- Date: 30 October 2012
- Area: North
Credit: courtesy of Homotopia
Homotopia 2012, the international festival of queer arts and culture, opens on 30 October and runs until 30 November in venues across Liverpool with the theme of 'Traditional Family Values' celebrating and exploring 'the family' in all its queer diversity.
This year's eclectic programme includes over 30 events from visual art, theatre, film, debate, dance, literature and live art with some new commissions, festival firsts and world premieres. Highlights include the photographic work of Mark Morrisroe, who was 30 years old when he died of an AIDS-related illness in1989, presented in partnership with Open Eye Gallery and as part of the Liverpool Biennial. Epstein: the man who made the Beatles, Jen Heyes' new work exploring the life and times of music manager Brian Epstein has its debut and internationally acclaimed artists Al & Al present The Creator at Fact: exploring the life and myths of visionary mathematician Alan Turing. Full programme details are available here.
The pilot programme for Homotopia was launched in 2004 and since then it has become a cornerstone of the city's cultural calendar and a hugely important statement of intent for the LGBT community. 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. Its social justice programme has reached over 150,000 younger and inter-generational audiences and has picked up awards especially for its anti-hate education initiatives.
The festival has also forged important partnerships and collaborations with Liverpool galleries and arts venues, including Open Eye, the Unity, the Walker Art Gallery and Liverpool Biennial, and offers insightful exhibitions of gay arts across the calendar.
Angela Chappell, Relationship Manager, Combined Arts & Touring, Arts Council England commented, "The work of Homotopia contributes significantly to our aim of Achieving great art for everyone by nurturing and supporting new producers, artists and collaborating with other peer LGBT festivals nationally. This year's festival promises to be an exciting mix of commissioned work as well as a feast of visual arts exhibitions that have already provided a festival warm up as part of Liverpool Biennial."
Homotopia will soon be celebrating its 10th birthday and among the projects planned by the team is a year-long exhibition of Liverpool born trans-pioneer April Ashley at the Museum of Liverpool.