Homotopia Festival: 10 Unmissable Events
Scouse queers, how lucky are we to have the UK’s longest running LGBTQ+ arts festival right on our doorsteps?
Homotopia Festival is back this November for it’s annual queering of Liverpool’s arts scene. Our own Char Binns, (who also happens to be Festival Manager at Homotopia) picks ten top events that should not be missed.
There are more than 40 events at this year’s festival, so catch the full programme here.
1. John Waters: This Filthy World
Sat 10 November at 7.30pm, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (£27.50/£33.50)
The “Pope of Trash” is back for his only UK performance of the year. This one-man show focuses on Waters’ early negative artistic influences and acts as a call-to-arms to ‘filth followers’ everywhere. There is a reason that John Waters’
fringe humor has endured - see the legend live!
4 November - 2 December, The Gallery (FREE)
Curated by Anna McNay and produced by Liverpool’s own DuoVision, Threesome is a collaborative exhibition about the creative relationships of three renowned lesbian painters: Sadie Lee, Roxana Hall and Sarah Jane Moon.
3. HIP HIP I’M GAY!
Fri 9 November at 7.30pm, Unity Theatre (£10.50/£8.50)
Liverpool Queer Collective co-founder Ashleigh Owen brings a preview performance of her latest show HIP HIP I’M GAY! to the festival. Yes I’m biased but it is going to be amazing. A local cast will explore mental health struggles and sexual identity - in the medium of cabaret!
4. Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: The Ginger Snapped
Wed 21 November at 8pm, Epstein Theatre (£21)
Following back-to-back sell out performances at last year’s Homotopia Festival, Drag Race legend Jinkx Monsoon returns - with a brand new show! Only a handful of tickets remain and there’s the opportunity to bag a meet and greet with Jinkx too. So book ASAP.
5. Queer Hub - Homotopia Special
Sat 17 November at 1pm, Avenue HQ (Pay what you decide)
Our regular, informal and creative networking event returns and this time we’ll be focusing on Homotopia Festival’s theme “I Will Survive” to bring you a session filled with wellness and self care. Expect a warm welcome and a chance to relax surrounded by like-minded people.
6. Scottee: Fat Blokes
Sat 17 November at 7.30pm, Unity Theatre (£12.50/£10.50)
Here at LQC we are huge Scottee fans and it is super exciting that his highly acclaimed show Fat Blokes is finally coming to Liverpool. Prepare yourself for a show about pent up aggression, riot grrrl and the hokey cokey.
7. Queercentric Music Night
Thur 22 November at 7.30pm, District (£3.50/£5)
Combining forces with Homotopia for the third year in a row, we’re chuffed to invite you to our biggest ever Queercentric Music Night. We’ll be showcasing some of the finest queer and trans musical talent in the North West. With our special guest compare Rhys’ Pieces.
8. Drag Queen Story Time
Sat 24 November at 11:30am, Sefton Park Palm House (£4.50/£3)
Here’s one for the whole family. Capturing the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood, beautiful bearded drag queen The Nightbus will be reading from two children’s stories, in the beautiful surroundings of the Palm House.
9. Burgerz by Travis Alabanza
Sun 18 November at 6pm, Hope Street Theatre (£10/£8)
Showing at Hackney Showroom and receiving fantastic reviews, we’re bringing trans icon Travis Alabanza’s important show Burgerz to Liverpool. Black Pride Founder Lady Phyll called the performance “Beautifully real, raw, hilarious, painful, thought provoking, timely…” #MustSee
10. 2018: Where Are All the Lesbians?
Fri 30 November at 6.30pm, a secret location (£3/£5)
Following the runaway success of last year’s event 1968: Where Are All The Lesbians? This mysterious women-centric night of conversation and celebration returns. The conversation is brought bang up to date and Liverpool Queer Collective are producing the event. Boss.
11. Mop the House: A Short Guide to Vogue
Thurs 15 - Fri 16 November at various times, Unity Theatre (£10/£8)
Homotopia and DaDaFest have joined forces on this brand new commission, created by local arts organisation Fittings Multimedia Arts. Expect the unexpected at this intimate extravaganza filled with dance, music and bad language!
Homotopia Festival 2018 starts this Friday and runs until Saturday 1 December. A FREE launch party is being held at Hinterlands, Cains Brewery at 8pm on Friday 2 November with entertainment including House of Suarez. All welcome.