'Roofstock': Dalston Superstore, The Glory and Dalston Roof Park come together to raise funds for global LGBT rights
Hackney’s premier queer venues to host ‘Roofstock’ fundraiser for Hackney-based international LGBT+ rights charity on 23rd August!
In 72 countries it’s a crime for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people to be who they are or to love who they love. And in many more, LGBT+ people face violence, discrimination and persecution.
This is why legendary Hackney hot spots Dalston Superstore and The Glory are teaming up with garden music venue Dalston Roof Park on 23rd August for Roofstock, an exciting night of DJs, dancing and cabaret.
All proceeds from ticket purchases for the event will be donated to Kaleidoscope Trust, the UK’s leading international LGBT+ charity.
Based in Dalston, Kaleidoscope Trust believes it should never be illegal to be you. The charity strives for a world where LGBT+ people everywhere are free and equal, by working in close partnership with over 40 international activists to promote the human rights of LGBT+ people and to challenge their governments to do better.
Paul Dillane, Kaleidoscope Trust’s Executive Director, said: “As the UK’s leading international LGBT+ charity, we are thrilled to be partnering with our neighbours Dalston Superstore, The Glory and Dalston Roof Park. Recent crackdowns in Chechnya, Tanzania and Indonesia—to name a few—show the scale of the challenge and we see through our work every day the importance of solidarity among queer communities and across borders. Tonight’s fundraiser will help us to support courageous activists around the world to continue collaborating in the struggle for equality and freedom.”
Speaking about the event, owner of Dalston Superstore, Dan Beaumont, said: “This is a great opportunity to combine forces with our favourite neighbours and raise some money and awareness for the Kaleidoscope Trust. We’ve partnered up to put together an amazing line-up that combines the best of Superstore and The Glory.”
John Sizzle, co-director of The Glory, said: “This will be the ultimate post-work rooftop summer party. Unwinding and sipping chilled drinks in the sun, listening to Rudi Douglas on the piano, watching some amazing performance from East London’s finest drag superstars and then dancing under the stars. Bliss.”
Kirsty Davide, from Dalston Roof Park, which is run by Bootstrap Company, said: “Being a community organiser at Bootstrap gives me the unique opportunity to introduce and connect our tenants to each other. We combine to come up with amazing ideas of how we can collaborate both within our own community and with those from the local neighbourhood, on issues that mean so much to all of us. Teaming up with Kaleidoscope Trust, Dalston Superstore and The Glory to put on what will be an incredible event has been fantastic, and will raise lots of money and awareness for a great charity.”
Tickets are now on sale at: https://kaleidoscopetrust.eventcube.io/events/7583/roofstock-queer-roof-party-fundraiser-for-kaleidoscope-trust/.
NOTES TO EDITORS
What: A night of DJs, dancing and cabaret for a cause (with a very special guest)
Where: Dalston Roof Park, 18 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
When: Wednesday, 23rd August. 5:00pm-11:00pm with after party until 2:30am at Dalston Superstore (117 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB)
Who: Open to all, while tickets last. 18+
Performers will include:
Ginger Johnson (host)
Drag, cabaret, and nightclub ne'er-do-well Ginger Johnson has been causing a stink on the East London scene for longer than she chooses to remember. Expect songs, swearing, and three pairs of spanks from Newcastle's answer to Elaine Stritch.
Professional dancer, singer, actress, drag superstar and West End regular who stole the show at The Glory’s recent ‘Liza With A Z’ Gala. Margo will be presenting tight choreography with leggy abandon.
2016’s winner of The Glory’s Lipsync1000 competition and alternative cabaret feral goddess who mixes the macabre with glamour to produce high-octane avant-garde performance.
Professional dancer, singer and poet. This ingénue has already graced the stages of all the LGBTQI stages including a stint at the V&A last summer. She’ll be presenting sensual moves and erotic prose most probably to some Beyoncé beats!
Rudi Douglas, singer/pianist
One half of The Glory’s ‘Big Gay Songbook’ show with Jonny Woo, Rudi sings a unique blend of pop and soul classics with new arrangements and original material. He’ll be presenting a summery set of Whitney, Madonna, Kelis and probably some Girls Aloud to boot.
For more information please contact Paul Dillane, Executive Director, Kaleidoscope Trust.