Singapore’s annual queer arts festival IndigNation is back for another pass, kicking things off with the IndigNation Queer Film Festival at, where else, The Projector. Fans of all things fabulous will not want to miss the festival’s opening night, which brings together some of our favorite things: Madonna, film, drag and dance parties.
The festival opening will feature a gala night and the film Strike A Pose, a documentary that follows male dancers on Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour as they overcome humiliation and bigotry to put on a wonderful show. Naturally, the film will get you in the mood for some dancing, and that’s where this freshly announced pop-up dance party comes in.
Celebrating the genre long associated with racial and sexual minorities, “Happy Happy Disco Function” at Club Distric7 just downstairs at Golden Mile will be playing disco music all night long. Their colorfully written events page appears to promise lots of drag, out-there costumes, retro dance moves, an abundance of campy fun and great tunes by DJ Bobby Luo. It’s free to get in, and there are drink deals on beer, whisky, vodka and Champagne.
It hasn’t been a particularly great year for LGBT tolerance in Singapore (that thing about foreign corporate sponsors, the axed kiss in Les Mis, social media death treats, etc.) but just two months after the biggest Pink Dot ever, with an estimated 28,000 attendees, followed soon after by a visit of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the growing fame of Becca d’Bus’s drag revue, it appears LGBT visibility in Singapore is on its way up.
For more on the IndigNation Queer Film Festival line-up, click here.