Here we are! Another edition of SHOUT Festival of Queer* Arts and Culture, and not just any edition but an extra special tenth anniversary edition. For ten years SHOUT has been bringing the best of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) arts and culture to the city, and what a journey it’s been. This year we will present 12 days of internationally renowned LGBTQ+ performance, film, and visual arts at 12 venues across the city in our boldest programme ever.
It is a difficult climate right now for LGBTQ+ communities across the world and here in Birmingham. Incidents of hate crime in the West Midlands against LGBTQ+ people have nearly doubled in the last 6 months, we’ve seen protests against LGBTQ+ inclusive education, trans people are continually vilified in the media, our city’s nightclubs and LGBTQ+ spaces are under threat of closure from gentrification – our journey towards equality is far from over. This year’s festival programme is about looking forwards, it’s about what next? what does a queer future look like?, how do we understand more about the diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ communities?, how do we make change? In a time when our representation and our voices are more important than ever, SHOUT 2019 is an opportunity to regroup, to come together and move forwards.
Launching on Tuesday 5th November SHOUT 2019 will be headlined by cult hero and legendary queer film director John Waters, for his first ever appearance in Birmingham and only UK performance of 2019. He is joined by a stellar line-up of LGBTQ+ icons including the performances from trans activist Travis Alabanza and feminist legends Split Britches. The festival will also host SHOUT’s first Vogue Ball, with houses from all over the UK coming to pose, strut, and battle it out on the runway.
Whoever you are, whatever your background is, if you identify as LGBTQ+ or if you don’t, SHOUT Festival is for you. This festival is a celebration of incredible films, performances, and artwork from LGBTQ+ artists that talk about the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people. It’s a chance to learn, to ask questions, to build bridges between communities, and to celebrate together – everyone is welcome.
See you there!
ACCESS: We want to make sure that everyone can access all of our events, all of our venues this year are wheelchair accessible. We’ve put any information we think you might need to be aware of in each event listing, but if you’ve any questions or want to discuss your access needs please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – we’ll do everything we can to accommodate your needs.