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Oaklash‘s unique imprint on the Bay Area is hard to overstate, even while the event is still in its infancy. From traditional drag numbers to tributes to ball culture to avant garde drag, Oaklash has featured a wide array of perspectives as a means of centering and continuing the spirit of Bay Area queer culture.

A diverse collection of talent, the drag festival has quickly become a haven for queer artists seeking for a safe, celebratory space for expression.

This year, despite what might seem like a barrier due to COVID-19, many artists have felt empowered to push the boundaries of their craft in the virtual realm, creating somewhat of a drag renaissance.

This weekend, on the onset of Oakland Pride, over one hundred drag kings, queens, and queer performers from the Bay Area and beyond will perform online for the festival at www.twitch.tv/oaklash2020. From Friday, September 4 to Sunday, September 6, the festival will feature panel discussions on race, disability, and how drag performers are adapting to life during the pandemic in addition to a number of performances.

Some Bay Area favorites on the lineup include Peaches ChristHoney MahoganyHollow EveNicki JizzDulce De Leche, and  VivvyAnne ForeverMore. In addition, local newcomer Freddie will perform music from their debut EP, Melanin Monroe.

The event will also feature a takeover of Dragula Season 2 winner Biqtch Pudding’s Digital Drag, and The Stud Bar’s Drag Alive. Sunday will kick-off Oakland Pride with live-streamed performances from San Francisco and Oakland.

Oaklash Bay Area Drag Festival
September 4th – September 6
Suggested Donation: $10 at www.paypal.me/oaklash