WHAT THE FUCK IS OAKLASH?
Oaklash a weekend-long festival of drag and other queer performance that takes place annually in Oakland, California.
Founded by Beatrix LaHaine and Mama Celeste in 2018, the first Oaklash festival featured over 50 performers from Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose and has now featured hundreds performers from the Bay Area and beyond.
Oaklash is dedicated to building new and ever-expanding stages to showcase & elevate Bay Area queer talent. Our programming aims to create safe and welcoming environments that not only accept but celebrate members of the queer community, especially queer and trans people of color. Our organization was created to showcase performances that are boundary pushing, provocative, and unique to the sensibility of the Bay Area. We aim to stay true to the history of Oakland as a home to creative renaissance rooted in diversity. We hope that by amplifying and supporting the queer art community in the Bay Area, we can emphasize the need for investment in the arts in the face of systemic racism, growing economic disparities, and the Bay Area housing crisis.
Here's What People Are Saying About Oaklash
East Bay Express - 2020
KQED Arts - 2020
48 Hills - 2020
Bay City News Foundation - 2020
Bay Area Reporter - 2020
BobCut Magazine - 2020
SF Chronicle - 2018
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Oaklash is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit charity in the state of California (EIN: 38-4133258)
All donations to Oaklash are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Oaklash Board of Directors
President: Mama Celeste • Vice President: Beatrix LaHaine
Board Chair: VivvyAnne ForeverMore • Secretary: Maha Wam • Treasurer: Alyssa Jarvis
Directors: Kochina Rude • Vera Hannush • Beatrice Thomas • Bridgette Hoch