Birmingham LGBT are pleased to announce an investment of £46,575 towards the annual SHOUT Festival. ‘SHOUT’ is Birmingham’s only festival of queer culture, and is now entering its third year. Taking place between 3rd and 27th November 2011, the festival will continue to develop a queer aesthetic for Birmingham, bringing internationally relevant artists to the city and providing opportunities for dynamic local producers.
Programming covers film, visual arts, literature, performing arts, political talks, educational and community led activity. Working with partners including mac, Town Hall & Symphony Hall (THSH), The Barber Institute, Birmingham Book Festival and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery the festival will provide a varied and inclusive programme of activity which will promote the diversity of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.
Commenting, Simon Wales, Festival Chair stated “Birmingham’s third annual SHOUT Festival, taking place in November, will offer audiences a provocative and challenging programme of new work, commissions and films across a variety of mediums, from theatre to visual arts. We are delighted that Arts Council England have supported the development of SHOUT, we believe it is important that Birmingham has a Festival of this type, and we are grateful to our arts partners for their continued involvement”.
Festival Producer David Viney comments “We are pleased to be building on the success of the festival by bringing new artists and projects to Birmingham. We look forward to delivering a fresh, innovate and accessible 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.