Party with Pride

Published on Jun 15, 2013

Performances! Dancing! Food and drinks! Party with Pride is a fantastic way to support fierce LGBTQI activists around the world. Join us this year on Saturday June 15 at the beautiful Gowanus Loft for our annual community celebration.

USA- New York
Party with Pride Host Committee:
Charlotte Bunch, Roxanna Carillo, Judene Walden, Rose Sias, Carol Alpert, YK Hong, Miles Goff, Mary Li, Svati Shah, Chitra Ganesh, Miriam Zoila Pérez, and Ryan Li Dahlstrom.

Event Details

Saturday June 15, 2013
Gowanus Loft
61 9th Street, Loft C8 | Brooklyn, NY 11215
Please note: We’ve just learned that the elevator at Gowanus Lofts is out of order. The venue is up two flights of stairs. We deeply apologize to anyone who is unable to attend as a result. Please contact us if you’ve purchased tickets already and are now unable to attend. Please email

8 pm–9:30 pm
Tickets $50/$75/$100

Performance by Arooj Aftab! Open Bar & Hors D’oeuvres

9:30 pm–1 am
Tickets $25 in advance. Sliding scale at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds!

Dance party with DJ Lynnee Denise and more!

Can’t attend? Buy a ticket in advance to sponsor the event.

Purchase tickets in advance


Gowanus loft is steps away from the F/G train at Smith and 9th street station. Alternatively, it is a 10 minute walk from F/G/R at 4th Ave and 9th Street station. Free parking is available at the venue.

The Astraea staff made a Homoground mixtape for Party with Pride! Have a listen as you are getting ready for the party…

Arooj AftabA mesmerizing new voice and an inspiring antidote to the homogeneity overwhelming the music industry today, Arooj Aftab innovates off classical Sufi music for a sound that is fresh, graceful, and musically complex. The layers subtle, intricate, dynamic vocals over acoustic instrumentation, skillfully re-imagining indigenous soul with signature ‘cool.’

Arooj has created a buzz both within the South Asian community and amongst a responsive and discerning public at large. The Boston Globe noted, “Aftab’s ethereal voice swirls and dives in the delicate, complicated motions of her country’s long musical heritage,” and MTV Desi reported, “Arooj filled the space with her gentle yet surprisingly forceful vocal style.”

Paying homage to legendary vocalists such as Begum Akhtar, Reshma, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, and Mehdi Hassan, Arooj works with contemporary artists, instruments and concepts to create a repertoire that translates across ages, for audiences South Asian and beyond. She has had the honor of sharing stage with world renowned musicians such as Nona Hendrix, Leni Stern, Liz Wright and Esperanza Spalding.

Magda GiannikouAccompanying Arooj Aftab is Magda Giannikou on accordion – a virtuoso musician with a delicate minimalist approach that compliments and amplifies Arooj’s style. Through a deep understanding of Arab, Greek, Mediterranean phrasi