Ahead of our annual Gala, we sat down with Daven and Imani from Troxy, the stunning venue where our Gala will be taking place, to find out more about the venue and how the team has been supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

 

What is your role at Troxy, and what does your working day there tend to look like?

Daven - I’m an Account Manager here at Troxy looking after a selection of our event organisers from conferences and awards to experiential events and filming. 

Imani - I’m the Sales and Events Coordinator andI’m the first point of contact for most clients at Troxy before their enquiry is confirmed and taken over by an Account Manager. I also have a selection of my own clients like the C4 Brexit Debate which we hosted last week.

 

How would you describe Troxy to anybody who’s not experienced a show or an event there before?

If you’ve never been here before you’ll be blown away by the stunning original art deco features and the originality of the place. It was built as a cinema in the 1930s and has a rich and independent history. We’ve got an original Wurlitzer organ with all the pipes hidden behind the art deco archways, which still gets used for recitals. You never know what you’re going to get when you step through the doors as every event is so different from the last.

It sounds like an extremely fun place to work, I’d think that no single event is the same to work on as another? 

That’s one of the best parts about working for Troxy, one day we’re hosting an intense political debate, the next we’ll have classic rock band leading the mosh pit then, before you know it, the stage is filled with drag queens lip syncing the Spice Girls. Each event brings its own challenges (often how are we going to clear up all this glitter?!) but they’re all so rewarding as well!

 

The venue certainly has an interesting history, can you tell us a little bit about that?

We recently celebrated Troxy’s 86th birthday and it’s been a pretty wild ride... We started off as a cinema back in 1933, the first film ever shown here was King Kong (hence the gorilla face you might have spotted around the venue). In 1960 Troxy was forced to close its doors...but just three years later became the London Opera Centre run by the Royal Opera House. The venue was primarily used for rehearsals before closing in 1978. After earning Grade II listed status in 1991 Troxy was converted into a bingo hall and the famous booths were installed. The games came to a close in 2005 but luckily Troxy didn’t have long to rest as it was reborn as a live events space in 2006 for gigs, fundraising events, award ceremonies, film screenings and even sporting events.

one day we’re hosting an intense political debate, the next we’ll have classic rock band leading the mosh pit then, before you know it, the stage is filled with drag queens lip syncing the Spice Girls.

As well as its history and long-standing relationship with our friends at Sink The Pink, there have been countless celebs through your doors. Who are some of the funnest familiar faces you’ve met while working at Troxy?

We’ve got a cracking roster and Sink The Pink have brought plenty of celebs to the stage for their infamous judging sessions from Sam Smith and Pussy Cat Dolls to Mel C most recently performing after Pride. We hosted Samuel L Jackson’s charity concert with Craig David and Sigma on the bill, Robbie Williams’ Brit Icon event, Kaytranada, Patti Smith, Faithless, The Specials, Belle and Sebastian, Prince Charles was here for a community event, it's always diverse!

While the akt Gala is brand new to the venue this year, it has a history of supporting and holding queer events, doesn’t it?

Supporting the LGBTQ + community is really important to everyone in the Troxy team. Obviously we host a lot of drag events with Sink the Pink, but we also regularly welcome Klub Kids and Ru Paul’s Drag Race to the Troxy stage. We’re also lucky enough to host the London Gay Men’s Chorus, the Gay Men’s Dance Company and the Pink Singers. This year we’re excited to add the akt Gala fundraiser and West End Bares to our illustrious lineup of LGBTQ gigs.

supporting the LGBTQ + community is really important to everyone in the Troxy team. 

For the Troxy team it really goes beyond just the events we host we’re also committed to the venue being an LGBTQ + safe space. This extends to our staff training, the safety measures we take and even the language used when greeting guests.

If you could describe the space in three words – at its peak – to anybody considering coming along to the Gala in October, what would they be?

Just absolutely fabulous!


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