Friday 18 February 8pm – midnight
Book tickets to Club Urania via Cambridge Junction here. Please note that in person tickets are now sold out. Live stream tickets are still available.
Enter into the orbit of Club Urania, a new monthly night of music and performance for LGBTQ+ people and their allies in Cambridge.
You can expect DJs, artists, poets, performers and open mic slots for performance, Drag, readings and more.
Each night will host new and existing works from artists connected to Cambridge Junction and Wysing Arts Centre, open mic slots from performers based in and around Cambridge and resident DJs to end the night.
For the first Club Urania on Friday 18 February, Wysing are pleased to present Whiskey Chow, a London-based artist and Chinese drag king.
Whiskey will be presenting a new work-in-progress for the night, alongside existing work from Cambridge Junction artists-in-residence, queer feminist punk duo pink suits.
You can also expect an otherworldly open mic with opportunities to get up and share your stuff.
The night will end with a good dance with mixes from Toby Hardwick aka Locomotion, a young DJ from Cambridge who specialises in nudisco. Toby’s a fierce ally, whose mixes are keyed into the queer roots of house and funk.
Club Urania will be live streamed on zoom for those that aren’t able to attend in person.
Club Urania is a collaboration between Cambridge Junction, Wysing Arts Centre and other queer organisations, artists and promoters; Celia Willoughby, Diarmuid Hester and Roeland van der Heiden.
About Whiskey Chow
London-based artist and Chinese drag king. Whiskey’s art practice engages with broadly defined political issues, covering a range of related topics: from female and queer masculinity, problematizing the nation-state across geographic boundaries, to stereotypical projections of Chinese/Asian identity. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining embodied performance with moving image and experimental sound pieces.
As an artist-curator, Whiskey launched, led-curated and performed in ‘Queering Now 酷兒鬧’ in 2020 (Chinese Arts Now Festival). Queering Now is a curatorial programme amplifying marginalized voices of the queer Chinese/Asian diaspora.
In addition to teaching at the Royal College of Art (MA Sculpture, MA Digital Direction, MA Information Experience Design), Whiskey is also a Guest Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Whiskey has been involved in feminist and LGBTQ activism in China since 2011. She contributed to and performed in ‘For Vaginas’ Sake 將陰道獨白到底 (2013)’ (original Chinese version of The Vagina Monologues), and curated the first Chinese LGBTQ music festival, ‘Lover Comrades Concert 愛人同志音樂會 (2013)’, Guangzhou.
Whiskey's recent works include: you must everywhere wander 你必顧盼, Film Maudit 2.0: Transgressive Desire, Online (2022); Queering Now 酷兒鬧 2021: Dreamality, Online/ Dream Babes HK: Real Reality, Hong Kong/ Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, London/ Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Glasgow/ EXiS Film and Video Festival, Seoul (2021); Do You Hear The People Dream?, Wysing Polyphonic Festival, Online; The Moon is Warmer than the Sun, Queering Now, Rich Mix, London (2020); Unhomeliness, Tate Modern, London; Whiskey the Conqueror, Tate Britain, London (2018); Purely Beautiful New Era (ft. Haocheng Wu), Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Great Conversation, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala (2017).
About pink suits
Formed in 2017, pink suits make loud aggressive political punk noise as well as dance, physical theatre, film and art. pink suits work is an exploration of sexuality, fantasy, mental health, politics, activism and is a resistance of binary gender expectations, questioning how voices and bodies can be used as a form of protest.