How has AIDS been experienced, represented, and remembered? In July 2018, the RCN Library and Archive is part of a London-wide festival exploring some of the histories and cultures of AIDS from the 1980s to the present day. The Festival includes workshops, film screenings, walks, talks, and performance across London throughout July and is open to all. Many events are free to attend.
Here are just a few of the festival events:
London Talks - Gay men and AIDS in the 1980s Professor Matt Cook explores the relationship between the capital, queer life and the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Matt looks at ways in which perceptions and experiences of the city changed in this period – and most especially for gay men.
Fitzrovia Chapel Concerts - including the debut of Joseph Sonnabend, featuring music written at the height of the battle against AIDS in NYC, and works by Aaron Copland, John Cage, Richard Rodney Bennett, Casandra Miller, Ethel Smyth, Matthew Lee Knowles, Francis Poulenc, Amoret Abis and Luke Stoneham. World premières of works by Morgan Hayes, Joseph Sonnabend and Andrew Toovey. Additional vocal music by Joseph Sonnabend, performed by Emma Tring ( Soprano) and Jessica Gillingwater (Mezzo Soprano) and pianist Neil Georgeson.
Nothing For Us Without Us: I Am ICW - Royal College of Nursing. Hear from founders and members of ICW (International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS) about their experiences, past and present, of healthcare, advocacy and activism.
AIDS Histories and Cultures in the Archive - London Metropolitan Archives: An exploration of important archive material relating to London’s response to the AIDS pandemic, including document viewing and discussions on how history is recorded and viewed by future generations.
HIVe Memories: walking and talking HIV/AIDS Pasts Presents & Futures - A history tour bringing together a timeline of HIV/AIDS in London and the UK with the personal experience of fellow participants, through sites, stories, memories and memorabilia. It will speak to the past, present and future of HIV/AIDS, and place young queer artists, activists and performers in dialogue with the works and ideas of HIV/AIDS activist elders.
Bridges: Trouble at the Glory - The Glory, 281 Kingsland Road. Join us for a celebration of the AIDS Histories & Cultures Festival, and a big anarchic, draggy, pop, dance party!
BFI Mediatheque: AIDS on Screen - This special selection of film and TV from the BFI National Archive surveys responses to the AIDS crisis in Britain in documentary and current affairs, drama and artists’ film – plus the government’s infamous ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ campaign.
The festival is convened by the Raphael Samuel History Centre, with many events curated by Ash Kotak at Aesthesia.
View the festival website here.
Follow the #AIDSFestival2018 tag for more throughout the month.