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“QUILTBAG CABARET”, a new monthly LGBTQ+ performance space in Hastings

Currently suspended but hopefully back soon at a new venue!

Are you a singer-songwriter, musical act, poet, comedian or other artist in the local LGBTQ+ community? Earlier this year, we trialled "Quiltbag Cabaret", a new open mic night for queer and feminist performers in Hastings, St Leonards and Rother region.

Quiltbag Cabaret aimed to be something different: an open stage for live entertainment and queer perspectives, a venue for performance artists in the LGBTQ+ community to try out new material before a friendly bunch of people we can relate to. A night of quintessentially queer, unique and inspirational live performances, from the thought-provoking to the burlesque in an evening of all-round good fun!

The Quiltbag Cabaret Facebook Group has been set up to bring together those interested in participating. Early events were hosted by Atomic Twitten (Taylor and Steph).

QUILTBAG is an LGBTQ+ acronym representing sexual and gender minorities: Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender (inc. non-binary), Bisexual, Asexual/Ally and Gay/Genderqueer.

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Quiltbag Cabaret and Re:Create: “I Dream Of Dreamland” at Hastings Pride 2022

CASTING CALL: History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce… Ghosts of Queerdom Past, Present and Future are haunting Pride and each has their own tale to tell. “I Dream of Dreamland” is a new short play to be performed at this year’s Hastings Pride on 28 August, with script and improvisation workshops in June, rehearsals in July and August, plus possible street theatre performances during Pride month.

I Dream Of Dreamland flyer

Rehearsals will be on a Saturday afternoon (3:00pm) in St.Leonards.

We’re looking for people from the local LGBTQ+ community to get involved – if you’re interested, please contact us through the Quiltbag Cabaret Facebook Group or come and chat to Steph and Taylor at the next Quiltbag Cabaret open mic at the White Rock Hotel (basement bar).

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"QUILTBAG": LGBT Arts Showcase at Hastings Pride 2019

The idea for a Quiltbag Cabaret open mic in Hastings came from my involvement with the Hastings & Rother Rainbow Alliance (HRRA) at Hastings Pride 2019, where we ran the Arts and Cabaret Tent. This saw a programme of performances from LGBT musicians, poets and stand-up comedy, a small art exhibit and an LGBT history display. The final line-up was as follows:

Quiltbag Poster

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Hastings Pride

The inaugural Hastings Pride took place in 2017, celebrating the local LGBT community with a parade through Hastings town centre and a full day of festivities at The Oval, Hastings. The theme for Hastings Pride 2019 was "Heroes", marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, which served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. QUILTBAG, the HRRA Arts Tent at Hastings Pride, set out to celebrate the work and lives of LGBT artists, the unsung heroes who through their work continue to challenge those who deny the community a place in society.

Thanks! Steph.


All content (c) Steph Bennion, WyrdStar and Danse Macabre 2007-2022.

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