The 80’s gave us leg warmers, spandex, big hair and some of the greatest love songs and love stories! Acclaimed Wolverhampton artist Dawinder Bansal paired up with musician Martyn Ware - founder of The Human League and Heaven 17 - to celebrate couples who found love in the 1980s in film and photo archive project called ‘We found LOVE in the 80’s’. wefoundloveinthe80s.com
The film and online archive feature a range of couples and in this screening and discussion. They will focus on hidden love of the 1980s and often forbidden gay relationships. Come and experience our amazing real-life love stories of couples that found each other in the 80’s who share their secrets to a long-term relationship.
Following the screening of our short film, a panel discussion will be chaired by Dr Ranjit Khutan (Head of Public Health Department at Wolverhampton University) discussing the creation of this project with Dawinder Bansal and its role in healing British communities in a contemporary context through a lens of love, relationships and adversity. We will also discuss AIDS epidemic and the impact of Section 28 and Margret Thatcher’s attack on the Queer community in the 1980s.
Joined by Birmingham locals Helen & Deirdre, who feature in the film and will discuss their 25-year relationship who share how they navigated the 80’s as a bi-racial couple whilst also exploring and coming to understand their own sexuality, often found in literature and books in secret bookshops for gay people. It is an event not to be missed!
Performer: Dawinder Bansal and Martyn Ware
Date: 13 February 2021
Time: 1pm - 2.30pm
Price: £10 (+ booking fee)Buy tickets