Please join us for the launch of BAL – Brussels Almanack Lesbian – catalogue, this Wednesday May 16th, from 18.00 to 21.00 hrs.
There will be a live Q&A with some of the contributors to the publication at 19:00, moderated by Jessica Gysel, co-editor.
Copies of the catalogue will be available for a symbolic price of 2€ to cover a part of the printing costs.
See you all on Wednesday, the perfect Pre Pride get-together!
Uncovered from Belgium’s grass-roots archives, BAL is a patchwork based on meticulously compiled lists. Lists of lesbian spaces, movements, bars and parties; lesbian slang and alphabets; mythologies, mysteries and manifestos.
This collection of fragments testifies to the hard work, boldness and care that went into making lesbian spaces in Brussels and other cities in Belgium. To bring the traces and ephemerabilia of these spaces into the light and the collective memory.
The timeline starts in 1953, when lesbian pioneer Suzan Daniel initiated the Centre Culturel Belge, the first gay and lesbian organisation in Belgium. It ends in 2003, when The Gate, Brussels’ last ‘out’ lesbian bar to date, permanently closed its door.