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An originator and incubator of queer arts and entertainment in Dalston, VFD has hosted, promoted and nurtured emerging and superstar LGBTQI performers, acts and nights.
Queer cultural endeavours
Social revolution through partying
Sweaty disco dancing
The local and worldwide Queer community
A basement of dreams
An arts space
A hub of queer London with the very best in music, performance and mayhem
In 2007 VFD - known then as Vogue Fabrics - emerged from the depths of Lyall (couture designer) Hakaraia’s home and studio basement. The building at 66 Stoke Newington Road comprised formerly of a Turkish dance studio, immigration office and flophouse, became the atelier base of Lyall’s fashion business, and the basement became a safe queer space attracting all sorts of waifs, strays and gays to party the weekends away. Word spread and the parties got wilder. The clientele, a mix of trannies, party people and transgender sirens, became a honey pot for any freak with attitude and a thirst for performance and late night discos.
Over the last decade this clientele has turned into a strong community. Vogue Fabrics was reborn as VFD in 2015 is now one of the few remaining queer underground spaces which give home to a programme boasting everything from poetry readings, political meetings, panel discussions, film nights, live gigs and charity events (as well as lo-fi high-art gloriously trashy disco dancing, of course).
RandShe • Naked Boys Reading • Hot Boy Dancing Spot • Loverboy • Dirtbox • Meat • Cockheart
QUEER PIONEERS WHO’VE APPEARED AT VFD
Christeene • Mr Wallace • Hardton • Arca • Mykki Blanco • David Hoyle • Kymbra • Victoria Sin • Jonny Woo • A Man To Pet • John Sizzle • Hole Star • Maxi Moore • TeTe Bang • Virgin Extravanganza • Mr TEDs • Bran Lobel • Dr Sharon Husbands • Lemar M Lemar
VFD has been engaged with supporting many charities that so far have included:
Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais
Open Doors Sexual Health Clinic
66 Stoke Newington Road
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