World AIDS Day
Various events, Sat 1 Dec
Now in its 20th year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic and related issues. The event, which takes place annually on 1 December, is the culmination of a year-round programme run by the World AIDS Campaign. The WAC’s theme this year is, ‘Leadership’.
Across Scotland there will be various fundraising events and community gatherings reflecting on the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS, including a Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland-organised event at St Mary’s Cathedral, Great Western Road, Glasgow and HIV and Hepatitis C charity Waverley Care’s World AIDS Day Service at St John’s Church on Princes Street.
The central belt will also play host to a number of fun, gay-friendly events to mark the occasion. Glasgow-based writer, director and performance artist Diane Torr presents Brother For a Day in aid of Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland at the city’s Carnival Arts Centre, which features a roll call of performing talent, including comedian Viv Gee on MC duties, burlesque troupe Vixens in Silk, a manic Dusty Springfield act courtesy of Violet Tweets, and appearances from performance artist Adrian Howells and Death Disco DJ king DJ Hush Puppy. Also in Glasgow, the Waterloo’s festive fundraiser features the delicious Cheri Treiffel (pictured), whipping the crowd into a fruity frenzy in aid of Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland.
Meanwhile, the capital welcomes Champagne and Chocolat, a fundraising ball with all profits going to Waverley Care. A ticket, priced £100, includes a champagne reception, three-course meal and entertainment from jazz vocalist Jess Abrams as well as entertainment group Graffiti Classics and ceilidh band Callanish. Surely a more worthwhile use of your cash than another round of mince pies and selection boxes.
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