10 queer events you should sashay to in 2020!
1. WHOLE Festival, Gräfenhainichen
There’s no queer festival quite as mysterious as Germany’s WHOLE Festival. Apart from the Facebook event’s description, which reads as ‘a three-day electronic music festival on an astonishing abandoned mining lake’, there’s not much additional info to be found anywhere online. And that’s the thing, WHOLE Festival IS underground, and the organisers are doing everything they can to keep it that way. You can’t even google their website, weird huh? Thank god for social media though, where you can find loads of pics and videos from previous editions, giving away their queertopian and free spirited atmosphere:
2. Milkshake Festival, Amsterdam
‘I shake it, I shake it, I shake it, ahhh!’ Once a year, all the queers and queens from The Netherlands (& beyond) come together at the Westerpark in Amsterdam for Milkshake: a two-day festival with more than 7 stages that offer something for everyone. Whether you want to get some hot action in one of its darkrooms, dance all day long in the sun, or just want to enjoy the unique and inclusive atmosphere on the festival terrain, Milkshake has it all.
Oh, and did we mention that on Sunday there is a stage EXCLUSIVELY for drag? All day long, you can watch one after the other queen perform for their LIFE on the Galore Stage. It’s a true celebration of the artform, hosted by the incredible Lady Galore who’s one of the drag legends of Amsterdam. Okurrrr!
3. Homotopia, Liverpool
We can’t get enough of queer performance art. That’s why Homotopia deserves a spot in our list as well. Their homepage says it all: ‘Welcome to Homotopia, the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and culture festival’. First launched in 2004, Homotopia celebrates local, national and international LGBT+ arts and culture.
Last year’s theme was ‘Resist! Resist!’, which featured, among others, an exhibition of Keith Haring and Amy Lamé in Tate Liverpool. The festival is scheduled in autumn 2020, so a lineup has not yet been announced for this year, but we’re absolutely certain it will hold an impressive list of (drag) performers and exhibitions.
4. Folsom Europe, Berlin
If you think the events described above are way too vanilla for you, head to Berlin on September 12 for Folsom Europe. Set in the Lietzenburger Strasse in the heart of the city, this street fair celebrates all things fetish, leather and BDSM. Taking a strong stance against prejudice and censorship of sex, the fair forms an open and inclusive community to all its visitors.
Expect crowds in tight leather outfits (yum!), workshops about sex toys you’ve never even heard of (interesting!) and various kinky afterparties throughout the night (hot!). And even if you’re not into this kind of stuff, a trip to Berlin during summer is ALWAYS a good idea. Trust us, you won’t regret it!
5. Eurovision Song Contest - Europe Shine a Light
Okay, we know, we know: Eurovision is technically not an LGBTQIA-festival, but we aaaaall know it definitely is. Just look at how all the local drag bars are hosting viewing parties during the show, where every dragqueen is suddenly an expert in music and European fashion. And how could we not love the contest? Have you seen Conchita’s epic win in 2014? Or Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw iconic duet in 2016 teaching the world how to make the perfect Eurovision song? Just watching the show makes you queer!
Sadly, this year the contest is cancelled due to Miss Rona, but did you know there’s going to be a 2-hour replacement show, called ‘Europe Shine a Light’? Apparently, both current contestants as participants from the past will be a part of the show, giving us what we all love about Eurovision, but in a non-competitive format. We sure can’t wait what they’ll bring to the table on May 16 and which lewks the contestants are gonna serve us. Hyped!
6. Sink The Pink - Let's Get Physical, London
Each year, Sink The Pink - the legendary and largest LGBTQ+ collective in the UK - crowns its new queen supreme: Miss Sink The Pink. But if you think this is going to be just a boring old school pageant, then you are very very wrong. The crowning comes with its very own concept party, this year called Let’s Get Physical. And you guessed it right: the night is going to be all about the eighties and the decade’s very questionable fashion trends. Get inspired by Jane Fonda’s famous work-out videos and Olivia Newton John’s smashing hit Physical, put on your legwarmers and a good mullet wig and you’re ready to go.
So if you’re summer plans abroad fell through and you’re still looking for juicy events near you, make sure to head over to the Troxy London on the 22nd of August and dance & sweat the night away. The evening will be packed with (special guest) performances, stunning looks and a celeb judge panel who will choose the new reigning Miss Sink The Pink.
Follow Sink the Pink on Instagram and buy your tickets here!
7. Cirque Du So Gay - London
It’s a known fact that dragqueens and queer artists know a thing or two about clownery and being called freaks, so why not don't they just join the circus? Well, that’s exactly what happened with Cirque Du So Gay: the most inclusive and queerest travelling circus of the UK! They’ve been selling out shows all over the country, delivering astonishing show in Bristol, Manchester and Leeds. This time, they’re back in London to show the capital they’re best ass-etts.
So get ready for some extra spunk with dangerously delicious and exciting acts on the 19th of September in The Clapham Grand in London. The show includes performances from Madame Kelsea, a dancer/dominatrix who - literally - lights a fire under your ass, and Alabaster Queen, who will warm you heart with her amazing voice and even more amazing guitar skills. Snatch your tickets here and start daydreaming about a night filled with laughter, raunchiness and drag!
Stay tuned for our next queer getaway tip!