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Liverpool's Homotopia festival returns for 8th year

Liverpool's Homotopia – the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans combined arts organisation in the north of England – has returned for its eighth year.

Peter Lloyd

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:38:36 GMT | Updated 2 years today

Liverpool's Homotopia - the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans combined arts organisation in the north of England - has returned for its eighth year.

The festival, which launches today, has been given a new lease of life after being re-awarded three years funding following a successful complaint to Arts Council England, last summer.

Gary Everett, Homotopia's Artistic Director, said at the time that the decision was pivotal for the future of LGBT artistic expression in Merseyside.

"I believe this funding acknowledges the exceptional quality of the art we deliver and the valuable work we do to tackle Hate Crime, bullying and prejudice through our award winning Project Triangle," he said.

"With this support and the continuing support of Liverpool City Council we can engage with more artists, writers, producers, dancers and performers to reach new communities."
 
This year's program boasts five brand new commissions and four world premieres which will be presented over thirty events across the city, next month. 

 

Two of the scheduled highlights include an Alternative Miss Liverpool competition and a screening of the film Tomboy.

Throughout 2011 Homotopia has also presented a year long exhibition of the work of iconic artist Tom of Finland in Turku, Finland, European Capital of Culture 2011, presented a film in the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and won a community safety award from Merseyside Police Authority.

Meanwhile, the city's youth education group Project Triangle organised Liverpool's first ever Youth Hate Crime conference in February, which took young LGBT people to Warsaw on a cultural exchange.

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