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Tuesday 11 November 2014

Smirnoff Supports Second Winter Pride UK Arts Awards

Hosted by Irish broadcasting personality Brendan Courtney, Smirnoff supports the second Winter Pride UK Arts Awards, which will culminate in one of the biggest parties of the winter season at Tobacco Dock in East London on Saturday 15 November 2014. 

Stephen Fry, winner of the inaugural Smirnoff Winter Pride UK Luminary of the Year said, "Winter Pride UK is a unique opportunity for up-and-coming artists and performers to showcase their creativity at a key LGBT artistic and cultural event - creative ventures of this kind are all-important for both the arts and LGBT communities."

Open to all artists and performers regardless of their sexuality, Winter Pride UK is a unique celebration of creativity and a dazzling display of the finest performance and visual arts. Held within an iconic London setting steeped in Victorian history, this significant event in the LGBT social calendar brings together leading industry figures, celebrities and enigmatic performers, for an elegant evening of recognition, diversity and outstanding artistic talent.

Jamie Young, Smirnoff Brand Manager, said, “We have supported the LGBT community for many years and are very proud to be partnering the second Winter Pride UK. We have a huge passion with our relationships within the community and with such a pivotal event like this there is no better way for us to show our support.”

The Winter Pride UK Arts Awards not only raises a considerable amount of money for notable charities, it promotes and rewards previously unrecognised artists, creating an important opportunity to embrace diversity and unashamed self-expression.

Simon Tarrant, Director of the Winter Pride UK Arts Awards elaborates, "Our theme this year #Artis... is targeted at artists and performers who want to make a difference. The Awards are open to all artists and performers regardless of their sexuality and we are challenging them to tell us what they think Art Is - to express themselves and create pieces that are adventurous, playful and provocative".

The Arts Awards judging panel is made up of arts industry professionals, comprising Royal and celebrity sculptor Frances Segelman, international musician and "Queen of Harps" Catrin Finch, and gallery director Andrew Lacey, who will host a post Winter Pride UK art exhibition at Lacey Contemporary in Notting Hill from 18-29 November 2014.

Frost Festival will be unveiled in the vast, vaulted Great Gallery at Tobacco Dock featuring a spectacular exhibition of artworks from a group of international artists and the Arts Awards' Finalists, as well as live performances introducing the top talent from this year's Performance Awards. The Winter Pride UK Arts Awards will be presented by personalities from the world of arts, including Lucian Freud's muse and model Sue Tilley and Hermaphrodite celebrity artist XXXora.


Kicking off Frost Festival proceedings in the Great Gallery are are the hostesses with the most-esses John Sizzle and Amantopet with what promises to be a drag extravaganza - sparkles, glitter and off the-scale-camp high jinx and hilarity.   

THE RETURN OF CLUB GHETTO:  Club Ghetto, the London venue that spawned many a legendary LGBT club night, returns for one night only.  They’ll be celebrating all things pop bringing back a selection of DJ’s from Don’t Call Me Babe (Tuesday), Miss Shapes (Thursdays) and Wig Out (Saturdays) to recreate the pop madness of this much loved venue.  Serving up the pop platter are Tommy Turntables (Wig Out, Miss Shapes, DCM Babe) Prince Nelly (Songs Of Praise, Wig Out) and some very special Ghetto Guests.
Izzy Trixx ft. REDNPINK - exclusive live collaboration - For one night only the Girls Arena will host electrohouse DJ and producer Izzy Trixx (Mr Hudson, Maya Jane Coles, Charlie XCX) alongside pride favourites, grime, dubstep, electro duo REDNPINK (Pussy Parlour @ Glastonbury, Ed Sheeran, Misha B, Passing Clouds)
DJ Melody Kane (Radio 1 Xtra, SBTV  -  With a solid reputation thanks to her monthly mix-show on BBC Radio 1Xtra plus experience playing to crowds of 70,000 on line-ups featuring Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Ms Dynamite and more, Melody Kane - one of few females still spinning vinyl - promises to bring ferocious sounds set to fill the dancefloor ‘til the early hours.
DJ DANA (Brighton) - House, chart, RnB, hip hop and alternative spins, Brighton Pride regular, Brighton Club Revenge resident and one to watch, DJ Dana’s rise from the Manchester student scene has been rapid and well deserved. She’s our number one choice to open the Girls Arena this year!
Bootylicious: London’s longest-running and respected urban LGBT night hosts it’s own area – get ready for some booty-shaking!

Misfits: Mischief and mayhem from East Bloc’s Wednesday night party arriving for the evening with Mark Ashley Dupe on the decks, bringing a serious boogie down and scandalous behaviour as always...

Old Street’s premiere underground haven bring four of their most popular nights to Tobacco Dock with DJs including Tom Stephan, Borja Pena, Dave Kendrick and Chris Camplin (Gay Little Brother) 

Dish:  Offering up a mouth-watering selection of underground house and techno to a loyal following of delicious dishes. Gay, lesbian, butch , camp, trans, cross dressing , gym bunnies, twinks , bears, leather queens or straight - everybody is welcome. As their slogan says... come hungry.. leave happy!

Handsome:  Gives a nod to the gay clubs of the 80s and 90s - classic US house and a positive, uplifting energy define this night.

BLOCHEADS - a house and techno meltdown from dusk 'till dawn: pumpin' beats and relentless sounds mark this night out with its loyal crowd of blocheads that make it one of the busiest gay parties in east London. 

Choice Cuts: The best cuts from choice DJ's and a late night session of quality house for those who like it hard, pumpin' and deep -from those who love to serve it. Gigantic tunes and fresh meat: this is Choice Cuts.

Hosted by PLUS cabaret from: BEARFEST with DJs...

Done and Dusted (Tonker)
The Done & Dusted formula is simple – they play music to make your body move. You can expect lots of energy with plenty of old skool classics mixed wih their latest upfront secret weapons.  Their goal – “to have you dancing non-stop and by the end of the night you should be totally Done & Dusted!"

Ben Jamin & Ross Jones (The Kings Arms) – Soho’s premiere den for bears bring their resident DJ’s along to the Winter Pride party. 

To enter the Arts Awards visit the Winter Pride UK website:

For tickets to the Arts Awards & Frost Festival go to: BUY TICKETS 

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