Homotopia is a Liverpool based arts & social justice organisation making art, interventions and participation that inspires and unites communities.
Every November we present an annual festival of local, national and international LGBTQIA arts & culture.
A brief history
Homotopia was launched in 2004 with a grant from Liverpool City Council. The first pilot Homotopia festival featured 16 events in 4 venues in Liverpool and was enjoyed by an audience of 2,500 people.
In the 15 years that followed, Homotopia has achieved significant growth and development, welcoming some of the biggest names in LGBTQIA arts to Liverpool including John Waters, Boy George, Maggi Hambling, Armistead Maupin, Sarah Waters and many more.
Homotopia was first included in the Arts Council England National Portfolio of regularly funded organisations in 2011. At that time, we were the only dedicated LGBTQIA arts organisation to be recognised in this way.
In 2013, we launched a major exhibition April Ashley: Portrait of a lady in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool. Born in Liverpool in 1935, April Ashley MBE, a former Vogue model and actress was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery.
In 2017, we developed our partnership with the Museum of Liverpool to co-create the ground-breaking Tales From the City exhibition which reflected how the lives and experiences of Liverpool’s LGBTQIA community have changed from 1967 to 2017. Over 18 months, the exhibition was visited by tens of thousands of people from around the globe.
In 2018 the festival welcomed its first guest curator; writer and actor Cheryl Martin, who devised a month-long festival encompassing theatre, dance, workshops, panel discussions, literature and more.
Homotopia is the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and culture festival.