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This year’s LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture celebration will run as a compact weekender from 8 - 9 February, in various venues across the city and featuring some of the best-loved elements of the annual festival.

Opening the Festival Weekender in style on Fri 8 Feb at Waterside in Sale, will be the much loved Mother’s Ruin family. Timberlina hosts a sensational night of outrageous cabaret mayhem with Jackie Hagan, David Mills, Patrick Hollis, Donna Matrix, Afshan De’Souza-Lodhi, Victoria Firth and Aunty Ginger.

On the morning of Sat 9 Feb, join us at YES as we re-imagine the future of Queer Contact. Have your say at our Open Forum conversation with staff, artists and young people.  All opinions and suggestions are welcome as we start to re-imagine the Festival from 2020 onwards.

Our afternoon continues at YES, where Glasgow/Berlin based live artist Nima Séne and curator Tuna Erdem from the Istanbul Queer Art Collective present performingborders | LIVE. This lively and timely discussion will focus on the exploration of the personal, the cultural and the physical and an understanding of how their queer, migrant and PoC identities shape their work.

Outspoken returns to Queer Contact this year, on Sat 9 Feb at Number 70, for a spellbinding and packed programme of poetry and spoken word performances. Manchester poet, Mandla-Rae, hosts Ella Otomewo, Maz Hedgehog, Afshan Lodhi and Bryony Bates who all take their words to the stage for a celebration of Manchester’s queer women and non-binary artists.

Bringing the Festival to a close on Saturday night – Vogue Houses from far and wide return to Manchester to compete and battle for dance supremacy in House of Suarez and Contact’s highly acclaimed and multi award-winning Vogue Ball. Celebrate global vogue culture, an extravaganza of costume and drama in this fierce and fantastic catwalk spectacular reminiscent of 1970s/80s New York at its’ most glamorous!

Click here to view the full festival programme.