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Apertura: LGBTQ+ Movie Night
2 August @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
As part of our Apertura programme we will be screening the famous LGBTQ+ movie ‘Paris is Burning’
Paris is Burning
Jennie Livingston’s debut Paris is Burning (1991), the vibrant time capsule of New York’s ballroom subculture in the 80s. Seven years in the making, this stylish, poignant film followed African American and Hispanic gay men, drag queens and transgender women as they compete in simultaneously fierce and fun competitions involving fashion runways and vogue dancing battles, while sporting styles like Butch Queen, Town and Country and Luscious Body. Many of the contestants vying for trophies represent “Houses” (Pendavis, Extravaganza, LaBeija) which serve as surrogate families and social groups for a predominantly youthful community largely ostracised from mainstream society.
The film alternates between colourful ballroom sequences – an acknowledged influence on current hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race – and candid interviews with key scene figures, who address an off-camera Livingston on complex subjects including class; race and racism; wealth; gender orientation; and beauty standards. It’s also endlessly quotable, with characters dispensing terminology that’s since passed into popular parlance. Explaining the concept of ‘shade’, one of the film’s stars, Dorian Corey, purrs memorably: “I don’t have to tell you you’re ugly … I don’t have to tell you because you know you’re ugly. That’s shade.”
What is Apertura? 🌈
Apertura is a programme launched by Open Door Charity and Bloom to champion LGBTQIA+ voices from across the Liverpool City Region. Apertura is a continually developing programme of events, socials, activities and support that will be responsive to the need of our community.
Is there an age limit?
This is an 18+ event.
Do I have to be part of the LGBTQ+ community to take part?
This project is aimed at people from the LGBTQ+ community but allys are welcome too! If you’d like to bring a friend along, no problem.
How do I get to the venue?
Please see image below for instructions on how to find Bloom.
Is there parking available?
There is onstreet free unlimited parking around the venue. If you require an accessible parking spot, please let us know ahead of time.
You can find out more info on parking here- wirral.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel
Are the toilets gender neutral?
Yes, all toilets in the venue are gender neutral.
Is the building accessible?
Yes, the building is accessible. Accessible toilet is located at the back of the building, just ask a member of staff and they can show you where it is.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our venue manager Niamh if you have any further questions- firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
It isn’t necessary to print your ticket.