Outburst Arts Festival
Celebrating all that’s bold and lovely
Chemsex plays as part of the excellent Out burst Arts Festival, an annual Northern Irish celebration of “all that is bold and lovely in the world of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer and friends creative goodness ”. The event is notable for its variety of genres and tones. These folk will not be pinned down.
TheatreofplucK present Shannon Ye e’ s Trouble, in which a group of the province’ s most respected performers speak the words of LGBTQ people during the Troubles. Stephen King’ s Dry Your Eyes Princess uses photography to explore how gender identity inter acts with military service.
The Queer at Queen’ s strand presents a sequence of busy events in and around that lovely red brick university. Sarah Schulman, New York lesbian writer and activist, willbe the keynote speaker for the Queen’s bash, which has a particu- lar focus on HIV and Aids. There will also be a celebration of the late, great theatre director Reza Abd oh.
Elsewhere, attendees can catch screenings of Sean S Baker’ s terrific Tangerine( above ), a hit at Sun dance, and David Thorpe’s Do I Sound Gay? a compelling, often funny investigation of the “gay accent” that happens upon such personalities as George Takei (left), David Se dari sand Dan Savage.
There’s plenty moreto enjoy in a festival that makes great use of an intimate and lively city space. For full details see outburstarts.com