The eighth annual Queer Contact Festival returns bigger than ever 4-14 February 2016, with a packed ten-day programme of events, celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender arts and culture in Greater Manchester as part of LGBT History Month,
Expect theatre, music, dance, cabaret, comedy, spoken word, and visual art at Contact and beyond, including new collaborations with HOME, RNCM, and Band on the Wall, alongside a special site-specific performance in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre staged in a Manchester church.
This year’s festival explores sexuality, gender, religion, and history, with local, national and international artists including Erasure’s Andy Bell, US transgender performers and activists Kate Bornstein and Our Lady J, award-winning poet Jackie Kay, visual artists AL and AL (in collaboration with BBC Philharmonic), plus new festival commissions from Debs Gatenby, Laurie Brown, and Jamie Fletcher and Company.
Tickets from just £3 plus free events and exhibitions. Check out full listings below.
Queer Contact Festival 2016 has been made possible with the support of The Heritage Lottery Fund, Manchester Pride/Superbia, Poptastic, Word of Warning, The Sexuality Summer School at University of Manchester, Humanities in Public, Manchester Metropolitan University, Band on the Wall, LGBT Foundation, HOME, RNCM, Bar Pop, Apples and Snakes, the Writing School at MMU, Royal Exchange Theatre, George House Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust, LGBT Youth North West, Cake Tin Foundation, Richmond Tea Rooms, Royal Exchange Theatre, and Barefoot Wine.
Queer Contact 2016 Media Partners are DIVA, Gay Times, Canal Street, and Gaydio.
Queer Contact 2016 is produced by Barry Priest.