Festival Submissions

Open Call for Festival Submissions

Homotopia is the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and cultural festival. We’ve been running for 18 years and were born and bred in Liverpool, UK. 

Our mixed arts festival includes theatre, film, music, visual arts, heritage and discussions. Homotopia Festival 2022 will take place 3rd – 20th November 2022 

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: 

  • 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 BME and LGBTQIA, 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. 
  • 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. 

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.  

How to apply

Submissions for theatre should be fully formed plays, or due to be complete in advance of November 2022. Artists based in Liverpool City Region looking to develop new work, should refer to our QueerCore programme.  

Festival 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.  

Send your submission (max. 2 sides of A4/ 1,000 words) to hello@homotopia.net by 10:00 on Wednesday 2 March 2022. If you prefer, you can send a voice note or audio recording (max. 5 minutes) as a Dropbox link instead of a written submission, including the information detailed above. 

 You will receive a response by the end of April 2022. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Char Binns, Festival Director for an informal chat via char@homotopia.net.

We are especially interested in receiving submissions from artists underrepresented in the arts and LGBTQIA sectors, including trans* artists, deaf and disabled queer people and creatives from the QTIBPoC community.