Best of the city’s LGBT art and culture to be showcased throughout November
A packed programme of art and culture reflecting the LGBT experience will form the basis of Liverpool’s Homotopia festival this year.
The 2015 festival, which starts on Friday 30 October and runs through to World AIDS Day on 1 December, aims to showcase what it is to be LGBT in today’s society via art, music, performance, photography, comedy and literature.
The theme of this year’s festival is ART = LIFE, and the events planned will examine how those who face discrimination use art as a form of self-expression.
Festival Director Gary Everett said: “If silence equals death as it did at the start of the AIDS crisis then we believe art equals life. Art is a joyous expression of all that makes us human and for lesbians, gays and Trans people who continue to be marginalised, criminalised and persecuted around the world, art is often their only means of self-expression.”
Many of Liverpool’s cultural institutions will be hosting Homotopia events and collaborating with artists.
One such collaboration is Transformation: One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe at Walker Art Gallery, which celebrates the personal historic dress collection of Peter Farrer, and will be the first exhibition of its kind in a British museum.
Although it has already opened at Open Eye Gallery, a trailblazing photography exhibition by Zanele Muholi will also form part of this year’s Homotopia. VUKANI/RISE explores gender, race and sexuality in relation to South African society, and the images featured were nominated for the Deutsche Borse prize.
Homotopia Festival kicks off on Friday 30th October, and runs throughout November, closing on Tuesday 1st December.