Search

ClitArt festival: ‘Clitoris is not a dirty word’

PUBLISHED: 16:23 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:23 06 October 2017

Reclamation by Lindo Khandela

Reclamation by Lindo Khandela

Archant

A brand new festival celebrating the clitoris is coming to Stoke Newington this weekend, from Reel Rebels Radio

Seed SistAsSeed SistAs

A brand new festival celebrating the clitoris is coming to Stoke Newington this weekend.

ClitArt, from Reel Rebels Radio, is a three day event on October 6–8, which combines raising awareness for new medical research with a programme of art, comedy, poetry, film, workshops and live radio all revolving around the clitoris.

Artists participating in the festival include Mal Harrison from Museum of Sex, as well as Gia Balestra, Rebecca Scott, Laura Kingsley, Rachelle Romeo and Lindo Khandela, among many others.

“‘Clitoris’ is not a dirty word,” says Alicia Graham, director of Reel Rebels Radio. “We need to move away from the shame and stigma; we need to be educated about our bodies and be aware. It’s about combating FGM and normalising female anatomy for the benefit of everyone – especially young people. We need a starting point in the UK for clitoris awareness.”

“We aim to put recent discoveries about the clitoris into the UK Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) curricula and all printed and online educational material because, in terms of educating the population about female anatomy, the UK is way behind our European counterparts. French children are taught SRE with a 3d clitoris, whereas adults in the UK often don’t know what it looks like or how it functions.”

The launch party at 7pm on Friday features poetry and spoken word from a line up including LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson, with open mic slots available (£5 on the door, £3 for low-wage)

On Saturday at 1pm a workshop “Prioritising the Female Orgasm” hosted by Love Sex, Hate Sexism, puts male pleasure to one side and draws inspiration from Sex Positive Activism (£5).

In the evening, Hysterical offer a comedy line up that will be broadcast live on Reel Rebels Radio. Amy Annette is headlining, co-editor and contributor to book I Call Myself a Feminist, with support from musical comedian Harriet Braine, clitoral historian Sadie Harrison, Glory Pearl (aka the Naked Stand Up) and Cerys Bradley, whose solo show discussed “The Invention of Lesbianism”.

On Sunday, Laila El Metoui runs a workshop entitled “Negotiating Consent when English is a Second Language”.

ClitArt is a trans-inclusive festival.

Reel Rebels Music Studios 7A Bouverie Mews, N16 0AE

facebook.com/vulvaart

Latest Hackney Stories

09:00

Sporting Bengal United were held for a point in an eight goal thriller against new boys Saffron Walden at Catons Lane this weekend.

Yesterday, 18:26

Middlesex’s James Harris grabbed five wickets on day one of his side’s County Championship match at Wantage Road as Northants ended on 332-8.

Yesterday, 16:02

Middlesex toiled in the afternoon session on day one of their County Championship match against Northants after Ricardo Vasconcelos hit an unbeaten century at Wantage Road.

Middlesex’s talented 19-year-old bowler – and former North Middlesex paceman – Ethan Bamber made his first class debut against Northants on Sunday during day one of their County Championship clash. Read Layth Yousif’s morning session report from Wantage Road on Sunday.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has been speaking after Chelsea beat the Gunners 3-2 in a frenetic London derby. Read on to learn waht he said about Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka in his post-match press conference – and much more.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Arsenal centre-half Sokratis has said his side made it ‘too easy’ for Chelsea during the Gunners 3-2 defeat in the London derby at Chelsea on Saturday. Read on for what he had to say.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with his players in their 3-1 victory against Fulham but believes there is still plenty to improve on despite winning both of their Premier League matches so far.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in a breathless London derby after an 80th minute winner from Marcos Alonso sealed the victory for Maurizio Sarri’s Blues as Unai Emery suffered his second league defeat in two matches.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists