Museum takes pride in its first LGBTQ event
Chiltern Open Air Museum holds LGBTQ event
A BUCKS museum’s first LGBTQ pride event was celebrated with a feast of burlesque, drag, swing dance, drama and poetry
Hundreds of people flocked the Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM) as it held the special day on Friday June 16, supported by Arts Council England.
Hosted by Patrick and Archie from Patriarky, they kept the night on track with musical and poetic entertainment and introduced the other acts, including Pink Swing from London, who taught the audience Lindy Hop and Shim Shim dancing.
There was also a drama performance by Inky Cloak about queer friendship and the LGBTQ black clubbing scene, Sophia Blackwell with her sassy sultry poetry about shared LGBTQ histories and Ginger Tarte performing as a female drag queen with burlesque.
Museum director Sue Shave said: “We are just delighted to welcome the LGBTQ community to Chiltern Open Air Museum for a Pride celebration night, to share our hidden histories linked to our historic building collection and to show our communities the inclusive nature of our museum as a wonderful visitor attraction and marriage venue.
“One of our visitors was so overjoyed that we were offering an LGBTQ event in recognition and acknowledgement of the vibrancy and diversity of our local LGBTQ community that he made a rainbow cake and brought it along to share with all the staff and the rest of the audience.”