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Full programme announced for Homotopia

The festival has this year been enhanced by funding as part of the #Liverpool2018 programme

Full programme announced for Homotopia

by Culture Liverpool

Organisers of the annual LGBT+ festival Homotopia have 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 at Hinterlands 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 Night at 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 of Mop 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’; and Kings 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 November. Cheryl, 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 December; featuring 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 www.homotopia.net

Facebook: Homotopia Arts

Twitter: @homotopiafest

 

EVENT LISTINGS

 

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

Hinterlands, 7 Mann St, Liverpool L8 5AF

8pm

Tickets: Free

 

Gay of The Dead

Sat 3 – Sun 4 November

The Black-E, 1 Great George St, Liverpool L1 5EW

10am-6pm

Tickets: Free

 

Threesome

Sun 4 November – Sun 2 December

The Gallery, 41 Stanhope St, Liverpool L8 5RE

Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm

Tickets: Free

 

Dietrich: Natural Duty

Tue 6 November

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG

7:30pm

Tickets: £10.50/£8.50 (Concession)

Book at  www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

Love The Life You Live, Live The Life You Love

Wed 7 November

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG

5pm

Tickets: Pay What You Decide

Book at  www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

Rent Party

Wed 7 – Thu 8 November

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG

8pm

Tickets: £10.50/£8.50 (Concession)

Book at  www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

Hip, Hip I’m Gay!

Fri 9 November

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG

7:30pm

Tickets: £10.50/£8.50 (Concession)

Book at www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

Eat Me #10: A Commiseration of John Waters

Fri 9 November

District, 61 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BE

8pm

Tickets: £20 (includes Eat Me Cabaret, 3 Course Dinner and Preach Ticket)

£10 Eat Me Ticket

£5 Preach Ticket

Book at www.homotopia.net

 

Emerging Talent: Scratch Night

Sat 10 November

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG

5pm

Tickets: Pay What You Decide

Book at www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

John Waters: This Filthy World

Sat 10 November

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BP

7:30pm

Tickets: £27.50/£33.50

Book at www.liverpoolphil.com

 

Mina

Tue 13 – Wed 14 November

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG

6pm/7:30pm

Tickets: £8.50/£6.50 (Concessions)

Book at www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

Rockbottom

Wed 14 November

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG

9pm

Tickets: £8.50/£6.50 (Concessions)

Book at www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

Mop The House: A Short Guide to Vogue

Thu 15 – Fri 16 November

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG

Thu 7:30pm, Fri 7pm/9pm

Tickets: £10.50/£8.50 (Concessions)

Book at www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

Where Love Is Illegal

Sat 17 November – ***

Open Eye Gallery, 9 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP

Open Daily 10am-5pm

Tickets: Free

Ren Hang

Sat 17 November – ***

Open Eye Gallery, 9 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP

Open Daily 10am-5pm

Tickets: Free

 

Queer Hub: Homotopia Special

Sat 17 November

Venue TBC

1pm-4pm

Tickets: Pay What You Decide

Book at www.liverpoolqueercollective.co.uk

 

Scottee: Fat Blokes

Sat 17 November

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl, Liverpool L1 9BG

7:30pm

Tickets: £12.50/£10.50 (Concessions)

Book at www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

 

Burgerz

Sun 18 November

Hope Street Theatre, 22 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BY

6pm

Tickets: £10/£8 (Concessions)

Book at www.hopestreettheatre.com

 

LGBT+ Women in Literature

Tue 20 November

Venue TBC

7pm

Tickets: Pay What You Decide

Book at www.homotopia.net

 

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: The Ginger Snapped

Wed 21 November

The Epstein Theatre, 85 Hanover St, Liverpool L1 3DZ

8pm

Tickets: £21

Book at www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk

 

Queercentric Music Night

Thu 22 November

District, 61 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BE

7:30pm

Tickets: Pay On The Door

 

Alaska

Fri 23 November

Open Eye Gallery, 9 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP

7:30pm

Tickets: £5

Book at www.homotopia.net

 

Drag Queen Story Time

Sat 24 November

Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool L17 1AP

11:30am

Tickets: Adults £4/Children £2.50 (Children under 3 Free)

Book at www.homotopia.net

 

Kings and Queens of The Underworld

Sun 25 November

Constellations, 35-39 Greenland St, Liverpool L1 0BS

7:30pm

Tickets: £10

Book at: www.earthmoves.or/club-orientation

 

Ancestral Constellations

Mon 26 November

Open Eye Gallery, 9 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP

10am-5pm

Tickets: Pay What You Decide

Book at www.homotopia.net

 

Shorts and Sweet

Wed 28 November

Frederiks, 32 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BX

7:30pm

Tickets: £5

Book at www.homotopia.net

 

2018: Where Are All The Lesbians?

Fri 30 November

Venue at a secret location (confirmed once booked)

6:30pm

Tickets: £5/£3 (Concessions)

Book at www.homotopia.net

 

Lez Be Avin It – Homotopia Special

Fri 30 November

Invisible Wind Factory, 3 Regent Rd, Liverpool L3 7DS

9pm

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

2pm

Tickets: Free

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