Public History Festival 2018: History and Cultures of the HIV/AIDS crisis


Our Public History Festival for 2018 explored the histories and cultures of the HIV/AIDS crisis.

The Festival took place across London throughout July 2018, and was open to all. Many events were also free to attend.

It aimed to explore how HIV/AIDS has been experienced, represented, and remembered. Events include workshops, film screenings, party nights, music, talks, and performance.

You can see the events we ran by downloading the events calendar:


The festival was convened by the Raphael Samuel History Centre, with *Bridges events curated by Ash Kotak at Aesthesia. The RSHC is an outreach and research centre supported by Birkbeck and Queen Mary, University of London, dedicated to exploring public, interdisciplinary, and experimental history across periods and regions. Named after the historian Raphael Samuel, the Centre also maintains an interest in London history and history from below.

The Festival also relied upon many partners across heritage, academic, and charitable sector organisations.

Bridges: the cultural program of the AIDS Histories and Cultures Festival curated by Ash Kotak of Aesthesia, supporting the #AIDSMemoryUK campaign. To donate, visit their gofundme page here.
C20th AIDS to C21st HIV – U=U: Undetectable=Untransmittable
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