Love The Black Cap? Two dates for the diary

Camden’s legendary LGBTQ pub and club is back in a photographic exhibition – and one-off club night

1. #WeAreTheBlackCap: A Photographic Retrospective

For four years, activists #WeAreTheBlackCap have been embroiled in a public battle as they attempt to save Camden’s legendary pub and cabaret venue, which closed back in 2015. Thanks to the continued efforts of the grassroots organisation, however, they have stalled this, receiving guarantees from the council to ensure the venue stays queer. Over the years, the activists have held weekly silent vigils, loud sing-a-longs, drag performances and a whole host of inventive tactics to keep the community’s and the council’s attention on their plight. This month they are launching a retrospective photographic exhibition that documents their colourful and noisy battle to save the Black Cap. Free, Mon 18th Feb, 6-9pm, Castlehaven Community Association, more here.

A beautiful gabled building: the Black Cap before it shut. Photo: Stephen Emms

2. Back To The Black Cap: a Reunion Social

Then, on 24th February is this ace-sounding one-off at the top of Parkway. It’s billed as “for regulars, irregulars, staff, and performers from all eras” to come, socialise and share their memories about the Black Cap. And some of us have a fair few of them. “This is not a campaign event, but campaign members will be happy to talk to anyone who wants to know more, or get involved,” says organiser Alex Green. Definitely worth a Sunday afternoon pint (or three). 24th February, 4.30pm to 10pm. The Edinboro Castle, 57 Mornington Terrace, NW1

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