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Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network Conference 2022

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 keynote speeches, panel discussions, presentations, performances, networking opportunities, funding advice sessions, and artist pitch opportunities. 


Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride); Adam Carver (Fatt Butcher Projects), mandla rae; ShayShay (The Bitten Peach); Tammy Reynolds; Tarik Elmoutawakil (Malborough Productions); Yvy DeLuca (The BollyWitch); with more to be announced.


Create Bursary supported artists: Jova and the Wave; Maz Hedgehog

Pride Stages supported artists: Cheddar Gorgeous and Laurie; Jaii Andrew

Artists Opportunities

Funding Advice Sessions: Get funding advice from Arts Council England (20min sessions available)

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

Book a conference ticket, then email by midday, Fri 4 February to register your advice session or pitch slot, or for further information.


This event will be BSL interpreted.

If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10 – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.

Alternatively, you can email the box office on, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

Content Warnings

Conference talks and panels will include discussions about sexual and gender identity and references to transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, racism, ableism and hate crime statistics.


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 Museum, Contact, hÅb, HOME, Hope Mill Theatre, Islington Mill, Manchester International Festival, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Museum, Octagon Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, People’s History Museum, Peshkar, The Lowry, The Met, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The University of Manchester / Sexuality Summer School, The Whitworth, Touchstones, Waterside, Z-arts

Associate Members akt (Albert Kennedy Trust), Art with Heart, Black Gold Arts, Dibby Productions, Family Gorgeous, George House Trust, Manchester Pride, Milk Presents, Rainbow Noir, RebeccaNeverBecky (RNB) Productions, Sparkle, STUN Studios, Submerge, Switchflicker, The Proud Trust, and Trans Creative.

LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.

Create Bursary 2021 is supported by Contact, HOME, The Met, The Royal Exchange Theatre and Waterside Arts.

Pride Stages Bursary 2021 is supported by The Met and Bury Pride, Waterside Arts and Pride in Trafford, The Lowry and Salford Pride, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Oldham Pride, Manchester International Festival, and Manchester Pride.

Progress Bursary 2021 is supported by Octagon Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, The Met and Touchstones.


For just £10, you can get 12 months of priority booking, exclusive offers and juicy deals.

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You get the added bonus of 25% off other shows across Queer Contact and the rest of our Spring season!


  • Price
    Funded organisations: £10 | Individuals Pay What You Can: £1, £3 or £5
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
    Suitable for ages 13+
  • Running
    11am – 5pm (incl. lunch, refreshment breaks)
Date Time & Place
Thursday 10 February 11:00am
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