Bi+ Voices 2020
YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/IBs0sgjKg70
Leeds Bi Group are pleased to present "Bi+ Voices" as part of Bi Visibility Day celebrations. This years event will be online with a "live" streaming starting at 7pm on Friday 25 September (link and more details coming soon). The video of the event will also be available to watch on YouTube after the event.
Bi+ Voices will be a showcase of bi+ performers who will each be performing a set as part of the event. Sponsored by Leeds City Council's LGBT+ Community Hub and Touchstone.
Bi Visibility Day takes place every year on 23 September and this year there are many events happening online around the world. For more information, check out the Bi Visibility Day website.
Compere - Matt Miller
Our compere (or host) for the event will be Matt Miller.
Matt is a poet, theatre maker, director and workshop facilitator who writes about place, identity and belonging and, on one occasion, going to Mars forever.
In 2014, Matt was selected as one of The BBC’s Verb New Voices and was the 2018 Derby Poetry Festival Slam Champion. They have been praised by Ian McMillan (The Verb) for ‘dramatic powers of urban storytelling’.
Matt recently worked as a lead artist on Emerge, a project which aims to give young people a creative voice, working with young artists in Mansfield to set up an arts festival in April 2019.
Matt’s current theatre show Fitting explores cross-dressing, with storytelling, physical theatre and stage magic, and will be resuming its UK tour in February 2021.
1990s Chris is an award winning queer working class writer from Hereford, England.
Specialising in poetry for film and audio, Chris has written for Channel 4's Random Acts and BBC sounds. His work hopes to start honest conversations around queer identity, masculinity and class.
Aaron Marlowe is a pansexual, non-binary and mixed/black activist-musician who performs poetry and original songs about their experiences.
Aaron is a regular performer at CaBiRet, performed at Bi Pride UK and the Leeds LGBT+ Literature Festival.
"Universal Greetings to you, Finnegan here. Poetry has been a passion of mine for over twenty years. I deal readily with themes of Repulsion and Desire, Love and Hate, Truth and Lies, Power and Passion, and Light and Darkness. In the past 20 years I have written 4 collections of Poems: “I’m Not Afraid of the Dark”, “Dunkelheit” (Darkness), “De Verraderlijke Illusie van Keuze” (The Insidious Illusion of Choice) and "Les Petites Creatures Mechantes" (Nasty Little Creatures), all of which remain unpublished.
"Loving the Poetic Arts as I do, performing and writing freely without censorship, and making my creative point in any matter that I please, fair or foul, my goal here, boys and girls, is not merely to create pretty works of vanity press style quality, to appease my ego, but rather to truly reach people with my work. I am trying to connect with you, soul to soul, via inspiration, in a form of abstract creativity that occasionally borders on The Divine. There is a big picture here, honestly, and with a satisfying emotional payoff. Poetry is not a Sickness, and can inspire you with the truth. Poetry is not a Sickness, and can heal you in The Light…."
Kat Molinari has been on the comedy circuit for two years, after taking the Frog & Bucket's comedy course in Manchester. She's since performed at The Stand in Newcastle, XS Malarky and most often Laughing Cows - an all female comedy night that's been running over 20 years.
"Clever and versatile with an ability to inspire both cathartic groans and big belly laughs." - Blizzard Comedy
Prospero Acronym is Britain's top (and only) bisexual drag wizard, eschewing the monarchy model for moustachioed mischief.
Their show "Fencesitter!" was a hit at the Camden Fringe and debuted in Leeds in 2019.
Quenby is a queer artist, activist, and writer. Their work reflects on themes of gender, alternative sexuality, and queer history through a wide range of projects.
You can check them out at quenbycreatives.com (content warning for adult content on website)
Reece Raymond works in healthcare in Bradford and has done musical theatre for years.
He jumped on the opportunity to assist in a good cause.
Talya Stitcher is a Queer Jewish poet and photographer based in Sheffield.
She produces Sounds Queer, the city’s only regular LGBTQ+ variety performance night, and is the current Ilkley Literature Festival Slam Champion.
Her work has been described as “warm and relatable, with an ability to vibrantly capture the small moments”.
Previous credits include Eastside’s ‘I know I wish I will’, BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, Leeds Queer Film Festival, BBC Radio Sheffield’s National Poetry Day Show, TEDx Utrecht and Vagina Museum’s Edinburgh Fringe launch.
Wilted Flower are a musical duo made up of bi musician Micki and their partner Ryan.
Wilted Flower are a Notts based folk/emo/punk outfit. Micki combines haunting vocals with heart-wrenching lyrics focusing on mental health, love & loss accompanied by ambient lead guitar.
The new EP ‘Here Lies Our Love’ is out now!