Rainbow Riots India

Pride House, Fri 2 Aug 12:00 PM–12:45 PM

Rainbow Riots India

India's first openly queer artists in conversation with Swedish artist and activist Petter Wallenberg

After over 150 years of criminalization, all Indians are now free to love, since the British colonial law against same-sex relationships was abolished in India nearly a year ago. It is a time of liberation for the country's LGBTQ people, and at the centre of it all is Swedish artist and activist Petter Wallenberg, founder of the international LGBTQ organization Rainbow Riots. Since two years back he has been in Bombay creating the new album "Rainbow Riots India" in collaboration with India's first openly queer singers and dancers. The project has gained lots of attention in India where the media hailed the first single "Love is Love" as India's first Pride anthem. During Stockholm Pride this year, Wallenberg and his Indian partners perform the music material LIVE, and this will be the first time Indian artists have ever performed on an international Pride scene.

Before this you have the chance to meet the group in an intimate conversation here. In the conversation, members of Dancing Queens, India's first transgender dance group, who are part of the ancient Indian trans-community considered to have divine powers and Tropical Marca, India's first queer rapper who is also a drag queen. The group will talk about the work with Rainbow Riots India but also about life as LGBTQ people in the world's most populous country where same-sex love has just become legal.

"When I came to India two years ago, it was still illegal to be gay. Since then, a revolution has started. Come and meet the pioneers of India’s rainbow revolution” says Petter Wallenberg.

Date/time: Fri 2 Aug 12:00 PM–12:45 PM
Language: English
Type/category: Debate/panel discussion
Organizer: Rainbow Riots
Location: Pride House (C8)
Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98
Metro station/bus stop: Skanstull
Read more: rainbowriots.com