Birmingham’s first ever festival dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is launching on Friday 30 October.
Shout, The new festival, will be aiming to represent and raise the profile of Birmingham’s gay and lesbian community as well as attracting LGBT communities from around the country. The festival will be covering performing and visual arts, sport and politics and showcasing a wide range of talent, including work by local artists.
Admission is free to the launch at the Nightingale Club, where you can get “hitched” at their Las Vegas style chapel.
Arts highlights include work by Matthew Bourne, the choreographer renowned for his versions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, who will be taking on Oscar Wilde’s classic tale of morality, “Dorian Gray”. The dark story is showing at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 10-14 November, with a free talk after the opening show.
Shout is also bringing sport to the festival by teaming up with LGBT sports teams from around the UK to give people the chance to kick start a healthier lifestyle. Moseley’s women’s Rugby Football Union team is offering taster sessions and various other tournaments in Football and Badminton will be taking place.
To get involved and to get full festival listings, visit www.getreadytoshout.org.