale: £5

Pre - sale tickets available to buy at Wharf Chambers Monday-Sunday 5-11pm
and on eventbrite:


Watch this space for artists announcements and updates.


Unfortunately this venue isn't wheelchair accessible, if you do have any further questions about accessibility please don't hesitate to get in touch.
You can find further accessibility information of the Bar area downstairs here:

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Sculpture Club
4:00 PM16:00

Sculpture Club

Sculpture Club is an after school art club for all ages. Bring your children, your nanna & pops, your mum and your dad. Intergenerational art group. Play in 3D, think, design make. Every TERM TIME Wednesday 4-6pm at our co-working space at Spark York. Part of Lasting Resonance scheme for York Design Week. Lets fill this town with good design.

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Say Owt Scratch Club
1:00 PM13:00

Say Owt Scratch Club

Do you have a new poem you want to try out? After some writing tips? Keen to get into performance poetry? Looking to become part of the poetry community?

Hosted by the Say Owt team, in a friendly and constructive environment share you piece for feedback, advice and get support from your peers.

Totally free!
York Explore Library
This event is also part of York Literature Festival
Supported by Arts Council England

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4:00 PM16:00


70/30 Split (UK)

Dressed ready for a riot and dancing distorted folk dances of times gone by; four performers are caught between different notions of masculinity.

bYOB stages contrasting versions of bravado and belonging, and reflects on the rise of nationalism and mob mentality. Four men grapple with their roles in the performance and the world.

70/30 Split is comprised of Lydia Cottrell and Sophie Unwin, a female performance duo who choreograph satirical and provocative dance through words, singing and stomping.

“Cottrell and Unwin are as touching as they are resolutely fearless.”
– The Guardian

Presented at Riley Theatre as part of Transform 19 - A Festival of Powerful, International Performance -

Tickets - £13/£8

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