Celebrating queer culture

Atallia Diamond Von Francois will host the first ever drag queen party in Namibia early next year.

29 November 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Google defines a drag show as entertainment performed by drag artists, where both men and women appear in.

Many drag shows feature performers singing or lip-synching songs, while performing a pre-planned pantomime or dance.

Come 29 February 2020, Atallia Diamond Von Francois will be bringing the Diamond Drag Party to Maerua Mall and Zoo Park.

In an interview with tjil Von Francois shared that the Diamond Drag Party has three focal points. This includes a drag show, a ball that will include teams competing to outdo each other in various categories, and there will be a make-up tutorial for family and friends on how to apply drag make-up.

“My main focus is ending stigmatisation and discrimination against the queer community.

“When something is normal, people do not turn their heads anymore. I am looking to make it a part of our everyday lives, where when we see someone from the queer community we are not fazed by it,” said Von Francois.

She announced that for this initiative she has partnered up with brand strategist Kalistu Mukoroli to help her put the event together, and Jay Aeron has been made the face of the event.

Organisers are calling on those interested to take part in the drag show to upload videos of themselves on social media and tag @Diamond Drag Show.

The videos should be brief and be about what you think a drag is or in your best drag costume.

“We will only select 10 contestants, who will then take part in the drag show. The winner will receive N$10 000, of which N$5 000 will be donated to a charitable cause,” shared Von Francois.

Entertainment will be provided by some of Namibia's top entertainers, with a line-up to be announced later. “We do not want to make it like a festival, but we will announce a few performing artists.”

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