Contact celebrate the 10th anniversary of the sensational Queer Contact Festival with a very special programme which sees the festival spread its wings across Greater Manchester for its biggest ever calendar of events.
While Contact undergoes an exciting programme of expansion and refurbishment, this year's Queer Contact will take place at a range of exciting venues, including Palace Theatre, Manchester Academy, Central Library, People’s History Museum, Oldham Coliseum, 53Two, Texture, Waterside Arts and CRUZ 101.
Queer Contact 2018 brings a dazzling array of theatre, music, cabaret, film, clubbing, dance, spoken word and visual art from around the world, examining and celebrating gender, sexuality, health, religion, politics and more.
The full festival programme is here, but check out our handy QC18 Festival summary below:
MOTHER’S RUIN: LIVE AT THE COLISEUM
The house of cutting-edge queer performance takes a trip to Oldham…!
MAKE A SCENE: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Manchester’s thrilling interactive film club take on a contemporary queer classic for a screening like no other.
Faith and religion meet queerness and gender in a moving and sensational song and dance format, staged at a legendary Manchester theatre.
201 DANCE COMPANY: SKIN
From the makers of Smother, cutting-edge contemporary dance crew address gender transitioning with powerful results.
HOUSE OF SUAREZ VOGUE BALL
The legendary children assemble for a dance to the death in a pure high-octane vogue dance thrill-ride…!
THE NEWSPAPER BOY
A young Manc actor gets his break in the biggest soap on telly, but there’s a secret that’s just bursting to COME OUT…
Spoken word, poetry, performance, from an all-female line up including our own Superbia Chapbook writers.
Bad dreams in the night..? Not likely! We’ll be at The Ruby Lounge emoting wildly to Kate’s greatest songs.
DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME
Manchester Central Library hosts a fun inclusive story-telling session for kids, read by the talented drag queens of The Family Gorgeous.
CHA CHA BOUDOIR: ICONIC
One of the very last Cha Cha outings, do not miss this full-on performance party as the #ManchesterQueens embody a range of queer icons from herstory.
THE HOUSE OF KINGS & QUEENS
3 FEB–15 APRIL
Photographer Lee Price documents the people of Sierra Leone’s LGBT community in frank and beautiful images of a persecuted and resilient community.
30 YEARS QUEER: QUEER YOUTH IN FOCUS
5 FEB–13 APRIL
Young LGBT+ people offer their words, hopes and dreams alongside portraits of the new queer generation.
CLAUSE 28: TEMPORARY MONUMENT, PERMANENT PROTEST
Contact’s Young Programming and Producing Team RE:CON re-visit the 1988 Clause 28 protests 30 years on with a public art and participation project, get involved!
This event is supported by a Superbia Grant.