October 28, 2011

IconHomotopia festival taking place in Liverpool throughout November

The city’s eighth annual festival opens on 1 November with the theme of ‘Cruising For Art’.

The festival aims to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life in the 21st century through film, theatre, dance, cabaret and discussion. One of the highlights this year will be an exhibition of dresses worn by Paul O’Grady as Lily Savage. The festival also features a 50th anniversary screening of A Taste of Honey and a literary night, ‘In the Company of Friends’, along with audiences with artist David Hoyle and April Ashley, a well known figure in the UK transgender community. A new exhibition at The Gallery Liverpool called ‘Pin Ups’ with art by Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling explores the idea of queer icons and was inspired by the 1973 David Bowie album of the same name. Full listings can be found on the Homotopia website.

It is now the only LGBT combined arts organisation in the North and was boosted earlier this year when it was awarded three-year funding from the Arts Council England (ACE) after originally being told it was ineligible to apply. At the time, ACE said, “Homotopia will make a valuable contribution to the vibrant festival offer in England, and especially in Liverpool where they form part of a strong festival calendar which celebrates the diversity of the city’s communities.”

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