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Trans Vegas 2020

This June (19th - 21st) will see the fourth annual Trans Vegas arts festival in Manchester.
In light of the
 COVID-19 lockdown the festival will run as a digital event online for the first time ever.

Curated by Trans Creative, Trans Vegas is an annual trans arts festival where trans people get to tell
their own stories. Over the last 3 years, the festival has devised, curated and supported work from
hundreds of trans and non-binary artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

The festival delivers an exciting programme of new and original work curated by the Trans Creative team with
support from Arts Council England, Manchester Pride and Manchester City Council

The programme will include films, Q&s, interviews, an online art exhibition, a podcast and a virtual rally -
all created by trans artists during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Watch the full length trailer:

"One Global pandemic, 35 trans artists and 120 zoom calls later, we proudly bring you #TRANSVEGAS2020, our first online Trans Arts Festival.”

– Kate O’Donnell, Trans Creative’s Artistic Director.

See below for a full line-up of events for Trans Vegas 2020: 

Trans Up North: This event will shine a spotlight on the north of England with four short films created by Northern trans artists. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

La John Joseph is a Liverpudlian artist. They work at the intersection of artist film and live performance, investigating the convergence of social class, gender identity and religious faith in the matrices of social power.

Sade Mica uses photography, textiles, print and film alongside other mediums to document their body, emotions, ever in flux gender presentation. This piece is about binders that Sade has made to be worn on the outside.

Chester Tennyson’s work deals with the absurdity present within the everyday language of institutional order and authority. As a transgender artist, the language of gendering is a key focus for Chester and his practice plays with the idiosyncratic cisgender norms and patriarchal rules present within everyday life.

Yvy DeLuca is a trans advocate and author of 'Tainted Beauty - The Memoir of an Authentic Creation'. As a trans, Indian woman, Yvy also performs as a BollyWitch, incorporating Bollywood dance and the mystic world.

Been There, Done That... As a response to how our elders have been seen and treated during the pandemic, trans artists celebrate our trans legends.

Campbell X interviewed by writer and academic Melz.  Campbell X makes award-winning films which tell stories that exploring narratives that centre, gender non-conforming, transgender, and Queer People of Colour.

Serge Nicholson and Laura Bridgeman interviewed by Krishna Ishta performer, writer and comedian.
Serge and Laura set up hotpencil press in 2011 to publish contemporary work mainly ignored by the mainstream.

April Ashley interviewed by Trans Creative’s Artistic Director, performer and activist Kate O’Donnell.
April Ashley, MBE model and trans legend was outed as a transgender woman by the Sunday People newspaper in 1961 and lobbied the goverment to bring about the Gender Recognition Act.

Miss Kimberley interviewed by visually impaired, cabaret/performance artist Ebony Rose Dark.
Miss Kimberley is an actress and singer. She grew up in Detroit but became a legend on the London scene. This discussion explores the relationship between clubbing and gender.

Bonded - Justin Vivian Bond: Legendary, international Trans performer and pioneer Justin Vivian Bond presents five short films looking at how the lockdown has bonded us in trauma and in our own homes. JVB will be reflecting on their life and career culminating in a musical performance from their fabulous House of Whimsy.

Online Art Exhibition curated by trans masculine artist Chester Tenneson Featuring work by some of the world’s leading trans artists, including: Cassils, Fox Fisher, Evan Schwartz, Ria Brodell, Alex J Gardner, Ebenezer Galluzzo, Izzy Kroese, Adham Faramawy and Chester. This exhibition will include interviews of some of the international artists.

Join The Rally - Black Lives Matter And Here's Why: An online celebration of Black Life and Lives. It is often said that people love Black culture but not Black people. Trans Creative are using this opportunity to continue its commitment to honour Black people because Black Lives Matter. This message will form the digital rally on 20th June. There is a call out on social media and people can get involved via

100 Trans Voices: An audio podcast of contributions from many members of the trans community, collected over the last year and including reflections on some of their lockdown experiences.

For more information visit Trans Creative.

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