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Why you should head to Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest this week

Kate Lloyd

Annual queer film and arts festival Fringe! hits venues across east London this week. The not-for-profit event runs November 24-29 and features films, experimental art, workshops, interactive walks and wild parties.

The festival has been running for five years, with more than 5,000 people attending last year. Its aim is to 'offer a dynamic, representative and unmistakably fresh alternative to other film and arts festivals' in response to cuts to the arts that organisers describe as 'carnage'.

Here are some picks from this year's festival that we're pretty damn excited about (you'll find a whole load more on the Fringe! site):

1. Queer beauty salon with Nail Transphobia and Barberette, Rose Lipman Building, Sun, free

Trans activist Charlie Craggs joins gender-neutral hairdresser Barberette for beauty salon fun. 

2. The lady's not for walking like an Egyptian, Hackney Attic, Thu, £8

Hackney Attic plays host to this '80s-fest of a show mixing Thatcher's speeches with every Top 10 hit from the decade. 

3. Dyke Hard + Q&A, Rose Lipman Building, Sun, £10

A Swedish feminist DIY road movie musical featuring ninjas, cyborgs, dykes on bikes, ghouls, evil villains and lesbian stereotypes. 

4. Panel discussion: Taking up gay spaces, The Glory, Sat, free

Dalston Superstore owner Dan Beaumont, queer female club night curator Stav B and UCL academic and architectural historian Ben Campkin discuss the state of gay clubbing in 2015. 

5. DJ workshop for women, The Glory, Sat, free

A safe space for women who are novice DJs to learn new skills.

Can't make it? Check out our 50 best LGBT films

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