SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture returns to Birmingham in 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of Decriminalisation of Homosexuality in England and Wales.
Birmingham LGBT is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant by Arts Council England to support the programming and delivery of the eighth year of its SHOUT Festival.
Established by Birmingham LGBT in 2009, SHOUT Festival brings the best in queer and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans* (LGBT) artists, work, and culture from across the UK and beyond to Birmingham. Back for its 8th year SHOUT 2017 launches on 9th November followed by a 10 day festival presenting the best in queer live performance, theatre, visual arts, comedy, music, and film at venues across the city.
“We are absolutely delighted to bring SHOUT Festival back to Birmingham in 2017, a year of enormous significance for the LGBTQ community as the 50th anniversary year of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales. The festival has gone from strength to strength and is now a much-anticipated highlight of the city’s cultural calendar. Already the 2017 programme is set to be our most exciting yet! SHOUT remains a place to celebrate diversity, push boundaries, and platform the voices and experiences of queer people in Birmingham”. Adam Carver, SHOUT Festival Producer
The 2017 Festival will focus, in part, on exploring and celebrating the changing histories of LGBTQ people in Birmingham and across the UK over the last 50 years. SHOUT 2017 will present an expanded festival programme include internationally renowned performers, new commissions, and a series of projects exploring Birmingham’s LGBTQ history, including an exhibition of photography documenting Birmingham’s Gay Liberation Front at mac Birmingham.
The full SHOUT Festival programme will be announced later this year. For more information about the festival, our previous work, and upcoming projects can be found on our website www.shoutfestival.co.uk.
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