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Over the last 6 years, SHOUT has been instrumental in raising the profile of LGBT life in Birmingham. Through the Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, and recently the Queer Film Festival, SHOUT has successfully continued to develop and deliver an alternative offer for Birmingham’s LGBT community, one that enhances and complements club life in the gay village.
Launched and sustained In a difficult economic climate, SHOUT Festival has continued to produce a high quality, diverse festival, and continues to make a difference to the lives of LGBT people in Birmingham and beyond. The SHOUT Festival contributes significantly to the cultural and artistic life of the city in general, and has an impact on the way in which Birmingham is perceived locally, nationally and internationally. The festival also contributes to Birmingham’s developing role as an LGBT destination, attracting audiences from outside Birmingham and the West Midlands to its many events. SHOUT also provides a platform for touring work, and many commissions and premieres go on to have a life beyond the festival.
“Shout Festival is undeniably one of the most powerful and needed arts events that takes place in the West Midlands, giving the opportunity to artists as well as to all sorts of art lovers to exhibit and share art, as well as to participate in a wide range of art related events.” Marta Kochanek, Photographer
The next Festival will take place in November 2016
SHOUT FACT: 69% of SHOUT audiences thought the visible presence of the SHOUT festival in Southside through large festival banners made them feel safer or more positive.
Images (Tom Marshman, David Hoyle, Sandra Alland, Jak Flash)
View trailer for 2012 Film Festival