A 1940s night of dancing with live music from the Rhythm Remedies and performances from the Suzy Qs.
Hannah Graham in partnership with The Swing Era and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery present the launch of: Rainbow Swing.
June 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots in New York, marking the start of the campaign for gay liberation. We have decided to mark this important anniversary with the launch of Rainbow Swing.
Swing Dance originated in the 1940's, a time when same sex partners dancing together would have been non-existent. Being gay was still illegal for men and women also experienced terrible consequences for same sex love. It is because of this, Rainbow Swing is a liberation to celebrate love in all forms, in a less heteronormative-focused environment. Gender will not be important, learn the lead and follow steps and come dressed however you fancy.
Led by founder of The Swing Era, Martyn Nelson with members of his band The Rhythm Remedies.
Professional LGBTQ+ dancers will be available to help you with learning new steps but this is very informal so you are welcome to show off your own moves!
Doors open at 6:30pm with an exclusive performance from the Suzy Qs at 7:00pm, followed by an introductory dance lesson.
Tickets include the dance lesson and admission. A bar will be available.
Note: The event is aimed at those in the community 50+ but we would love for everyone who supports LGBTQ+ and fancies a night of dancing to come along, meet new people and celebrate with us. Please remember we have an inclusive, zero discrimination policy.