Gay Art Never Looked So Good
Starting today and through to November, Homotopia returns. The international LBGTQ+ festival and will feature dance, theatre, film, art, performance and cabaret. Now, in its 13th year, this year’s Homotopia theme is ‘Forbidden’.
The theme pays tribute to those suffering under extreme dictator ideologies; those artists and cultural explorations that are censored, and those that live in a land where homosexuality is punishable by legal enforcements ranging from fines to imprisonment. Here in Liverpool, at the forefront of LBGTQ+ equality and as a centre for social justice, we focus our energy on celebrating a rich history, of challenging oppression and promoting human rights and fairness. Stories that are ignored will be told, hidden histories brought to light. Celebrate and challenge these stories with us at Homotopia, with these ten things you cannot afford to miss…
I Am For You Can Enjoy, Khalil West & Ajamu
Thursday 20 Oct- Sunday 30 Oct
Not being able to tell your own story in your own voice leads to others making definitions about you. This work, part of an ongoing multi-media collaboration between cultural activist, writer and sex worker Khalil West and photographer Ajamu, I Am For You Can Enjoy is a collection of candid video interviews with and portraits of men who stand at the margins in terms of race, sexuality, commerce and labour. Historically, the term ‘rent boy’, or ‘male escort’, evokes images of the normative body engaged in a transgressive act, of white men selling their bodies and sexual companionship for cold hard cash. This work challenges definitions of blackness and sex workers with humour, honesty and, most importantly, in their own words.
Pride & Prejudice
Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Sudley House
What is LGBT history? Who does it belong to? What does it say? In this two year online collaborative project, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, hidden LGBT stories are told through objects from NML galleries and Museum of Liverpool collections. The history is interpreted and made accessible online to search and explore. Discover more here.
Dance Triple Bill
Tuesday 1 Nov, 7.30pm
An evening of dance and physical theatre brings new work to the city from local, national and international artists, with pieces that include Wild Thing, Passionaria and A Blighted Life. Grab the chance to experience club culture, homophobia and storytelling through dance and physical performance this November. More info here.
DIVA Debate – Forbidden Lives
Thursday 3 Nov 6pm
Responding to the theme of Homotopia for 2016 ‘Forbidden’, join author Diana Souhami (The Trials of Radclyffe Hall, Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter), Nigerian Activist and LGBT Equality Advocate Aderonke Apata, the Rt Hon Baroness Barker, author Steph Theobald and intersex lesbian activist and academic Valentine Vecchietti as they discuss forbidden lesbian and bi women’s lives from past to present with DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska. Any info you need, we’ve got it right here.
Zoe Lyons, Little Misfit
Saturday 5 Nov, 9pm
In this brand new show for 2016, discover how Zoe Lyons went from being the awkward kid at school with a different accent and a bad bout of alopecia, to getting to a point in her life where she doesn’t want to be part of anyone’s gang. In fact, she doesn’t want to fit in and she’s much happier being a Little Misfit.
Penny Arcade, Longing Lasts Longer
Thursday 10 Nov 9pm
This double award winning Edinburgh show mixes satire with soundscapes. Inspired by four decades of pop culture, it’s a passionate performance with plenty of space for you to laugh, think and dance, all at the same time. That’s the type of show we love. Explore more.
Looking for John
Thursday 10 Nov – Saturday 12 Nov 7.30pm
Written by Tony Timberlake this play tells the story of a forgotten hero. In 1976, 19 million people watched Birmingham born skater, John Curry, win Olympic gold and with it, international acclaim. Within hours he was outed by a German tabloid. Complex, troubled, described as the “Nureyev of the ice” he found international success but, since his death aged just 44, John Curry is largely unrecognized and uncelebrated. Looking for John is powerful, heartfelt and comic story of one man’s obsession with a forgotten icon; a must-see for anyone this Homotopia fest.
In the Company of Friends and Queer in the Gallery
Saturday 12 Sunday 13 Nov
Returning to Homotopia, join England’s avant-guardian for two very special events. A night of live music at Unity Theatre featuring Gem Andrew and Gerry Potter.There are limited places so book now to avoid any disappointment. We can’t wait.
But it doesn’t stop there. Venture out to the Walker Art Gallery the following day to enjoy a personal tour of the gallery focusing on Transformation, One Man’s Cross Dressing Wardrobe. There are limited places so book early to avoid any disappointment. We can’t wait.
Queercentric Music Night
Studio 2 on Parr Street
Thursday 17 Nov 8pm
Enjoy an eclectic evening of sumptuous Queer music with headline act Playing House, along with LiIINES, VUKOVAR and Ciaran O Discoll. Boogie to the very best rhythm, beats and lyrical excellencies of the UK’s Queer Music Scene. Catch updates and info on Facebook.
You Are Here
Tuesday 29 Nov – Sunday 4 Dec
A pop up museum of LGBT+ history on Merseyside, using personal artefacts alongside a digital archive, this display is designed to raise awareness of history and to educate its audience. Explore more info here. It’s time to celebrate the people who’ve made the region a brighter and better place.
Homotopia never looked so good! Discover more amazing goings-on at: http://www.homotopia.net/