LIVERPOOL’S GAY FESTIVAL HAS VERVE AND VOGUE
Liverpool’s annual gay cultural festival will launch next week with its biggest and best ever programme.
Now in its 5th year, Homotopia is set to deliver over 50 events including several new commissions, a new strand of international art and a dedicated TV station.
The 2008 Homotopia festival launches this weekend with a celebration of gay culture involving performers, dancers, councillors, firefighters and police.
Gary Everett, Homotopia festival director, said: “We started out in 2004 with a handful of events and now we are at the heart of the city’s cultural calendar. This year we are expecting 15,000 people to enjoy over 50 events and we are already presenting the most popular art exhibitions of this year’s Biennial.
“We are delighted to have developed partnerships with Unison and Merseyside Fire and Rescue service but we think the support of Merseyside Police is particularly important this year following the recent tragic death of Michael Causer.”
Assistant Chief Constable Helen King explained why Merseyside Police supports Homotopia: “Homophobic crime is repugnant and can be devastating to victims. We are determined to tackle it both by encouraging people to report it to us so we can bring those responsible to justice, but also by supporting initiatives such as the anti-bullying play FIT to challenge homophobic attitudes within society.”
Highlights of this year’s Homotopia includes a star-studded list of queer icons:
¨ Tom of Finland – the biggest retrospective of his iconic gay male images ever exhibited in the UK (until Nov 30 – Contemporary Urban Centre)
¨ April Ashley – Liverpool’s prodigal son returns to discuss her life as a model and Britain’s most famous transsexual (Friday, Nov 14 – St Georges Hall)
¨ Maggi Hambling – distinguished sculptor and painter and creator of controversial memorials to Oscar Wilde and Benjamin Britten (Friday, Nov 14 – the
¨ Jake Arnott author of the recently televised The Long Firm (Wednesday, Nov 12 – the Bluecoat)
¨ Jackie Kay – has just published her poem to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade The Lamplighter (Wednesday, Nov 5 – the Bluecoat)
¨ Holly Woodlawn – a series of portraits of the Warhol superstar, by Sadie Lee (until Nov 30)
¨ The North West’s first ever Grand Vogue Ball, produced with London promoters Duckie and Liverpool dance company House of Suarez (Saturday, Nov 8 –
¨ David Hoyle – the inimitable, indefinable, caustic witty phenomenon (Contemporary Urban Centre, Tuesday, Nov 4 and Friday, Nov 14)