Birmingham ready to SHOUT this November

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‘SHOUT’ is Birmingham’s exciting festival of queer culture. Featuring a number of high profile commissions and productions.

Building on the successful pilot festival in 2009, SHOUT 2010 will continue to develop a queer aesthetic for Birmingham. Bringing internationally relevant artists to the city and providing opportunities for dynamic local producers. The 2010 programmes visual and performance arts activity is based on the theme ‘Invisible/Visible’ and explores the place of Black and Asian LGBT people in the city’s cultural landscape.

Programming covers film, visual arts, literature, performing arts, political talks, sports, educational and community led activity. Working with partners including mac, Town Hall/Symphony Hall, Birmingham Book Festival and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery the festival will provide a varied programme of activity which will promote the diversity of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. The festival will consolidate Birmingham’s developing role as an LGBT tourist destination.

Commenting, Steve Ball, Festival Chair stated ““We are delighted that Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England are continuing to support the SHOUT Festival. 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.”

Artists and events this year include: Qasim Riza Shaheen, Matt Smith, Dan Auluk, Tina C, Stella Duffy, Paul Sinha, Peter Tatchell and London’s Bird Club. The festival will also build back on successful elements of the pilot including the DIVAS comedy night, as well as introducing new events such as live music and a film strand.

Festival Producer David Viney comments “We are pleased to be building on last year’s successful festival by bringing new high profile artists and projects to Birmingham. We look forward to delivering a fresh, innovate and inclusive festival that will not only showcase LGBT culture but also build visibility and profile of the community in the city in a positive way.”

Principle funding for the festival comes from Arts Council England, Screen WM with funds from The National Lottery through the UK Film Council, BeBirmingham and Birmingham City Council.