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Pearl's Return - BLKOUT LIVE

Funded on Spacehive 11 May 2021

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

Pearl's Return - BLKOUT LIVE


Pearl's Return; a recyclable, popup event, art, and social club - reviving a lost Black gay bar from 1970s Brixton, to create a networked destination for expression, connections, and Black LGBTQ+ joy

Lambeth Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 11 May 2021!

Pearl Alcock's Railton Rd shebeen closed 40 years ago, in the wake of the '81 Brixton uprising. Just one of many lost LGBTQ+ spaces that closed as discreetly as they opened, centres for communities under pressure that were never to be replaced. Until now. Pearl's Return is an innovative approach to public spaces led by marginalised communities. It will create a public platform and cultural hub for London's Black Queer communities, and enable accessible, shared cultural moments among a group at high risk of isolation, connect Black LGBTQ+ people to relevant public health, heritage or community initiatives, generate opportunities for intergenerational arts and digital media collaboration among Black queer creatives, extend BLKOUT's process of movement-building; creating the unexpected, unearthing cultural gems, holding space for dialogue, disrupt silences right at the heart of communities, where Black LGBTQ+ lives have always been lived.

What we'll deliver:

  • A programme of live music, theatre and arts, celebrating Black Queer Britons
  • A destination, meanwhile-use, event space reimagining local Black Queer heritage
  • Striking new content for social media and digital sharing that connects across social barriers

Why it's a great idea:

Pearl's Return creates a replicable, physical space that represents the culmination of a three-year programme of appreciative inquiry, research, and co-creation, The focal point for Black gay, bi and/or trans men from around London, and across the UK, the festival will be an opportunity for Black Queer Men to shape BLKOUT, their interaction driving a new kind of civil society movement; in anticipation of the challenges of the social reset required to thrive in our ‘new normal’, together we are radically rethinking pre-2020 ways of organising society that systematically failed Black Queer Men and so many others.

Steps to get it done:

  • Date set as COVID-19 Safety restrictions permit
  • Project team recruited and programme agreed
  • Partner invitations and briefing
  • Digital and media launch
  • Live Event
  • Event evaluation
  • Digital content programme delivered

Location Lambeth

About the space



London Borough of Lambeth

How will the money be spent?Total £11,776

Artist and musician commissions - £3,000 (25%)
Rent - £2,750 (23%)
Theatrical set design and installation - £2,500 (21%)
Production manager - £2,000 (17%)
Volunteer expenses (travel and subsistence) - £1,250 (11%)
Other - £276 (2%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Artist and musician commissions
Theatrical set design and installation
Production manager
Volunteer expenses (travel and subsistence)
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Extend length of the event

Total £11,776

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Theatre Projection design - we'd love to create a highly visual, immersive experience. Are you a projection designer up for the challenge?
  • VR/AR designer - Pearl's Return will be a hybrid digital and IRL series of events. Help us make Pearl's fit for our futures and accessible to people around the country and globe
  • Web designer - Pearl's Return will include the creation of a digital time capsule - can you help us design a website that will complement the physical exhibition?
  • Performers - We're creating a platform for celebrating Black queer talent. DJs, singers, spoken word, musicians, cabaret performers, join us and be part of the celebration

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