Superbia is curating an art-packed weekend to mark World Aids Day this December, filled with diverse and inclusive events in Greater Manchester.  The Superbia team is joining with organisations all over the world to draw attention to, memorialise and call for action on World AIDS Day as it is estimated that over 8,000 international events will be taking place on Sunday 1 December.

What’s Superbia presenting?

Saturday 30 November 2019

5pm–11pm, Cotton Club, Oldham St
With the vision of raising awareness and conversation around HIV and AIDS, Jordan is curating a whole afternoon and evening of events in a single location. Guests to this spectacular event can expect: an exhibition of portraits taken by Jordan, a collection of letters written by people living with HIV and performed live, video art, a live talk from Jordan himself, a diverse panel event of people living in Manchester with HIV, a flash-mob performance and local charity stalls who support people with HIV.
Guests can then dance the night away with a star-studded performance from Drag SOS saviour Cheddar Gorgeous and Anna Phylactic AND a live DJ set from Manchester’s very own RebeccaNeverBecky.
The event is free and no booking is required.

Sunday 1 December 2019

On the Sunday, Manchester’s exciting new venue CULTUREPLEX, on Ducie St, will host two one off events.

16:00, Sunday 1 December 2019 at CULTUREPLEX
Free, Booking Essential
Still Beginning will be a screening of seven newly commissioned videos from Visual AIDS in New York that respond  to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. With work by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.
The films cover subjects from anti-stigma work to public sex culture, highlighting pioneering activism and staging intergenerational conversations. The films aim to resist narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of contemporary HIV/AIDS while revisiting resonant cultural histories.
The evening will be introduced by Greg Thorpe of Superbia with time for conversation and reflection afterwards.
Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilises art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
In 1989, Visual AIDS organised the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. Over 100 institutions worldwide will screen STILL BEGINNING.
Tickets are available via the Cultureplex website.

18:30, Sun 1 Dec 2019 at CULTUREPLEX
Free, Booking Essential
To mark World AIDS Day 2019, a collection of special guests will read aloud selections from diverse writing on HIV and AIDS. Bringing together memoir, poetry, educational literature, personal reflection, fiction, journalism and more, this will be a way to share, remember and inspire through the written and the spoken word.
The evening will be hosted by Greg Thorpe of Superbia, with time for conversation and reflection afterwards.
Tickets are available via the Cultureplex website.

Superbia supports, curates, funds and celebrates LGBT+ life across Greater Manchester all year round, to encourage engagement and well-being, and to reflect and culturally enhance LGBT+ life.  More information about Superbia’s Day With(Out) art is available on the Superbia website.