FERTILITY FEST 2019

Fertility Fest, the world’s first arts festival dedicated to the science of making babies and modern families, is now in its third year. This year’s edition runs from 23 April – 12 May at London’s Barbican

Full details for the event can be see here: https://www.fertilityfest.com/queer-family-barbican

The event includes:

* Film-maker Emma Edwards presents her award-winning short film Altruistic which follows the journey of the first gay male couple to become legal parents through surrogacy in the UK.

* Best-selling ‘Human Book’ Dimple Devadas will be telling the remarkable story of her rainbow family made through the gift of sperm donation.

* Theatre-maker Stella Duffy and playwright Shelley Silas have been together for 28 years and been married four times – that’s how long it took the law to catch up. They didn’t have the family they dreamed of but are a family nonetheless.

* Cabaret artist Jamie Anderson and his band will be performing an extract from his new show about become a father for the first time as a gay HIV+ man.

The performances will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with fertility experts Carole Gilling Smith Medical Director of Agora Clinic in Brighton & Hove, and Franscesca Steyn, Head of Nursing at the Centre of Reproductive and Genetic Health – both leading voices in the industry on assisted conception within the LGBT community.

Chaired by James Mackenzie Blackman, Chief Executive of Scotland’s Eden Court Theatre and gay dad of two through adoption.

Full details and tickets see: https://www.fertilityfest.com

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