Queer-Side is a Community Interest Companycreated in Birmingham, UK, in 2022, providing free events, workshops, opportunities, performances and activism to the LGBTIAQ+ community and the city of Birmingham, with the purpose of creating safe spaces, visibility, entertainment and growth for all. We want to create spaces where everyone can live together, enjoy, learn, create and be visible without segregation or discrimination. Create international Queer artistic links in order to promote other cities, other communities, and different cultures that support, help, and understand the Queer community.
Additionally, Queer-Side aims to transform non-conventional spaces for the free entertainment of the community and citizens through Queer art. We want people to believe more in the city, in their spaces, their buildings, their venues, their communities and in their dreams. Create a legacy through art, activism and collaboration. We want every dream to count for the future of the city and our community.
If you are a Queer artist from Birmingham and want to be taken into account in our upcoming events, commissions and projects, CLICK HERE or click below. This form will help us to know more about you and contact you, give you the opportunities or the visibility you need. As well as contact you if we know of any opportunity that may interest you or put you in touch with organisations/events that may be interested in your work.
We also want to invite artists from all over the UK, International, and even allies to complete this form. Wehave exciting international exchange events too!
All kinds of art are welcome!
*Most of our events are paid, but we will also contact if there are voluntary events.
**All the information requested in this form will not be public.
During the 2022 Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, we had the opportunity to support, through our Queer-Side project, different local and international audiovisual ideas (UK, Bulgaria, Brazil and Venezuela) with the support of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, OPUS and Birmingham City Council.
These audiovisual works were presented at the Smithfield Live Site, Bullring & Grand Central and the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. These commissions have the purpose of supporting Queer audiovisual ideas so that they have a space of visibility, and so that these artists have opportunities.
If you want to support audiovisual artists through commissions, contact us or you can simply donate in the Donate section.
Our latest commissions
we are the same
5-minute Venezuelan documentary about Voguing and Queer life in Caracas. Told by members of the House of Fantasy.
5-minute documentary about Mayara Santos, Samba dancer and instructor in Brazil, who tells us about her experience as a Queer woman in Brazilian society and how she faces and overcomes obstacles through her dance.
BULGARIA & BIRMINGHAM, 2022
IVAN THE WIZARD & SAMUIL RADOSLAVOV
Series of photographs and videos about 4 Queer artists from Bulgaria and Birmingham who represent the 4 natural elements (Air, Earth, Water and Fire) through their artist practices. Additionally in collaboration with Queer makeup artists.
Video collection of Daniel Samuel, Queer filmmaker and choreographer from Birmingham. Through these videos we will explore different talented dancers from Birmingham through Daniel's choreography, lens and editing. An unforgettable fusion of Dance Video and Film.
waack in brum
QUEER DANCE COMMUNITY
Creation of the first generation of Waackers in Birmingham, through 6 weeks of free Waacking classes for youth and adults from the Queer community in Birmingham, and the creation of a 15 minute performance. Even today, Waack In Brum is a dance group and project.
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B-SIDe Hip Hop Festival
voguing & waacking at fabric
The class will run Vogue & Waacking on alternate weeks, led by Eric Scutaro.
Waacking was created in the LGBT clubs of Los Angeles during the ‘70s disco era. Distinguished by its rotational arm movements, musicality, posing and emphasis on expressiveness.
Voguing is a highly stylised, modern house dance originating in the late ’80s. Today it’s a global phenomenon with three distinct styles: Old Way; New Way and Vogue Fem
Both styles encourage a community which help create safe spaces, confidence, security, attitude and positivity.
FREE spaces available. We’re offering FOUR free spaces for each class to those who identify as LGBTQIA+ & black, brown or people of colour. As the history of vogue is embedded within the Queer community, we are, in partnership with Queer-Side, delighted to offer these free spaces.