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ACT UP Dublin The ART of HIV

HIV and art go hand in hand. Times of great crisis tend to lead to some of the finest art creation. The HIV epidemic of the ’80s and early ’90s led to the death of many artists, such as Gia Carangi, Freddie Mercury and Keith Haring, to name but a few. Incredible art is currently being made regarding the epidemic of that time, like the film 120BPM and the TV series Pose.

It is so important we have a chance to tell these stories that were ignored and disregarded for far too long. However, it is pivotal to note that these movies and shows tell the story of that era and not the one we are currently living in.

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Welcome to our celebration of the LGBT+ artists and queer creatives making dynamic and compelling works. We highlight some of the stunning shows in the Dublin Fringe Festival including our very own collaboration with the festival - The North Is Next. Fringe stars Vickey Curtis, Seán Kennedy, Maia Nunes and Beth Hayden from Glitter HOLE all feature prominently. There’s a fabulous photospread of the ultimate queer art and music festival - Love Sensation and we take a deep dive into the world of queer dating sims. You’ll find essential interviews with queer drag artist extraordinaire - Avoca Reaction, multi-talented artist Dylan Meade and Dylan Coburn Gray, the writer of the diverse and inclusion new National Youth Theatre show - Ask Too Much Of Me. The community speaks, with the launch of Outcomers Drogheda, the manifesto for Black Pride Ireland and a HIV Positive activist with ACT UP Cork speaks about the need to share the U=U message. To all the artists, creatives, writers, performers, singers, illustrators and dreamers - this one’s for you.