Homotopia has, for over a decade, brought artists and audiences to Liverpool, utilising the city’s arts spaces and furthering Liverpool’s historic and community-led cultural scene that has defined the city for generations.
In the words of Assistant Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Wendy Simon:
“Liverpool City Council recognise that cultural events can contribute to building understanding, awareness and break down barriers and prejudices. HOMOTOPIA is a great example of this, a festival that attracts diverse audiences internationally. They are amazing local, national and international ambassadors for our city.”
As the 50th anniversary of 1967 comes to an end, Homotopia provides a month-long platform for stories, some forgotten, some embraced and championed. With over 50 events, the festival examines what the anniversary means for LGBTQI artists, and what the last 50 years has meant for the community, from performing a role expected by wider society, to asserting non-conformity and an evolution of cultural identity.
Gary Everett, Festival Director:
“The criminalisation of male homosexuals is a deeply shameful period of our social and political history. The 50th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality is a moment for both celebration and reflection. The forthcoming festival is themed ‘Liberation 50’ and has been expanded to celebrate, explore and reclaim our shared histories past, present and in the future.
Homotopia ‘Liberation 50’ shines a light on creative resistance & rebellion and the power of art in creating social change. This year’s programme gives audiences and artists alike an opportunity to explore, reclaim and present our shared histories and will further unlock creative energy, empowerment, and connectivity throughout Liverpool, bringing together audiences through a joyous and life affirming programme of events uniting all”.
The full festival programme (even more events will be announced soon) is now online.