Transgender Art, Performance and Conversation at Trans Vegas Festival 2019

The festival is entirely delivered by members of the trans community and will raise trans visibility and fight transphobia through arts and education.

By Alex Watson | 12 June 2019

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This year’s festival is built on a partnership with Manchester Pride and year-round cultural programme, Superbia and promises to be louder than ever.

Curated by the Artistic Director of Trans Creative, Kate O’Donnell, Trans Vegas 2019 is bringing a programme of groundbreaking transgender art, performance and conversation.

The festival is taking place over 29 June – 3 July, 50 years from on from the Stonewall Rebellion in which transgender and gender non-conforming people played a crucial role in resisting police violence and discrimination. Trans Vegas picks up the torch to support the trans community.

Full Line Up:

Trans Refuge!
Saturday 29th June, 9 pm – 2 am
The festival launch takes the form of a sensational club-night with The Cocoa Butter Club, London’s LGBTQIA people of colour cabaret. To honour the trans women of colour who were a crucial part of the Stonewall uprising, this will be spirited soiree of burlesque, spoken word, vogueing and DJ. London’s legendary Miss Kimberley will also be there.

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The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA


Trans Creative at the Movies, with BFI
Sunday 30th June, 1.30pm
A panel of well-known transgender guests will ‘trans up’ mainstream cinema history by revisiting films from unique trans perspectives. Guests Juno Roche, Kimberley Clark and Victoria Gigante discuss their cinematic pleasures for your pleasure.

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HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN


100 Trans Voices
Sunday 30th June 2019, 7.30pm
The main theatre space at the iconic Royal Exchange Theatre will host 100 trans people in a truly unique large-scale event, with the theme of ‘Telling our own stories’. The breadth and diversity of the trans community will be showcased by a large number of voices.

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Royal Exchange Theatre, Old Bank St, Manchester M2 7PE


Trans Men Wear It Well
Monday 1st July, 6 pm
Join trans men and trans masculine people in a frank, lively and educational discussion of their diverse experiences of masculinity, feminism and identity, inspired by the unique couture fashion collection at Manchester Art Gallery. Chaired by EJ Scott, curator of the Museum of Transology, with contributions from artist Jamie Hale, Zorian Clayton of BFI, and Manchester pop artist, HUSK.

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Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL


Trans Spirit
Tuesday 2nd July, 7 pm – 9.30 pm
Kate O’Donnell hosts an evening of creativity and well-being, an opportunity to relax and nurture your spirit, including yoga, singing and conversation in a relaxed friendly setting. This event is for transgender and non-binary people only and is free, un-ticketed and a safe inclusive space.

Anthony Burgess Centre, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY


Stand By Your Trans
Wednesday 3rd July, 7.30pm
Taking its name from the iconic #StandByYourTrans campaign, a cocktail of curated live performance and open-mic by talented trans people and their allies. Expect the unexpected, music, comedy and poetry!

The Front Room at Royal Exchange Theatre, Old Bank St, Manchester M2 7PE


Trans Vegas Festival 2019

Venue: Various
Dates: 29th June – 3rd July