Shout it out

Festival of Queer Arts & Culture returns to Birmingham for 2018.

Returning to Birmingham this November for its ninth year, SHOUT 2018 will present 10 days of the best in queer and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans* live performance, theatre, visual arts, comedy, music, and film at over fourteen venues across the city.

Including a winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a new documentary film exploring the history of lesbian activism in the UK, from the 1920s Harlem Renaissance Parties to the forgotten histories of Birmingham’s 1980s LGBT magazine In The Pink, SHOUT 2018 celebrates LGBT and queer identities, voices, and histories. 30 years after Section 28 banned local authorities and schools from “promoting” homosexuality, SHOUT 18 celebrates LGBTQ relationships, families, and identities.

SHOUT 2018 celebrates queer relationships thirty years after the introduction of Section 28. the festival opens on Thursday 8th November at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with an unforgettable evening of music from opera and lycra-loving cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat, with Icons, accompanied by his own 7-piece Cocoa Orchestra!

Gateau walks the tightrope between his public and private lives. Bringing his distinct powerhouse vocals to an eclectic mix of pop, opera, and rock, Gateau explores his personal icons through a legendary songbook including the music of Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf, and Pavarotti.

Adam Carver, SHOUT Festival Producer, said: “Birmingham LGBT is so excited to present this programme for 2018. We are proud to bring the work of internationally renowned artists to the city and further our commitment to the Midlands through supporting local artists, and platforming Midlands’ stories. The world of 2018 does not look so different from that of thirty years ago and the era of section 28, our representation feels more important now than ever. There is loads to do and plenty to get involved in at this year’s SHOUT. We can’t wait to share it with everyone!”

More information about the festival, the line-up, and a full digital brochure, as well as details about how to book can be found