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Homotopia

Homotopia is the international festival of queer arts and culture, which runs each November in Liverpool. The organisation supplements its three-week celebration of gay culture with Trailblazer events and an innovative social justice and youth engagement programme throughout the year.

The festival has forged important partnerships and collaborations with Liverpool galleries and arts venues to offer insightful exhibitions of gay arts across the calendar.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £70,000
  • 2013-2014: £70,000
  • 2014-2015: £70,000

Video feed

Homotopia Launch Party 2014

Feedback on this year's festival from the launch party held at the Hope Street Hotel. Miracle of Miracles.

Jarman (All this maddening beauty)

With text by Obie-winning U.S. playwright Caridad Svich and film and audio content featuring over 40 performers Force/Collision founder John Moletress performs this sensual meditation on beauty, love, sex and mortality attempting to capture the essence of artist, film-maker and queer cult figure Derek Jarman. Manipulating film and sound whilst performing live, Moletress unravels his own story of survival as an artist.

'O Maria' - Interview with Carlos Pons Guerra

Choreographer & Artistic Director of DeNada Dance Theatre, Carlos Pons Guerra, talks about 'O Maria' which will be coming to the Unity Theatre on 11th November, part of our Dance Triple Bill.

'O Maria' - by DeNada Dance Theatre - Part of a Dance Triple Bill

Body of Light by Darren Pritchard – Uses the Microsoft Kinnect sensor to mix human movement with computer imagery. My Empty Closet by Connor Quill – the emotional struggles of a gay man raised by lesbian parents. O Maria by DeNada Dance Theatre – A tale of ham and bondage, where a divine apparition unleashes a torrent of unquenchable passions for an oddly paired couple in 50′s Seville.

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'BLACK' - Audience Feedback 2013

A Homotopia commission last year and big festival hit, ‘Black’ returns to Liverpool after a successful run at the Soho Theatre, London. Classically trained opera baritone and cabaret legend Le Gateau Chocolat presents his life story from Nigeria to Brighton via the Sydney Opera House stage. With a repertoire ranging from Wagner, and Purcell to a show-stopping, heart wrenching version of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ this production exudes warmth, humour and pathos. “Throughout the performances Le Gateau’s voice is a treat. Within a few bars we hear growling despair, softly-spoken hope and soaring joy.” Exeunt Magazine

'Black' - Audience Feedback 2013

A Homotopia commission last year and big festival hit, ‘Black’ returns to Liverpool after a successful run at the Soho Theatre, London. Classically trained opera baritone and cabaret legend Le Gateau Chocolat presents his life story from Nigeria to Brighton via the Sydney Opera House stage. With a repertoire ranging from Wagner, and Purcell to a show-stopping, heart wrenching version of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ this production exudes warmth, humour and pathos. “Throughout the performances Le Gateau’s voice is a treat. Within a few bars we hear growling despair, softly-spoken hope and soaring joy.” Exeunt Magazine

The Un-Straight Museum

An international conference organised by the LGBT arts and social justice organisation Homotopia and National Museums Liverpool. The Un-straight Museum explored the role of cultural institutions, curators, and archivists in representing marginalised communities and promoting diversity. It took place in the Museum of Liverpool where the major exhibition exploring Trans* experience, 'April Ashley: portrait of a lady' has already been seen by more than 200,000 visitors, this conference addressed the under-representation of LGBT heritage in mainstream public spaces. It also showcased examples of ground-breaking work where hidden histories are being uncovered and presented. With speakers from Sweden, Germany, United States and Finland as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum and Tate this two-day event was aimed at people working in the heritage and cultural sectors as well as researchers, academics and interested members of the LGBT community.

April Ashley - Exhibition Feedback

Some of the feedback from the opening of the April Ashley exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

Exhibiting Difference

Hunter O'Hanlan, from the Lesley Lohman Museum in New York, and Michael Furst, from the Schwules Museum in Berlin, discuss how their museums, dedicated to celebrating LGBT lives and work, were established.

Diversifying Audiences

Zorian Clayton, assistant curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Access and special projects at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, discuss ways in which their institutions have tried to diversify their audiences and their collections.

From the Margins to the Mainstream

National Museums Liverpool and Homotopia discuss their partnership work that has resulted in the Heritage Lottery Funded April Ashley exhibition as well as two major art exhibitions at the Walker Art Gallery (David Hockney: early reflections' and 'The Living and the Dead: Paintings and sculpture by John Kirby') and annual 'queering' events at the galleries.

The Importance of Representation

Representatives from the Swedish-based online project 'Unstraight Museum' will discuss and analyse the situation in Swedish institutions famed for their liberality and social justice.

April Ashley - Portrait of a Lady - Video Slideshow

This is one of the films that appears in the April Ashley, Portrait of a lady exhibition, currently on at the Museum of Liverpool. The slideshow is narrated by April.

Ephemera Nature - Showcase

One of a first our showcase's. This is a film by Gsus Lopez that was shown at this year's festival at FACT.

Liverpool is Burning - Archive 2007

The House of Suarez rehearsals continue.

Tom of Finland - Archive 2008

Touko Laaksonen born a Finn. He was a soldier,advertising executive, pianist, artist, had a destiny, to be the liberator ' TOM OF FINLAND ' giving homosexual males an identity and releasing them from the shackles of guilt and shame.

Salon Adrienne - Archive 2007

Hairdressing meets the confessional as artist Adrian Howells invites you into Salon Adrienne.

Canary - Archive 2010

Liverpool born multiple-award-winning writer Jonathan Harvey returns to the theatre with a new play 'Canary'

The Liverpool Grand Vogue Ball - Archive 2008

One of Liverpool's Biggest Events and The Highlight of 2008 - a fantastical vogue ball" The Grand Vogue Ball Saturday 8th November The Adelphi Ballroom Liverpool Tickets cost £10 from Unity Theatre box office, LIverpool, if you book in person.

Sadie Lee - Archive 2008

Sadie Lee's work won a BP Travel Award (1996) and was commended in the BP Portrait Award (1998). Solo exhibitions include : A Dying Art: Ladies of the Burlesque - National Portrait Gallery and touring (1997) Don't Look - Museum of Modern Art, Slovenia (1998) Venus Envy - Manchester Art Gallery (1994)

Fellow Travellers - Archive 2008

James Lawler and Holly Johnson take a tour round the Fellow Travellers exhibition including the Tom of Finland and Nice08.

Armistead Maupin - 2010 archive

From the Homotopia Archive. Armistead Maupin, celebrated author of Tales From The City talks to Lou Muddle on his new novel Mary Ann In Autumn ;After the intimate first-person narrative of Maupins last novel, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn marks the authors return to the multi-character plotlines and darkly comic themes of his earlier work. Among those caught in Mary Anns orbit are her estranged daughter, Shawna, a popular sex blogger; Jake Greenleaf, Michaels transgendered gardening assistant; socialite DeDe Halcyon-Wilson; and the indefatigable Anna Madrigal, Mary Anns former landlady at 28 Barbary Lane.

Alvin Baltrop and Gordon Matta-Clark: The Piers From Here

Presented by Open Eye Gallery The exhibition focuses on the area of the Piers in New York City during the mid 1970s, and speaks of the state of abandonment and dilapidation these underwent as a consequence of the oil crisis that reconfigured the geography of the city. Whilst Gordon Matta-Clark pursued the idea that art could act as a catalyst for urban regeneration and land re-appropriation, Baltrop investigated the life at the margins, mapping hedonistic displays of flesh, occasional sexual intercourse, corpses that could be mistaken for sleeping squatters (and vice versa) and other traces of humanity hidden amongst the interstices of society, notwithstanding the sense of freedom and liberation originating in the sexual revolution. This exhibition is in collaboration with The Alvin Baltrop Trust and Third Streaming, New York and the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and David Zwirner, New York/London.

Sex Drags & Rock 'n' Roll

In September 2009, 12 young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender people from Merseyside took part in a five-day cultural exchange trip to Auschwitz and Warsaw working with a group of young Polish LGB & T people from the Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH). The exchange provided the group with an appreciation of the Holocaust and fate of many LGB & T people and the impact on European and LGB & T social history as well as challenging past and present issues around hate crime. The young people took part in making a short 30-minute film documenting their experiences and thoughts around the themes of the project, along with ideas and aspirations for the future. The resulting film has been developed into an educational resource pack for schools and colleges, enabling teachers to tackle homophobia and all forms of hate crime in schools. The pack has been endorsed by NUT, Sir Ian Mc Kellern and Chief Constable of Merseyside Police. Since returning the group have provided hate crime workshops for teachers, pupils, youth workers, young people, housing associations and other employers. In the summer of 2010 they produced their own film "Sex Drags and Rock n Roll" documenting their efforts to raise awareness of homophobia and hate crime and promote equality and diversity. Directed by 19 year old Jess Wignall, the film has been chosen for the 2010 BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In February 2011 the group returned to Warsaw for four days to attend the "Equal Right to Love festival" organised by the Campaign against Homophobia's youth group.

This Way Out: Boy George & TradeMark

WORLD PREMIERE / FREE This collaborative exhibition is the first time pop icon, DJ and photographer Boy George has publicly exhibited his photo/graphic artworks. Working with club culture pop painter TradeMark, the exhibition explores identity, specifically the notion of the constructed identities adopted by anyone trying to live outside the heterosexual mainstream. The show will feature portraits of subcultural gay icons like Divine, Jackie Curtis, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Leigh Bowery as well as contemporary photographs of some of the original gay punks and Philip Sallon, the first person to wear a bin liner and Steve Strange the seminal New Romantic.

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