About Queer Hope and Joy!

LGBTQ+ artist, creative, company, community group, producer, programmer, venue or festival? Join LGBT Foundation, Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, and LGBTQ+ creatives from across the UK for a day of discussion, provocation and inspiration, exploring issues affecting LGBTQ+ communities.

Featuring a keynote speech, panel discussion, presentations, performances, networking opportunities, funding advice sessions, and artist pitch opportunities.

Host + Keynote

Rikki Beadle-Blair

Speakers include: 

Cheryl Martin, Isaac Ouro-Gnao, Kate O’Donnell, Lilly Snatchdragon, Luke Skilbeck, mandla, Scottee, more TBC.

Performances from:

CREATE Bursary supported artists: Hunter Millington, Lucky Roy Singh, Susan Kerr, and Tian Glasgow.

Artists Opportunities:

Funding Advice Sessions: Get funding advice from Arts Council England (15min sessions available)

Artist Pitches: Tell the room about your work (2min pitch slots available)

How to reserve a slot: Book a conference ticket, then email barry.priest@lgbt.foundation by midday, Fri 9 February to register your advice session or pitch slot, or for further information, stating ADVICE SESSION or ARTIST PITCHES in the subject line of your email.


A vegetarian buffet style lunch will be included with your ticket. We’ll contact bookers a few weeks before the event to confirm any additional dietary requirements.


  • Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts + Culture Network is an LGBT Foundation project, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
  • Members LGBT Foundation (lead), Bolton Library and Museum Services, Contact, Factory International / Manchester International Festival, Global Grooves, hÅb / Word of Warning, HOME, Hope Mill Theatre, Islington Mill, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Museum, Octagon Theatre, People’s History Museum, Peshkar, The Lowry, The Met, The Old Courts, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester (Sexuality Summer School), Touchstones, Waterside Arts, and Z-arts.
  • Associate Members akt, Art with Heart, Black Gold Arts, Dan Daw Creative Projects, Dibby Productions, George House Trust, Manchester Pride, Our Room, Rainbow Noir, RebeccaNeverBecky (RNB) Productions, Sparkle, Submerge, Switchflicker Productions, The Proud Trust, The Sunday Boys, Trans Creative.
  • LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.
  • CREATE Bursary is supported by Contact, HOME, Hope Mill Theatre, LGBT Foundation, The Met, and Waterside Arts.


Content Warnings

Conference performances, talks and panels will include discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity, and references to transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, ableism, body shaming, racism, and hate crime statistics. For support on these issues please go to lgbt.foundation

Further Access Information

This event will be BSL interpreted by Karl Lllorca, Craig Brown, more TBA.

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