It’s that time of year again, when Contact Manchester delivers a heady mix of queer arts, for us L, G, B and T’s.
Celebrating some of the best UK and international talent, the annual festival Queer Contact runs from 06 Feb to 03 May 2012, with a programme that, as always, doesn’t fail to delight.
First up, Comedy Playground on 06 Feb at 19:30. You may have got caught up with their antics in Sackville Gardens or in the Main Arena during Pride; Harry and Lou bring their unique flavour of comedy to Contact, along with Pride stalwarts Jonathan Mayor and Rosie Wilby.
Our next pick is Short Cuts on 08 Feb at 20:00. A double-bill of new work-in-progress, These Dreams are Forever by Chris Hoyle (Newspaper Boy) takes a look at homophobia and football, whilst we are taken on a magical musical journey through Queer Manchester history with Hope Theatre Company in Village Voices.
The now infamous Mother’s Ruin delivers a Theatrical Spectacular on 10 Feb, from 20:00, with so many great acts including Jonny Woo, Dickie Beau and Myra Dubois.
Whilst over at Contact, don’t forget to take a look at the exhibitions by Lee Baxter, who exhibited during Manchester Pride 2011, with two exhibitions Apostles; 12 large-scale portraits that bring together a maverick group of opinionated artists and thinkers and Hip Replacement; a retrospective of graphic work, accompanying the aforementioned exhibition. Both are free to visit and run from 03 Feb to 03 May.
Prices vary, you can find the full programme of events over at Contact Manchester, or to find out more about LGBT History Month head over to their website.
Image of Dickie Beau, Mother's Ruin Theatrical Spectacular.