If you’re looking for somewhere to dance, Berlin contains more than enough clubs to satisfy the raver inside you. But if you’re looking to delve deeper than the dance floor, there are many initiatives active that tackle issues surrounding clubbing and the need to create safer spaces for everyone. One such initiative is Dance With Pride, a group based in Amsterdam that aims to bring queer visibility back to the dance music community.
On the 29th of May, Dance With Pride invites the Berlin community to discuss queer activism in nightlife. An expert panel will be discussing topics such as the history of clubbing and its role in queer activism, as well as current initiatives active in the nightlife scene.
People of all backgrounds are welcome, with no tolerance for racism, transphobia, fatphobia, ableism, sexism and homophobia. The space is wheelchair accessible.
Here is a look at some of the panel members:
Gavin Rayna Russom: is a New York based multimedia artist, DJ and composer of electronic music. She has created work as a solo artist and in collaboration, most notably as a member of LCD Soundsystem.
LMGM (Luis-Manuel Garcia): is a lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK) and a resident at Room 4 Resistance (Berlin). He has written for major dance music platforms such as Resident Advisor and CRACK Magazine.
The Neighbourhood Character (Ari Robey-Lawrence): is a Berlin-based producer, selector, and a previous Incubator resident who hosts a monthly show at Berlin Community Radio. While doing her PhD at Goldsmiths she also spearheaded the wood // work collective.
The panel will be moderated by Emma van Meyeren who is a writer and DJ, and part of the Dance With Pride family.
Find out more about the talk and how to register below (it’s tomorrow and free!):
Credit artwork by Aura Lydon