Homotopia arts festival given funding reprieve

Homotopia poster August 2nd, 2011 by Siobhan.McGuirk

Liverpool’s queer arts festival Homotopia has been awarded a three-year Arts Council England grant after successfully appealing the claim that they were ineligible to apply.

Homotopia will receive £70,000 per annum as a National Portfolio Organisation. Over 1300 arts organisations applied for such recognition. Fewer than 700 were successful.

The ACE said in a statement: “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.”

Gary Everett, director of the annual festival, told The Pink Paper: “[T]his funding acknowledges the exceptional quality of the art we deliver and the valuable work we do to tackle hate crime, bullying and prejudice through our award winning Project Triangle.

“It reflects our commitment to increasing social cohesion through our engagement with diverse communities, young people and the elderly who would often otherwise feel excluded from arts venues or gay culture.” He also said that the funding would be used to reach new communities.

The festival, now in its eighth year, has featured the artists Sarah Waters, Sadie Lee, and Armistead Maupin amongst many other internationally renown names. Since the closure of Queer Up North in 2010, it has become the only LGBT combined arts organisation in the North of England.

The 2011 festival runs 1-30 November.

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