Char Binns, Festival Director
Char Binns is an activist and community organiser with 15 years’ experience working in the third sector. After working primarily in communications roles for charities and public sector organisations, she joined Homotopia as Festival Project Manager in August 2017. Since then she has led the organisation through three successful festivals and was Interim Director from January 2019. Char’s interest in people led her to study sociology and anthropology and she has an MA in the study of Religions from SOAS, University of London. Char is a Director of the community based social business Liverpool Queer Collective, which runs creative events for queer and trans people as an alternative to mainstream gay club culture. She is also a qualified running coach and the Trainer at GoodGym Liverpool.
Alex Ferguson, Producer
Alex is a Liverpool-based producer, interested in art as activism, personal/societal change through radical arts, and queering everything. He is a graduate of loads of things, like University of Liverpool, Stage One Commercial Producer’s Workshop, and NUS’ Lead and Change Programme. When he’s not at Homotopia, he is the host and producer of the spoken word podcast, monthly event, and artist development programme A Lovely Word, based at the Liverpool Everyman. He also freelance produces the multi-award winning progressive brass band/theatre troupe Perhaps Contraption’s Nearly Human (“Completely extraordinary” BBC 6 Music), amongst other things.
At Homotopia Alex leads on: community projects, organisational growth, artist development (main contact for QueerCore), fundraising (main contact for adverts, sponsors, donors), and parts of the festival programme that we produce in-house.
More info at alexferguson.co
liv mccafferty, festival assistant
Liv is a University of Liverpool Combined Arts graduate – their time was spent focusing on all things Queer. When not Homotopiaing, they work as an Engagement Assistant at Bluecoat and as a freelance Producer, Stage Manager and Safe Space Consultant. For the past three years they have produced and stage managed EAT ME, Liverpool’s original Queer Drag Dinner Cabaret and Disco. They have also worked with organisations such as DaDaFest, Africa Oye, 24 Kitchen Street and Cinema Nation. They are interested in radical arts and creative provocations, inclusive event making and community building through cultural practice.
At Homotopia Liv leads on: Social media marketing, e-newsletters and administration.
Board of Trustees
Rachel Rogers (Chair)
Rachel is the Chair of the Board for Homotopia. Outside of this role, she is festival producer for DaDaFest, and in the past has worked for MDI (Merseyside Dance Initiative) as Project Development Manager, working across all their programmes and growing provision for older adults. Rachel has an MA in Cultural Leadership from John Moores University, and is a freelance producer.
Andrew is a gay, socialist, feminist, Christian. He has a liking for patterned shirts, playing the ukulele and painting his nails. When he is not painting his nails he works as Senior Exhibitions Officer at National Museums Liverpool, where in the past he has held marketing roles.
Tammy refuses to write in third person. I go on a stage and sing/dance/speak/scream/shout/eat my trauma. I sometimes make money from it. I’m sometimes Midgitte Bardot. I sometimes wear clothes. I’m always disabled. I sometimes enjoy it. I make my money from Access Consultation and event production. Instagram: @midgittebardot
Cheryl is a Washington, D.C born poet, playwright and director, and Co-Artistic Director of Manchester’s Black Gold Arts Festival. Her past roles include as Guest Curator for Homotopia 2018, a former Associate Director for New Writing/New Work at Contact (In Manchester), and Director-in-Residence at Edinburgh’s Traverse.
Joan is a Merseysider born and bred and has worked in customer service in arts venues for over 30 years, currently as visitor services manager at FACT. Former volunteer on Liverpool’s Outsiders Queer Film Festival from 2006, she later spent 9 years as a Director/Trustee of Liverpool Pride. She currently volunteers for Liverpool City Region Pride as a programmer for Film With Pride, focusing on new and classic films from around the world with the accent on making diverse voices heard. She is hugely honoured to join the Board of Homotopia which she never ceases to find essential, inspiring and moving.
James Lawler is a curator and events organiser. He works as one half of DuoVision with Martin Green to highlight undervalued artists, older artists and LGBTQ+ artists.
For the past 4 years they have been running The Gallery Liverpool, where they have shown premier exhibitions by a variety of musicians, artists and designers including Jarvis Cocker, Marc Almond and Pam Hogg. They have recently curated exhibitions in London, Paris, Belfast & Stoke – on – Trent.
James has curated several exhibitions for Homotopia since the festival started 2004.
Marjorie H Morgan is an award winning playwright, director and producer based in Liverpool. Her works explore the theme of ‘Home,’ in particular historic and contemporary migration stories, giving voice to those marginalised in pockets of British society. Marjorie also writes articles and essays, and teaches creative writing.
James is an experienced communications professional who has a wealth of experience working in the charity sector. He has a passion for supporting marginalised communities and has worked in supporting LGBT people experiencing cancer and victims of hate crime.
Danny is a filmmaker and the Creative Director at Thinking Film, a Social Enterprise that exists to provide people & communities, across Merseyside, with a voice. Telling stories that challenge the way people see the world.