Walking:Holding – Rosana Cade

Walking:Holding is a project by Glasgow based artist Rosana Cade, which she is bringing to East London in April as part of the Spill Festival of Performance. Rosana is looking for participants.

“I started this project because as a gay woman I found that I was sometimes uncomfortable holding hands with my partner in public. I spoke to other gay people about this, and they said that they had all experienced the same feeling at least once in their lives. Some people said that they never felt comfortable enough to hold hands with their partners in public. This is something that makes me feel very sad, and something I wish to challenge.

I began a series of experiments in Glasgow where I walked holding hands with lots of different people in public, and I became interested in how different I felt with each person, and also the differences in the way other people on the street reacted towards me. I held hands with someone much older than me, with a pregnant woman, with a tall black man, with a goth, with a cross dresser, with an Indian woman and with my girlfriend.

It was a privilege to share this intimate action with all these different people, and hear their different relationships to hand holding and stories about their experiences in the city.

So I decided to create this ‘performance’ called ‘Walking:Holding’, where one audience member at time gets to go on a walk and hold hands with a range of different people. I did it first in Glasgow, and have since worked with people in Bristol and Ipswich to make it happen. So now, I’m looking for people to be a part of this walk in London.”

As a participant you would get to meet a new group of people and take part in a workshop exploring the themes within the project in order to prepare for the performance. During the performance you would be positioned at a certain point along the route, and walk holding hands with each audience member one at a time for about 5 minutes.

The performance will take place in London, starting from Toynbee Studios on Commercial Street on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April, if you’re available for both of those dates that’d be great, but if you could only do one that could still work.

You would need to be available for:

–         A short workshop led by Rosana on Thursday 4th or Friday 5th April

–         10am – 6pm on both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April

–         10am-12pm we will get together, before heading out on to the route local to Toynbee studios.

–         1-3pm and 4-6pm will be the walks themselves.

If you are interested, please email info@rainbowhamlets.org and we will pass your details on.

Why not download a low-resolution copy of the Spill Festival brochure (link opens in pdf format in a new window)


Public Meeting

11 July 2012 at 18:30

at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG

Help us set the priorities for the health and well-being of LGBT people in Tower Hamlets

We are pleased to welcome:
Louise Russell – Head of Service, Equalities and Strategic Planning from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and
Somen Banergee – NHS Director of Public Health.
to hear from us LGBT perspectives on their new strategy for health and wellbeing.
This covers an enormous range. Below we have listed some areas where we believe there  are strong LGBT cultural needs
We want to hear from you if you have any issues or experiences as an LGBT person whether or not you can attend the meeting. We intend to document our feedback.
Please also let us know if you can think of any other headings too! Reply to info@rainbowhamlets.org
Family/School related issues
  • Support for people coming out – sexual and trans identity, as young people, as adults, in BAME and in white communities
  • Support/protection for same-sex parents, and for parents of children who are grappling with LGBT identity issues
  • Child protection
  • Domestic abuse /forced marriage /honour crime

Bullying in all contexts

Housing related issues

Care related needs

  • For all ages in the home and in residential care accommodation
  • From short term reablement after illness and longterm care packages

Cancer care and support managing chronic conditions

Smoking /drugs /alcohol related issues*

Mental health related issues

Sexual health related issues*

  • STDs
  • Infection rates
  • Sex workers

Promoting healthy living and activities among LGBT people

Evidence Base

  • Does normal data collection address LGBT need?
  • What is the level of LGBT self-identification at present?

*Delivery managers for these areas have approached us separately and will also be present.

Directions to Oxford House

LGBT History Month Event

Saturday 18 February at 14:00

Tower Hamlets Local History Library

Turn your memories of queer life, space and place into poetry and create your own version of community history. No experience needed; all ages welcome.

Sophia Blackwell, poet and performer, leads a workshop for LGBT people.


Sophia, a regular on the UK poetry scene, has been holding crowds spellbound for over five years in bars, nightclubs and festival tents.  Here’s what they said about her debut collection “Into Temptation”

‘Her poems often carry the same sense of gleeful abandon as a child let loose with a dressing-up box. At the same time, there is a fierce, shaping intelligence at work here, and a quiet but persistent note of melancholy.’ –Alan Buckley, PBS (Poetry Book Society)

‘Some of Sophia Blackwell’s poems read like Nico should be singing them to John Cale’s viola, some as if Shakespeare’s slut sister taught him all he knew, while others are as new as the next dawn. Dirty, juicy, knowing and open – works for me.’ –Stella Duffy, novelist, actor, comedian and improviser

‘A classic work from a toughly modern poet. Full of such contradictions, Sophia Blackwell’s work is as sassy and sexy as the poet herself with a side order of innocent and dreamy. Worth a lot more than the cover price!’ –-Fyne Times Magazine.

 Tickets are free of charge, but places are limited and booking is essential. For more information and to book a place, email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk