Upcoming events

DDN’s Open Call for Artists, Poets, Musicians & Performers

Winter-Spring 2022

Exciting news, the devil’s dykes are making a come back!! 😈✨ 

We are coming back for Devil’s Dyke Night #10 and are hoping to plan more in the future. As always, we hope to put together a truly magical lineup so we’re looking for visual artists, performers, poets, musicians and creatives who can share their talents, tell their stories, and spread political energies in a supportive and nourishing queer, feminist environment. We’ve had many first time performers and always aim to create a welcoming space – so don’t be put off if you haven’t done something like this before! In our work, we centre women, queer, trans & intersex people.

Drop us an email at devilsdykenetwork@gmail.com telling us a bit about what you do, who you are and send us 3 examples of your work (but it’s ok if you have less), we can’t wait to see what you’ve been making!! 💕

 

Past events

Devil’s Dyke Night Part #10

Lighthouse, Brighton
Saturday 26 March 2022, doors at 19:00
FREE ENTRY (but very limited capacity)

We are feeling blue!!! Because we haven’t seen you in so long, because the sea is turning colours. Come share this brighter night with us on 26 March, we’ve been missing each other since October 2019!

This is our long-awaited comeback for Devil’s Dyke Night – a free night of queer feminist art, poetry and performance. 

Featuring
Charlotte Graham-Spouge (visual art)
Bessi (music)
Chiara Brokaw (words + music)
Elana Crowley (words)
Reanna aka One Inky Queer (words)
Heni Tinker (words)
Michelle Nathan (words)

Covid Safety
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We strongly encourage everyone to take a lateral flow test (LFT) on the day of the event, and only come in if the test shows negative and you don’t experience any COVID symptoms;
❇️ We kindly ask everyone to wear a mask when entering and moving through space (unless exempt) until settled and sitting down;
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Venue will operate at a limited capacity of 45 audience members;
❇️ If you have health issues and the “first come first served” policy on the night prevents you from being able to engage with our event, please email DevilsDykeNetwork@gmail.com and we will save you a spot.

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There will be a special seating area at the back of the room, by the open windows, where everyone is encouraged to wear a mask. The number of seats is limited due to space. 

Accessibility
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The venue is wheelchair accessible.
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Lighthouse is a spacious venue with two floors: the ground level and the lower level. The ground level is accessed at street level, with no ramp required. 
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Their gender-neutral accessible toilet is on the lower level, which you can get to via a lift. Lighthouse staff can assist with the lift.
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There will be a bar selling alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks.
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For detailed information about access to the Lighthouse building see here: http://devilsdykenetwork.org/events/accessibility/

Pleasure Garden No.3: “griefing, poetry: pandemic”

When: Saturday, 12 March 2022
4 pm – 5.30 pm (GMT)

Where: online on Zoom

Tickets: FREE, booking is essential.

About: grief is a hole and a tunnel. is a collapse and a question. is a ruin where there is love. is a normal and human reaction. is fatigue. is generally untended and demonised. is rushed. is not trusted. what does it look like to open a bit more to the exhaustion, the too-much, the depletion of our current experience?

working from the assumption that grief lives in the body and so we are using poetry and free writing to go get those pieces of grief within us.

This event is for you, if you would like to:
🌀 join a shared communal space where we are free to acknowledge the issues we had to bottle up inside to get through the first two years of the pandemic;
🌀 do some writing “from the body”;
🌀 try on different approaches to grief and see how it connects us.

ACCESSIBILITY:
❇️ The event lasts 1hr 30 min and will have a comfort break halfway.
❇️ The event will happen on Zoom. Zoom requires you to create and log in to a registered account which you can create for free here.
❇️ If you are able to, we recommend joining us from a comfortable environment where you can feel relaxed and focused.
❇️ Feel free to stay seated, lie down, move around, stim – depending on what your body needs.
❇️ We will aim to create a welcoming relaxed environment where people feel comfortable showing their faces on video. 
❇️ But please still feel free to turn your Zoom camera on and off, depending on how you feel.
❇️ If you are in a physical or mental space where you are unable to speak, you are welcome to use the chat function.
❇️ We will have Zoom’s closed caption function available. We are currently looking into better and clearer Zoom captioning solutions and will post an update ASAP.
❇️ care around the workshop (since it is a sensitive topic): we will be encouraged to know our limits, honor self and others, think about lineages of care that exist around us and to actively reach out for support after the workshop. please feel free to contact nic as well, contact details will be shared at the event.

Pleasure Garden No.2: Promises & Threats

When: Wednesday, 2 March 2022
6.30 pm – 8 pm (GMT)

Where: online on Zoom

Tickets: FREE, booking is essential.

About: we will be exploring what makes a creative practice political. Artist Liv Wynter will guide us through reflections of our personal practices, allowing us to imagine the political potential of our work.

This will involve some writing tasks and we will be putting together personal manifestos which we will be able to take forward, using them to guide and inform our practices.

This event is for you, if you would like to
🟥 write a personal manifesto (!),
🟥 check in with yourself and revisit what is meaningful and important to you (both creatively and politically),
🟥 explore how these things intertwine with one another,
🟥 be a part of a community space where we can create connections over shared political energies.

ACCESSIBILITY:
❇️ The event lasts 1hr 30 min and will have a comfort break halfway.
❇️ The event will happen on Zoom. Zoom requires you to create and log in to a registered account which you can create for free here.
❇️ If you are able to, we recommend joining us from a comfortable environment where you can feel relaxed and focused.
❇️ Feel free to stay seated, lie down, move around, stim – depending on what your body needs.
❇️ We will aim to create a welcoming relaxed environment where people feel comfortable showing their faces on video. 
❇️ But please still feel free to turn your Zoom camera on and off, depending on how you feel.
❇️ If you are in a physical or mental space where you are unable to speak, you are welcome to use the chat function.
❇️ We will have Zoom’s closed caption function available. We are currently looking into better and clearer Zoom captioning solutions and will post an update ASAP.

Pleasure Garden No.1: Re-embodying Our Queer Feminist Community

When: Saturday, 29 January 2022
1pm – 4pm (GMT) with a break in the middle

Where: basement floor rooms in The Ledward Centre, Jubilee Street, BN1 1UU, Brighton (same building as Jubilee Library but different entrance)

Tickets: FREE, booking is essential.

About: In this Pleasure Garden (aka workshop), we will use creative and reflective methods to reconnect with ourselves and our place in the wider queer feminist community. The workshop will be fun and accessible, with no focus on artistic ability but rather on creating a space for dialogue with ourselves and those around us. Using playful techniques from theatre and visual arts, we will begin to imagine how we want our community to look and be and our place within it. The workshop will be facilitated by local artist and PhD student Effie Makepeace. 

This event is for you, if you would like to explore theatre exercises to reconnect with yourself and those around you in mindful, intentional ways. If you want to find the joy in the collective again and make plans for reviving our sense of community in 2022.

 Devil’s Dyke Network’s Queer Open Mic Online

Online
28 August, 2021. FREE, tickets via Eventbrite
Facebook + Eventbrite

Do you love queer poems, stories, music, dancing and more? Would you like the chance to perform your own queer poems, stories, music, dancing and more?? Then come and join us – as audience member or performer – at Devil’s Dykes Queer Open Mic for Pride on Saturday 28 August 2021 on Zoom!

For this open mic, we’re inviting women (cis and trans), gender non-binary, and queer identified people of different origins and identities (who more often than not have difficult or complicated access to performing in other spaces) to perform live on Zoom.

You don’t have to have done anything like this before, or even consider yourself an artist – this is going to be a really warm and supportive event, and Devil’s Dyke Network actively encourages people to explore their queer creativity, whatever their previous experience.

So, whether you’re performing or cheering the artists on, grab your beverage of choice and come and chill with us online ? We look forward to seeing you at this online open mic. Share the queer joy !

 

 Devil’s Dyke Network’s Pleasure Garden Festival

Lighthouse, Brighton
25 October, 2019. FREE ALL DAY: 10 am – 10 pm 
Facebook event 1 + event 2.

Hey folks! Have you ever felt like you want to soak in all of the queer feminist art goodness and to chat to all of the brilliant peeps at the Devil’s Dyke Night event, but then you run out of time?… Well, we felt that too! How about we arrange a day-long hang (followed by a fab dance party afterwards) this October. Thanks to CHASE Feminist funding we got some resources to do so. We are thinking — let’s learn, move, eat, write, weave, draw, dance together, listen to some poetry of course, and get to know each other better! 

We came up with this cool line-up described on Facebook.
And you can download the programme here. But there might be some changes down the line, so please keep an eye on hour social media updates.

The spaces in some activities and classes are limited, and those would be allocated on first come first served basis on the day. However, if you’re travelling from afar, or have specific access needs, or would prefer to secure a place for any other reason – email ddnbookings@gmail.com with a line about what activities you are interested in (no pressure to share any other details with us).

 

Devil’s Dyke Network at The Coast Is Queer

The Spire, Brighton
12 September 2019, 8 pm – 10 pm

‘The Coast is Queer’ is a new LGBTQ+ festival of writers and writing, happening 12-15 September 2019, Brighton, UK. Devil’s Dyke Network has been invited to host an event on the opening night at the lovely Spire in Kemptown, Brighton. Stay tuned for line-up announcements!

DDN Big Pleasure Garden: Open Planning Meet up

Cowley Club, Brighton
1 Aug 2019, 17:30 – 19:00.
Followed by a vegan meal, 19:00 – 20:00.
link to FB event

At this particular planning event — open to everybody who has interest in organising, feminism, queer activism, and local community strengthening — we want to gather friends, comrades, colleagues, and siblings to reflect on our hopes, plans, and actions. As well as brief anybody interested in joining the organising collective on where we are at.

We want to have a non-academic discussion and hear people’s opinions on questions like this:

?? What is that “good thing” that we are all striving to do through community organising?
?? What should we collectively engage with?
?? What, do you feel, is not engaged with in the right way?
?? What does it mean (to you) to make spaces more accessible for communities in Brighton?
?? What are you missing in the local events/ scenes/ spaces?
?? How can this be done and how do we want to do it? 

Devil’s Dyke Night #8

Lighthouse, Brighton
4th July 2019, doors at 6:30
FREE ENTRY

It’s Wet Warm-ish British Summer, so let’s celebrate the season with some queer feminist mischief, poetry, music, art and performances! We are back at lovely Lighthouse, located in central Brighton for your access and pleasure, so join us there on 4 July, 2019.

Featuring
Sarah Dawson (visual art & performance)
Imogen Parry (poetry)
Savannah Sevenzo (poetry)
Verity Spott (poetry)
Deadbit Babe (music)

 

Devil’s Dyke Night #7

Lighthouse, Brighton
22nd March 2019, doors at 6:30
FREE ENTRY

Healing winter is over folks – here’s to the lifetime of healing! Devil’s Dyke Network is back and feeling revived for the new season of queer intersectional anti-capitalist feminist magic! We are hosting an intimate event at our new venue Lighthouse Gallery with visual art, three poets and a musical act. The venue is smaller in size with 80 people capacity, so get there early to avoid disappointment. 

We can’t wait to see, hear and feel you presence again! And check out the new info on our Accessibility page.

Featuring
Daisy Gamble (visual art)
Simi Bickersteth (poetry)
Genie Dalloway (poetry)
Kissing (music)
Elena Bianco (poetry)

 

Brighton Women’s Strike 2019

Clock Tower, Brighton
8th March 2019
6 pm, more info here

Organised by Brighton International Feminist Network and Women’s Strike Assembly – UK. On the 8th of March we will gather at 6.30pm at the Clock Tower in Brighton (UK) and we’ll march together through the centre to stand against rape culture, unpaid reproductive work, LGBTQ+ rights being violated, gender based violence and fascist movements that threaten Human Rights.

 

Performance by TAngerinecAT with Greenness and R.Dyer

The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
27th April 2019
£5 ENTRY, tickets here

Cute Owl Promotions in association with FemFridays and Devil’s Dyke Network presents: An amazing night of highly individual genre-defying music with a plethora of musical instruments. Celebrating freedom and diversity of art! ?

 

DDN’s Open Call for Artists, Poets, Musicians & Performers

Spring – Summer 2019

With the self-proclaimed ‘Healing Winter’ coming to an end, the Devil’s Dyke Network is once again encouraging poets, artists and performers to reach out and share their spark! We are back to running bi-monthly events in Brighton called Devil’s Dyke Nights and if you want to perform or feature your work – please send samples of your art (art, craft, hobby, new beginnings) with a couple of words about yourself to devilsdykenetwork@gmail.com

For more info about us or if you want to chat, visit out socials:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Stay tuned for event announcements!

 

Devil’s Dyke Night #6

Fabrica Gallery, Brighton
6th September 2018
FREE ENTRY

SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER! But Devil’s Dyke Network is here to make it right. Welcome to our sixth queer feminist poetry, art and music night presented in partnership with Fabrica. Come and share this space with us in a night of solidarity and resistance!

Featuring
Claire Bessel (visual art)
Hazel Karooma-Brooker (music)
Daisy Behagg (words)
Emma McGordon (words)
Linda Paoli (words)
Emma Harrison (music)
Victoria Holt (words)
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan (words)

 

Devil’s Dyke Network’s BDAY Party!

Hove beach (East end of Hove Lawns, BN3 1EH, Hove)
Sunday 12th August 2018, 3pm – evening
FREE

The Devil’s Dyke Network is turning 1 year old!

It was in fact almost one year ago that we hosted our first ever night at ONCA gallery, in the post-chaos of Pride and stress of dissertations. TODAY, we return to celebrate not only our work, but especially the magical community that has been supporting us in our first year of life! 

Stall at Trans Pride

Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH, Hove
Saturday 21st July 2018, 1pm – 6pm
FREE ENTRY

We’ll have a stall at Trans Pride. Come and say hi! We will also be selling printed copies of our DDN Zine #1 for the price of £3.

Evento Estudiantes Nicas

O N C A Gallery, Brighton
Sunday 8th July 2018, 5pm – 8pm
FREE ENTRY

Informative discussion panel and poetic performances in support of the current Nicaraguan resistance movement.

More info: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/10/nicaragua-students-reluctant-rebels

 

Devil’s Dyke Night #5

Fabrica Gallery, Brighton
Wednesday 6th June 2018
FREE ENTRY

Featuring
INLAND zine feat. Lydia Heath (curated exhibit)
Iris Judea (music)
Manmeet Kaur (words)
Sol (words)
Helen Dixon (words)
Token Fubara (animation)
Alyssa MacAlister (words)
tAngerinecAt (music)

Devil’s Dyke Night #4

Fabrica Gallery, Brighton
28th March 2018, 7pm
FREE ENTRY

Featuring
Marga Rebolledo (visual art)
Violeta Marchenkova (film)
Fitz Crawford (words)
Alison Rumfitt (words)
Claudia Treacher (words)
Alejandra Guibert (words)
Khanyisa (music)

Devil’s Dyke Night #3

The Rosehill, Brighton
6th December 2017, 7pm
FREE ENTRY

Featuring
Fatemeh Takhtkashian (visual art)
Akila Richards (words)
Sebastian Causation (words)
Rosa Farber (words)
Yazmyn Hendrix (music)
Elena Bianco (words)
Sea the Poet (words)

Devil’s Dyke Night #2

ONCA Gallery, Brighton
5th October 2017, 7pm
FREE ENTRY

Featuring
Hannah Martin (visual art)
Fenn Rose (music)
Nehaal Bajwa (words)
Subira Wahoo (words)
Elana Crowley (words)
Amanda Prawn Star (words)

Devil’s Dyke Night #1

ONCA Gallery, Brighton
9th August 2017, 7pm
FREE ENTRY

Featuring
Aline Biz (visual art)
Linda Paoli (words)
Savannah Sevens (words)
Kat Sinclair (words)
Prerana (words)
Emma Mackilligin (words)
Nic Lachance (words)
Rum T Franco (music)

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