Homotopia 2019 – 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.

By Shaun Ponsonby
Thu 31 October, 2019

Tonight, assorted members of the Planet Slop team will be assembled for the launch party of Homotopia.

Now in its 16th year, Homotopia are here to fight for your right with ten days of glorious art and theatre, and an unapologetic celebration of queer culture, with the appropriate theme of Resist! Resist!  

There is so much to take in over the ten day festival, that we thought it might be helpful for our loyal sophisticated boom boomers to see some of the highlights. So, in the spirit of that, here are top ten choices, from from exhibitions, to the emerging queer talent on offer, theatre and discussions.

You can learn more about each of these events and much more by visiting www.homotopia.net 


Thursday 31st October: Launch Party (Hope Street Hotel/7pm)

Celebrate the start of Homotopia Festival 2019 at their fabulous launch party. You can expect a large helping of dissent, cutting political commentary and identity interrogation. Plus, music, performance and partying, of course. Live music from Fado Bicha (Portugal) and Felix Mufti-Wright (Liverpool). DJ set from Sonic Yootha.


Friday 1st Nov-12th Nov: Bona Pop (The Gallery/12pm-4pm)

Many pop artists, from Warhol to Jasper Johns, were queer. This exhibition will show work by two contemporary gay artists – Daniel Edwards and ladypat – who continue to draw inspiration from popular culture.


Saturday 2nd Nov: Travis Alabanza Pop-Up (International Slavery Museum/11am)

Artist, performer and writer, Travis Alabanza is one of the UK’s most significant voices on trans rights and an exciting queer performer. Responding to Liverpool’s history and contemporary issues surrounding race and place, join Alabanza for a one-off pop-up performance at the International Slavery Museum.


Monday 4th Nov: Keith Haring x Amy Lamé: A Conversation on LGBTQ+ Activism and Art From the 1980s – Today (Tate Liverpool/5pm)

To mark the final week of the first, major UK exhibition of artist and activist Keith Haring, Homotopia and Tate Liverpool present Keith Haring x Amy Lamé.

Amy Lamé has been a leader and collaborator in culture, media, politics and the LGBTQ+ community for over 25 years. She is the co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, based at the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Amy presents the Sunday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music. In conversation with a Tate Liverpool curator, Amy will discuss her work and experiences from over three decades, exploring the intersections between LGBTQ+ activism and the arts.


Wednesday 6th Nov: Queer Arts North at Homotopia (Unity Theatre/2pm-5pm)

LGBTQ+ artists, performers, creatives, producers and programmers! Join Queer Arts North for an afternoon of discussion and networking, find out about current opportunities, and pitch your work to a supportive and relaxed room.


Wednesday 6th Nov: Nightclubbing (Unity Theatre/7.30pm)

Women to the front, People of Colour to the front, LGBTQIA+ to the front!!

Rachael Young and her badass band of superhumans embrace Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones in NIGHTCLUBBING – an explosive new performance bringing visceral live music and intergalactic visions to start a revolution.

Grace Jones; a dark skinned, androgynous, Jamaican woman, transcending societal norms to become an international superstar. Then later, three young black women, discriminated against and excluded, their bodies branded; ‘undesirable’.

WE are those women, we zoom through galaxies and solar systems, travelling through time, preparing for our moment to land…IT’S NOW!


Friday 8th Nov: The GLOOP Show (Unity Theatre/7.30pm)

Takes you on a psychomagical trip through the universal A E I O U. On route we ramble through a dream scape of gigantic vowels, handmade patchwork, masks and wigs. Our guiding green vagabond wielding a 7ft mascara wand assures that squares make squares, triangles make triangles and doing things…does stuff.

THE GLOOP SHOW re-stitches the fabric of our reality and charts sublime new political territories. This is your survival guide to the 21st century!


Saturday 9th Nov: Split Britches: Retro(per)spective (Unity Theatre/7pm)

Retro(per)spective is a Split Britches greatest hits album for those who remember the 1980’s and a Split Britches primer for those who may have missed it! Performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, Retro(per)spective provides a humorous slant on love, life, work and play, and features much- loved moments from old and new shows.


Saturday 9th Nov: Joan (Unity Theatre/9pm)

An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this is Joan of Arc. Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history’s greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defies in this smash-hit show. Packed with guts and heart JOAN is a captivating fusion of lyrical new writing and cabaret prowess from the multi-award winning Milk Presents.


Sunday 10th Nov: Queercentric Music Night (Fashion Hub/7pm)

Combining forces with Homotopia for the fourth year running, Liverpool Queer Collective presents a night of emerging LGBTQ+ musicians and performers at the Fashion Hub on London Road. Performers include: Felix Mufti-Wright, Campbell L Sangster, Husk and TABS.