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Arts project for lesbian, gay, bi and trans community due to launch in Barking

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 February 2020

Studio 3 Arts artistic director and chief exec Liza Vallance at an open mic night. Picture: Andy Chellum

Studio 3 Arts artistic director and chief exec Liza Vallance at an open mic night. Picture: Andy Chellum

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An arts project aimed at supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community launches tonight.

The year-long Be & Do project led by Barking based Studio 3 Arts will use creativity as a way of getting people talking, telling stories and bringing people together to challenge stereotypes and myths around sexuality.

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It is spearheaded by artists Matty May and Grace Duggan and kicks off with a launch event today (February 13) at Relish Café in Barking Town Square at 7.30pm as part of Studio 3 Arts' monthly open mic night, Spoken, Not Stirred x Livewire.

The night will feature performances from slam winning and international spoken-word performer Tanaka and singer Carlie Townsend, both artists from the borough's lesbian, gay, bi and trans community.

The first Be & Do social meeting will take place on Thursday, February 27 at 6pm at Corner House Café, Green Lanes, Dagenham.

The project is funded by Barking and Dagenham Council with support from a number of organisations based in the borough.

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