Manchester Pride Fringe received a timely fillip as the 2012 line-up is announced, with the news that the Arts Council England (ACE) is to support the festival.
ACE funding has been secured for a trio of work:
Tribute is a collaboration between artist Jez Dolan and floral artist Rob Flood, presenting a series of photographic portraits and prints utilising and subverting the traditional funeral floral tribute, whilst exploring the impact of negative language often used to describe LGBT people.
In LGBT, A quartet of Britain’s leading writers – Neil Bartlett, Stella Duffy, Rob Ellis and Jackie Kay - explore the diversity which exists within the simple four letters that represent our community. Four individual stories which challenge the accepted stereotypes that lurk behind the rainbow.
ACE is also supporting Pride’s annual series of Chamber Music Concerts, two of which will also be broadcast by BBC Radio 3. The recitals will feature music by Tchaikovsky, Britten, Schubert, Saint-Saens, Tippett, Ireland and Somervell, as well as the world premiere of a new piece by Manchester Pride’s very own Composer-in-Association, Marc Yeats.
Other highlights include the UK premiere of Margarita Pracatan’s new hit show, Stranger in the Night, and UK debuts for New York artists collective Wolfpack!:Man2Man and film The Right To Love: An American Family.
Manchester Pride Trustee, and Fringe Committee Chair, Les Pratt said,
“The Manchester Pride Fringe continues to grow and impress. From international artists to home-grown talent, this year’s programme is an amazing showcase of the contribution LGBT people can make to Manchester’s cultural scene.
“I am particularly pleased that the Arts Council have recognised the quality of the Manchester Pride Fringe and their support has allowed to specially commission two new major pieces of work.”
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