Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba 2010

Bengaluru Pride has started ! There are many diverse events – panel discussions, poetry, stories, art, photos, theatre, films, books, a mela and of course, the Pride March. We invite all of you and your friends to come and participate.

Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba 2010 – Nov 18 to 28
(http://www.bangalorepride.com)

Bengaluru Pride has started ! There are many diverse events – panel discussions, poetry, stories, art, photos, theatre, films, books, a mela and of course, the Pride March. We invite all of you and your friends to come and participate. Some of the events are already over and some pictures are on our website. One of these was the first meeting of family and friends of LGBT people in Bangalore, which was a huge success. For more information on each event, and documentation of events as they happen, please look at our website.

The website – http://www.bangalorepride.com – has details of all events, pictures of past events, links to other Prides in India, media coverage, artwork produced for Pride etc. We also invite you to blog on the website about your impressions of each event. We have a twitter account too (www.twitter.com/blrpride). For further details, please contact bengalurupride2010@gmail.com or nirujmohanr@gmail.com

Nov 18 – Nov 27 evenings Swabhava LGBT-themes film screenings (website has the schedule)
Nov 18, Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm ISI Hall Love Across Boundaries – a panel discussion
Nov 20, Saturday 3 pm – 5 pm Cubbon Park Bandstand Park Bench Stories
Nov 20, Saturday 6 pm – 7 pm Gandhi Statue, M.G. Road Transgender Day or Remembrance (candle-light vigil)
Nov 21, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm Samsa Auditorum Diversity Mela (with stalls and performances)
Nov 22, Monday 10 am – 8 pm 1 Shanthi Road Body Politic(s) : Body Image and Gender, an art exhibit (22nd-24th)
Nov 22, Monday 7 pm – 8 pm 1 Shanthi Road Concert by the Bicycle Days, a Bangalore-based band
Nov 23, Tuesday 6 pm – 8 pm 1 Shanthi Road Drama Baazi (multi-lingual plays)
Nov 24, Wednesday 6 pm – 8 pm SCM House Airing our Shorts – amateur film screening (and Famila Awards)
Nov 25, Thursday 6 pm – 8 pm Jaaga Queer Words (poetry readings)
Nov 25, Thursday 9 pm – Check the website Lavender Nights party (benefit party, for women)
Nov 26, Friday 3 pm – 6 pm ISI Hall LGBT experiences in Karnataka
Nov 27, Saturday 3 pm – 4 pm Vishranthi Nilayam Book readings (‘Pink Sheep’ and ‘God Loves Hair’
Nov 27, Saturday 4 pm – 7 pm Vishranthi Nilayam Reflections and post-377 Priorities – a panel discussion
Nov 27, Saturday 9 pm – Check the website Party Square party (benefit party)
Nov 28, Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm Tulsi Park to Town Hall Bengaluru Pride March
Nov 28, Sunday 9 pm – Check the website Pink Nation party (benefit party)

EVENT : Film Screenings
WHEN : Nov 18 – 27
WHERE : Swabhava – 4th floor, M.S. Plaza, No. 1 13th ‘A’ Cross, 4th Main, Sampangiramnagar
WHAT : Different LGBT themed films.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=1639

EVENT : Love Across Boundaries
WHEN : Nov 18, Thu; 3 pm – 6 pm
WHERE : ISI Hall, Indian Social Institute, 24 Benson Road
WHAT : A panel discussion with LGBT and other activist groups about love across boundaries of gender, sexuality, class, caste, religion etc and how the right to such love is pitted against what is seemingly ‘natural’.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=679

EVENT : Park Bench Stories
WHEN : Nov 20, Sat; 3 pm – 5 pm
WHERE : Cubbon Park Bandstand
WHAT : An open forum to tell your love stories on a Park Bench on a sunny afternoon. Organised by Maraa.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=730

EVENT : Transgender Day of Remembrance
WHEN : Nov 20, Sat; 6 pm – 7 pm
WHERE : Gandhi Statue, beginning of M.G Road
WHAT : A candle light vigil at the Gandhi Statue to remember our Trangender friends whom we have lost in the past years.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=1043

EVENT : Diversity Fair/Pride Mela
WHEN : Nov 21, Sun; 11 am – 4 pm
WHERE : Samsa Open Air Auditorium , next to Ravindra Kalakshetra
WHAT : A festival space with stall, an open mic, fun and games.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=736

EVENT : Body Politic(s) : exhibition
WHEN : Nov 22-24; All day
WHERE : 1 Shanthi Road, Shantinagar
WHAT : A three-day long exhibition of visual art from the community and other artists on body image, gender perceptions and sexuality, at 1 Shanthi Road (http://1shanthiroad.com/).
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=715

EVENT : Body Politic(s) : concert by Bicycle Days
WHEN : Nov 22, Mon; 7 pm
WHERE : 1 Shanthi Road, Shantinagar
WHAT : A concert by Bicycle Days (http://www.myspace.com/thebicycledays), a Bangalore-based band.

EVENT : Drama Baazi
WHEN : Nov 23, Tue; 6 pm – 8 pm
WHERE : 1 Shanthi Road, Shantinagar
WHAT : Short multilingual plays on gender and sexuality.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=746

EVENT : Airing Our Shorts; Famila Awards
WHEN : Nov 24, Wed; 6 pm – 8 pm
WHERE : SCM House, 29, 2nd Cross, CSI Compound, Mission Road
WHAT : Screening of four short amateur films on gender and sexuality made by LGBT people in Bengaluru. Each of the teams will be presented with the Famila Awards.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=543

EVENT : Queer Word
WHEN : Nov 25, Thu; 6 pm – 8 pm
WHERE : Jaaga, 16/1, Rhenius Street, Off Richmond Road, Opposite Hockey Stadium, Shanthinagar
WHAT : Where you read out your poems.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=1255

EVENT : Benefit Party (Lavender Nights)
WHEN : Nov 25, Thu; 8 pm – 1 am
WHERE : To be announced, look at the website for more details
WHAT : A women-only party

EVENT : LGBT experiences in Karnataka
WHEN : Nov 26, Fri; 3 pm – 6 pm
WHERE : ISI Hall, Indian Social Institute, 24 Benson Road
WHAT : More than ten LGBT activists from across Karnataka will be here to discuss their activities and issues faced by them.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=1259

EVENT : Book Readings
WHEN : Nov 27, Sat; 3 pm – 4.00 pm
WHERE : Vishranthi Nilayam, CSI Women’s House, Vishranthi Nilayam, 18 Infantry Road
WHAT : Preview and reading of ‘Pink Sheep’ by Mahesh Natarajan, followed by a reading of ‘God Loves Hair’ by Vivek Shraya
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=1267

EVENT : Reflections and post-377 Priorities
WHEN : Nov 27, Sat; 4 pm – 7 pm
WHERE : Vishranthi Nilayam, CSI Women’s House, Vishranthi Nilayam, 18 Infantry Road
WHAT : A panel discussion on what we have achieved so far as a community, and what our priorities and issues are, in the coming years.
INFO : http://www.bangalorepride.com/?page_id=741

EVENT : Benefit Party (Party Square)
WHEN : Nov 27, Sat; 9 pm –
WHERE : To be announced, check the website for more info

EVENT : Pride March
WHEN : Nov 28, Sun 2 pm – 6 pm
WHERE : Tulsi Park to Anand Rao Circle to Freedom Park to Corporation Circle to Town Hall
WHAT : March with us !


Support Bengaluru Pride 2010 !
Visit us at http://www.bangalorepride.com and help fund us !

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