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Humanists UK:
Lead Me Into Temptation, Please: LGBT Summer Fair

13th July 2024 · 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Doors open: 11:30am

In person

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Humanists UK: Lead Me Into Temptation, Please: LGBT Summer Fair

Join us for a summery day of performances, workshops, talks, market stalls, an exhibition, and more! The historic spaces of Conway Hall will be transformed into an LGBT festival, inspired by the annual fairs hosted LGBT Humanists in the 1980s. Join us for music, art showcases, and a whole lot of fun!

Enjoy the brightest and best of the creative LGBT community in London, with activities throughout the day and night. From workshops to presentations, they will invite you to enjoy creativity and discussion, exploring how we can be inspired by our LGBT heritage, especially the examples of LGBT humanism found in our Picturing Nonconformity exhibition.

Performances will range from the London Humanist Choir‘s rendition of LGBT non-religious music to a poet’s response to archival records of LGBT Humanists engaging in topics of race and international politics.

We will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of LGBT Humanists, whose bestselling t-shirts from the 1990s have inspired our fair’s title. In the 1980s, LGBT Humanists (then known as the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association) teamed up with the Campaign for Homosexual Equality to organise annual fairs at Conway Hall, complete with stalls, entertainments and refreshments. Now we return to Conway Hall with all these activities and more!

Daytime activities include:

  • Screen printing workshop, where you’ll make your own printed t-shirt featuring the ‘Lead Me Into Temptation, Please’ slogan.
  • Poetry workshop with LGBT Humanists’ Alexander Williams.
  • Writing workshop themed on LGBT humanists from centuries past, run by the incredible Tomara Garrod.
  • Stalls ranging from the radical Housmans Bookshop to fair-style games like Hoopla.

In the evening, we turn the Main Hall into a performance space, featuring artists including:

  • David Hoyle, cabaret star who skilfully imbues searing social commentary into his blend of performance and visual arts.
  • Theophina Gabriel, poet and founder of Onyx magazine, who will be presenting new work prompted by his research into LGBT Humanists newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s.
  • London Humanist Choir, who will be singing a repertoire of non-religious LGBT music, from Queen to Elton John.
  • Orlando, drag artist and cultural historian from Oxford University, whose research-led LGBT work has been featured in major institutions like the National Gallery, Tate, and the V&A.

more to be announced.

This event is organised as part of LGBT strands of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project ‘Humanist Heritage: Doers, Dreamers, Place Makers’, coordinated by Humanists UK in partnership with Conway Hall.

Age Recommendation: All ages. Under 16s may need to be accompanied by an adult.

Price: Standard £3

Access Information

Due to the age and Grade Il listing of the building, there is no lift access to rooms above the ground floor.

All the ground-floor rooms are fully accessible by wheelchair. Main Hall (street access, step-free), Brockway Room (street access, step-free), Bertrand Russell Room (street access, shallow ramp), Hive Cafe (street access, step-free), There is also an accessible toilet on the ground floor opposite the Brockway Room.

Further Info

If you have any accessibility enquiries, please contact us at / 020 7405 1818.

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