The festival will also be launching a new website, and announcing the first artists shortly, so watch this space. Birmingham LGBT is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council to support the programming and delivery of its annual SHOUT Festival. Established in 2009, SHOUT Festival presents, showcases and exhibits the best in queer art forms and culture throughout the city. Back for its 8th edition, SHOUT 2016 launches on 10th Novem...
SHOUT grew out of a desire to celebrate and promote the diversity of Birmingham’s LGBT cultural community. Using the festival model alongside other initiatives as a focal point to present regional cultural activities, develop locally-emerging talent and showcase these in addition to both national and international programming.
Since its inception SHOUT has:
Engaged with audiences of 280,000+ // Programmed 145 events
Held 85 live performances // Showcased 44 community-led events
Worked with 330+ artists // Collaborated with 30 venues & cultural organisations // Presented 56 films
The LGBT community is diverse and crosses all backgrounds and demographics. SHOUT will continue to provide opportunities for modern audience groups to access content and work that resonates with them. Over the years, SHOUT has acted as a conduit to examine the themes that are relevant to region’s LGBT community. It has used umbrella terms such as visibility / invisibility and generations / legacies that allows artists and audiences to explore what it means to identify as LGBT in a contemporary context.