Black Angel was a pioneering club night in the late 1990s founded by Claud Cunningham and Paula Gannon-Lewis. It started in Manchester before expanding into Leeds and London. Black Angel gave birth to the Black and Asian LGBTQ club scene in Manchester and, more importantly, provided the first women-centred safe place for Black and Asian women (and allies) to come together and be themselves.
To celebrate 25 years since its inception, Claud and Paula are making a Black Angel documentary to ensure the experiences of Black and Asian LBT women aren’t lost to time. The Black Angel documentary will be premiered in 2023, accompanied by a powerful touring exhibition of archive images taken over 25 years of groundbreaking events.
Moving Black and Asian lesbians from the periphery of the scene to the fore, Black Angel gained a reputation for being a friendly, safe space and a truly diverse night for queer women.
A picture is worth a thousand words…
Through their use of striking imagery of Black and Asian LBT women, Black Angel provided sorely needed representation and visibility, culminating in the world’s first calendar of Black and Asian LBT women in 2004.
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This year Black Angel is bringing Black and Asian LBT women to the fore again with a documentary about the history of Black Angel, accompanied by a powerful touring exhibition of archive images taken over 25 years of groundbreaking events.
You can support this project by buying tickets to the Black Angel 25 club night, donation to our upcoming crowdfunding campaign, or buying some of our merchandise.