Queer today, gone tomorrow: the fight to save LGBT nightlife

They survived homophobia and Thatcher. But is gentrification now sounding the death knell for gay clubs and pubs? We meet the artists battling to save them On a summers day in 2017, in gardens near the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, an unusual drag show took place. A lot of work had gone into the costumes, but these were not of the kind youd expect: there were no rhinestones or wigs. Each performer was wearing an architectural model on their head, and instead of lip-syncing, they were reading out snippets of planning and licensing documents. The models didnt represent buildings of any great distinction, but to members of the audience they were a familiar lineup: the Black Cap, the Joiners …

Nowruz festival marks 100 years of Afghan independence

Afghans have been taking part in Nowruz new year celebrations, which have coincided with the countrys centenary of independence. Stefanie Glinski visited the northern city of Mazar-e-sharif to photograph the festivities Huge crowds have gathered on the streets of Security was tight during Nowruz celebrations in Mazar-e-Sharif, where hundreds of police and military personnel where deployed Decked out in colourful dresses and carrying national flags and plastic trumpets, revellers filled the usually traffic-clogged streets and famous Blue mosque in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. People from all over the country as well as some neighbouring ones have been joining in the fun to celebrate the year 1398. Children enjoy picnics and ice-cream during Nowruz celebrations Rostam, 45, a Pashto dancer …