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Queer Contact Festival 2018: Five Must-See Events

The event lands in Manchester throughout February.

This year, the Queer Contact Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary. The event, ran by Contact Theatre, showcases the rich diversity of LGBT+ arts and culture, and is always full of a dazzling ensemble of treats to experience.

The programme for the event, which is held across Manchester, explores an array of theatre, music, cabaret, film, clubbing, dance, spoken word and visual art from around the world, examining gender, sexuality, health, religion, politics and more.

Not sure what to see? We’ve picked out five of our must-see recommendations that you need to get a ticket for.

Dancing Bear

  • Tues 6th Feb and Weds 7th Feb, 8pm
  • Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FT

One of our highlights of the Queer Contact festival is absolutely the world premiere of a brand new musical. From Jamie Fletcher and Company, Dancing Bear is a musical starring the delightful Divina De Campo. The production explores various themes stemming across faith, sexuality, and gender identity.

Already receiving five-star reviews from BBC Radio Leeds and the Yorkshire Post, this is a dazzling cabaret full of compassion, honesty and humour. This is going to be one hot ticket. You can book your seat here.

The House of Kings and Queens

This exhibition runs for over two months, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to visit. Documentary photographer Lee Price explores life as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in Sierra Leona, a place where homosexuality is still illegal.

The exhibition looks at the inhabitants of The House of Kings and Queens, a home belonging to a young transgender woman that is now a sanctuary of hope for the LGBTQ+ community.

Cha Cha Boudoir: Iconic

  • Friday 23rd February, 11:30pm
  • Sub 101, Cruz 101 101 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD

Fancy a night out with a twist? Then Cha Cha Boudoir is the place to be. Full of some of Manchester’s most daringly fashionable folk, Cha Cha is a get-together like no other. There’ll be drag performances, camp classics to dance to, and an assortment of outfits to gawp at.

Cha Cha Boudoir is the mastermind of some of Manchester’s finest drag performers, so expect to rub shoulders with the likes of Anna Phylactic, Cheddar Gorgeous, and Liquorice Black if you’re lucky. Don’t forget to stock up on those Drag Dollars! Book here.

Outspoken

  • Weds 14th February, 6:30pm
  • Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Treat yourself to an evening of the spoken word with an all-female line-up.

Outspoken will feature an impressive roster of talent ready to share their original prose, poetry, and spoken word with their audience at the Central Library, which is sure to be an impressive venue for such an event.

Afshan D’souza-Lodhi will be the hostess for the evening, with readings from Seni Seneviratne, Jackie Hagan, Mandla Rae, and Louise Wallwein. There will also be new work from Superbia’s Manchester Chapbook project. Booking is highly-recommended, with tickets costing £8 (£5 for consessions).

House of Suarez’s Vogue Ball

  • Sat 10th February, 7pm
  • Manchester Academy 2, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR

Take yourself back to New York in the 70s and 80s with one of the most jaw-dropping and impressive events of Queer Contact. The House of Suarez are renown for putting on one hell of a show, and that’s what you can expect with their Vogue Ball.

For the past few years, the Vogue Ball has been the most-talked about and hyped event of the festival’s line-up and it’s set to be even bigger this year. The event will be an extravaganza of costume and drama, mixed in with club culture and art which will see the fiercest performers battle it out.

Seated tickets have already sold out, so get your standing tickets at £16.50 whilst they’re still available.

For more information on the Queer Contact Festival and to see the full line-up of events, visit the festival’s site right now.

We hope to see you vogueing and sashaying around the dance-floor this February!

Written by QWEERIST editor

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