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English Disco Lovers – Don’t Hate Gyrate | Chris Alton

Chris talks about founding and running English Disco Lovers (EDL), a subversive social movement looking to reclaim the EDL acronym, most commonly associated with the English Defence League.

Chris Alton is a 23 year old artist and Quaker. In September 2012 he founded English Disco Lovers (EDL), a subversive social movement looking to reclaim the EDL acronym, most commonly associated with the English Defence League. His intention was to make the three letter abbreviation more synonymous with disco than ‘defence’, supplanting negative connotations with positive ones. Through their deployment of radical joy, in opposition to contemporary intolerance in the UK, the English Disco Lovers (EDL) have built at UK-wide network of collaborators and followers. Over the past three years they have occupied various spaces online, participated in street-level demonstrations up and down the UK and in 2013 they were shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards. The group currently run a series of club nights, where they spread their “Don’t Hate! Gyrate!” message and raise money for numerous causes, including; anti-racism, LGBT and refugee charities.