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Superbia's day with(out) art

Superbia's day with(out) art


Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, it was created to unite people and organisations in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

The Superbia team at Manchester Pride has curated a full weekend programme of diverse and inclusive events in Greater Manchester. The team will join with organisations all over the world to use art to draw attention to, memorialise and call for action on World AIDS Day as it is estimated that over 8,000 international events will be taking place on Sunday 1st December.

In 2017, the first Day With(out) Art in Manchester was initiated in the city with poetry readings from Gerry Potter and disco nights hosted by Drunk At Vogue. 

‘To Whom it May Concern’ by Jordan Roberts 

SUNDAY 17TH NOVEMBER (from 1pm at Partisan, 19 Cheetham Hill Road)

Jordan Roberts is a young gay artist living with HIV. Jordan is looking for participants to take part in an exciting new art project focusing on the lives of people in Greater Manchester who are living with HIV.

The project involves having a portrait taken and a letter writing exercise. The work will be exhibited publicly but can be anonymised. There is also an option for participants to read their letters at a launch event on 30th November. 

The workshop for participants will be facilitated by award-winning playwright Nathaniel Hall. Nathaniel’s critically acclaimed play ‘First Time’ has been helping to change the public conversation around life with HIV.

Superbia is actively seeking women, trans and non-binary people, and people of colour to take part in this project to show the diversity of people living with HIV in our city. 

Please contact Jordan Roberts on or 07444 183891

SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER (5pm–11pm, Cotton Club, Oldham St)

With the vision of raising awareness and conversation around HIV and AIDS, Jordan is curating a whole afternoon and evening of events in a single location. Guests to this spectacular event can expect: an exhibition of portraits taken by Jordan, a collection of letters written by people living with HIV and performed live, video art, a live talk from Jordan himself, a diverse panel event of people living in Manchester with HIV, a flash-mob performance and local charity stalls who support people with HIV. 

Guests can then dance the night away with a star-studded performance from Drag SOS saviour Cheddar Gorgeous and Anna Phylactic AND a live DJ set from Manchester’s very own RebeccaNeverBecky.

The event is free and no booking is required.


On the Sunday, Manchester’s most exciting new venue CULTUREPLEX, on Ducie St, will host two one off events.


16:00, Sun 1 Dec 2019 at CULTUREPLEX

Free, Booking Essential

STILL BEGINNING will be a screening of seven newly commissioned videos from Visual AIDS in New York that respond  to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. With work by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.

The films cover subjects from anti-stigma work to public sex culture, highlighting pioneering activism and staging intergenerational conversations. The films aim to resist narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of contemporary HIV/AIDS while revisiting resonant cultural histories.

The evening will be introduced by Greg Thorpe of Superbia with time for conversation and reflection afterwards.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilises art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

In 1989, Visual AIDS organised the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. Over 100 institutions worldwide will screen STILL BEGINNING.

Tickets are available here 


18:30, Sun 1 Dec 2019 at CULTUREPLEX

Free, Booking Essential

To mark World AIDS Day 2019, a collection of special guests will read aloud selections from diverse writing on HIV and AIDS. Bringing together memoir, poetry, educational literature, personal reflection, fiction, journalism and more, this will be a way to share, remember and inspire through the written and the spoken word.

The evening will be hosted by Greg Thorpe of Superbia, with time for conversation and reflection afterwards.

Tickets are available here 

Superbia supports, curates, funds and celebrates LGBT+ life across Greater Manchester all year round, to encourage engagement and well-being, and to reflect and culturally enhance LGBT+ life.

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