Upon receiving £240,000 in funding over the next 3 years, the Homotopia Festival is prepared to offer intriguing art and discussion opportunities for years to come. The 2014 festival brings with it a collection of incredible art, theatre, and discussion, including a stunning photography collection by Catherine Opie, the first-ever Andy Warhol solo collection to be on display in the north of England, and an exclusive appearance by UK screenwriter and director, Terence Davies.
For the 2014 festival, Homotopia has branched out to form new partnerships within the art community, including the Tate Liverpool, which will display Warhol’s works. The Liverpool Playhouse, also a new partner of Homotopia, will host the national premier of a DV8 Physical Theatre performance entitled, “John.”
Homotopia also presents a variety of lecture and discussion topics. In a year where marriage equality and gay legislation are a social lightning rod worldwide, the festival provides provocative insights into matters of sexuality, faith, and the law, with “In Conversation with Terence Davies,” and the Diva Debate with Vicky Beeching and Peter Tatchell.
The 2014 Homotopia Festival begins October 4th and lasts through November, with some select arts exhibits continuing through the winter season. Festival highlights include:
DV8 presents “JOHN”
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 October at Liverpool Playhouse
A new verbatim dance-theatre work based on over 50 interviews with men about love and sex conducted by creator/director Lloyd Newson. Arriving in Liverpool from Europe ‘John’ has its UK premiere at Homotopia before going on to the National Theatre and a UK tour. Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 16 years +.
Lee Baxter & David Hoyle present “David’s Place”
1-22 November at Fall Out Factory
Performer & artist David Hoyle presents a new exhibition exploring addiction, gay culture and mental health which premieres at Homotopia. In his first solo exhibition for Homotopia, Hoyle has created a stark & uncompromising series of paintings and collages reflecting his own life experiences. ‘David’s Drop In’ – on Saturday 1, Sunday 2 & Saturday 8 November at 2pm David will be hosting a drop-in at the gallery exploring his artistic practice and background to this new collaborative exhibition.
Saturday 1 to Tuesday 25 November at Unity Theatre foyer
Rainbow Jews is a unique oral history and archive project, exploring the intersection of Jewish and LGBT identities. Discover how the stories and experiences of LGBT Jewish people have shaped British culture from the 1950s to today. Explore the truly diverse range of Jewish voices: Ultra-Orthodox lesbians, bisexual rabbis, gay Holocaust survivors and transgender activists.
Forge/Collision present “Jarman (All this maddening Beauty)”
Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 November at Unity Theatre
With text by Obie-winning U.S. playwright Caridad Svich and film and audio content featuring over 40 performers Force/Collision founder John Moletress performs this sensual meditation on beauty, love, sex and mortality attempting to capture the essence of artist, film-maker and queer cult figure Derek Jarman. Manipulating film and sound whilst performing live, Moletress unravels his own story of survival as an artist.
Polari Salon featuring Jonathan Harvey
Thursday 6 November at Unity Theatre
Winner of the 2013 Co-operative Respect LGBT Cultural Event of the Year author Paul Burston hosts an evening with V G Lee and Liverpool favourites Jonathan Harvey, Clare Campbell and Gerry Potter.
Transmitting Andy Warhol
7 November 2014 – 5 February 2015 at Tate Liverpool
Transmitting Andy Warhol presents the first solo exhibition of Andy Warhol’s work in the North of England. Bringing together over 100 artworks including; the iconic Marilyn Diptych, the entire print run of his trailblazing celebrity magazine Interview, as well as the extraordinary stage-set for The Velvet Underground, discover how Warhol’s practice spanned every medium, transforming the way we consume culture today.
Fenella Fielding in My Scouse Voice
Friday 7 November at Unity Theatre
Fenella’s career has stretched over 7 decades and encompassed Carry On films, Ibsen plays, stage musicals and the Morecambe and Wise show. Now she returns to Homotopia to lend her instantly recognisable seductive vocal tones to poetry by Gerry Potter. A night of unique collaborations and conversations as Le Gateau Chocolat joins Fenella and Gerry on stage.
Scars on Sunday “A Honky Tonk Mass”
Sunday 9 November at Frederik’s on Hope Street
An irreverent night of cabaret, worship, song and dance starring David Hoyle as Noele Gordon as ‘herself’. With special guest, comedian David Mills & spectacular choreography by Carlos Pons.
David Mills presents “Gimme Some Sugar”
Thursday 13 November at Unity Theatre
American comic David Mill’s sharp suited cocktail swagger and hilarious rants come to Liverpool. An hour of jokes skewering celebrity, the gays and modern life. Equal parts witty banter and salty sarcasm.
Mojisola Adebayo Retrospective
Saturday 15 November at Unity Theatre
Performer and playwright Mojisola presents excerpts from her work including the powerful ‘I Stand Corrected’ which was created with support of the British Council South Africa as a response to so-called ‘corrective’ rape of lesbians. “…there are very few plays that receive an almost unanimous standing ovation on a press night. It goes without saying that I Stand Corrected was my favourite production of the year.” Iman Qureshi, DIVA Magazine
Debs Gatenby presents “Hi, Anxiety”
Thursday 20 November at Lantern Theatre
Hi, Anxiety explores one person’s (actually, two people’s…) experience of mental illness. With one in four of us estimated to experience mental illness, Debs Gatenby’s one woman show is a laugh out loud funny yet wistful look at how mental illness affected her. And her mum. As Deb says: “It’s two breakdowns for the price of one, an emotional meal deal.”
All pictures reproduced courtesy of Homotopia