Besi Besemar January 28, 2013

During the B.Right.On LGBT Festival in February, 76 faces will be painted to highlight that homosexuality remains BANNED in 76 countries throughout the world.

Each face will be painted with the name of a country as listed on the 76 Crimes website. To VIEW:

The event will be filmed during the artistic launch of Vince Laws show, I Am A Poem, at Brighton’s Jubilee Library on Friday, February 1 from 7-9pm which is the curtain raiser for this years LGBT History Month events.

To take part, turn up for 7pm at the Jubilee Library. There will be community tables, Bear Patrol selling Adopt-A-Pansy for the Sussex Beacon, Lunch Positive selling Make Them Eat Cake as a fundraiser, BANNED artworks,  and refreshments provided by Barefoot Wine who have kindly helped sponsor the event.

Everyones face will be painted in the first hour. You can help face paint each other with the name of one of the 76 countries where homos are illegal using MAC eyeliner pencils in bright red, which will be supplied by the organiser.

This will be followed by a photo call at 8pm with all 76 faces being photographed under a huge sign that says BANNED and a 30 minute performance with poetry a choir, queer calypsos, and much much more…

Face wipes will be provided so you can wipe off the face paint, ready for carriages at 9pm.

If there’s a particular country you want to highlight, let the organiser Vince Laws know, otherwise names will be picked one out of a hat. For example, Gary wants to be ‘St Vincent and the Grenadines’ because he’s half Vincentian and knows how bad homophobia is there.

Bring along your friends to take part.  Everyone will get a numbered certificate signed by the artist!

Text on faces has been used as a method of protest before. VIEW:


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