This year I participated in (my 3rd) the 6th CSD Cottbus! It was a wonderful day with an ever-growing community of LGBTQI supporters and people advocating the rights to love and live freely.
I always feel like I am going home when I play in Cottbus, not only because of the quaint nature of the city, but because there is a community of people there lead by AIDS Hilfe Lausitz (Miss Cherry Moonlight and Stefan of AHL pictured above) that opens its collective arms and hearts to ALL people and welcomes them into the community with unconditional acceptance. It's an amazing feeling and something that I wish more people could experience. I love these people! And they love me!
I played at the end of the demo parade for the street celebration portion of the day and shared the stage with the wonderfully entertaining Das Wunder von Bernd! Off stage and sharing her amazing talents was the wonderful comic illustrator Elke R. Steiner, who drew live-scenes at the demo! Here's one she did of my portion of the day!
There were children singing and dancing on and off stage! There were beautiful souls milling around in a cloud of love-filled appreciation, there were new experiences and opportunities to educate inquisitive and brave minds... and there was even a marriage proposal!!!!!!
And at the end of the evening, the sassy and unbelievably cool 10-year-old J. informed me that she just HAD to paint my face like a lady bug (after she chided me for not remembering her name from last year (but she still has and loves my CD), sang and danced with me on stage, helped me with the equipment break-down and carried my guitar out of the hall!)... which I proudly sported all the way back to Berlin! I was presented with the unexpected and rare gift of regaining a connection to my inner-child through this vivacious little spirit! And being painted like a ladybug opened up countless opportunities for conversation on my 3 hour home-journey!
I have already been invited back and gleefully accepted another year performing at CSD Cottbus in July 2015. From 30 participants to 200, this demo/celebration has grown steadily over the last 6 years and will continue to grow into the future. Let's help them double+ that participation number for next year! I invite YOU to join me, little J., Miss Cherry Moonlight all our friends in Cottbus to make this next demo an even bigger success!
Save the date and see you then! XOXOXOX!
The Author... it's me, Nicole!