The global LGBTQ community has claimed Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day since 1988. (Though the effort to change its name to World HIV Day has our support.) It’s a strong message for the world: On this day, we continue to reiterate the urgency for education, medical research and treatment for the virus. Cities from London to New York City have events to commemorate the big day. Here are just a few.
A fusion of live performance, music and digital technology, Get It On is a feast for the eyes aimed at young people that educates as well as entertains. It takes place at the Artrix Arts Centre in Bromsgrove from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.
From Nov. 30 until Dec. 3, join the LGBT Foundation and paint a tile that reflects your personal HIV/AIDS experience. The tiles will form a commemorative piece of artwork for Manchester’s World AIDS Day Vigil. If you’re interested, WorldHIVDay.org has more details.
On Dec. 1, don’t forget to join the grand candlelit procession and vigil. The event will include performances and speeches from local HIV organizations and people living with HIV, beginning with the short candlelit procession around the gay village in Lancashire and ending with a minute of silence.
To finish World HIV Day on a high note, London will host individual quilt panels on Dec. 3 and 4. The celebration follows the format of an art walk; the quilt panels will be hosted at various venues around London. For the list of venues, go to aidsquiltuk.org for details.
The Wall-Las Memorias hosts this 23rd annual event in honor of loved ones who have died from HIV/AIDS. It’s an evening of reflection filled with music, inspirational speakers, remembrance and prayer. The ceremony will be held on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Las Memorias AIDS Monument in Lincoln Park. Find more info here.
The Advocate, in conjunction with the NAMES Project Foundation, brings three panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt to L.A. for display at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills Public Library. The panels are on display through Dec. 4. The quilt was originally sewn together by friends, lovers and family members as a memorial to those who died of AIDS.
New York City
The New York State Department of Health has put together a day of workshops, on-site HIV testing and more on Dec. 6.
Nine artists and activists created this art installation, in which they used their cameras as a way to reflect upon how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. This hour-long video program is showing in select NYC museums on Dec. 1.
Black Lives Matter Houston hosts this celebration of life on Dec. 1 as a way to face the harsh reality that HIV and AIDS still affect communities of color and the rest of the nation in ways that must be addressed. Issues center on education surrounding HIV and AIDS, the stigma that comes from lack of education, and the lack of testing in our communities. The event takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. at Discovery Green.
This exhibition began its run at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington, and will end its national tour at Chicago starting Dec. 1. It “introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present.”
(Featured image via Ted Eytan/Flickr.)