Trans Vegas goes Digital

June 3, 2020

In the light of the COVID-19 lockdown, the fourth annual Trans Vegas arts festival in Manchester will go digital from June 19 – 21.

Curated by Trans Creative, Trans Vegas is an annual trans arts festival where trans people get to tell their own stories.  Over the last three years, the festival has devised, curated and supported work from hundreds of trans and non-binary artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. 

The festival delivers an exciting programme of new and original work curated by the Trans Creative team with support from Arts Council England, Manchester Pride and Manchester City Council, including films, Q&As, interviews, an online art exhibition, a podcast and a virtual rally – all created by trans artists during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Kate O’Donnell, artistic director for Trans Creative, said: ‘125 zoom calls later, we managed to contact trans artists around the world, meet them in their homes during this lockdown and create the UK’s first online trans arts festival.

‘Having my trans creatives with me during this difficult time has been special and I am so proud to share what we have made together with you.’

Mark Fletcher, chief executive for Manchester Pride, said: ‘I am really excited to be able to work with Trans Creative to bring this vital and engaging festival online. Each year it enables our trans family to share its many talents and voices to the wider LGBTQ+ people of Greater Manchester and by taking the 2020 festival online I hope that we are able to reach an even bigger audience regionally, nationally and internationally.’

The festival has a strong commitment to supporting trans people throughout and has actively sort out trans technicians, producers, marketing experts and designers; mostly based in the North West. Visuals for the festival have been created by trans illustrator Jamie Neville, the digital producer is Alex Hewitt, web designer is Danni Thompson, marketing strategist Campbell x, producer for the Trans Rally is Adyn Quinn-Davis and the sound engineer is Eliyana Evans

For more information and the programme check out the cool website here