With LGBT History Month taking place in February, Contact - a young people’s arts organisation based in Manchester – kicks off the month with a week-long programme of various exhibitions, workshops, debates, plays, comedies and other musical and theatrical shows to celebrate LGBT arts and culture from across the UK and around the world. Currently in its fourth year running, Queer Contact has showcased the diverse artistic talents of the likes of The Tiger Lillies, Jonny Woo, Dickie Beau, Scottee, David Hoyle and Myra Dubois.
This year, Queer Contact 2013 will run from 4 to 9 February and will feature works by Debs Gatenby, Cheryl Martin, Bourgeois & Maurice, Jez Dolan, Joseph Richardson and Malc Stone. Supporting this year’s performance programme will be three exhibitions – The Modern Lesbian, Transchester and Blank Media Collective - as well as a number of workshops and open mic opportunities for new and emerging artists to get a taste of performing alongside more established acts. For a full schedule of the week’s listings, check out their website or to get a taster, check out the video below.
Queer Contact’s producer, Barry Priest says: ‘We’re extremely excited to once again welcome the best in local, national and international LGBT talent to Manchester, for a truly diverse festival line-up that is sure to delight and challenge our audiences! Queer Contact continues to grow from strength to strength each year, and with more events than ever - theatre, cabaret, comedy, dance, spoken word, music, exhibitions and workshops – at some of the lowest prices in town, we do hope you can join us for an amazing festival week!’
Queer Contact 2013 is supported by OutNorthWest magazine, the LGF, Gaydio and Canal Street.