This three-day festival close to Bristol would provide a much needed safer space for trans and non-binary people to take a break from cisnormative society.
There will be music and performances by trans and enby artists (with chances for open mic and jam sessions!), a clothes swap, fashion show, massage, a sauna, hairdressing, sock wrestling, stalls, a library and tea nook.
We’re also planning a variety of workshops - both practical and political - for example on makeup, trans healthcare, sex education, screenprinting, dance, self-defense, meditation, mental health, migrant solidarity, trans prisoner support, decolonising gender, sex worker solidarity, trans history and accounts from older trans ppl, etc.
It’s crucial that we use this opportunity to amplify the voices of those within our community who face multiple oppressions. People of colour, disabled people, trans feminine people, older trans people, sex workers and people from working class backgrounds will be given priority to take the stage as performers and as workshop facilitators. There will be specific opportunities to meet up with others who have shared experiences during the weekend.
A safer spaces agreement (including an action plan), and welfare people, will be in place for the duration of the festival. People of all ages are welcome, but under 17’s need to be accompanied by an over 18 guardian. Assistance dogs can come, but there will be limited places available. We will be looking to make the event wheelchair accessible and provide a quiet area and first aiders. The food available will be vegan, with gluten free and nut free options. Tickets will be sold on a sliding-scale pricing system, with some free tickets available, and free meal tickets will be available to those who need them. This event is organised by and for trans people - allies are welcome, but please keep this in mind.
We’re keen to hear from you about what you’d need in order to be able to access the space and feel safe there.
Please support this crowdfunder if you’d like to see this festival happen - we need to raise money for the venue, equipment hire, to pay artists and workshop facilitators, and to be able to offer tickets at as low a price as possible.
If we don’t raise enough money, anything that’s donated on this crowdfunder will go directly to Action For Trans Health, https://actionfortranshealth.org.uk/
If you want to get involved with organising, volunteering, as a performer or if you have a workshop idea, or to contact us with suggestions or questions, please email email@example.com
We are Zed and Zouk - two white, middle-class non-binary trans-masc people who are really passionate about making nice spaces for trans people. Zed is a tattoo artist (@zedvon) and Zouk is a trans mental health support worker.
We are aware that we are multiply privileged within the trans community, and are actively looking to create space for others to get involved in organising, and to step back where it’s needed. We’d really appreciate any comments and feedback for us to learn from, whilst we acknowledge the emotional labour that might require from you. You can give feedback via our email firstname.lastname@example.org