The Queens of Bushwig Reveal Why the Annual Festival Is Important
This weekend in New York City, the Coachella of drag returns to New York City in the 2018 Bushwig Festival. Taking place at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens, Bushwig celebrates the weird and wonderful aspects of drag, providing a platform for the drag stars who refuse to put themselves into any box.
In an age where drag has reached peak-levels of pop culture prominence, Billboard Pride reached out to 7 of the performers at this weekend’s festival to ask them the question: “What makes Bushwig special?” Check out the answers from some of Bushwig’s biggest stars, including Sasha Velour, Aja and more, below:
Bushwig has become more than just a festival to me. It has become family. Each time I participate in a Bushwig event, I not only get to see familiar faces from my created, queer family, but I make so many more friends and memorable experiences after each one. Bushwig allows us to create connections within our community, and showcase what we do to a large audience of people.
getting ready to make some ✨magic✨at the Miss Coney Island pageant & @bushwig this weekend! -- no sleep for me this week -- can’t wait to see you all there! get your tix at coneyisland.com & bushwig.com to come support this tired femme & so many wonderful performers! ----: @e.fxa & hair by @sweetlorrainenywigs #queer #femme #bushwig #coneyisland #brooklyndrag
Bushwig is special because, like the Brooklyn drag scene more broadly, this festival shows us that there are so many ways to "do drag" and to be a queer performer. As big as it’s gotten, it still retains that family vibe, and, true to its roots, it continues to carve out space (onstage and off) for queer and trans folks of all identities a d expressions. That’s the ethos of Brooklyn drag, and at Bushwig we get to celebrate the work of a wide variety of performers while sharing this vision of an inclusive, diverse drag community with an increasingly larger audience.
Bushwig is extremely important because there is a stage for any performer. It’s more than just a drag festival -- it’s a celebration of breaking all the boundaries and constructs society has placed on us. Everyone is welcome and no one is judged.
If this is not the truest expression of me on a hydrant on jefferson st I don’t know what is! So excited to share these photos and write up for @timeoutnewyork by @goldberghawn for @bushwig Photo by @liaclay incredible hair by @angelicasundae “no performer captures the intelligence of the current milieu like the trippy, unforgettable Untitled Queen.” #artist #dragqueen #bushwig
Bushwig is your backyard bbq hangout.
Bushwig is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Bushwig is the Garden of Earthly delights but on more acid.
It is the 8th Wonder of a futurepresent world,
A marvel of queenkingallinbetweenandbeyond-kind.
It is at once epic and intimate. Immediate and timeless.
It is our witching hour, where we can convene
and celebrate what we love to do and who we love to do it with.
Bushwig is special because it creates a safe space for queer artists and entertainers -- whether it be drag, live music, comedy, fashion or art -- to present themselves in a way that doesn’t have to be questioned or defined by the audience. Bushwig is special to me because I wouldn’t be where I am in my career If it wasn’t for performing on that stage. Horrorchata, Merrie Cherry, and the entire Bushwig family welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to present my passion for entertainment to the Brooklyn community & the world!
Photos from my show in Santiago, Chile 8/31/18. Thank you to @lemonlab_ for such an incredible night, for lowering me from the rafters, and for taking all these stunning photos (@lontano_ @almamvttersphotos @crearcon_luz) ! Most of all, thank you to the Chilean drag superstars I got to meet and the audience that cheered us on! I hope I can come back soon!
Bushwig celebrates all forms of drag by all kinds of people. It now has international proportions, but still carries that signature neighborhood attitude: a love of invention, an empowering message, and a deeply unpredictable environment! Inspiration and trauma guaranteed!
-- by @krystallynne at the @switchnplay show in late July. Was my last performance on the old @brandedsaloon stage! Come see the new setup at our next show on September 22nd! #drag #dragking #dragshow #burlesqueshow #switchnplay #dragkings #draglesque #lgbt #gay #queernightlife #brooklynnightlife #bkdrag #nycdrag #dragnyc #dragkingsofinstagram
Bushwig is special because it is a collective celebration with and of our drag community and family. Drag can encompass any kind of performance that plays with gender and the body, and Bushwig offers a unique platform to highlight the wide-ranging performance styles of the local Brooklyn scene and beyond.