Slayfest has revealed the lineup for its inaugural festival. The day-long event, which celebrates black queer and trans artists will take place Saturday (July 21) at the Brooklyn Academy Music’s Fisher Building in New York. Presented by Slay TV, the festival occupies all four floors the building and features film screenings, performances and panels, among other activities.
“A lot times, we consider ourselves the LGBTQ ‘community,’ but we really don’t play with each other -- there are so many subcultures when it comes to the queer and trans community and you don’t see gay and lesbian and transgender and nonbinary people actually in one space expressing themselves authentically,” Sean Torrington, founder and CEO Slay TV, tells Billboard. “I really wanted to create a space where I can see everyone enjoying each other and having a great time.”
Cakes da Killa and Dai Burger are the event’s musical headliners, with an array NYC-based queer talent rounding out the festival’s music performances, including Shea Diamond, Mila Jam, Davi Akel, Bry’nt, Charlie Xile, Boy Radio, Punk Adams, Jonathan Lykes, RahRah Gabor, Fusilier and Rozay Labeija.
Quality was important to Torrington when he curated the Slayfest lineup. “My biggest thing when it comes to Slay is pressionalism, people that produce quality work all around. There’s a specific vibe I look for -- and I want people who have stage presence and can put on a show.”
Slayfest will feature several short film screenings: Gema (which stars Pose breakout Mj Rodriguez), Missed Connections (produced by and starring Pose's Angelica Ross), Unapologetic Me and Finding Home. It will also feature screenings feature film Whose Streets and web series Reality Check. Lonnie Bee and Mojo Disco will host the event.
Torrington has ambitious goals for the future Slayfest: “My mission is to take this all around the States and then take it to different countries to show how dope the black queer and trans community is.”
Tickets to Slayfest 2018 are available at slaytv.com/slayfest.