SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture are proud to be able to showcase the voices of LGBT people from across the midlands in this year’s festival. We’re delighted to bring you a whole host of midland treats throughout the festival and to celebrate the diversity and vibrant cultural offer of Birmingham and the wider midlands. Have a look at our local voices highlights below:
It Is What It Is – Live:
Featuring the best of midland talent ‘It Is What It Is’ is a free evening of live music across a range of styles bringing together some of the best musicians, DJs and performers from around the West Midlands.– Sunday 13th November, 5:30pm, Sidewalk, Hurst Street.
The wonderfully talented (and hilarious) Maureen Younger returns to host MY Comedy at SHOUT 2016, featuring a whole host of female comedic talent including Northfield’s very own Lindsey Santoro. Tickets are flying out so click here for a full line-up and to book. – Sunday 13th November, 7:30pm (doors at 7), The Penthouse at The Loft Lounge, Bromsgrove Street.
Looking For John:
A newly commission play coming to Birmingham REP, looking for John (written and performed by Tony Timberlake) is a powerful and intimate exploration of how and why we choose the heroes we do examining the life, career, and legacy of Birmingham-born Olympic figure skater John Curry. If you haven’t already seen Midlands Zone’s feature, have a read here. – Weds 16th-Sat 19th November, 8pm (2:30pm Saturday Matinee), Birmingham REP, Centenary Square.
Birmingham queer arts collective ‘Queerzone 3000’ will be in residence at Grand Union during the festival as part of Mathew Parkin’s exhibition slope-tend-big. During this time they will be consulting with local people to help make a new documentary about Birmingham’s LGBT history ‘Do You Really Want to Hurst Me’, to find out more and get involved click here. They are also giving a free lecture (booking required) at Birmingham School of Art - Tuesday 15th November, 6:00pm, Birmingham School of Art, Margaret Street.
Shout Out – Romario Wanliss:
The annual free SHOUT OUT community day will take place this year at mac Birmingham on Sunday 20th November, and will commemorate Trans Day of Remembrance. Join us from 12pm for free family arts activites, performances, film shorts, and work from local artists. As part of the day we are delighted to announce that trans activist and Birmingham local Romario Wanliss will be joining us to speak and perform a specially commissioned piece of spoken-word.
Big Girl’s Blouse:
Closing the festival on Trans Day of Remembrance, for her final UK tour date, will be the endlessly talented Coventry born Kate O’Donnell with her autobiographical show ‘Big Girl’s Blouse’. An award winning celebration of trans identities ‘Big Girl’s Blouse’ explores what it was like to grow up as trans in the midlands in the 70s and 80s. For more information and to book tickets click here. – Sunday 20th November, 8pm, mac Birmingham.
SHOUT at Millennium Point:
A series of short films, animations, visual arts, and photography will be featured on the many screens across Millennium Point throughout the festival. Featuring the work of local artists including photographer Nick Hynan and running throughout the festival this is definitely one not to miss. More details can be found here.