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CALL OUT: We’re Here!

an evening of LGBTQI+ performances

WHEN: Thursday 6th June 2019

WHERE: Battersea Arts Centre

Presented by Victor Esses and BAC
Produced and curated by Victor Esses

Deadline extended: Mon 6th May at 11am

We are looking for performers, theatre makers, game masters, live artists, poets, spoken word artists, dancers, musicians and activists to submit proposals for short pieces of work, work in progress, extracts of longer work, up to 20 minutes long that challenges usual representation of LGBTQI+ people.


This event will mark 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and it will include a discussion with audience and artists on the themes presented in the evening.

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After a thrilling first run on 5th December 2017 at VFD, We’re Here! returns to celebrate LGBTQI+ liberation with pieces, provocations or new art forms that inspire, experiment, transform, are self-affirming, and challenge historical mainstream representation. We welcome proposals that are sensitive, empowering, subversive, honest, political, radical, delicate, poetic, unapologetic. We are interested in a wide range of themes that include healing, community, nature, fight and overcoming and we encourage artists of all genders and ethnicities to apply.


We invite applications from makers of interactive work, performance lectures, provocations, spoken word, theatre and any contemporary format you think might fit the bill.

Projects that embrace the outdoor, site specific nature of the space are very welcome!

Proposals should be:

- 20 minutes max in duration

- no tech or minimal tech, and preferably suitable for quick turnarounds

- self-supporting in terms of props/set/equipment

Our technology resources are extremely limited; please bear this in mind when making a proposal.

We will offer: 

- 1 session of rehearsal either in a rehearsal room or venue

- an honorarium of up to £50 per piece selected, to cover expenses

- some support and feedback before the day

- some food on the night and an opportunity to exchange with the other artists


To apply please go to FORMThanks!



In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a queer bar located in the West Village in New York City.  The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighbourhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar, in neighbouring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots (or Stonewall Uprising) served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Led by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who were trans women of colour, the riot sparked an entire civil movement, and the reason why Pride is celebrated in late June/early July.


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BAC/ The Courtyard

Battersea Arts Centre is a beautiful old town hall, whose 80 rooms invite people to be creative, see a show, explore local heritage, play or relax. It has a long history of supporting performance work, often multidisciplinary.

Last year they opened The Courtyard, a new charming atmospheric open air performance space in the centre of the building. It is a rare atmospheric, intimate, site-specific venue with great acoustics that also incorporate the sounds of the city and some of the movement in the building.


The Courtyard at BAC

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