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Black Queer Utopia Fest

  • Parkes Hall 1870 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL, 60208 United States (map)

Rainbow Alliance and Living In Color are proud and thrilled to bring you Black Queer Utopia Fest!

Black Queer Utopia Fest is a sensory experience where participants walk into a utopia immediately be introduced to a radical imagining of a perfect place for Black queer folk. Attendees will be engaged on all levels through taste, touch, hearing, sight, and smell. We plan to bridge artistry and academia by showcasing Black queer Utopias of all kinds from speakers on food justice and trans inclusivity to Burlesque and Vogue performances.

We will be featuring Chicago artists Cruel Valentine, Chef Fresh , LaSaia Wade, Vogueing Legends: Mother Myah, Mother Bionca, Mother Angel, DJ Dapper and graduate/undergraduate student performers: Gavin Williams, Sterling Harris, Nic Watkins, Marius Blake Dania and Darcelle Pluviose. In addition to the performances, we will have tarot card reader Jasmine Barber and art vendor: Kimani Isaac. Black Queer Utopia Fest aims to promote social justice education and inclusivity on Northwestern’s Evanston campus by creating a platform for Black queer artists and activists to share their personal vision of a utopia for Black queer people.

There will be a full dinner of vegan and nonvegan Jamaican food!

The festival will take place October 21, 2017 5:30pm-9pm at Parkes Hall 122 (1870 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL, 60208) and will be free and open to all in the Evanston/Chicago community. We are committed to creating a space accessible to bodies of all abilities, so we will have sign language interpreters throughout the entire event.

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