Liverpool’s gay arts festival Homotopia kicks off with renewed three-year funding

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Liverpool’s gay arts festival Homotopia kicks off its eleventh year this month with renewed funding by the Arts Council.

The 2014 festival promises to be “packed with exciting premieres, regional firsts, unique collaborations, and exclusive appearances that appeal to audiences gay and straight alike.”

Arts Council England agreed this last month to fund the event for a further three years.

Exhibitions around the city this year include ‘Photographs by Catherine Opie,’ which is the first solo UK exhibition for the renowned American artist outside London, and ‘David’s Palace,’ which explores addiction, gay culture. and mental health.

Dance highlights include the premiere of ‘’A Honky Tonk Mass’ and ‘Dance Triple Bill’.

Live performances include ‘Black’ presented by Le Gateau Chocolat, which looks to anti-gay legislation in African nations, and ‘My Scouse Voice’ featuring Fenella Fielding.

The fesival will also pay tribute to “a year dominated by the equal marriage vote here in the UK” by interrogating faith and sexuality ‘In Conversation With Terence Davies’ and Vicky Beeching and Peter Tatchell in the Diva Debate.

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