The Coming Back Out Ball invites LGBTI Elders to join Social Dance Club

The Coming Back Out Ball invites LGBTI Elders to join Social Dance Club

A year-long cultural engagement programme created for the LGBTI+ elder community in Scotland has launched which will culminate in a spectacular final event in Glasgow 2020!

The National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to be partnering with international participatory superstars, All the Queens Men, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation, Luminate, and Eden Court Theatre Inverness, to launch a year-long cultural engagement programme created for the LGBTI+ elder community in Scotland. The project is being produced in association with Glasgow City Council.

The Coming Back Out Ball has been pioneered in Australia by arts company All The Queens Men. Lewis Hetherington will collaborate with creative leads from the company on the project in Scotland to create a series of social events for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex individuals and groups to take part in, offering a chance to meet new folk and celebrate community.

The first engagement events will be The LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Clubs, which will take place in Glasgow and Inverness in May 2019. The Dance Clubs will be fabulous, free events for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex elders and allies to get a taste of plans for the final The Coming Back Out Ball. These events will also provide a space for people to share stories, memories, hopes and passions, and of course, dance moves. No prior dance experience is required, just curiosity. The events will take place monthly until Spring 2020.

The Glasgow Dance Club events will be led by creative practitioners Emma Jayne Park, Fraser McLeod, and Chris Wilson, while the Inverness clubs will be led by Amy Watt and Lou Brodie.

Full details of the final social spectacular, the actual The Coming Back Out Ball will be announced next year. Taking place in Glasgow, it promises to be a night of cultural significance in which the broader community can sit alongside LGBTI elders to eat, drink, dance, reminisce and dream together into the future.
Two editions have been presented in Melbourne, Australia in 2017 and 2018. Australian and international editions are confirmed for 2019, 2020 and 2021. This is the first time that this radical community project has been delivered outside of Australia.

Established by Australian artists Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, All The Queens Men champions social equality celebrating diverse communities through creative actions, contemporary arts and socially engaged frameworks. They create spectacular theatrical and participatory art experiences and their work is presented globally at arts festivals and cultural contexts.

In the UK elders have lived through times when being LGBTI could result in imprisonment, loss of employment and rejection by family or friends. For many, impending old age has meant some are going back into the closet, for fear of being deprived of companionship and quality care when they need it most.

The LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club
The LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club is a fabulous, free event for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex elders and allies, offering a chance to meet new people and celebrate community alongside refreshments, music, conversations and dancing.

Location: The Tron Bar, Glasgow
Date and time: 19 May 2019 from 2 to 4 pm

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

LGTBI elders and groups can book in for these sessions, or register their interest in taking part in The Coming Back Out Ball social events in the following ways:

Online: nationaltheatrescotland.com/cbob
Email: thecomingbackoutball@nationaltheatrescotland.com
Phone: 0141 227 9013

Advance booking is not required. Interested parties are free to turn up at the session.

More social events will run throughout 2019, in locations to be announced.

Join the conversation: #comingbackoutball

Last Updated: 21 March 2019 16:29

Latest Local News

Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur nurtures growth at Dobbies Garden Centres

Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur nurtures growth at Dobbies Garden Centres

Scotland’s leading Scotch malt whisky cream liqueur, Magnum, has its sights set on further growth after announcing a new listing with Dobbies Garden Centres.
Last Updated: 16th August 2019
The SAY Award announced the highly anticipated 2019 shortlist

The SAY Award announced the highly anticipated 2019 shortlist

The Shortlist for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award has been officially revealed ahead of next month’s final award ceremony at the Assembly Rooms.
Last Updated: 16th August 2019
Crowds feel the heat as Fire Engine Rally returns to Johnstone

Crowds feel the heat as Fire Engine Rally returns to Johnstone

Thousands of people turned out in Johnstone on Saturday to see fire engines, past and present, showcased in the town centre!
Last Updated: 13th August 2019
The SAY Award 72 hour public vote for 2019 is now open

The SAY Award 72 hour public vote for 2019 is now open

Have your SAY and win tickets to this year’s ceremony! The SAY Award 72-hour public vote for 2019 is now open and closes at midnight on 14 August.
Last Updated: 12th August 2019
Fun, Families and Fore!

Fun, Families and Fore!

Children get in free to cheer for team Europe and USA at The 2019 Solheim Cup!
Last Updated: 10th August 2019
Renfrewshire history fans get the chance to go underground at Doors Open Days

Renfrewshire history fans get the chance to go underground at Doors Open Days

Intrepid members of the public are being given the chance to experience a piece of medieval archaeology up close in celebration of Renfrewshire's history and heritage.
Last Updated: 8th August 2019
The greatest female golfers in the world are heading to Scotland!

The greatest female golfers in the world are heading to Scotland!

The Women's Football World Cup proved to be the highlight in a summer of sport, now it's the turn of female golfers to step into the spotlight as the biggest show in women's golf arrives in Scotland!
Last Updated: 7th August 2019
Ambitious Renfrewshire pupils gain an A rating in exam results

Ambitious Renfrewshire pupils gain an A rating in exam results

Pupils from Paisley Grammar and Johnstone High schools are celebrating after receiving As in their exam results.
Last Updated: 6th August 2019
Take a closer look at hidden treasures across Renfrewshire at Doors Open Days 2019

Take a closer look at hidden treasures across Renfrewshire at Doors Open Days 2019

From medieval underground structures and buildings steeped in history, to allotments, fire stations and music schools, there will be plenty to celebrate about Renfrewshire at Doors Open Days 2019.
Last Updated: 1st August 2019
Campaign launched to encourage Renfrewshire residents to Spend Local

Campaign launched to encourage Renfrewshire residents to Spend Local

Renfrewshire residents and workers are being encouraged to do their bit to boost the area’s economy – by spending local.
Last Updated: 30th July 2019
Discover the subterranean secrets of Culzean Castle

Discover the subterranean secrets of Culzean Castle

National Trust for Scotland are offering a unique opportunity for the public to don hard hats and explore Culzean Castle’s subterranean secrets!
Last Updated: 26th July 2019
Johnstone set to heat up as the Fire Engine Rally returns to the town

Johnstone set to heat up as the Fire Engine Rally returns to the town

Johnstone Fire Engine Rally is set to attract huge crowds to the town centre when it returns on Saturday 10th August!
Last Updated: 26th July 2019
Free parking in Paisley town centre pilot set to get underway

Free parking in Paisley town centre pilot set to get underway

Visitors to Paisley will soon be able to take advantage of three hours free parking in the town centre from Monday 29th July.
Last Updated: 23rd July 2019
Centuries old mystery of Paisley Abbey medieval tunnel is revealed

Centuries old mystery of Paisley Abbey medieval tunnel is revealed

We already knew Scotland's finest and best-preserved medieval tunnel lies buried beneath Paisley town centre, but the centuries-old mystery of where it ended had never been solved... until now.
Last Updated: 19th July 2019
10 reasons to visit Resonate this weekend

10 reasons to visit Resonate this weekend

Resonate Total Gaming, the ultimate gaming experience, returns to Glasgow for a second year this weekend and turns the SEC into the nation's biggest gaming platform.
Last Updated: 18th July 2019
Paisley Halloween Festival receives funding BOOst from EventScotland!

Paisley Halloween Festival receives funding BOOst from EventScotland!

A unique event which will transform Paisley into a top-class outdoor theatre has received a share of £147,576 funding from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland's Events Directorate!
Last Updated: 16th July 2019
Spot Red Squirrels at Brodick Castle

Spot Red Squirrels at Brodick Castle

With acres of thick woodlands, luscious gardens and island charm aplenty, the National Trust for Scotland's Brodick Castle on Arran is the perfect backdrop for a nature-loving day out!
Last Updated: 15th July 2019
GIE IT CAPALDI!

GIE IT CAPALDI!

150,000 music fans attend unforgettable sold-out weekend of live music as TRNSMT 2019 closes in spectacular style!
Last Updated: 15th July 2019
New Foraging Festival encourages people to explore Scotland

New Foraging Festival encourages people to explore Scotland

Foraging Fortnight, a brand-new festival taking place across five diverse regions of Scotland this autumn, has been announced.
Last Updated: 11th July 2019
Current affairs are a major inspiration behind a new piece of political theatre by Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble 2019

Current affairs are a major inspiration behind a new piece of political theatre by Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble 2019

How tech giants use our online activity is the subject of a new ground breaking theatre production touring Scotland this July!
Last Updated: 9th July 2019
Thousands enjoy parades, pyrotechnics and performances as Sma Shot Day takes over Paisley town centre

Thousands enjoy parades, pyrotechnics and performances as Sma Shot Day takes over Paisley town centre

A crowd of thousands enjoyed an all-day family spectacular of parades, performances and pyrotechnics as one of the world's oldest workers' festivals took over Paisley town centre!
Last Updated: 6th July 2019
Spend a family day out at Brodick Castle this summer

Spend a family day out at Brodick Castle this summer

One of Scotland's most historical estates and tourist attractions, Brodick Castle on Arran, has re-opened with an exciting revamp, making it the perfect spot for families to visit over the summer.
Last Updated: 6th July 2019
Sma Shot Day to take over Paisley at weekend as event returns to roots in new site

Sma Shot Day to take over Paisley at weekend as event returns to roots in new site

One of the world’s oldest workers festivals returns to its roots on Saturday when Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations sees a day-long family extravaganza in an all-new event site.
Last Updated: 4th July 2019
Scotland Kicks off Summer of Female Sport

Scotland Kicks off Summer of Female Sport

Scotland is one of the world’s leading event destinations and this summer it will reaffirm its position as it shines a spotlight on women’s sport.
Last Updated: 4th July 2019
Businesses across Paisley woven into fabric of 2019 Sma Shot Day spectacular

Businesses across Paisley woven into fabric of 2019 Sma Shot Day spectacular

It’s an annual celebration which harks back to the time weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.
Last Updated: 2nd July 2019
Gala Day fun in the sun at Barshaw

Gala Day fun in the sun at Barshaw

More than 8,000 people from all over Renfrewshire made it along to Barshaw Park on Saturday for Barshaw Gala Day!
Last Updated: 25th June 2019
M&Ds Express returns for the summer!

M&Ds Express returns for the summer!

First Glasgow's X7 Express service to M&D's Scotland's Theme Park is returning to Glasgow City Centre this summer!
Last Updated: 21st June 2019
October dates unveiled for The Scottish Wedding Show

October dates unveiled for The Scottish Wedding Show

Save the date as Scotland's largest wedding showcase is returning to the SEC, Glasgow this autumn on 12-13 October!
Last Updated: 21st June 2019
Renfrewshire gets ready for Barshaw fun

Renfrewshire gets ready for Barshaw fun

People from all over Renfrewshire will be heading to one of Paisley’s prettiest parks this weekend for a gala day for all the family.
Last Updated: 19th June 2019
Explore the beautiful bounty on your doorstep this National Picnic Week

Explore the beautiful bounty on your doorstep this National Picnic Week

Whether you're looking for a dreamy setting to enjoy an al fresco supper for two or a wild spot to work up the family’s appetite, Scotland has all the ingredients for a successful picnic!
Last Updated: 19th June 2019

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run
Time to look out your running shoes and get in training for the 2019 Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run when it returns on Sunday 18th August!
Brookfield Gala Day
Bring the family along to Brookfield Village Park for the annual Gala Day on Saturday 17th August!
Film & Comic Con Glasgow
The Film & Comic Con Glasgow returns to intu Braehead Arena on the weekend of the 17th & 18th of August!
Clydeside Cruisers Car Rally
Don't miss the annual Clydeside Cruisers Car Rally being held at Lochbar Services, Lochwinnoch on Sunday 18th August!
Walk About A Bit
Join Renfrewshire Leisure and the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Rangers for their annual walking event, Walk About A Bit!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »