Queer Contact Festival 2017

From 10 to 18 February, Queer Contact Festival returns to Manchester.  2017 marks both the 60th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.  All this against a political backdrop that threatens to challenge the inclusiveness and tolerance of recent years.

The Festival boasts an impressive line up.

Le Gateau Chocolat returns with Black, accompanied by Manchester’s excellent Psappha Ensemble, ‘an intimate portrait of Nigerian singer Le Gateau Chocolat’s life…featuring a repertoire ranging from Wagner and Purcell to Nina Simone and Whitney Houston’.

201 Dance Company bring SMOTHER, a story of two men’s broken encounter performed through contemporary hip-hop.  Reviews in Edinburgh were impressive.

FK Alexander presents (I Could Go On Singing) Over The Rainbow at the Whitworth Art Gallery, which offers intimate performances of the Judy Garland classic against a backdrop of incessant noise.

David Hoyle presents Diamond, ‘an unforgiving queer performance of sexuality and British culture exploring LGBT history from 1957 to 2017 through his own personal biography’.

Add to this a dose of Mother’s Ruin, Kate O’Donnell, a Power Ballad Disco, Queer Comedy Night, a David Bowie lecture, Wall to Wall Prince and more, and this is a Festival with immense promise.

Queer Contact Festival at Contact and local venues, 10 to 18 February 2017.  Further details here.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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