Edinburgh’s historic cinema will host an incredible drag racing event with performances


A historic Edinburgh cinema will host an incredible drag event with performances – and all for a good cause.

Life’s a Drag will take place at the town’s Cameo Bar in Tollcross and will feature some of the capital’s top drag performers, D’La Laine, Elika Beerquaffed, Angel Beads and Rozie Cheeks.

The event, on June 29, aims to raise funds for Refuge – a women’s charity that raises awareness of domestic violence – and Kafe Kweer who are trying to provide more sober spaces for gay people in Edinburgh.

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The spectacular show was put on by George Reid, who has worked at Cameo Bar since May 2021.

George was inspired to host a drag event after Mimi D’La Laine recently joined the Cameo bar staff. George said: “The Cameo regularly shows gay and LGBTQ+ films, but I wanted to do something for the community, especially as it’s Pride month, it’s a bit more practical and also helps to raise funds to help Refuge and Kafe Kweer.”

Refuge is a charity that the Cameo supports throughout the year. The charity helps women and children who are victims of, but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual violence and arranged marriages.

Kafe Kweer is located in Gilmore Place, Bruntsfield, where it is owned by Oskar and Zak. Cafe owner by day, Oskar plays the role of Mystika Glamoour by night. He performs at the gay bar, The Street, on their monthly drag show. Edinburgh’s Kweerest Kabaret is on the first Monday of every month.

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Oskar created Kafe Kweer to provide an LGBTQ+ shop and cafe suitable for all ages and identities. The cafe is also a space for artwork and sells eco-friendly groceries. Oskar’s goal is for the company to be a safe and sober space for the LGBTQ+ community.

George set up and organized the whole event. He said: “This is a unique show, which I hope everyone enjoys and encourages everyone to attend some of the smaller scale LGBTQ events in the city, not just during the month pride, but also throughout the year.”

One in particular that George would like to mention is Fruit Salad, a group of queer artists who perform a wide variety of talents on their shows. Their Instagram is @fruit_salad_edi.

Tickets for Life’s A Drag are on sale for £4 plus a 90p booking fee. The event will run from approximately 8 p.m. until midnight on Wednesday, June 29.

You can book tickets here.


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