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"Is Pride Dead?" trivago Academy by Nik Jovčić-Sas
Mi. 28. Juni 2017, 18:00 Uhr – 19:30 Uhr MESZ
In 2015, a group of LGBTQ+ activists held a funeral for London Pride. They claimed that the celebration had strayed so far from the event’s original intention that its spirit had died. So – is Pride Dead?
Established LGBTQ+ activist Nik Jovčić-Sas, talks about Pride in London and his family’s native city of Belgrade, and how his personal experiences lead him to create a totally unique Pride celebration in rural England. The talk will explore how Pride has failed certain groups within the queer and trans communities, and how it can be reinvigorated for generations to come.
Who is Nik?
Nik Jovčić-Sas is a British-Serb LGBTQ+ activist, writer, video maker and musician, living in the south west of England. Over the past five years Nik has been a representative for the queer community, giving talks and lectures at several top UK universities, writing for online media platforms and even appearing on the BBC. His work focuses on the intersections between traditional culture and the queer community; creating projects that attempt to reconcile these frequently opposing identities.
Starting out in the London student political scene, he was also one of the lead activists in the controversial campaign to remove the image of former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, from the front of King’s College London over his comments on equal marriage. For the past two years Nik has organised Midsomer Norton Pride – the first of it’s kind in Somerset, and one of the only rural LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations in the entire UK. The event has received acclaim for tackling homophobia in a deeply conservative part of the country, as well as its unique style and voice.