Le Gateau Chocolat: Black at Contact - A highlight of this year's festival.

Queer Contact Festival 2017

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2017 is an important year in British LGBT history as its marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden Report that recommended that homosexual activity should no longer be a criminal offence. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Against this backdrop of historical significance, and the growing impact of worldwide politics on the rights of LGBT people, Contact’s Queer Contact Festival returns for its ninth year, celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender arts and culture in Greater Manchester as part of LGBT History Month.

Expect a packed programme of theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, clubbing, dance, debate, spoken word and visual art examining gender, sexuality, health, religion, politics and more, at venues across Greater Manchester including Contact, the Whitworth, Manchester Central Library, Band on the Wall, and Deaf Institute.

Here are our picks

Things to do at Queer Contact Festival 2017

Theatre 14–16 February 2017, from £7.00

Milk Presents: Joan

Theatre 17 February 2017, from £8.00

Mother’s Ruin

Music 18 February 2017, from £10.00

Wall To Wall: Prince at Contact

Music 17 February 2017, from £06.00

A Queer Revue! at Band on the Wall

Theatre 14 February 2017, from £10.00

201 Dance Company: Smother

Comedy 13 February 2017, from £7.00

Queer Comedy Night

Education 12 February 2017

LGBT Question Time

Theatre 16 February 2017, from £10.00

David Hoyle: Diamond

Theatre 10–11 February 2017, from £6.00

Trans Creative

Theatre 11 February 2017, from £3.00

Queer Youth Gathering at Contact

Music 10–11 February 2017, from £15.00

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black at Contact

Things to do right now

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Festivals 19–29 October 2017,

Manchester Science Festival 2017

Childrens 21–29 October 2017, FREE

Family Arts Festival 2017 at The Lowry

Families 21–31 October 2017, FREE

Halloween in the City

Dance 14 September–1 November 2017,

The Lowry Autumn Season 2017

Exhibitions 24 June–1 November 2017, FREE

Raqib Shaw at the Whitworth

Exhibitions 22 September–5 November 2017, FREE

AND A 123 at Castlefield Gallery

Families 19 October–5 November 2017, from £6

Big Imaginations Festival

Exhibitions 7 October–11 November 2017, FREE

Sarah Eyre & Ilona Kiss

Music 4 October–11 December 2017, FREE

RNCM Autumn Season