3 - 12 November 2022

SHOUT Festival 2022 – Call For Submissions

SHOUT Festival will be back in November 2022, and we’re looking for brilliant artists, cultural organisations and imaginative ideas to be part of our programme.

What is SHOUT?

SHOUT is the festival of queer arts and culture for Birmingham and the West Midlands. It aims to amplify the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people and communities from across our city and region, and start new conversations and tell new stories about LGBT+ life.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for new creative work, ideas and projects that explore LGBT+ life in all of its beautiful variety. They might be projects that tell stories of the personal or political, or that shed light on unknown nooks and crannies of LGBT+ culture; that look back on our history, or forward to our future.

We’d love to hear from artists and cultural organisations who are working with grassroots and city wide communities to tell queer stories drawn from the lived experience of LGBT+ people; and we’d love to hear from communities with a story to tell.

We’re keen to listen to ideas from anywhere in the world, but we’re especially interested in new work from the West Midlands.

And we’d love to hear ideas from artists and creative makers from communities that have often been under-represented in SHOUT festival, including LGBT+ people who are:

D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent

Black, Asian and global majority

Romany or Irish Traveller

People with lived experience of migration

Working class

Older LGBT+ people

Does this have to be a polished, finished piece?

No – we’re just as interested in ideas as finished works, and we’re interested in any and all art forms. We’re keen to work with artists, cultural venues  and community partners to develop ideas collaboratively. We want to start conversations and get to know new people.

And while we’re especially looking for work that could be featured in our festival this November, we’ve got one eye on the future beyond that, too – so please get in touch even if your idea is going to take years to evolve.    

Will I get paid?

Yes – we’ll make sure that all artists taking part in the festival are paid fairly for their time, expertise and ideas.

How and when do I make submissions?

You can send us an email to shoutfestival@blgbt.org. There’s no template or form to fill in, but please make sure to tell us a bit about yourself and what you’ve done before; about your idea and what you think might be needed to make it a reality.

You can send us a few paragraphs of text or a video or audio file if you prefer: whatever you’re most comfortable with.

You can make submissions to SHOUT at any time: but if you want to be considered for the 2022 festival, please contact us by 9am on 20th June. We will also be holding a drop in session for artists, organisations and community groups at the Birmingham LGBT Centre on Tuesday 14 June 5pm-7pm. Drop in at any time during that 2 hour window and discuss your ideas with us.

If you need to access this information in a different format or have any other access needs we can support you with at this stage, you can email us on shoutfestival@blgbt.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Any questions?

Just send an email to shoutfestival@blgbt.org – we understand that everyone’s needs differ, so we’ll be happy to discuss directly.