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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

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.

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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.

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

World Premiere Presented by Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool 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.

Boy George and Trademark in conversation

The ever candid pop icon, DJ, director & photographer Boy George discusses his life and work. From formative influences as a Bolan and Bowie fan to the Blitz club scene and the emergence of his own internationally successful pop group Culture Club. Since 1982, when George's androgyny shocked a closeted and homophobic world, he has continued to challenge the conventional and orthodox. Now exploring his creativity in visual media exclusively for Homotopia George will be joined on stage by longtime friend and Wirral born artist TradeMark to discuss their collaborative exhibition This Way Out.

John Waters Interview 2013

John Waters interviewed by Khalil West. John Waters appeared at Liverpool Philarmonic on Friday 8th November 2013 in 'This Filthy World'. He also ran a 'Trash masterclass' on 9th November to the Liverpool Screen School, part of Liverpool John Moores University.

Mis Les - Official Trailer 2013

"A Revolution in Rollers" Written by and performed by Keddy Sutton and Gillian Hardie Commissioned by Homotopia The inimitable 'Caz n Britney' return with a brand new show after their sell out stretch in 'Scottie Road The Musical'( From Primark to Prison) A Musical Phenomenon. Featuring hits such as "It's no crime to be comfy'' Follow the girls on their journey across the barricades to the back & beyond

Homotopia Launch Party 2013

A fantastic night at Camp & Furnace for the official birthday launch of Homotopia 2013. Unicorns!

Variations of the Heart - Tmesis Theatre

Choreographed by Elinor Randle A passionate duet between two women and a story of the human heart, it's power, and it's many variations. Firstly inspired, and using live recordings from Meike Holzmann & Egle Mei's musical project, 'Heart Variations for String Quartet'; an incredible story of over thirty people's hearts. Venue & Booking VenueUnity Theatre. 1 Hope Place. L1 9BG DateSaturday 9th November Categories2013 Time7pm Tickets£10/£8Book Tickets

England's Erotic Dream & Germ Free Adolescents

England's Erotic Dream Featuring photographs from LJMU's Special Collections and Archives including England's Dreaming: the Jon Savage Archive, this exhibition focuses a queer gaze on London's early punk scene. A transgressive and defiant attitude to gender and sexuality is flaunted and celebrated in these images of Siouxsie Sioux, Billy Idol, the Bromley Contingent, The Clash and many more. Germ Free Adolescents Combining rare and original artefacts donated to LJMU Special Collections and Archives by former X-Ray Spex manager Falcon Stuart this exhibition documents the life and music of the iconic Poly Styrene (Marion Elliot Said). A revolutionary musical and cultural figure and an inspiration to a generation of young women who would fight dominant definitions of femininity .

Young Man!

Young Man! Choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra DeNada Dance Theatre A meaty, bold duet spiked with memories of your favourite Almodóvar films, partly inspired by Jean Cocteau's timeless libretto Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Carlos Pons Guerra's fatal and kitschy duel of seduction promises to subvert perceptions.

England's Erotic Dream & Germ Free Adolescents

England's Erotic Dream Featuring photographs from LJMU's Special Collections and Archives including England's Dreaming: the Jon Savage Archive, this exhibition focuses a queer gaze on London's early punk scene. A transgressive and defiant attitude to gender and sexuality is flaunted and celebrated in these images of Siouxsie Sioux, Billy Idol, the Bromley Contingent, The Clash and many more. Germ Free Adolescents Combining rare and original artefacts donated to LJMU Special Collections and Archives by former X-Ray Spex manager Falcon Stuart this exhibition documents the life and music of the iconic Poly Styrene (Marion Elliot Said). A revolutionary musical and cultural figure and an inspiration to a generation of young women who would fight dominant definitions of femininity .

Earthfall: Chelsea Hotel

Take a journey to New York's iconic Chelsea Hotel with award-winning Earthfall. A voyeuristic exploration of its inhabitants lives, loves and longings. From Andy Warhol to Jack Kerouac and Dylan Thomas to Patti Smith, stories both true and false combine through radical dance, live music and film capturing significant moments in the history of this rebel artist mecca. Check in to Chelsea Hotel where every room tells a story.

The Making of 'April Ashley, Portrait of a lady' #5

Designer, Olivia du Monceau takes a tour of the space and talks about some of the design considerations that have gone into the making of the exhibition.

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

WORLD PREMIERE "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you" Maya Angelou Le Gateau Chocolat has a story to tell. Black is Le Gateau Chocolat's new show: a world premiere for Homotopia: this new solo piece explores Le Gateau's life, loves and fears. This is an intimate portrait of the Nigerian born singer and his own personal battles. Previously, Le Gateau Chocolat has sung internationally on major stages including Sydney Opera House, Menier Chocolate Factory, Royal Opera House, and Glyndebourne Opera as well as performing all over the world with hit shows La Clique and La Soiree. Thursday 14th & Friday 15th November, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

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