Homotopia 2018: Ten of the Best
Unsure what to see during Homotopia? Don’t worry, Planet Slop has you covered as we pick out ten of the best events on offer throughout November.
Friday night saw the launch of Homotopia 2018 at Hinterlands in the Cains Brewery.
There were a host of performances from House of Suarez and Ashleigh P Owen, plus DJ sets from Beers For Queers, She Drew The Gun and Liverpool Queer Collective, all marking the beginning of a month-long programme bursting with exciting and eclectic events and appearances at venues across Liverpool.
For its 15th year, the festival has settled on the theme of I Will Survive, and will celebrate local, national and international queer arts and culture, culminating on World AIDS Day.
There is too much happening for us to visit everything the festival has to offer. However, Planet Slop has picked out ten choice events to see around the city, from exhibitions, to the pure filth of John Waters, the emerging queer talent on offer, theatre and discussions.
Sun 4th November – Sun 2nd December : Threesome
The Gallery (Stanhope St)
Threesome is a collaborative exhibition about the creative relationship of three renowned lesbian painters Sadie Lee, Roxana Halls and Sarah Jane Moon and their response to each other’s work, vision and identity. The three women have sat for each other as artist’s models and also painted each other exploring the relationships between artist and muse. The women have also painted performance artist Ursula Martinez in three contrasting portraits. Curated by Anna McNay, the exhibition runs throughout Homotopia 2018.
Fri 9th Nov: Hip, Hip I’m Gay!
Hip Hip I’m Gay! is a comedy cabaret which follows real-life stories and experiences of coming out and the mental health struggles people have faced alongside their sexual identity. Artist Ashleigh Owen has created this piece as a letter to society that we may have come a long way legally but there is still a lot of work to do in regard to LGBTQ+ rights and behaviours towards our community that have had a negative impact on our mental health.
Sat 10th Nov: Emerging Talent – Scratch Night
Among the headliners, it is always important for Homotopia to discover fresh, exciting and uber talented emerging LGBTQ+ artists, and at the Scratch Night you can enjoy four performances and offer your feedback on these works-in-progress. You may well find a star of the future, and you can pay what you like for entry.
Sat 10th Nov: John Waters – This Filthy World
Legendary director John Waters makes his only UK appearance this year, performing This Filthy World, a one-man vaudeville act that celebrates the film career and tastes of the man William Burroughs once called, The Pope of Trash. Focusing on Waters’ early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy and the extremes of the contemporary art world, this joyously devious monologue elevates all that is trashy in life into a call-to-arms to filth followers everywhere. It is a major coup for him to perform his only UK show at Homotopia, and says much of the festival’s standing that they were able to snag him
To warm up, Eat Me + Preach are taking over District the night before (Fri 9th Nov) for a filthy John Waters special.
Tues 13th – Wed 14th Nov: Mina
Combining projection mapping and animation with physical theatre, Mina is a sensory, immersive exploration of the world of conversion therapy and gay exorcisms still prevalent today. But there is a twist. Expect magical realism and much more in this innovative retelling of Nataly Lebouleux’s award-winning ﬁlm Paper Thin.
Thurs 15th – Fri 16th Nov: Mop The House – A Short Guide to Vogue
Mop the House is the UK premiere of a brand-new co-commission by DaDaFest, Homotopia and The Arena Theatre, created and produced by Fittings Multimedia Arts. It is an intimate extravaganza for two actors, one DJ, an audience and a runway that could go anywhere. The latest stage in Fittings’ sashay into the world of Vogue culture. Melding history with fantasy and dance with urban sign. Featuring house beats with a punk sensibility and a lot of BAD language.
Tue 20 Nov: LGBT+ Women in Literature
What does it take to become and sustain a career as a successful female writer? How has the climate changed for LGBTQ+ women in literature over recent decades, if at all? Is there an appetite for LGBTQ+ stories? Join Homotopia’s Guest Curator 2018 Cheryl Martin in conversation with three of the UK’s most exciting writers to discuss the challenges and successes they have experienced as LGBT+ women in literature.
Wed 21st Nov: Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales – The Ginger Snapped
The Epstein Theatre
Following last year’s total sell-out tour RuPaul’s Drag Race star Jinkx Monsoon returns with lyricist Major Scales to showcase new music from their upcoming album. However Jinkx worries that her best years are behind her. In order to avoid a breakdown of diva proportions Major must act as both pianist and therapist to the Manic Miss Monsoon. Music and mental health collide in this witty, biting look at the dark side of Drag fame.
Thurs 22nd Nov: Queercentric Music Night
Liverpool Queer Collective presents a night of rhythm, lyrical excellence and beats. Combining forces with Homotopia Festival for the third year running, join us for the biggest ever Queercentric Music Night. Enjoy an eclectic evening of sumptuous music and spoken word from queer musicians and artists, compared by the fabulous RhyssPieces, featuring Meike, Douglas Savage, HUSK, Gen and The Degenerates, Ciarán Hodgers and Arondeus.
Sat 1st December: World AIDS Day Vigil
St George’s Hall Concert Room
One of the most important aspects of Homotopia is the annual World AIDS Day vigil held at St George’s Hall. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the very first World AIDS Day, and the vigil should be not just a remembrance for those we have lost, but a promotion for awareness about the disease. Although the epidemic is slowing in the UK, nearly half of people who test positive are finding out they have HIV very late, meaning the virus may have damaged their health permanently. The fight continues.