Liverpool’s LGBT+ Festival Homotopia Now Open

Liverpool’s LGBT+ Festival Homotopia Now Open

Liverpool’s annual LGBT+ festival Homotopia opened in fabulous style on Friday night, marking the beginning of a month-long programme bursting with exciting and eclectic events and appearances at venues across Liverpool.

The festival, now in its 15th year, is an annual celebration of local, national and international LGBT+ arts and culture and runs until Saturday 1 December.

The theme of the 2018 event is I Will Survive.

Guest curator Cheryl Martin says“Everyone loves that song – it’s a gay anthem.

“But the theme also reflects the fact people thought Homotopia was having a bit of a hard time. Yet here we are, with a programme as big and bad as ever – in fact Homotopia isn’t just surviving, it’s thriving.

“I think it’s a really strong programme, and it’s really inclusive.”

Theatre, music, visual art, contemporary dance, 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 2018 include Dietrich: Natural Duty, with the one-(wo)man show coming to Unity Theatre on Tuesday 6 November direct from Edinburgh Fringe. It promises an intoxicating mixture of theatre, cabaret and drag revealing the life of the legend Marlene Dietrich.

The Unity Theatre is also the place to be on Wednesday 7 November when the immersive show Rent Party pays a visit. Winning a string of five star reviews this part-show, part-party is inspired by the 1920s Harlem Renaissance rent parties.

Staying on the other side of the Atlantic, there is a return to the festival for maverick American writer, director, photographer and outrageous raconteur John Waters who appears at the Philharmonic Hall on Saturday 10 November with This Filthy World.

Waters previously entertained a packed audience at the Hope Street landmark in 2013, and his one-man show elevates all that is trashy in life in to a call to arms to ‘filth followers’ everywhere.

Ahead of his appearance, on Friday 9 November, Liverpool’s only queer cabaret night EAT ME will pay homage to the ‘Sultan of Sleaze’ at EAT ME#TOA Commiseration of John Waters: A Life in Bad Taste, a three-course drag dinner cabaret extravaganza at District in the Baltic Quarter.

Artist and ‘forward facing fatso’ Scottee presents Fat Blokes at the Unity Theatre on Saturday 17 November. The dance show, made in collaboration withrenowned British choreographer Lea Anderson, is about flab, double chins….and getting your kit off in public.

LGBT+ activist and performance artist Travis 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. The show comes to the Hope Street Theatre on Sunday 18 November.

Meanwhile Ru Paul’s Drag Race favourite Jinkx Monsoon is joined by lyrical genius Major Scales to perform The Ginger Snapped at the Epstein Theatre on Wednesday 21 November, with music and mental health colliding in a witty, biting look at the dark side of Drag fame.

The pair will showcase music from their new album. However, Jinkx worries that her best years are behind her and in order to avoid a breakdown of diva proportions Major must act as both pianist and therapist to the Manic Miss Monsoon.

Other festival highlights include Queercentric Music Night at District on Thursday 22 November, where Liverpool Queer Collective present a night of sumptuous music and spoken word from LGBT+ musicians and artists.

And Homotopia will be supporting a World AIDS Day Vigil taking place in the Concert Room at St George’s Hall on Saturday 1 December; featuring speeches, poetry recitals and moments of remembrance for those who have lost their lives from HIV.

More information can be found on the website www.homotopia.net

Facebook: Homotopia Arts

Twitter: @homotopiafest

EVENT LISTINGS

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

Wake Up Together

Fri 16 November – Sun 17 Feb ‘19

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

Open Daily 10am-5pm

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 Central Library

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