A number of events have been planned to celebrate the annual Queer Azaadi March that will take place on Saturday at August Kranti Maidan. Straight or queer, get ready for a week of events that include a rock concert, a film festival, a 'flashmob' performance and an open mic session with stand up comedians
Five of the best films, which were screened for the second KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, have been selected for a special screening for the Pride Week celebration. A selection made exclusively by filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan, the list of movies includes Amen (winner of Best Indian Short Film) and Kusum (winner of Riyad Wadia award for Best Emerging Filmmaker).
At: 2 pm - 7.30 pm, Jan 22, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Chembur
Kusum which won the Riyad Wadia award for Best Emerging Filmmaker
Concert by the bay
The idyllic location of The Amphitheatre on Carter Road will be the venue for a rock concert and will feature popular local and international acts including Alisha Mathen, Ashwini Mishra, Kriss Bass and Ralf Kamphuis. A poster-making competition will also be held simultaneously. It will be free, it will be loud, it will be colourful.
At: 6.30pm - 9pm, Jan 27, Amphitheatre, Carter Road
Dirty Talk is an open mic session that promises to not take itself too seriously. It will, however, deal with some very serious issues, including gender equality and queer rights. More than 20 acts include poetry readings, skits and stand-up comedy. The only mandate -- everyone must Have fun!
At: 6 pm - 9.30 pm, Jan 25, The Big Nasty, Carter Road, Bandra
The next big synchronised dance performance will have a queer theme to it. Choreographed by Dev Kakkad, responsible for the CST flash mob, this one will have straight and queer people shaking it to 'Character Dheela', 'Sadda Haq' and 'Maa Da Ladla'.
A member of Dancing Queens, the first-ever Indian queer dance and
The five-minute dance and disperse format will be improvised to accommodate what promises to be a jaw-dropping chant-and-stomp session at the end.
At: 6 -7pm, Jan 24, Marine Drive
The first ever queer dance and theatre troupe in the country, Dancing Queens will perform their rendition of 'Bollywood Dhamaka' for the Pride March. Abeena, the transgender dancer who is gradually becoming quite a cult sensation, will be performing with her troupe as they pay homage to the Dancing Queens of Bollywood.
At: 6- 8pm, Jan 26, Western Railway Hall, Vile Parle