our OPEN CALL 2021 IS NOW open.

Homotopia is the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and cultural festival. We’ve been running for 17 years and were born and bred in Liverpool, UK. 

Our mixed arts festival includes theatre, film, music, visual arts, heritage and discussions.  

We are looking for fully-formed submissions from theatre makers and producers, visual artists and performance artists who identify as LGBTQIA. We’re also always happy to hear from artists who create family-friendly live theatre and/or workshops exploring LGBTQIA identities.  

We are interested in LGBTQIA artists and work that is: 

  • Risk-taking: we’ve all got a very different idea of what ‘risk’ is, so don’t worry about your work being too ‘risky’ to programme – it might well be perfect in the context of Homotopia. 
  • Unapologetically queer: We like work that celebrates queer culture, is high camp realness, radical or cosy queerness, femme, butch, trans, non-binary lives, identities and experiences.  
  • High quality: we love our audience and want them to have the best possible experience of excellent art, and believe such art is more likely to have a positive social impact. 
  • Diverse: we programme work that reflects the full spectrum of LGBTQIA+ experiences and strongly encourage those who are currently underrepresented in the sector to apply, which might include folks who identify as QTIBPoC, intersex artists, trans-masc stories, disabled queer artists. 
  • Any art form: we are interested in dance, theatre, cabaret, visual arts, digital work, or anything else that comes to mind. Historically and presently, we have a special interest in LGBTQIA theatre and have more opportunities to offer in this area. 

Submissions for theatre should be fully formed plays, or due to be complete in advance of November 2021. For artists looking to develop new work, please refer to our QueerCore programme.  

Submissions should include: 

  • A short bio about the artist and examples of their previous work; 
  • For theatre submissions, we require a video of the work or at least a trailer; 
  • Information about specific tech requirements and preferred venue types; 
  • Information about fees and related costs; 
  • Links to websites, images and additional videos are very welcome. Artists should identify as LGBTQIA and the subject matter of their work should explore queer/trans identities, challenges, experiences and culture.  

Please be aware that we are an established arts organisation with a large reach, but we have a modest budget to run our festival. Sadly, we are unlikely to be able to support large scale productions with big casts and crews.  


If you are an emerging artist from the North West, find out about our artist development programme here >> QueerCore Artist Development

If you are a musician, you can apply to be part of our annual music event by emailing Please note, this event is curated by our programme partners Liverpool Queer Collective and priority is given to musicians based in the North West of England.