OUTing the Past, Cork - Lgbtq+ History Festival
The international OUTing the Past LGBTQ+ History Festival is coming to Cork this March! The festival which celebrates LGBTQ+ history, both local and global, will include a diverse mix of screen media, spoken presentations, theatre, music and more.
Launch with Senator David Norris
Friday, March 1, 2019
@ 6:30pm – 8.30pm
Gay Project, 4 South Terrace, T12 DP46
The event will also include a welcome from Colette Finn, Chair of the Gay Project, remarks from Cllr John Buttimer and a performance of Leeside Lezzies by the LINC drama group - this was written by Orla Egan and directed by Sonya Mathews. This will be followed by a wine reception.
LGBTQ+ History Festival
Saturday, March 2nd @ 10.30am – 4.00pm
Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall, Cork, T12 T997
No registration required. This is a free event.
Tea and Coffee on arrival from 10:30am with a screening of Out & About.
11.00am - 12pm: Setting the Scene Cork’s LGBTQ+ History
Colourful Connections: Cork LGBT Community Activism by Orla Egan. Voices from The Cork Folklore Project’s LGBT Collection by Dermot Casey. Chaired by Diarmuid Scully.
12.00pm - 1.15pm: Youthful Activism
Made Grá the Law: A History of the Student Movement’s Campaign for Marriage Equality in Ireland by Laura Harmon.
Afternoon Tea Explosion by Cathal Kerrigan.
Screening of Chloe. Chaired by Fiachra Ó Súilleabháin.
1.15pm - 2.00pm: Lunch, stands and showcases
2.00pm - 4.00pm: From Local to Global | Part i: Stories from the North
Queers Dancing with the ‘Terrorists’ by Jeff Evans. The Faithful Underground: Gay Christian Activism in Northern Ireland 1976-2016 by Richard O’Leary. Chaired by Mary O’Rourke.
From Local to Global | Part ii: International Solidarity
A short history of LGBT History Month by Steve Boyce. The History of the Gay Games by Viv Woodcock-Downey & Leviathen Hendricks.
Screening: The Fifth. Chaired by Pádraig Rice.
Close with song from Choral Con Fusion.
4.30pm - 6.30pm Social Event: The Poor Relation Grocery and Pub, Parnell Place – free finger food provided!
It’s striking that Ireland’s first National Gay Conference - held in Cork in 1981 - called on activists and community members to make the commemoration and celebration of LGBTQ+ history a priority. The conference called for historians ‘to conduct research into the as yet, unwritten history of gay people in Ireland’. We can now start answering this call in Cork.
This event has been organised by the Gay Project with financial sponsorship from Cork Pride. The venue has been provided by Cork City Council and the event has been supported by the HSE Ireland and UCC LGBT Staff Network.
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