About Homotopia

About Homotopia

Founded in 2004, Homotopia is a Liverpool based arts & social justice organisation making a cultural impact through art and activism.

Our aim is to support and platform local, national, and international LGBTQIA socially engaged artists and creatives.

Every October/November we present Homotopia Festival, featuring a variety of LGBTQIA art across multiple venues and outdoor spaces in the city. In addition to our festival, we have a year-round programme of artist development, public artworks, and events.  

Homotopia Festival is the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and culture festival. In 2012 we became one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, and at the time, were the only dedicated LGBTQIA arts organisation to be recognised in this way. In the years that have followed, Homotopia has achieved significant growth and development and we take pride in being at the forefront of combining creativity and social change for and in collaboration with our ever-expanding community.  

Investing in the future of inspiring, challenging, and diverse art is at the forefront of our drive as a cultural organisation in the city. Here are the different ways, alongside our festival, that we’re making an impact on local and national LGBTQIA culture and community.

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Queer the City

How can we create a visible and safe future for LGBTQIA people in Liverpool?

Since 2020, our Queer the City project has brought LGBTQIA arts and culture into the mainstream. 

We launched the project during Homotopia Festival 2020, working with queer writers, to create The Walk an audio project that presented an LGBTQIA focus on areas of the city not usually viewed as queer. Since then our art installations in prominent places around Liverpool have been seen by over half a million people.

During LightNight 2021 we hosted Queer the City: Drag Cabaret outside (and inside) LUSH Liverpool. Hosted by Filla Crack with performances from: Adam AllDosa CatShania PainBaba Yagga. On the day artist Leo Soph Welton created some live art illustrations on the windows of LUSH. Throughout the day our community sent statements of queer joy that leo incorporated into the artwork.

Supported by LightNight, LUSH Liverpool & Liverpool BID company

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QueerCore

Homotopia’s formal artist development programme for mixed art, literary, performance, and visual artists based in the Liverpool City Region. The individuals and groups on the programme receive funding, advice, and support in their specific projects over the course of 12 months. 

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Homotopia Presents

Projects and works of art that we support all year round outside of our festival programme, ranging from podcasts to major exhibition’s such as April Ashley: Portrait of a lady, showcasing her story as a model, actress, and one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery, in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool. 

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Young Homotopia

A partnership project Homotopia runs with GYRO, running workshops, rehearsals, and performances for a creative collective of young LGBTQIA people who are interested in self-expression through creativity and performance. Led by Associate Artist Ashleigh Owen, and a number of visiting practitioners, the performances taking place during the festival and on occasion, during the year.  

Creative work tends to be devised by the group, and use lots of elements of queer performance including cabaret, comedy, music, and drag. 

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Supported by Homotopia

We work in collaboration with other organisations and artists to support them further with their development and reach. This ranges from events, public murals, and specific funding and support opportunities’ for LGBTQIA artists.  

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Homotopia Festival

For nearly 20 years we have welcomed the best known and most exciting new names in LGBTQIA art, theatre, dance, and music to our festival. In previous years we’ve welcomed international stars including John Waters, Armistead Maupin, Jinkx Monsoon, Boy George, April Ashley, and Maggi Hambling to name just a few. 

Not everyone has equal access to art, being an artist, or becoming part of a creative community. At Homotopia we work with artists and creatives that are on the margins or excluded from mainstream settings, showcasing work that is engaging, challenging, and inspiring.