The Netherlands in South Africa in partnership with the House of Le Cap, draws attention to the importance of equal rights for LGBTI people this year on 17 May, in celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Each year we commemorate International Day Against Homophobia with a collaboration event and this year is no different.
The Quarantine Ball will be hosted in collaboration with Mother Kirvan le Cap, mother of the House of le Cap and Founder of the African Ballroom Scene. The Quarantine Ball will be streamed live on 17 May at 19:00 on the House of le Cap Instagram and Facebook page and will be Open to All (OTA). Judges include Father Typhoon Prodigy (Netherlands) and performances by Kerwin and drag artist and SA’s Got Talent Runner Up Manila Von Teez.
“We believe that by collaborating with creative industries and talented performance artists such as Mother Kirvan le Cap, we are jointly able to amplify human rights and social messaging in creative ways that can lead to social change, attitude shifts and the transformation of individuals’ behaviour towards LGBTI persons. This year’s theme for IDAHOT is Breaking the Silence, and I think we are going to achieve that in a big way!” said Han Peters, Dutch Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa.
The categories for The Quarantine Ball include:
• European Runway with Posing OTA
• Lip Sync Battle OTA
• Realness with a production or a performance
• Sex Siren OTA
• Performance (Vogue Old Way Pop Dip n Spin and Vogue Femme)
• African Performance OTA
All funds raised through the balls and showcases go towards creating HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. In the words of Mother Kirvan le Cap, “we no longer have to live in the shadow of this disease.” In his HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention work, mother encourages creating an open dialogue on the disease and breaking the loud silence that no suddenly exists around the virus.