Learn about the history of art and Queer protest in Hackney and make your own placard, or come along to an LGBTQIA+ self-defence class with the Bender Defenders, where you can get fit and have fun. 

This summer, the Council’s Hackney Pride 365 team, is enlisting local Queer activitsts to help teach residents of today about social movements in the past that have helped effect positive change for socitey. Looking at what can be learnt from these movements and used to support social justice needs of the future and today.

The free events are taking place in Haggerston Community Centre, and are being run over three separate days to allow as many people as possible to attend, while also ensuring people are kept Covid-19 safe. 

Bender Defender LGBTQIA+ Self-Defense Class

Haggerston Community Centre

Sunday 1 August – 12noon

Saturday 14 August – 12noon

Sunday 22 of August – 12noon

Space is limited sign up online here: https://benderdefenderaugclasses.eventbrite.co.uk 

Hackney’s first gay self defence course was set up in Dalston in the 1980s in response to homophobic hate crime. Sadly over 30 years later, these issues of hate crime are still occuring. To ensure people have the skills and are able to feel that bit more confident a group of residents have set up Bender Defenders, running regular fitness and self defence classes for the LGBTQIA+ community in East London. As well as helping people with fitness, the sessions support good mental health. Bender Defenders classes are taught in a light-hearted, fun way and also offer a sense of community.

Queer art and protest in Hackney

Haggerston Community Centre 

Sunday 1 August – 1:30-3:30pm

Saturday 14 August – 1:30-3:30pm

Sunday 22 of August – 1:30-3:30pm

Space is limited sign up online here: https://queerprotestandart.eventbrite.co.uk 

Placards and art are an integral part of protest, from the art of Keith Harring in response to the AIDS pandemic, to the handmade signs of the Gay Liberation Front founding Pride over 50 years ago. The power and emotion people put into their placards and protest art adds a resonance and powerful charge to these grassroots movements. With bold text and graphics offering to educate and inform the viewer in a short moment of time. The workshop aims to explore this, and look into the history of art in protest, including in Hackney using information from Hackney Museum, as well as showing people how they can prepare their own materials.

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