Benji Reid

Queer Contact Festival 2018

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Celebrating their biggest programme of events yet, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Queer Contact Festival. Expect a loaded programme exploring gender, sexuality, health, politics and religion.

The home of the festival – Contact Theatre – is undergoing an exciting project of expansion which means that the festival has been able to spread its wings across Greater Manchester. With performance, exhibitions, film, spoken word, visual arts and much more taking place across the whole region – the programme is even more inclusive in celebrating the rich diversity of LGBT+ arts and culture. Venues this year include Central Library, People’s History Museum, Palace Theatre, Sale Waterside and Manchester Academy.  We’re really thrilled that Jamie Fletcher & Company’s Dancing Bear receives its official premiere at the festival – a definite must-see.

2017 saw Australia officially legalise same-sex marriage – a step in the right direction. However, Queer Contact Festival offers a reminder that LGBT+ communities in the UK and beyond still have a long way to go in terms of acceptance and that some communities around the world haven’t even come this far yet.