Andro and Eve have been bringing people together to celebrate queer culture in Sheffield since spring 2016. They started relatively small, screening things like 90s cult classic But I'm a Cheerleader and a documentary on butch identities between the wood panels of Cafe #9 in Nether Edge. From there, they moved on to cabaret nights, drag king workshops, poetry readings, and brunch socials. An immediate success, Andro and Eve's events were clearly just the kind of thing the city's LGBTQ+ community and their friends were hungry for – friendly, positive, and above all lots of fun.
Ahead of their second birthday event in May, Katherine Warman and Rhiannon Scutt spoke to us about what inspired them to start showcasing diverse and exciting queer sights and sounds in Sheffield.
How would you describe your work?
The aim of Andro and Eve is to create feel-good events to celebrate queer culture and bring the community together in Sheffield. We programme excellent film, performance and music that explores queer stories, often focusing on voices that are otherwise marginalised, reflecting and celebrating the diversity that exists within the LGBTQIA community. Each of our events is unique – we pop up in a range of venues across the city, often transforming them with our handmade decorations so when the audience arrives they know they're part of something a little bit special. To date we've produced several themed film screenings, a film and poetry event to celebrate queer women of colour, Sheffield's first drag king cabaret (The Kingdom Come), and a party strand with queer cabaret to platform emerging talent (A Reyt Queer Do).
What inspires you?
We've been inspired by queer arts festivals such Scotts Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) in Glasgow and Queer Contact in Manchester, as well as trips to cities such as Berlin where you can be so immersed in queer culture. We're inspired by the work of artists like Bishi, Travis Alabanza, Kate Bornstein, DYLEMA (who performed at our Women and the Word event), Ani DiFranco, Perfume Genius, and the drag kings we work with such as Zayn Phallic, Benjamin Butch and Oedipussi, who use drag in such a creative and exciting way. In short, we want to see better representation of queer lives in arts and culture, and are passionate about making space for these artists to be seen and heard.