A REYT QUEER EXTRAVAGANZA: OUR BIGGEST PARTY EVER!

Five people stand together smiling under a golden sign that days 'reyt queer'. They are all dressed to impress.

We showed Leadmill how to really throw a party this July with our biggest event ever – A Reyt Queer Extravaganza!

An evening packed with lewks, lipsyncing and crazy choreography, our artists and fantastic audience made it a night to remember.

Legendary MC Rikki Beadle-Blair kicked off proceedings in full bridal couture, and served powerful looks and even more powerful laughs throughout the night.

Rikki Beadle-Blair, a black man, stands at the front of the stage with his hands outstretched. He's wearing a classic long white wedding dress and veil
Host Rikki Beadle-Blair stunned in bridal couture

Sheffield’s very own House of Forgeous made their debut bringing style, vogue, attitude and queer joy to the catwalk.

Jaws were seen dropping as South Yorkshire legends Bi Polar, King Confuza, Ivy Alexander, Ditzy O Darlin, Northern powerhouses Val Qaeda, Kaan Ghetto, incredible singer/rapper Meduulla and the unstoppable House of Noir and House of Blaque – stunned with impressive looks, walks and tracks in categories from Turn a Lewk to Queer Kink to Lipsync.

Yvn Noir kept it cool

Overseeing the evening was our judges – Stuart, Claud Cunningham and Heather Paterson who gave 10s across the board to our performers.

Stuart – one of our judges

Tasty vegan cake, merch and a slightly more chilled vibe was found in room 2. There, our audience could take a breather, have a chinwag, meet our fantastic volunteers and try to stop themselves buying all of our badges!

And the whole crowd looked incredible of course – were we ever in any doubt?

We’re so grateful to all of you who came down and made A Reyt Queer Extravaganza our biggest party ever. Getting together in a huge party, seeing the support for the artists and being in a room full of love and joy made the night truly magical!

Party goers enjoyed a dance

And a huge shoutout to our fantastic volunteers (who really are the glue that holds everything together), our incredible audience and to our partners Arts Council England and The Civic, Barnsley – your support made this event possible!

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Fresh Air Zine is Here!

An A5 zine with a cream cover sits on a lilac surface. The cover is covered in a flowing line drawing with blue, lime and yellow fill that seems to depict two abstract figures, flowers and other shapes.Overlaid are the words Fresh Air handdrawn in bold capital letters with blue outline.

Take a breath of… FRESH AIR! We are delighted to launch our new zine, in collaboration with the Society of Explorers!

The Society of Explorers are an art collective of 14-18 year olds based at Site Gallery in Sheffield. We delivered our Gender Awareness Training to the Explorers, to share knowledge on how to celebrate and support people of all genders.

A detail of a double page spread in an A5 zine shows a colourful cartoon titled ‘Kiwi’s gender journey’ in a cute and detailed style
Young People from Site Gallery’s Society of Explorer’s created beautiful content for Fresh Air Zine

The full colour zine is full of the young people’s creative responses and includes poems, cartoons, drawings and recipes that aim to raise awareness of issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate queer identity and culture.

Inside you’ll also find gorgeous artwork by artist Luci Pina, who has designed this unique zine. This collection of creative work by the young people will leave you full of queer joy and feeling inspired to make a change.

Artwork by Luci Pina, who was chosen by us and the young people to design Fresh Air zine

Fresh Air zine is offered for FREE because we believe that we should all have access to culture and community.

However, if you are able, we would encourage you to add a donation at checkout. 50% of those donations will be donated to SAYiT Sheffield, who provide support and opportunities for LGBTQ+ young people. The remainder helps support our mission to support LGBTQ+ artists and celebrate queer culture.

Order your copy of Fresh Air zine via our online shop now! 

Our thanks in producing this zine go to Peter and Alfie from Site Gallery. A huge thank you to Luci Pina for her creative vision and hard work, and to all the young people from Society of Explorers who contributed their work.

If you have a group of young people you’d like us to work creatively with, or would like some Gender Awareness Training for your organisation, please feel free to get in touch!

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