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Sing and fight!
Activist musicals on World AIDS Day
1 December, 18:30, Bookmarket, Edinburgh
with The Fruitmarket Gallery and HIV Scotland
BOOK HERE, Pay What You Can Afford £0-8

Floating drag queens, singing fish, safer sex commercials by famous artists; these are just some of the ways that AIDS activism and LGBT liberation is explored in this one-off screening of musical films, some never shown before in the UK.

Screening of 80s/90s activist musical films with Q&A
To mark World AIDS Day, Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival returns with an event at The Fruitmarket Gallery's Bookmarket showcasing the absurd and political works of John Greyson.

Alongside rarely shown shorts from the 1980s, the event centres on clips from Zero Patience (1993). The film uses the unlikely form of song and dance to tell the story of the unfairly stigmatised, supposed ‘patient zero’ of the AIDS epidemic in North America.

Followed by a streamed discussion with the director, alongside contributions from HIV Scotland.

Sliding scale tickets £0-8
This is a one-off event of rarely shown films. Pre-booking advised.
In order to make this event more accessible to those on a low income, we use a sliding scale ticket price for our events. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – you won’t be asked for any proof / ID, we just ask that you use the price guide on the ticket booking page and are honest!
Tickets cover the cost of the event and any money left over goes to HIV Scotland.


The event takes place in BookMarket, The Fruitmarket temporary exhibition space in Waverley Mall during their renovation work. There will be an interval in the screening and a chance to grab a drink.

Bookmarket: a pop up bookshop and events space, 3/1 Waverley Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1BQ
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Organised by Edinburgh Artists' Moving Image Festival with the support of The Fruitmarket Gallery and HIV Scotland. Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfimuscials.co.uk