I am so excited to be able to share with you that this morning Birmingham LGBT received the news that SHOUT Festival has been successful in its application to join Arts Council England's National Portfolio for 2018-2022. Becoming a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) will allow SHOUT to take a significant step forward in our work, our partnerships, and in delivering the festival.
Launching in 2009, SHOUT Festival was created as a direct response to a significant lack of representation for of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer in Birmingham’s arts venues. Since then we have grown and developed working with an increasing number of partners and artists to deliver eight years of artistic and cultural programming exploring queer identities. This investment from the Arts Council will allow us to expand our work into new areas; to support and develop emerging artists, to work with venues to make them more accessible and inclusive for queer people, to commission new artistic work, and to bring the highest quality queer art to the city.
We are so proud to represent and platform the voices and experiences of queer people in Birmingham and the Midlands.
Through this next stage in our development, we will solidify our commitment to furthering Queer Arts and Culture in the region. Our activity will focus on celebrating queer identity in all its intersections, creating new opportunities for Queer Artists in the midlands, and platforming the voices and experiences people in Birmingham and the wider midlands to audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.
We would also like to offer our congratulations to all of the successful applicants and particularly the 13 new entrants in Birmingham; we are delighted to see the great work of so many of our partner organisations recognised. We cannot wait to start working on new projects and initiatives and share with you our plans for the future as they develop. Until then you can look forward to SHOUT Festival 2017 coming back to Birmingham from the 9th-19th of November, our full programme will be announced later this summer.
Adam Carver, SHOUT Festival Producer.
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