Birmingham Gets Ready to Shout as Queer Festival Hits the City This November

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Birmingham will see a new side to its LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community in November 2011 as SHOUT, the regions only Queer Culture Festival returns for a third year, promising to be the biggest yet.

Building upon the success of last year’s festival, SHOUT will continue to enhance the city’s queer aesthetic. This year’s programme boasts a wealth of activity, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to the city and providing local producers with a unique opportunity to be part of a number of exclusive projects.

This year’s festival covers a number of strands including: film, theatre, visual arts, music, performance, literature and community events with activities taking place across the city at venues including mac, Town Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Penthouse, Nightingale. This year for the first time SHOUT programmes content in Wolverhampton’s Lighthouse and the PUBLIC West Bromwich, broadening out into the region and bringing an exciting new dimension to the third festival.

SHOUT welcomes well known names such as Alan Hollinghurst, Fascinating Aida, Janis Ian, April Ashley and Mrs Barbara Nice whilst other highlights include David Hoyle’s Queering the Portrait (again with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery), Discovering Intimacy by Robert Taylor, The Modern Lesbian by Rachel Adams, and A Spot of b)other by b)other, Scotland’s collective of queer deaf and disabled artists. Gender Nuances at the Barber Institute (University of Birmingham) will explore gender and sexuality in art through time and Invisible (writer Sayan Kent) explores the lives of Black and Asian lesbians and bi women in Birmingham. Gay Birmingham, Back to Back (Women In Theatre) is researching the lives of LGBT people in the city from the 1850s – 1970s and will be performed on site at the city’s last surviving back to back houses (in partnership with the National Trust). Match (Hearth Theatre) will explore the debate around gay adoption and faith, being performed in St Pauls Church in the Jewellery Quarter.

Dave Viney, Festival Producer said: “This year’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever with a number of new high profile artists and exhibitions being brought to Birmingham. SHOUT provides a unique opportunity for Birmingham’s LGBT community to celebrate its diversity and to engage the whole city in queer arts and culture.”

“Last year’s festival was a great success within the LGBT community, however we want to take this year’s events to an ever wider audience in the hope of challenging the stereotypes and misconceptions which are often associated with the LGBT community.”

Simon Wales, Chair of the SHOUT Festival, said: “SHOUT is one of Birmingham’s unique and innovative independent Festivals, and it presents entertaining, challenging and often provocative new work to an increasingly wide audience. SHOUT is delighted to be expanding the programme to West Bromwich and Wolverhampton this year, and we hope that the third SHOUT Festival will really put Birmingham on the map as a leading city for the presentation of queer work”.

For more information about this year’s SHOUT festival please visit www.shoutfestival.co.uk or call David Viney on 0121 773 0633. You can also find SHOUT at www.facebook.com/shoutfestival and www.twitter.com/shoutfestival