House of Suarez + Contact: Vogue Ball 2022
Image courtesy of House of Suarez/ Contact.

Queer Contact Festival 2022

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

The ultimate celebration of art and creativity in the LGBTQ+ community, Queer Contact Festival returns to Contact Theatre for 2022.

Always a highlight in the cultural calendar, Queer Contact began almost 15 years ago and is a celebrated and popular event of Manchester’s queer arts scene. For 2022, the groundbreaking festival will showcase a loaded line-up of theatre, dance, live music, drag shows, scratch performances and cabaret.

Exploring a broad range of life experiences and themes such as gender, sexuality, mental health, politics and religion, the 2022 festival has been inspired and informed by the next generation of LGBTQ+ artists and audiences. Workshops and consultations with young people, aged from 13-30, have helped to shape the newest instalment of the festival, demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to reflecting the authentic experiences of young people in the LGBTQ+ community. And most pleasingly, Queer Contact is set to create more opportunities for engagement in educational activities around queer life and health.

With slick moves, hilarious comedy and lively lip-syncs, drag king troupe Pecs: King of the North launch the festival with a fabulous celebration of queer community.

A further highlight this year is The Enby Show, hosted by Carrot and featuring Divina de Campo. Expect an explosive and vibrant show packed with drag, live singing, comedy and more than a few surprises.

The House of Suarez Vogue Ball, a competitive dance battle between the Vogue houses of the North West, is always a key event of the festival, too. This year also brings a contemporary classical music show from The Untold Orchestra and Scratch, a showcase of brand-new work by a number of queer Manchester-based creatives.

Things to do at Queer Contact Festival 2022

Pecs: Kings of the North at Contact
Theatre 11 February 2022 7:30 pm, from £10.00

Pecs: Kings of the North at Contact

Scratch at Contact
Theatre 12 February 2022 2:00 pm, from £0.00

Scratch at Contact

The Enby Show with Davina De Campo at Contact
Theatre 12 February 2022 7:30 pm, from £10.00

The Enby Show with Davina De Campo at Contact

Palaver Party at Contact
Childrens 13 February 2022 11:00 am, from £7.50

Palaver Party at Contact

The Family Vogue Ball at Contact
Families 13 February 2022 2:00 pm, from £7.50

The Family Vogue Ball at Contact

Ell and Mary - Fitter at Contact
Theatre 16 February 2022 7:30 pm, from £8.00

Ell and Mary – Fitter at Contact

Emma Frankland - Hearty at Contact
Theatre 17 February 2022 7:30 pm, from £8.00

Emma Frankland – Hearty at Contact

House of Suarez + Contact: Vogue Ball 2022
Dance 18 February 2022 7:00 pm, from £15.00

House of Suarez + Contact: Vogue Ball 2022 at Contact

The Bitten Peach at Contact
Theatre 19 February 2022 4:00 pm, from £8.00

The Bitten Peach at Contact

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