Friday, 24 August 2018

NEWS: Homotopia LGBTQ Festival returns to Liverpool this November


Organisers of the annual LGBT+ festival Homotopia have today revealed a jam-packed and eclectic programme for 2018 when the festival returns to take over the city from Friday 2 November – Saturday 1 December.
First launched in 2004, Homotopia celebrates local, national and international LGBT+ arts and culture.
Theatre, contemporary dance, visual art, music, debate, youth and community participation, heritage and film all form part of the diverse programme from one of the key cultural festivals in the region.
Highlights for this year include shows from cult legend John Waters; Ru Paul favourite Jinkx Monsoon; LGBT+ activist and performance artist Travis Alabanza; artist Scottee; and collaborative exhibition Threesome.
The month-long festival kicks off in extraordinary fashion on Fri 2 November with the Homotopia Festival Launch Party. The free event atHinterlands will include entertainment from House of Suarez and Ashleigh Owen, as well as top DJ’s to keep guests dancing until the early hours. 
Theatre has a strong presence on this year’s programme with something on offer for all.
Dietrich: Natural Duty the intoxicating one-(wo)man show comes to Unity Theatre on Tue 6 November direct from Edinburgh Fringe. An intoxicating mixture of theatre, cabaret and drag revealing the life of the legend Marlene Dietrich.
Get a first glimpse of Love The Life You Live, Live The Life You Love in an exclusive scratch performance at Unity Theatre on Wed 7 November.
Do not miss the immersive show Rent Party also at Unity Theatre on Wed 7 November. Winning a string of 5* reviews this part show, part party is inspired by the 1920s Harlem Renaissance rent parties.
Emerging LGBT+ artists and performers will present a collection of fresh and exciting performances at Homotopia’s Emerging Talent: Scratch Nightat Unity Theatre on Sat 10 November.
A sensory and immersive exploration of the world of conversion therapy and gay exorcism is brought to the Unity Theatre stage on Tue 13 – Wed 14 November in Mina, an innovative retelling of Nataly Lebouleux’s award-wining film Paper Thin.
Theatre meets the fabulous world of Vogue dance culture on Thu 15 – Fri 16 November when Fittings Multimedia Arts present the UK premiere ofMop The House: A Short Guide To Vogue, at Unity Theatre.
Alabanza, one of the UK’s prominent trans voices, presents Burgerz – a powerful piece of theatre exploring the way trans people are seen in society and dissected in public, coming to Hope Street Theatre on Sun 18 November.
Ru Paul’s Drag race favourite Jinkx Monsson comes to The Epstein Theatre on Wed 21 November with lyrical genius Major Scales in their new tour The Ginger Snapped – a witty, biting look at the dark side of Drag fame.
One woman show Alaska from writer, poet and performer Cheryl Martin will take audiences on a funny, magical trip to the moon. One woman’s extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression comes to Open Eye Gallery on Fri 23 November.
Vaudeville and cabaret are also on the Homotopia bill with a fabulous selection of variety entertainment – including a headline performance from John Waters who comes to Liverpool in his only live UK performance of the year.
The director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian and all-round cult legend will present his one-man show – John Waters: This Filthy World at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Sat 10 November.
In the build-up to John Water’s performance, don not miss Eat Me #10: A Commiseration of John Waters: A Life in Bad Taste on Fri 9 November - a drag dinner cabaret extravaganza filled with debauchery, deviance and depravity. Then dance late in to the night with the disco after party Preach.
Other cabaret highlights include comedy Hip, Hip I’m Gay! at Unity Theatre on Fri 9 November which follows real-life stories of ‘coming out’; andKings and Queens of The Underworld featuring all the charm and eccentricity of classic vaudeville, on Sun 25 November at Constellations.
The work of 28 artists are brought together in Gay of the Dead, the first of 5 exhibitions throughout the festival. Honouring LGBT+ lives lost to hate crime worldwide, it opens at The Black-E on Sat 3 – Sun 4 November
Threesome, a collaborative exhibition exploring the creative relationships of three renowned lesbian painters Sadie Lee, Roxana Halls and Sarah Jane Moon is on display at The Gallery from Sun 4 November – Sun 2 December.
Two collections of works will feature at Open Eye Gallery championing every persons right and freedom to choose who they love; Where Love Is Illegal and Ren Hang will be open from Sat 17 November.
Tales From The City continues at the Museum of Liverpool, with over 200,000 visitors since its launch during last year's festival.
The festival also presents a dance double-bill! The first, Rockbottom on Wed 14 November sees successful performer Stuart Waters make his debut as an independent artist in this moving self-portrait dance solo. Then on Sat 17 November a dance show about flab, double chins and getting your kit off in public comes to Unity Theatre with Scottee: Fat Blokes.
There will also be an exciting collection of talks, workshops and participation events throughout the festival.
The creative networking event Queer Hub will return for a Homotopia Special on Sat 17 November, where participants will explore this year’s festival theme I Will Survive through discussion and activities.
As Homotopia’s Guest Curator for 2018, Cheryl Martin will lead the in-conversation event LGBT+ Women in Writing on Tue 20 NovemberCheryl, and panelists Juno Dawson and Kerry Hudson will discuss what it takes to establish and maintain a career as a successful female writer.
Join trainer and coach Sonya Welch-Moring and artist Ria Hartley on Mon 26 November as they present a day long workshop Ancestral Constellations which explores identity and belonging.
Following on from the success of 1967: Where Are All The Lesbians? enjoy another mysterious women-centric night of interactive conversation on lesbian visibility, this time bringing the topic right up to date with 2018: Where Are All The Lesbians? on Fri 30 November.
This will be followed by the Lez Be Avin It Homotopia Special after party – a regular alternative and inclusive lesbian night at Invisible Wind Factory.
Other festival highlights include Queercentric Music Night at District on Thu 22 November. Liverpool Queer Collective present a night of sumptuous music and spoken word from LGBT+ musicians and artists.
Bring the whole family to Sefton Park Palm House on Sat 24 November for Drag Queen Story Time where storyteller The Nightbus will bring children’s stories to life capturing the imagination of all.
A night of film shorts from some of the UK’s most forward thinking filmmakers will be celebrated when Shorts and Sweet comes to Frederiks on Wed 28 November.
Homotopia will be supporting a World AIDS Day Vigil taking place in the Concert Room at St George’s Hall on Sat 1 Decemberfeaturing speeches, poetry recitals and moments of remembrance for those who have lost their lives from HIV.
Now in it’s 15th year, Homotopia returns to Liverpool from Friday 2 November – Sunday 2 December in a spectacular celebration of LGBT+ art and culture.
More info can be found on the website
Facebook: Homotopia Arts
Twitter: @homotopiafest
Tales From The City
Until Spring 2019
Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1DG
Open Daily 10am-5pm
Tickets: Free

Homotopia Festival Launch Party
Fri 2 November
Tickets: Free

Gay of The Dead
Sat 3 – Sun 4 November
Tickets: Free

Sun 4 November – Sun 2 December
Tuesday – Sunday12pm – 4pm
Tickets: Free

Dietrich: Natural Duty
Tue 6 November
Tickets: £10.50/£8.50 (Concession)

Love The Life You Live, Live The Life You Love
Wed 7 November
Tickets: Pay What You Decide

Rent Party
Wed 7 – Thu 8 November
Tickets: £10.50/£8.50 (Concession)

Hip, Hip I’m Gay!
Fri 9 November
Tickets: £10.50/£8.50 (Concession)

Eat Me #10: A Commiseration of John Waters
Fri 9 November
Tickets: £20 (includes Eat Me Cabaret, 3 Course Dinner and Preach Ticket)
            £10 Eat Me Ticket
            £5 Preach Ticket

Emerging Talent: Scratch Night
Sat 10 November
Tickets: Pay What You Decide

John Waters: This Filthy World
Sat 10 November
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BP
Tickets: £27.50/£33.50

Tue 13 – Wed 14 November
Tickets: £8.50/£6.50 (Concessions)

Wed 14 November
Tickets: £8.50/£6.50 (Concessions)

Mop The House: A Short Guide to Vogue
Thu 15 – Fri 16 November
Thu 7:30pm, Fri 7pm/9pm
Tickets: £10.50/£8.50 (Concessions)

Where Love Is Illegal
Sat 17 November - ***
Open Daily 10am-5pm
Tickets: Free

Ren Hang
Sat 17 November - ***
Open Daily 10am-5pm
Tickets: Free

Queer Hub: Homotopia Special
Sat 17 November
Venue TBC
Tickets: Pay What You Decide

Scottee: Fat Blokes
Sat 17 November
Tickets: £12.50/£10.50 (Concessions)

Sun 18 November
Hope Street Theatre, 22 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BY
Tickets: £10/£8 (Concessions)

LGBT+ Women in Literature
Tue 20 November
Venue TBC
Tickets: Pay What You Decide

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: The Ginger Snapped
Wed 21 November
The Epstein Theatre, 85 Hanover St, Liverpool L1 3DZ
Tickets: £21

Queercentric Music Night
Thu 22 November
Tickets: Pay On The Door

Fri 23 November
Tickets: £5

Drag Queen Story Time
Sat 24 November
Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool L17 1AP
Tickets: Adults £4/Children £2.50 (Children under 3 Free)

Kings and Queens of The Underworld
Sun 25 November
Tickets: £10

Ancestral Constellations
Mon 26 November
Tickets: Pay What You Decide

Shorts and Sweet
Wed 28 November
Tickets: £5

2018: Where Are All The Lesbians?
Fri 30 November
Venue at a secret location (confirmed once booked)
Tickets: £5/£3 (Concessions)

Lez Be Avin It – Homotopia Special
Fri 30 November
Invisible Wind Factory, 3 Regent Rd, Liverpool L3 7DS
Tickets: £5
Pay On The Door

World AIDS Day Vigil
Sat 1 December
St George’s Hall Concert Room, St George's Pl, Liverpool L1 1JJ
Tickets: Free

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