Femme in London - Alok Vaid-Menon and Friends take the stage at Grow in Hackney Wick

On Sunday 26 February, we were thrilled to be joined by nonbinary transfeminine writer, entertainer, and performance artist, Alok Vaid-Menon for a night of poetry, comedy, and performance. On stage, we also welcomed Travis Alabanza & DJ Dae.

The audience were treated to powerful performances asking questions such as: What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? The whole event which left the audience touched, energised and inspired on a Sunday evening in February...

About Alok Vaid Menon
Alok Vaid-Menon is a nonbinary transfeminine writer, entertainer, and performance artist. Alok has been invited to perform, speak, and facilitate at universities, conferences, and organizations across the world; their work has been featured in various outlets like HBO, MTV, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TEDx and more.

About Travis Alabanza
Travis Alabanza is a London based, Black, transfemme performance artist and writer. Their work combines live poetry, soundscapes, projection and theatrics to create work around their survival. Their 2015/16 show Stories of a Queer Brown Muddy Kid toured across the UK, selling out venues including the RVT & Housman's Bookstore. As well as being one of the 2016/17 Artist in Residences at the Tate, in the last year their work has been featured in Artsy, Manon, Wildabout - as well as performing in venues both locally and internationally. Alabanza is keen to create and discuss ways in which art can be used with queer youth, and their new show BURGERZ will be showing at Hackney Showroom in March.

About Dj Dae
Dj Dae is a Queer gender bending Pisces hailing from South East London by way of Nigeria and Cameroon. Blending all your favourite tracks with your soon to be favourite Afrobeat tracks until your bed calls your name louder than the music- When in doubt, look for them on the dancefloor

Alok Vaid-Menon