A late-night party, thrown by Wac Arts, to celebrate Hampstead Town Hall’s place in the history of supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ movement. DJ set by Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters) and cabaret acts including Dolly Trolley Drag and London’s biggest boyband, London Gay Men’s Chorus.
About Ana Matronic
Ana Matronic has made a profession out of soundtracking the good times in life. Whether onstage as a member of pop phenomenon Scissor Sisters or on air as Radio 2’s Doyenne of the Disco, Matronic has made a name for herself by not only being able to curate an eclectic musical journey, but by also putting words to the experience, bringing the audience into the music and bridging the gap between performer and listener.
About Dolly Trolley
Bonkers, delightful, 100mph. Dolly Trolley is a burlesque drag sensation known for high energy, fierce dance moves, ludicrous comedy parodies, and luscious legs. She’s a drag brunch hostess, drag aerobics instructor, the producer of Cabaret Sauvignon and a common feature in London cabarets and international festivals. She’s certainly a versatile queen, and most commonly reviewed: “I’m exhausted just from watching”.
A little snippet of the history….
In 1977 the famous drag theatre troupe BlooLips, founded by Bette Bourne, gave their first ever performance here, at Hampstead Old Town Hall.
1972 – 1974
In 1972, just five years after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act was passed, the West London branch of the radical Gay Liberation Front put on a disco at Hampstead Town Hall.
1947 – 1955
Between 1947 and 1955 Hampstead Town Hall hosted a series of fancy-dress balls arranged by the Hampstead Arts Society. In a write up of the 1947 ball, The Sphere newspaper declared “Hampstead goes gay.”
To read more about the LGBTQ+ history of the building visit WacArts.co.uk/Heritage
About the WAWA Weekender
Explore, Discover, Celebrate
26th – 28th July 2019
A 3 day festival of arts and events celebrating Wac Arts 40th Birthday and the rich heritage of change-makers who made history within the Old Town Hall.
Discussions, workshops, performances and parties – programmed to inspire innovative thought and practice.