Visible Pride is Folkestone Pride’s annual creative & cultural program taking place across the Creative Quarter in the lead up to Folkestone Pride.
Originally an exhibition program initiated by curator Benjamin Sebastain, Visible Pride is now a diverse creative program of activities & events entering its 3rd year, with this year's program devised by Bean & Helen Davison from Folkestone Pride.
QUEER FOLKESTONE is a series of online conversations in collaboration with Folkestone Pride between queer folkes and photographer Cora Hamilton exploring and discussing where queerness and folkestone intersect. Photo: Anil's FaceTime portrait by Cora Hamilton.
Folkestone's first LGBTQIA+ Zine! Produced following online workshops with Nico Dunsbee & an open call for submissions.
Fullmoon Prodcutions dedicated their February production to LGBTQIA+ history month with a reimagining of the handkerchief code. Handkerchiefs were dyed using locally foraged things, then printed with text & drawings to depict a new series of codes from a queer, lesbian perspective.
A series of writing workshops led by Kerry Ryan. We hope to continue these in the future!
Nico Dunsbee led a series of online zine workshops.
QUEER FOLKESTONE is a series of online conversations between queer folkes and photographer Cora Hamilton, exploring and discussing where queerness and folkestone intersect.
Cora Hamilton (they/them) is a queer non-binary photographer and co-founder/creative director of uns*, Germany’s first exclusively LGBTQIA+ talent agency. They are based between Berlin and Folkestone, and want to use this series to further connect with Folkestone's queer scene and highlight some of the stories of the people who live there.
In the first episode of QUEER FOLKESTONE, I virtually sat down with Anil.
Anil is a Folkestone-based queer non-binary artist, producer and vocalist, and is the co-founder and director of London Contemporary Voices choir. Together we talked about how it is to be queer in Folkestone, going to Spoons in drag, and how "if you don't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else" is a deeply flawed concept. Unfortunately Anil's cats didn't decide to join us for the conversation, but we hope that this FaceTime portrait featuring Ambrose McNish makes up for the disappointment.
For episode 2 of QUEER FOLKESTONE I had a chat with Leah Gaynor (she/her).
Leah is a jeweller, and she tuned in to Zoom from her studio under Hireath Creative (@hiraeth_creative) on the Old Highstreet, the shop that she runs with her partner, Cerys. We talked about the importance of visibility, the age diversity of queer people in Folkestone, and coming out as trans while having kids.
Lina Lawless reads kids' stories 'And Tango Makes Three', 'My Princess Boy' and 'Introducing Teddy'.
All stories are available to watch on our Youtube channel.
For episode 3 I spoke to Folkestone based artist Ethan Sheppard (he/him).
You can find his art at @_ethanarthouse_, his queer art at @shepsqueerart, and photography at @sheppards_snaps.
We talked about art as a creative outlet for queer identity and discovery, and how Pride month has become a commodity and a form of social currency for large corporations. Folkestone Pride is so special to me and to so many others because it rejects this and instead creates a space for the LGBTQIA+ people of Folkestone to come together in celebration of community and identity, and we are so so happy that it can go ahead this year.
Zine Making Guide
Nico Dunsbee recorded a workshop on how to make zines. You submitted your pages and we printed them!
The workshop is up on our Youtube channel
Did you get a copy of the zine? If not, you can view it here or download it.