Articles for Nov 06

Hundreds celebrate queer culture

Hundreds of revellers danced the night away at the closing party of the queer culture festival Homotopia.

It brings Liverpool's Homotopia to an end, which was the largest and most successful incarnation of the festival to date. Now in its third year, audiences of more than 6,500 saw and took part in around 70 events in genres like theatre, film, art, dance, cabaret, talks and heritage.

Festival Director Gary Everett said: "Homotopia has been a resounding success and the Liverpool lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have truly embraced the dynamic and inclusive platform created. The festival attracted communities from every diversity, proving that being Queer is not about operating in quarters but embracing the city as a whole."

Liverpool City Council leader, Cllr Warren Bradley, said: "Since launching as a pilot programme in 2004, Homotopia has grown in stature and at an extraordinary rate. The festival is set to be one of the key cultural events in the pivotal year of 2008, Liverpool's Capital of Culture, which is why we have supported Homotopia with a three-year funding deal to secure its future."

Queercore, which is the new initiative to platform and produce new work by emerging artists was a resounding success with new projects started in theatre, dance, art and heritage.

Unity Theatre Artistic Director & Homotopia partner, Graeme Phillips, said: "A vital part of Liverpool's quirky character has found a new lease of life. There has been some genuinely good Liverpudlian art produced and the Unity is proud to be involved with a hugely successful third festival."

Matt Fox of Outsiders, The Liverpool Lesbian & Gay Film Festival said: "With over 30 screenings across the city, our audience figures for the festival alone have exceeded 2000. We hope to continue on the many lasting and dynamic partnerships found through Homotopia."

For more information about the festival and forthcoming events, visit www.homotopia.net