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Ēastre Weekend

8 to 9 April 2023

To celebrate the release of "Lina Pallotta - Porpora", Lina Pallotta's monograph featuring her long time friend & collaborator, trans activist & writer Porpora Marcasciano we are hosting a weekend of events exploring experiences of transition, resistance, community, joy, celebration & love.

We’ll start from Lina & Porpora’s book launch, chaired by publication curator Michele Bertolino and PhD researcher Sophie Sexon. We’ll also host a Q&A session with local author and Highland Pride member Roz White on the recent Gender Recognition Bill.

Our cafe will feature a new and exciting immersive installation created by Glasgow-based artist Tamara MacArthur. This space will provide a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for everyone to come together, eat, and share.

As night falls, the incredible Sgàire Wood will delight us with her Sgàireoke, followed by DJ sets from Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel & MS. NICEBOY. 

We’ll be winding down on Sunday with trans fiction, film screenings, and a community lunch.

* Ēastre is the pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn, spring, fertility, rebirth and storms.

“We unleash storms, yet we like the sun” (Porpora Marcasciano).

Reserve tickets for the Ēeastre Weekend via Eventbrite or via


Saturday 8th April

15:00 – 16:30

Book Launch of  “Lina Pallotta – Porpora​​​​​​” with a conversation between Michele Bertolino, Sophie Sexon, Porpora Marcasciano, Lina Pallotta

“Lina Pallotta – Porpora​​​​​​” is the first monograph by photographer Lina Pallotta, curated by Michele Bertolino and published by NERO. Starting in 1990, Pallotta captured the life of Porpora Marcasciano, an activist in the trans movement, writer and sociologist. The two met in Naples during the Movements of 1977, where they stood on the same side of the barricades in Naples. The book launch will feature a conversation between Michele, Lina, Porpora and the PhD researcher Sophie Sexon. 

16:30 – 17:00

Tea and Coffee Break

17:00 – 18:30

Q&A with Roz White (Highland Pride) on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

Roz White, a member of Highland Pride, will participate in a Q&A session to discuss trans rights and the Scottish Government’s proposed Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, aimed at making it easier for individuals to change their legal gender. 

18:30 – 20:00

South Indian Supper

Experience South Indian food at The River Cafe made by Shirley Kobiela! 

£10pp, book in advance

20:00 – 22:00

Sgàireoke with Sgàire Wood

Sgàire Wood welcomes us to an unforgettable evening of amazing music, performance, fabulous fun. Whether you’re a seasoned karaoke pro or just looking to let loose and have a good time, pick a song, and get ready to shine!

22:00 – 00:00

DJ set by Ms. NICEBOY & Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

Get ready to dance the night away with the dynamic DJ duo, Ms. NICEBOY & Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel!

On Sunday 9th April

10:00 – 11:00

Book Reading by Roz White

The Dignwall-based author Roz White will share her experience as a writer by reading a selection of excerpts from her trans-fiction novels. Roz has published a dozen novels and several non-fiction texts that are well-known in their academic field.

11:00 – 12:00

Film Screening by Porpora Marcasciano

Porpora Marcasciano will be sharing with us her never-before-seen videos. After receiving a camera as a gift in 1987, she began documenting her everyday life, including late-night meetings with her comrades, protests, and sunny afternoons with friends. Some of the videos are particularly intimate, showing Porpora in her private room as she dresses up, dances, and sings, capturing her body’s changes over time.

From 12:30 

Ēastre Lunch

Join us for a celebratory Ēastre Lunch immersed within the art installation by the Glasgow-based artist Tamara MacArthur. Step into an imaginative upside-down world where the blue sky and twinkling stars are transformed into a tablecloth, and where the majestic mountains rise above our heads, embracing our bodies and inviting us to gather, share food, and engage in delightful conversations.

To secure your spot, be sure to book in advance, and remember that this event operates on a pay-what-you-can basis, ensuring that it is accessible to everyone.

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