"DO I HAVE SOMETHING ON MY BACK?"
Introducing: The Hanging Gardens of Bab
Having launched on Monday and continuing until July 17, the Healing Gardens of Bab is a celebration of queer artists, queer culture and queer history, courtesy of Fierce and the 2022 Festival. Taking inspiration from Babylon’s hanging gardens, the project is both epic and, at times, odd, creating a brand new healing gardens right in the heart of the city. It'll include large scale spectacles and outdoorsy artworks, pop-up performances, drag, pageantry and creative club nights. The nightmare-fuel pictured comes from In Muva We Trust, by the Australian art collective, Club Até. From today Chamberlain Square will be transformed by Até with colossal projected artwork inspired by Filipino folklore. Expect a large-scale installation that'll immerse you in the mythical Skyworld – a place that might remind us that as we move, journey and arrive in this world, we remain connected to our origins, ever-evolving and, just sometimes, giving piggybacks to giant water bears. In Muva We Trust (on until July 9) provides an opportunity for hopeful reflection at a moment in time where, collectively, we feel vulnerable and overwhelmed by both our recent compulsory social disconnect and the deepening climate crisis. It's just one of many events that are far too numerous and detailed to list here, but are listed right here.
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