An art space,
—Run by lesbians, queers and feminists for lesbians and their friends
X-Ray: A next chapter of Girls Like Us' new-found love: the herstory, present and future of lesbian bars. This time in moving images. We will be showing Wu Tsang's WILDNESS and Kaucyila Brooke's THE BOY MECHANIC. Cocktails by the ever amazing Byrthe Lemmens. See you all there!
Well I was dancing at a nightclub one Friday night And that nightclub bar was a little uptight Yeah, I was dancing all alone a little self-conscious When some kids came up and said “for dancing come with us.” And soon…
I was dancing in a lesbian bar, ah-oo, ah-oo I was dancing in a lesbian bar, ooh, ooh, ooh – Jonathan Richman, “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar”
Girls Like Us presents FUTURE, her new issue. We want a FUTURE that is fair, fun, furry, fabulous, fierce, free and not fucked up. We want A FUTURE that embraces weakness, where we come together, where we can lean on each other and stand strong. Come and join us for magazines, drinks, and a performance by Andrea Liu, a contributor to Kandis Williams’ publication re:Furies featured in the new issue.
Buenos Tiempos, Int. waves and welcomes the London-built CAMPerVAN caravan to host the launch of a new issue of Girls Like Us magazine. We invite you to join us for this evening of events and good times.
As part of the Amsterdam Pride activities we designed a poster/quote wall, and printed a limited edition of posters to takeaway. A statement in pink-washing times.
Brussels! Come and celebrate the new issue with Us at Feeelings. Drinks, music by DJ Set, performances by Sabine Cmelniski, Azahara Ubera Biedma & Giulia Cenni and of course the new issue on Dance and Dancing!
Chaussée de Haecht 6, Saint Josse, Brussels from 6 - 10 PM.
Readings and performances by Svetlana Kitto, Yvonne Meier, Aki Sasamoto and Mariana Valencia 6 PM - 8 PM at Printed Matter, Inc. 231 11th Ave, New York, New York 10001 Followed by drinks and dancing 9pm until late at Henrietta Hudson 438 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Dear Lovers, Sisters, Brothers, Mothers, Adopted Aunts, Long Lost Fathers, Halfcousins, Wives, Black Sheep and Partners In Crime,
We’re happy to announce the birth of a new issue –aptly themed FAMILY – which is seeing the light this weekend in Brussels.
We have a pretty pregnant programme...
3 days celebrating the world of GIRLS LIKE US! FRIDAY DECEMBER 18: PEACHES Booksigning 5 PM - 8 PM SATURDAY DECEMBER 19: Shop & Party SHOP: 12 AM - 6 PM & PARTY: 9 PM - 2 AM SUNDAY DECEMBER 20: Brunch & Film 12 AM- 5 PM ONGOING: GIRLS LIKE US MAGAZINE (all issues) GIRLS LIKE US T-SHIRTS (new edition) GIRLS LIKE US TOTES (new batch) MINI LIBRARY (zines, mags & books from sisterhood) KUTT MAGAZINE (rare issues) BAR (Vedett, Fevertree, Absolut) CURIOSA from the GIRLS LIKE US family
A presentation at the Vancouver Art Book Fair 2015, by graphic designers Sara Kaaman and Stina Löfgren. Founded in 2005, the magazine has gone through several incarnations—both visually and editorially. And now, to celebrate its 10th year of existence, we suggest yet another way to frame the content, where personal stories and essays meet vanguard visuals. What are the legacies and her-stories in feminist self-publishing? How can we visualize the collective process of the making of Girls Like Us? And in a world saturated with form and image, which tools can we use to create content that stirs and affects?
GIRLS LIKE US magazine finally lands in Stockholm with a crispy physical issue nr 7. Join us for a celebration at Minibar Artistspace at 6PM Wednesday December 9th! At 7PM we'll screen the film "Picaresques" by Mariah Garnett, and at 8.30PM Vaska Fimpen, the punk queen alter ego of our favorite artist Iris Smeds, will play some songs on the theme "Sad Pony / Hot Legs".
We're so happy to share with you GIRLS LIKE US Issue Nr. 7: BODY 120 pages exploring the body and bodies, inside out and outside in. Bodies that dance and move. Bodies making waves. Body double. Bodies at work and working with the body. Using the body as an instrument. The body as medium and massage of touch and being touched. The single, singular body as the very basis for a ‘we’.
We celebrate the Berlin premiere of the new issue of GIRLS LIKE US, themed BODY. For the launch event, contributor to the issue, the New York based artist and fame of Berlin's greatest Kotti-Shop Annette Knol will show materials of her ongoing research of "Lesbian Hands". The launch is part of the 4-day gathering called FRENCH KISSES: On Tips of Tongues, and Feeling as Taste, hosted by the Side Room (Amal Alhaag, & Girls Like Us co-editor Maria Guggenbichler) and District Berlin in various locations across the city of Berlin. For the launch at FRENCH KISSES we extend our invitation to the "B2B DJ set" for everyone to play kissing songs, songs to kiss to, songs that make people kiss, songs that are kisses, and kisses that are songs.
Unfiltered is back for an evening full of celebrating all things female! Live performances by Zhala and Echo & Seashell, DJ-sets by Mylou Oord (featuring Riet Wijnen), DJ Lynnée Denise and Boris Becker plus B2B DJ chain with the DJ Workshop for Women. Lost Property presents Masha Tupitsyn’s ‘Love Sounds’. Cocktails by Byrthe Lemmens (courtesy of Absolut) and decoration by Felicia von Zweigbergk.
Brussels launch of Girls Like Us #6 (SECRETS) at bar Fontainas. Silver Swallows, the Sunday afternoon teadance at Fontainas invites Girls Like Us to celebrate with them. DJ-set by DEBBY DEB (Acidulez!)
a rooftop terrace party to celebrate dykes, faggots, trans-feminists, zamis, fag hags, gay muses, queens, witches, kings, latina bitches and friends; for the joy of faggotry as it is today. In collaboration with Buenos Tiempos, Int., the great artist collective.
DJ sets by M + C, Benoît Rafhay and Jess the Lez Video by Lars Laumann Crop-tops by Buenos Tiempos Int.
A hot salon hosted by Girls Like Us.
Summer! Half of the word summer consists of the word mer, which in Swedish means more, and in French means sea, both good, and occasions salty. And what is then the sum of summer? A drink perhaps? w. ice. Mosquito bites. Tan lines. Autobahns. Sunstrokes. Sweaty towels. Sanded thoughts. Friday! Half of the word Friday consists of day, and half of the day is the evening, and I promise you this will be a good one.
Girls Like Us is hosting an evening at Kunstverein Amsterdam on the occasion of 'Complicity', a show by Susanne M. Winterling that explores the modernist feminist networks around writer Carson McCullers, architect Eileen Gray, artist Annemarie Schwarzenbach and painter Romaine Brooks.
Come hear us talk at Libros Mutantes, this afternoon at 7 PM. Libros Mutantes at La Casa Encendida in the really nice company of Ponytale Magazine, Novembre Magazine, I Love Paper, FUET Magazine and Fanzine Bulbasaur.
Subbacultcha! and Girls Like Us present a night full of fearless, feminist rhapsodies spearheaded by PLANNINGTOROCK (live). PTR is the art & sound project of Berlin-based, Bolton-born artist Jam Roll, whose contorted electronica, enigmatic vocals and striking imagery are anything but straight-laced. PTR is supported by RROXYMORE (live) and James K (live). Fiery beats by Berlin Creamcake, Kristy Foom (aka Modern Witch) and the fabulous Boris Becker. During the evening Girls Like Us will present their new issue featuring, amongst many other inspiring women, Jam Rostron aka PLANNINGTOROCK.
We happily invite you to the second edition of UNFILTERED, a get together on Sat. Nov. 23 with our friends from Butcher’s Tears. With a smashing live performance by KENJI MINOGUE, Belgium’s premium pop-newbeat-electro duo with a Flemish tongue. With music by Strange Boutique, Boris Becker, Jess the Lez and Mylou Oord and amazing cocktails by Byrthe Lemmens. We also launch a new edition of our famous Girls Like Us t-shirt, designed by Felicia von Zweigbergk. Come and dance with us!
AA Bronson (b. 1946, Vancouver) is both artist and curator, subject and object, in this hybrid project that includes his recent solo work, his collaborations with younger artists, and works by friends, both queer and not. Also included are two of his curatorial projects: Queer Zines, incorporating more than 100 queer zines from the punk era until today; and Ancestors, a personal archive of books, editions, and ephemera that form a fragmentary and incoherent historical underpinning to the overall project.
Installation at the exhibition Paper Weight (Haus der Kunst, Münich) curated by Girls Like Us friend and collaborator Felix Burrichter, the editor of PIN-UP magazine. The exhibition offers a fresh look at independent publishing in the twenty-first century that focuses on 15 international, independent magazines that have originated over the past 13 years. Each stands out as a forerunner of broader cultural shifts or movements.
The inaugural edition of UNFILTERED – an evening of oozing smoke, handcrafted neon, clinking glasses and dance to the beat. Girls Like us teams up with Butcher’s Tears, the best independent brewery from Amsterdam. Featuring DJ sets by Boris Becker, Jenny Woolworth, Kristy Fenton and Jess the Lezz. Nice cocktails by Byrthe Lemmens, courtesy of Absolut.
Girls Like Us Magazine at Frank. Ever changing borders, formats, and je ne sais pas quoi of utterly boring lesbian, straight and feminist clichés past and beyond, Girls Like Us magazine is an international, independent magazine focusing on great personalities and unique visions, people who manage to live their lives on their own terms, changing society from within. Girls Like Us started out as a queer/lesbian publication, but over the years it has opened up to feature interesting women in general, all the while sticking to its lesbian roots.
Informal / intimate launch afternoon at the W139 with a filmscreening, some talks and easy drinks. More info on that soon! There will be drinks and snacks and we'll be screening Ryan Trecartin's 'Sibling Topics', a movie which features artist Lizzie Fitch who's interviewed in the new issue. For some post-gender 3D internet crazyness, a must see.
Chit chat with Devrim Bayad and Jessica Gysel.
Short film screening and discussion on the theme of queer generations hosted by the magazine Girls Like Us. The afternoon will bring together films from around the world along with a discussion between GLU editor Jessica Gysel and Lisa Gornick – artist, filmmaker and star of inter-generational lez drama The Owls. Girls Like Us paraphernalia will be on sale throughout the day along with a sneak peek of the new issue!
Girls LIke Us, LOVER & Open Series present:
Girls To The Front! A tribute to the RIot Grrrl movement featuring:
Lecture by Sara Marcus (author of the essential Riot Grrrl anthem 'Girls To The Front'), followed by Q&A.
Videos by Sadie Benning, Elisabeth Subrin & Dara Greenwald
Live performance by Ztratila Se Kocka (FR/NL)
Dirty Dancing with Love On The Beat (SP) & Yes, Chef! (NYC/AX)
DIY sounds, scenes, zines, art & surprises!
Please join us for a girl allnighter featuring LA CHATTE (live), ANIKA, STELLAR OM SOURCE, STRANGE BOUTIQUE and FATIMA SUPREME. We'll be hosting De Verdieping, while Sandrien is playing upstairs. BIG FUN! Note! LA CHATTE performs at midnight, make sure to come on time! And a special thank you to Red Bull for the support!
Come and join us for a night over great performances and a little dance too! SOPHIE (London) Light Asylum protégé SOPHIE is a London-based musician and producer. SOPHIE’s music spins you upside down, dips you in water, flashes strobe lights at you, takes you on a slow incline to the peak and then drops you vertically down a smoky tunnel. It’s dance music that sounds very new and very high definition while at the same time hinting towards the familiar with a nostalgic streak. SOPHIE performed in different clubs and art spaces in both Europe and America and has an album coming out on London’s Huntley and Palmers label in January 2012.
Girls Like Us in collaboration with Barbi(e)turix presents the official aftershow of No Bra, the German ex-London now New York based performer with no bra.
The opening of the Girls Like Us Pride 2011 installation at the vitrines of Vijzelstraatmuseum. Come and join us for a Bloody or Virgin Mary, made with love by Vivian 'Marry Me' Ziherl, some nice music and good company.
Please join us for a new Girls Like Us happening, featuring COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER, a lezzie porn movie and LIGHT ASYLUM, a haunting band. We start the evening with the Dutch premiere of COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER, a 69-minute sociosexual video by artists A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner. The movie - set in the larger surroundings of New York, is inspired by 60s and 70s male gay porn and moves away from porn cliches such as prefab dildo's and butch fucks femme in police uniform. Instead, the video fucks with all the tropes and in the end is erotic, funny, weird and perverse.
Come and join us for the new Girls Like Us magazine release party, organised in collaboration with adidas. We invited a bunch of our friends to perform so we proudly announce:
Ingie Pop Venus X (GHE20 G0TH1K) Dynasty Handbag No Bra (Live PA) Light Asylum (DJ set)
Come and join us on Saturday February 6 for the Berlin release of the freshly revamped Girls Like Us magazine. Starting at Motto Berlin store and continuing at Maria Peligro, the yummie Mexican opposite the street. Would be nice to see you there!
Girls Like Us New Issue Release Party Featuring A showcase by Phoebe Jean, gorgeous darling of the Parisian scene and a hot tub performance by Vicky & Ron Get down in the basement with Katja Novi, Qui Yang, Mr. Koen Nutters, Stabilo Boss and BoomVelaBoom Boogie woogie upstairs with Natalia, Polly F and TESSisMORE//When Harry Met Sally
featuring: Kim-Ann Foxman (of Hercules & Love Affair) Lady Jane (Catclub Brussels) Mylittlesoundsystem Jess the Lez Nutella Supported by Rooms of Red Bull
An art space,
—Run by lesbians, queers and feminists for lesbians and their friends
Un espace artistique,
Un lieu lesbien,
—Pensé par des lesbiennes, des queers, des féministes, pour les lesbiennes et leurs ami-e-s
—Georganiseerd door lesbiennes, queers, en feministen voor lesbiennes en hun vrienden
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Quai aux Briques 38 / Baksteenkaai 38, 1000 Brussels
Mothers & Daughters will be open from 3 May to 30 June, 2018
Wednesday: 5pm - 12am
Thursday: 5pm - 12am
Friday: 4pm - 2am
Saturday: 4pm - 2am
Sunday: 4pm - 12am
With special extra opening hours to be announced!
Wednesday: 1pm - 8pm
Thursday: 1pm - 8pm
Friday: 1pm - 8pm
Saturday: 1pm - 8pm
Sunday: 1pm - 8pm
This is a Feminist Safer Space
We want to create a feminist safer space, which means that racism, sexism, biphobia, transphobia, queerphobia, fatphobia, homophobia, butchphobia, sissyphobia, ableisms, ageism, femmephobia, toxic masculinity, misogyny and classism are not welcome here. Visitors to the space are invited to actively reflect upon these structures of oppression.
There will be an organiser hosting each evening at Mothers & Daughters. They are there to enjoy themselves and to be a contact person if you need info, help or support. Ask at the bar if you need to know who is hosting. The host will intervene if someone is receiving unwanted attention and will ask people to leave if they are compromising this feminist safer space.
We use the word “lesbian” to embrace and celebrate all possible forms of love and intimacy between people who identify with the female side of the gender spectrum, who have identified as such or have been ascribed a female gender at some point in their lives. We embrace gender as an orbit full of possibilities.
We want to make visible forms of lesbian relating that all too often disappear behind the dominance of male* love (both outside and within queer communities). We encourage inclusive and feminist reappropriations of the word “lesbian” and hope to open up a space that allows for these meanings to emerge.
“Mothers & Daughters”?
Our name was proposed by Rachel O’Neill, a poet and visual artist based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Like many of us in queer relationships, Rachel and their partners have been misread as relatives, and the name is in honour of their experience and chosen families everywhere. We asked Rachel to write an introduction to Mothers & Daughters:
‘Mothers & Daughters,’ the account executive says, dunking a knowing smile up and down in the mug. ‘I’m seeing a mother placing a hand on the knee of a daughter,’ the sub-executive adds.
‘They’re relating, not related,’ says the client. ‘Remember, in the brief, the quote marks?’
‘Wink wink,’ says the client’s phone.
‘Sorry, I thought I’d put my phone on silent,’ the client says.
The executives exchange a look. The product is becoming. They will have to retrieve it from the becoming place.
‘I don’t even need knees in my fantasy,’ the client’s plus-one clarifies, leaning back, eyes closed.
‘The knees aren’t important, always, I’ll give you that,’ the executive says, playing for time, scrambling around for a new metaphor.
‘Except when I’m in France,’ says the plus-one with a professional slap and a giggle.
‘Metaphor comes from the French métaphore, via Latin from the Greek metaphora, from metapherein, which means ‘to transfer’,’ says the executive.
The sub-executive, the client and the plus-one blink. The phone wink winks.
‘Sorry,’ the client says, fingering the screen.
‘Mothers & Daughters,’ the executive rallies, stumbles.
‘I’m seeing a knee, a lovely dirty knee,’ the sub-executive says.
The plus-two coughs.
‘We’ll call you,’ the client says, literally opening the door.
The executives fade away.
‘At Mothers & Daughters there are…’ the plus-three begins.
‘...transfers of energy, of senses, of loves, maybe even dark matters,’ say the whole collective, all eyes open, dancing close.
This bar has a different economy than you may be used to.
There is a documented difference in wages, education, support and economic and social freedoms for many of us due to our ethnicity, gender and/or sexuality.
At Mothers & Daughters we use a pricing system that tries to address the documented gender gap in Belgium.
The gender overall earnings gap in Belgium stands at 31.2%, which is the difference between the average annual earnings between women and men. It takes into account three types of disadvantages women face:
If you have a privileged position that means your wages, and access to opportunities and documented work are positively affected by your gender, sexuality and/or ethnicity, then choose menu B.
For the rest of us, because of our sexuality, ethnicity and/or gender we choose menu A.
Global Gender Gap (from The Global Gender Gap Report 2017):
Central Asia: 29%
East Asia and the Pacific: 31.7%
Eastern Europe: 29%
Latin American and the Caribbean: 29.8%
North America: 28%
South Asia: 34%
Sub-Saharan Africa: 32.4%
The Middle East and North Africa: 40%
Western Europe: 25%
There will be events, activities and special occasions hosted at Mothers & Daughters. To keep up to date about the parties, lectures, screenings, workshops, and conversations we will be organizing check our facebook page, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list.
If you want to be involved in helping with our events, check our Facebook page for call outs.
Mothers & Daughters has a wheelchair ramp and a wheelchair accessible toilet (located next door in Chez Jacques, Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10:30pm). The bar space has variable light conditions (lit seating areas and a low-lit dance floor), and we do not use strobes or laser lights. We have illuminated toilet and exit signs. There will be occasional use of a smoke machine. A changing room is available on request at the bar (this space is not wheelchair accessible). We do not have any of our signage in braille. Bar staff are available to assist with specific needs on request.
A detailed description of the accessibility of the space will be posted on our facebook page soon, and can be requested directly from the bar or by sending an email to: email@example.com
You are very welcome to bring food from home or surrounding restaurants.
Here are some places to get food close by:
Fries: Fritland, Rue Henri Maus 49 (€) Ⓥ
Ice cream: Gaston, Quai aux Briques 86 (€) Ⓥ
Salads and snacks: Carrefour Express (open until 8.30pm), Quai á la Houille 4 (€) Ⓥ
Lebanese: Grillade au feu de bois, Rue du Marché aux Poulets 5 (€) Ⓥ
Salads and snacks: The Farm (open until 7.30pm), Quai au Bois à Brûler 43 (€-€€) Ⓥ
Phó: Gourmet D'Asie, Rue Van Artevelde 14 (€€) Ⓥ
Ramen: Umamido, Place Sainte-Catherine 1 (€€) Ⓥ
Pizza: Nona, Rue Sainte-Catherine 17-19 (€€) Ⓥ
Pizza: La Belle Equipe, Rue Antoine Dansaert 202 (€€) Ⓥ
Thai: Yaki, Rue des Poissonniers 6 (€€) Ⓥ
(€) = €3 - €6
(€€) = €10 - 16
Ⓥ = Vegan and/or vegetarian options available
Mothers & Daughters has financial support from Cabinet Bianca Debaets (Gelijke Kansen | Egalité des Chances), the Cellule Egalité des Chances de la Ville de Bruxelles and all those who generously donated to our Le pot commun crowdfund and paypal account.
This is not a commercial project—we are committed to keeping the entry to Mothers & Daughters free and open for all, and to offering a much needed safer space and special events without the pressure of making profit. Out of respect for the artists, musicians and activists contributing to the program of Mothers & Daughters, selected events will have the option for participants to give a donation.
In the event that we do make a profit from running Mothers & Daughters, we will use the funds in the following way, with the numbers indicating priority:
BAL: Brussels Almanack Lesbian (❤)
DIGGING UP RADICAL SPACES FROM OUR PASTS. TRACING POLYPHONIC LESBIAN HERSTORIES.
This exhibition and publication, Brussels Almanack Lesbian (❤), gather fragments of histories made by lesbians rather than history that happened to lesbians. This material has been uncovered from Belgium's alternative archives and woven together to form lists of lesbian spaces, movements and dances; lesbian slang and alphabets; mythologies, mysteries and manifestos.
The exhibition’s timeline starts in 1953 when lesbian pioneer Suzan Daniel initiated the Centre Culturel Belge, the first gay and lesbian organisation in Belgium. It ends in 2003, when The Gate, Brussels' last lesbian bar to date, permanently closed its doors.
This collection testifies to the hard work, boldness and care that went into making lesbian spaces in this city and its surroundings. It is a patchwork stitched together from ‘ephemerabilia’ left behind by a rich variety of grassroots movements in our community, to which we invite everyone to contribute their own stories.
Delphine von Kaatz
Joëlle Sambi Nzeba
Alison Jip, Josephine Reich, Lucy McKenzie (2018)
Tip Jar and Vase
Nathalie Wathelet, Water girls (2018), Forget me not (2018)
A very very special thank you to Alice Versieux and ooooo. Words cannot express how important you are to the process and spirit of this project.
Mothers & Daughters would not have been possible without the labour and resources donated by Alberto García del Castillo, Alison Jip, Arianna Bertolotti, Askarel, Asli Hatipoglu, Bert de Bock, Chez Jacques, Clare Noonan, Despina Vassiliadou, DinoBoom / Arg!, Elisabeth Speckstadt, Farah Barqawi, Färm, Filip Gilissen, France-Laure Labeeuw, Goedele De Caluwe, Habiba Effat, Harald Thys, Helene Pigeard-Benazera, Jane Haesen, Jay Tan, Jenifer Evans, Josephine Reich, Julie Loriaux, Kato Six, Laurie Charles, Lucy McKenzie, Margot Vanheusden, Mophradat, Nathalie Wathelet, Paulien Föllings, Raid Boussouf, Sara Parolin, Sophie Kurpershoek, Stefanie Snoek, Wiet Lengeler, Yyoga, and all those who helped us.
The generous people who contributed to donated to our Le pot commun crowdfund and paypal account.
And to the talented creatures who provided playlists!
Brasserie de la Senne
The Paper Factory
Cabinet Bianca Debaets (Gelijke Kansen | Egalité des Chances)
Cellule Egalité des Chances de la Ville de Bruxelles