Thursday, 7 November 2013

MY FIRST TIME - Confessions at Garçonne

There's a really cool queer night in Brighton called Traumfrau. It showcases queer films, music acts, art, print and paint workshops (yes while clubbing!) and the dancefloor is always packed with enthusiastic queers of all tastes as the DJ's play a brilliant eclectic range of music. The cool thing about it is a sense of community and the sense that it's ok to have fun and play and not necessarily take everything too seriously, or for it to just a pulling ground.. (Although having said that, no fear, there's definitely no shortage of amour there.!!) 

Well, in November, Traumfrau veteran Jenny Newman, launched Garçonne, for people who want Traumfrau in London..

It only made sense to kick off the inaugural Garçonne with a creative happening called MY FIRST TIME.. SQUID (Interactive Monster Unit) invited to contribute by thinking of something they wanted to share about a first time of some kind.. e.g. an important event in their lives. 

Before and after Sabrina Chap played an astonishing set in the next room, people wandered in and it was awesome that people wanted to share beautiful mini-stories anonymously on colourful paper shapes which we added to the walls as the night went by... 

Secrets about first time experiences ranged
from stories about crushes, thefts, swimming
travelling, fandom, music, coming of age
moments and loads more, some joyful, funny,
some sad, some bitter and others, surreal and mysterious.. 

Here is just a small selection of pics..

Some friendly people willing to give up their dancefloor time to share a memory!

Thanks to Chip and Emma for helping hold the fort by cutting shapes and paper fights, all my friends and strangers for dropping by and writing stories, distant friends who texted me stories for me to add to the wall, Sabrina Chap for awesome music and Jenny Newman for being a great host!