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Festival of Neighbourhood with Mastercard: Queering Voices

The Southbank gets a little queer...

Roll up, rollup for the Festival of Neighbourhood on London's Southbank, which aims to look at what makes a community thrive and also what makes a good neighbour. This week's events include three days of performances and discussion exploring the queer community and different perspectives on gender, love and sexuality, all under the umberella of Queering Voices.

Running from the 11 to 13 July, gender disillusionist and drag fabulist Dickie Beau will be channeling 'queer voices' across time with his new show Lost in Trans, which features his brand of quirky lip-synching to a range of remarkable footage from the gay archive. Mr Beau says, “The idea behind Queering Voices is to celebrate and also investigate ideas of queerness. Not only in relation to sexuality, but also in the broader sense of embracing a range of outsider perspectives and creating a platform that brings together the popular and the experimental, in a showcase of cabaret, drag and performance art.”

Additionally, powerhouse baritone Le Gateau Chocolat, along with his chocolate orchestra, expresses his trademark wit and candour through 'In Drag', depicting the effects of being in drag for too long, sharing his thoughts about gender identities and what it's like to be a Nigerian man dressed as a girl.

Plus, there's also Filth, hosted showman extraordinaire and self-proclaimed ‘face of the obesity crisis’ Scottee, featuring the delicious drag troupe The LipSinkers. An evening of cabaret with a distinctly dirty twist.

This fabulous celebration of queerness and alternative cabaret is running at the Southbank Centre in London from 11-13 July. For full information on Queering Voices, and the rest of the Festival of Neighbourhood, click here.

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