WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER, YOU’RE ALL INVITED.
Yes, that’s right – SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture is back for 2018! Once again we’re bringing the best of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer (LGBTQ) Arts and Culture to Birmingham. Returning to for our 9th year, SHOUT 2018 will present 10 days of the best in queer live performance, theatre, visual arts, comedy, music, and film at over 14 venues across the city.
2018 marks 30 years since the introduction (and 15 years since the repeal) of Section 28, which banned local authorities and schools from “promoting” homosexuality. The world of 2018 does not look so different from that of 30 years ago: with the rise of hate crime, polarized politics, transphobia, misogyny, homophobia, biphobia, and racism, our representation feels more important than ever.
With that in mind this year’s festival celebrates queer relationships. SHOUT 2018 explores the connections we make with each other, the ways we construct and build family, how we identify with ourselves and with one another, and how we share our stories and raise our voices (oh, and there’s a healthy amount of glitter thrown in for good measure). We are extremely proud to present this programme of internationally renowned artists and to further our commitment to Birmingham through supporting Midlands-based artists, and platforming midlands stories.
Including a winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a new documentary film exploring the history of lesbian activism in the UK, from queering the 1920s Harlem Renaissance Parties to the forgotten histories of Birmingham’s 1980s LGBT magazine In The Pink, SHOUT 2018 celebrates LGBT and queer identities, voices, and histories.
The festival opens on Thursday 8th November with an unforgettable evening of music from opera and lycra-loving cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat. Gateau brings his stunning show Icons, accompanied by his own 7-piece Cocoa Orchestra, to the stunning surroundings of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire! Bringing his distinct powerhouse vocals to an eclectic mix of pop, opera, and rock, Gateau explores his personal icons through a legendary songbook including the music of Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf, and Pavarotti.
You can view our full programme here and download a PDF brochure here. Tickets are on sale now, come along and join us!
Shout Festival is a project of Birmingham LGBT and is funded by the Arts Council of England, and Birmingham Southside Bid, and Manchester Airport.