SHOUT, Birmingham’s festival of queer arts and culture, has announced the line-up for its 10th anniversary edition at a launch event held at Birmingham Hippodrome.
A Birmingham LGBT project, SHOUT made its debut in 2009 with the aim of promoting the diversity of the city’s LGBT cultural community. The festival has since grown to become a highlight on the Midlands LGBT calendar.
For 12 days in November, SHOUT promises to deliver an exciting programme of the very best in queer and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans theatre, visual arts, comedy, music, film and live performance at various locations across Birmingham.
Here’s a taster of what’s on offer…
SHOUT Opening Party – Hedwig & The Angry Inch
Cabaret performances and a screening of Hedwig And The Angry Inch at the Nightingale Club - there is also the unveiling of two new murals at the Nightingale which have been commissioned by SHOUT Festival to mark the venue's 50th anniversary (as part of the Festival's bigger heritage project).
Tuesday 5 Nov – 7pm
Reel Herstories: Rebel Dykes And The Archivettes
Film screenings looking at lesbian histories and the ways in which queer women have used film to preserve their stories.
Weds 6 Nov – 7.30pm
Deep In Vogue
Documentary screening about the Manchester Vogue scene.
Thurs 7 Nov – 7.30pm
Hit The Ode
Event featuring some of the UK’s leading spoken-work artists, including Dean Atta and Jackie Hagan (Jackie is Manchester-based and spoke at this year’s Pride vigil).
Fri 8 Nov
Queer And Now
A mixed bill evening of brand new performance work from queer artists in the Midlands.
Sat 9 Nov
Solo play - a bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation (very Fleabag!).
Sun 10 Nov
Where Do We Go From Here?
Panel discussion, with queer artists exploring intersection of identity & faith. Includes performances.
Mon 11 Nov
Are You Proud?
Documentary screening of Are You Proud?, which looks at the history of Pride in the UK. Includes a Q&A with the film's director and Lesbians And Gays Support The Migrants.
Tuesday 12 Nov
Solo Indian dance work from Midlands artist Jai Patel exploring the experience of being queer, south Asian and hindu.
Weds 13 Nov
The cult icon plays Birmingham for the first time ever, presenting a brilliant solo show about his life, career and philosophy. There's a late-night screening of his film, A Dirty Shame, at the Electric Cinema afterwards).
Weds 13 Nov
BOM Birthday Party
SHOUT Festival teams up with Birmingham Open Media, who are celebrating their fifth birthday with a night of music and performance.
Thurs 14 Nov
SHOUT Vogue Ball
SHOUT Festival throws Birmingham’s first vogue ball - houses are coming from all over the UK, and the Fesival is building Birmingham’s own house – hosted by Manchester’s House of Ghetto.
Friday 15 Nov
Split Britches, Unexploded Ordinances
Lesbian feminist icons Split Britches present their latest show, UXO, which explores the potential of older people.
Sat 16 Nov
SHOUT Community Day & Fab Kids Party
Free day of community activities, performances, short films etc. There's also a big and campy kids party for the whole family to enjoy.
Sun 17 Nov
Travis Alabanza Burgerz
Trans icon Travis Alabanza presents their incredible solo theatre show about transphobia. A big award winner at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.
Sun 17 Nov
Nathaniel Hall First Time
Manchester artist Nathaniel Hall brings his solo show about HIV and staying positive in a negative world to Birmingham for National Testing Week.
Thurs 21 - 22 Nov
For further information, including timings and bookings, check the SHOUT Festival website HERE
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