Leeds' smallest gay bar is opening in May as part of Compass Festival

Leeds' smallest gay bar will be opening for three days only in May.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 4:52 pm
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 4:55 pm

But One in, One out will have a capacity of - you've guessed it - one.

The interactive installation is all about exploring the role of the gay bar in contemporary queer culture.

It's part of the Compass Festival, which has spread its activities throughout 2021, allowing audiences to experience them as intended where possible.

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The One in, One out (photo: Lizzie Coombes).

The One in, One out will be located in Wharf Street from May 28 - 30, 12pm - 7pm.

It will feature camp, glitz, glamour and dodgy disco lighting.

The closure of gay bars, particularly in London has been widely reported on in the past few years.

Artist Lucy Hayhoe created the One in, One out.

The One in, One Out only has room for a single person (photo: Lizzie Coombes).

She said: “In the context of covid, the work has taken on new meaning. One in, One out facilitates a nightlife experience and access to queer space that the community has been missing out on for so long.

"The project makes possible the present impossibility of a nightlife experience, but only through isolation.

"I hope visitors will contemplate what a nightclub experience can be without the intimacy with strangers.

"But also, that they find joy in the familiar but miniaturised experience.

"The work makes real the possibility of fun and frivolity once again and for queer people people being queer in practice often happens on the dance-floor!"