Marsha P. Johnson by Sophie Green
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Homotopia’s annual arts and culture festival returns with an eclectic programme of queer performance, online and offline. In a year of uncertainty, its theme of Show Your Working, will explore why the journey is just as important as the destination.
Festival Director Char Binns explains: “A sense of urgency has swept over this year and we recognise the role of the arts to reflect this. Yet, as Black Lives Matter protests took place, as the rights of transgender people were threatened, we had to press pause.
“The theme “Show Your Working” invites us to search our souls – are we good allies to our trans siblings? Are we using the crisis as an excuse to maintain the status quo?
“Do we understand the challenges our Black, Asian or Arab friends face, or do we just upload supportive social media posts? Among the struggles of this year we’re demonstrating queer culture as a place to figure things out.”
Award-winning artist, filmmaker and campaigner, Fox Fisher is artist-in-residence and hosts a series of events including a film shorts night curated by My Genderation, an ongoing film project documenting authentic trans experiences. The author of Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? and The Trans Teen Survival Guide, Fox is also a co-founder and trustee of Trans Pride, Brighton.
A Queer the City Art Crawl will explore the city alongside nine LGBTQIA artists from Liverpool, Merseyside and beyond, examining how cities are designed and who they are designed for. An audio city guide – hosted by writer, broadcaster and performer Roger Hill – will be available alongside the Art Crawl.
As well as these, six new audio plays, by Maz Hedgehog, Day Matter, Marjorie H Morgan, Fox Fisher, Ashleigh Owen and Mo Svendsen, tell stories of LGBTQIA experience in Liverpool throughout time. Commissioned and produced by Homotopia, with support from Unity Theatre, Culture Liverpool and BBC Radio Merseyside.
Jade Anouka, poet, actor and writer, will headline a special version of Liverpool’s spoken word night, ‘A Lovely Word’. Her most recent work includes HER & HER, commissioned as part of the BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine series.
Jade’s acting credits include Doctor Who (BBC) and Chewing Gum (Channel 4). In 2018, she gave a TED Talk on Being Black, being a Woman, being ‘Other’. Jade published her poetry collection EGGS ON TOAST in 2017. This event will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.
For the full programme and more information visit homotopia.net