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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

Terence Davis - In Conversation

Writer & journalist Laura Brown talks to Liverpool born filmmaker, Terence Davies about his long and illustrious career as a filmmaker, growing up in post war Liverpool and the conflict between his homosexuality and faith. Davies is arguably one of the most distinct English voices in modern cinema, renowned for the meticulous care that transforms each new release into a highly anticipated cultural event. A member of the distinctive generation of British Film Institute nurtured directors whose ranks notably included Derek Jarman, Bill Douglas, Sally Potter and Peter Greenaway. “regarded by many as Britain’s greatest living film director.” – Nick Roddick London Evening Standard

Nick Phillips in Ecce Homo

In this intimate epic cabaret, with touches of 30’s Berlin, music hall and Broadway, Naughty Nickers dishes up tales of his time with the legendary Bloolips, his 34 year romance with Dr Jeffrey and how he left his heart and much more in San Franscisco. His personal recollections become not only a love story but a testament to the social history of the gay movement from the late 1970’s to the present.

Diva Debate - 'You Gotta Have Faith'

Broadcast Live from the Unity Theatre Liverpool. Join Diva editor Jane Czyselska and veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to discuss faith with Christian commentator and musician Vicky Beeching, Rose Neelam, a muslim and Project Director of Safra, and lesbian Rabbi Ariel Friedlander.

Body Of Light

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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Same Sex Marriage Quilt

Artist Oliver Bliss is creating a quilt which will record the 396 members of parliament that voted for same sex marriage. Each member has a hand drawn portrait created by Oliver and he would like to get as many people as possible involved by helping him decorate the portraits. He has different tools for you to get involved including paint, pastels and pictures to decorate the images. All of the images will be incorporated in to a giant quilt which will show a geographical map across the UK to showcase exactly how they voted. This project follows the successful residency at People’s History Museum (Manchester) where audiences came together to create 254 messages towards a more hopeful and tolerant future to represent the MP’s that did not vote in support of Same Sex marriage. These messages will be incorporated into the quilt with the 396 hand drawn portraits as a map of the UK. To take part in this historic quilt come to Unity Theatre 7th November at 6pm or come to Museum of Liverpool 8th-9th November between 10am-5pm and get involved! Oliver will also be providing other opportunities to get involved please go to www.oliverbliss.blogspot.com for more details.

My Empty Closet by Connor Quill

My Empty Closet by Connor Quill – the emotional struggles of a gay man raised by lesbian parents. Part of a Dance Triple Bill. Support Connor's Australia Cycle via the link below. https://www.justgiving.com/Connorquill

BLACK - Orchestra Rehearsal

Filmed at the first orchestra rehearsal for the Unity shows this year. A Homotopia commission last year and big festival hit, ‘Black’ returns to Liverpool after a successful run at the Soho Theatre, London BUT this time with a 12 piece orchestra! 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 is an impeccably constructed, challenging and unique performance… it is at both an epitaph and beacon of hope expressing the universal humanity that lies beneath eccentricity and difference” – The Upcoming “Upfront and poignantly personal… depression distilled in music and insight… full of beauty and intensity.” Mark Shenton “So simple, so human and so honest, this was one of the most moving, entertaining and special shows of the year”. Made Up

Speaking Through Flowers

Violence has no boundaries, homophobia and transphobia do not remain within national frontiers and it is found throughout all classes of society. With the sound-sculpture project Talking Through Flowers (Durch die Blume) artists Tobi Mohring and Christian Find have created a free-standing vase with metal blooms that can talk. The sound sculpture project aims to raise awareness, inform and to encourage people to listen to the experiences of other people.

Black

A Homotopia commission last year and big festival hit, ‘Black’ returns to Liverpool after a successful run at the Soho Theatre, London BUT this time with a 12 piece orchestra! 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 is an impeccably constructed, challenging and unique performance… it is at both an epitaph and beacon of hope expressing the universal humanity that lies beneath eccentricity and difference” – The Upcoming “Upfront and poignantly personal… depression distilled in music and insight… full of beauty and intensity.” Mark Shenton “So simple, so human and so honest, this was one of the most moving, entertaining and special shows of the year”. Made Up

David Hoyle - David's Place

Performer & artist David Hoyle presents a new exhibition exploring addiction, gay culture and mental health which premieres at Homotopia. David often raises the issue of mental health in his performances. In his first solo exhibition for Homotopia, Hoyle has created a stark & uncompromising series of paintings and collages reflecting his own life experiences. David’s Drop In’ On Saturday 1, Sunday 2 & Saturday 8 November at 2pm David will be hosting a drop-in at the gallery exploring his artistic practice and background to this new exhibition. Free but booking essential by emailing artistic@homotopia.net David’s Drop-In has been supported by Liverpool Mental Health Consortium as part of Liverpool’s World Mental Health Day 2014 programme. David also features in Scars on Sunday on 9th November. Join this Honky Tonk Mass starring David Hoyle as High Priest. An irreverent night of cabaret, worship, song and dance with special guest comedian David Mills & Debs Gatenby.

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.

'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.

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