Join us for a week of satiating queer revelry and community-focused events as FUSSY returns to The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick for the first time in over a year with our very first FUSSTIVAL! With The Yard’s work in bringing communities, arts, and culture together for the last 10 years and counting, we can’t think of a better place to be celebrating a new focus for what we hope FUSSY might be able to be: a wider entity of community spaces to enrich ourselves and one another in new ways.
The week will start on Sunday, 15 August with FUSSY FEAST, a Community Dinner and get-together, specifically designed to accomodate people who might not be so keen on partying. On Thursday, 19 August, we will host our first FUSSY TALKS, “Realizing Your Queer Vision” and evening soiree. We will end the week with our usual celebration FUSSY: HOMECOMING that Saturday, 21 August.
All three events will take place at:
The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick
Unit 2A, Queens Yard
London, UK E9 5EN
Closest tube station is Hackney Wick on the Overground, or 15-minute walk from Stratford
The three events taking place throughout the week are available for individual purchase/entry, or there is an option to purchase a pass for all three
Community Dinner at the Yard Bar/Kitchen
Sunday, 15 August 2021
4pm – 11pm BST
£20 ticket: entry and entrée
£10 ticket: entry only
Standby pay-what-you-can entry throughout the day depending on capacity
Check it out sweeties, it’s a Sunday roast where everyone is invited, and we have the opportunity to share a meal together! With the lack of queer spaces available outside of nightlife and parties, we are hoping that this Community Dinner will serve as a way for folks to come together as a community in an accessible and comfortable social atmosphere. It’ll be like a Sunday picnic/roast/barbeque, except it’ll be at The Yard, and everyone from the community is invited. The menu offered will be by The Yard’s resident North African catering.
Activities will include guerilla style poster and art board making culminating in a collective art experience led by Jenny Boat Draws, music throughout the evening, and pop-up sharing from queer artists, organizations, and ware-makers in our community.
If you are a queer maker of any sort (other than performance; we’d like to keep things relaxed) and would like to share something at this community dinner (e.g., pop-up stick and poke, fashion, sales/information sharing table, visual art display, etc.), we want to hear from you!
Meals will be provided by The Yard’s resident caterer Taheena , and meals will be vegan or vegetarian depending on request. Dietary accommodations possible. Dishes also available a la carte. Full self-serve bar service will be available.
Each pre-purchased meal will contain:
· Black pepper Freekeh or Herbed Couscous
· Harissa Oyster Mushroom or Sumac chickpea Tofu
· Salad with heritage tomato, cucumber, scallions, and orange-fennel vinaigrette
· Beetroot Tahini
· Vegetarian will include goat feta with the grain if requested
Final entry 9pm
Food cut-off 9pm
Bar open for full event duration
FUSSY TALKS [CANCELLED]
“Realizing Your Queer Vision” in The Yard Theatre space
Thursday, 19 August 2021
6pm – 11pm BST
“Realizing Your Queer Vision” will be an open dialogue serving as a peek inside how folks in the London community have successfully translated their own queer voices into impactful art and paid creative work. We are hoping that this might serve as a conduit for inspiration for others to find strength in their own queer creative voices, and to discover/collectively contemplate modes of artistic manifestation that may not seem apparent or obvious that may only be achievable by nurturing their own unique passions and expression.
The bar will open from 6pm for drinks, with the conversation beginning in the Yard’s main theatre space promptly at 7:30pm through 9pm. There will be time for a brief Q&A with the audience at the end of the conversation and will be moderated by Lori Mae and Wanda Whatever. It will conclude around 9pm, with the bar remaining open from 9pm – 11pm for hangs, chats, and whatever really.
SADE ALEXIS is a genderfluid, queer, polyamorous artist, model, actor and influencer. They use their platform to promote body positivity, share racial justice and LGBTQIA+ rights issues and news, and document their journey as a genderfluid, disabled Black artist.
RADAM RIDWAN in a few sentences of their own: a queer model and writer— from Indonesian and Australian origins, has landed in London. They’re passionate about: deep purple eyeshadow, Mie Goreng (not the 2-minute version), also QTIPOC empowerment. All they want you to know: they are a work-in-progress that will never be quite finished, and that’s okay.
JAMIE WINDUST is an award-winning non-binary writer, public speaker and model from London. They have written for The Independent, Gay Times, British GQ, Cosmopolitan and INTO More, and were named as one of London’s most influential people, in the story telling category, by the Evening Standard. In Their Shoes is their first book.
Our usual celebration with dancing, music, and performances throughout the night
Saturday, 21 August 2021
9pm – 3am BST
For the first time since March 2020, FUSSY party returns to its spiritual home at The Yard Theatre! To celebrate, we thought it might be nice to throw our very own “HOMECOMING” ball: you know, like all those terrible dances in school except we’ll be making it a right raucous affair and you won’t be terrified by all the straights. OMG, who will you ask to the dance? Will they say yes? Should you wear matching outfits? Do you even care? Will we be serving punch? Who’s making out and smoking under the bleachers? We don’t have bleachers. Can a cummerbund double as a g-string? All these questions potentially answered and left unanswered and more at FUSSY: HOMECOMING.
Stunning wall art on display created by attendees of the Sunday Community Dinner.
£10 First Release
£12 Second Release
£15 Third Release
Presale tickets may be released to standby entrants at 12am; guaranteed entry after that time is subject to capacity. On-the-door standby tickets will be sold at £15 per availability.
FUSS FACILITATORS, bringing the Fuss all evening long:
OPTIONAL DRESS THEME
Homecoming; school dance attire
Fussy operates on a ‘come as you are’ policy; all dressing themes are completely optional and completely for fun. The only thing that we ask is that you feel as absolutely stunning and liberated as you look. Please don’t take yourself or others too seriously and leave your judgement of others at the door, this night is a party not a beauty pageant nor your next Vogue editorial shoot and there will be no breakfast provided, TYSM xoxo – management.
The use of strobe lights may be in effect throughout the evening.
£25 First Release
£30 Second Release
Grants admission for one to all three events, including entrée at Community Dinner.
FUSSTIVAL and The Yard Theatre will be implementing certain healthy and safety measures throughout the week to as a means of reducing the risk of COVID-19 amongst our audiences, artists, and community members.
- REQUIRED FOR ENTRY: We will be requiring 2 photos or proof of a negative lateral flow/PCR test from the NHS taken within 48 hours of the event time. We will also fast track those with NHS COVID Pass and proof of at least one vaccination for entry. Those who are not able to provide this evidence will be denied entry and your ticket will not be refunded.
- Please stay home if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. You may receive a full refund of your ticket price by emailing proof of a positive test result to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- All events are running at a limited venue capacity to promote ventilation and opportunities for distancing;
- Guests are welcomed to wear PPE or any other form of safety measure without judgement at any event throughout the week;
- The Yard has a covered, open air outdoor courtyard that guests may enjoy at any time they are feeling uncomfortable;
- Whilst we will do everything in our power to keep our audiences safe and comfortable, at this time, we acknowledge the reality that any in-person event comes with the assumption of risk that the contraction of COVID-19 may still be possible despite all of our best efforts. Please consider your level of comfort of participation and do your part in keeping others safe before attending or purchasing tickets.
FUSSY is committed to ensuring inclusive and accessible spaces. Please email email@example.com with any questions in regard to accessibility, including your own accessibility requirements. Interpreters and/or audio/visual descriptions available on request. The Yard Theatre has level access and is fully accessible with an accessible toilet and can accommodate wheelchair users in the theatre.
Whilst we understand no space can be 100% safe at all times, and there is always the assumption of risk, we do our best at FUSSY to make things as comfortable as possible for our communities. All bodies and forms of self-expression will be protected and encouraged, unless it is deemed in any way harmful or detrimental to the safety of others. We will not tolerate racism, homophobia, or transphobia in any form. If you are exhibiting a behavior that event organizers deem harmful to others, you will be asked to leave without refund. Please report any instances of misconduct to staff members or organizers present.
If an event is showing as sold out, you may opt to join the waiting list, and a certain amount of stand-by tickets may be available on the evening. All tickets sold via DICE.fm.