WORDS Lucy Sanderson
PHOTOGRAPHS Danny Evans
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN A TRIBE? CAMARADERIE, FELLOWSHIP, SHARED INTERESTS AND VALUES OR POLITICAL AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION… PROBABLY A SMIDGEN OF ALL OF THAT AND SOME.
Gallery’s tribe edition is being brought to you right at a time when we are apart; social distancing or self-isolating and managing the current, global coronavirus fallout.
While we may all be apart, people the world over are coming together, metaphorically speaking. In fact, feeling part of a tribe has never been so poignant.
Jersey’s little microcosm is home to a vast number of tribes, gangs, groups, squads, cliques… whatever you want to call them. Some are tribes we are grateful to, others make us laugh, some are inclusive, others not too much; all of them have one thing in common – a bit of love and a lot of friendship and familiarity.
INTRODUCING CNS / OUR OUT AND OUT, PROUD LGBTQ+ TRIBE OF GREGARIOUS QUEENS WHO STOP AT NOTHING TO PROMOTE INCLUSION, FUN AND FEEL GOOD TRIBE VIBES. CNS STANDS FOR CREATIVE NON STOP, BUT IN REALITY, IT STANDS FOR SO MUCH MORE (ON A PAIR OF 8 INCH HEELS TOO).
CNS was set up a few years ago to create a truly open-hearted and friendly collective for the LGBTQ+ community. After being noted as the islands’ ‘below standard’ queer collective – a monicker they turned into a strapline, CNS have established a fantastic cross-over (and sometimes cross-dressing) events brand. An unstoppable, glittery force of musical, creative, artistic, outgoing souls that throw parties unlike any other. Jay, Jp and Seb are the three at the top of the tree of this tribe but literally anyone and everyone is welcome to join in. From roof top parties, to Wonky Town festival take-overs, Balls-Out Bingo and an array of other giggle-ridden events are where you find this tribe. Follow the scent of hair spray and the sound of the music.
“We aim to shock, inspire and make our audience think, as well as tickle all the senses; from make-up artistry to sound and light production, performance art, creative writing, fashion styling to full event management. We aim to bring the existing local creative community together to execute ‘tailored, one of a kind experiences’ for any type of event or venue (and sometimes it can get a little gay along the way).”
CNS doesn’t care if you’re gay, straight, boy, girl, they or something else entirely, they don’t care if you’re dressed up, dressed down, introvert, extrovert or anything else – all they care about is that when you get down with their tribe, you lift your spirits up.