Drag Ball for Foyle Pride

Canadian artist Peter Kingstone will exibit at CCA Derry tomorrow. (1708JC1)
Canadian artist Peter Kingstone will exibit at CCA Derry tomorrow. (1708JC1)

A Pride fundraiser with a difference takes place tomorrow night at An Culturlann with the colourful Drag Ball. As for attire, anything goes - just strike a pose and stand out!

The event will feature a screening of the legendary ‘Paris is Burning’ documentary from 8pm, live performances from Madonna Kebab and The French Prince, fabulous disco music and catwalking competitions.

It all kicks off from 8pm and admission is £6.90 - all proceeds go to Foyle Pride.

Several creative events also take place this weekend as the Foyle Pride Festival approaches. An art exhibition entitled ‘Lesbians Do Art’ will be launched tomorrow, Saturday, August 18, at Void Community Gallery on Patrick Street between 2-5pm, with a spoken word performance at 3pm from the Foyle Lesbian and Bisexual Women Writer’s Group.

This cross-border community arts project showcases the creative expression of women who love women (including lesbians, gay women, bisexual women, transgender and other queer women) for everyone.

An extravagant, multi-media exhibition, this show explores the theme of identity, challenging the limited mainstream portrayal of women and lesbians, and celebrating lesbian lives and experiences.

Women artists from Donegal, Derry, Belfast and further afield are contributing sculptures, paintings, photographs, pottery and much more.

Women still have less access to artistic and creative expression than men, their work is less acknowledged and they hold few positions of power in the entertainment, advertising and creative industries.

Lesbians and other queer women are even more marginalised. This exhibition aims to increase lesbian visibility and help break down barriers and prejudice.

There are just a handful of lesbian writers who get the recognition they deserve, so tomorrow’s writers will be reading poems, flash fiction, extracts from longer pieces of fiction and other inspiring and thought-provoking work. This is a space for these creative women to have a truly authentic voice.

Elsewhere in the city this weekend, an exhibition by artist Peter Kingstone opens at CCA Derry-Londonderry on Artillery Street.

The work explores narratives, histories and the intangible nature of truth in video and installation-based work.

Kingstone examines some of the things we have lost in the process of accepting homosexuality, for example pure play and a sense of freedom with the body within homosocial spaces. The exhibition is free.

See Tuesday’s ‘Journal’ for the full 2012 Foyle Pride Programme of events.