Queer Arts at Birmingham Pride 2016

Posted on 26-04-2016 by Adam Carver

Birmingham LGBT and SHOUT Festival are delighted to be presenting a fantastic programme of Queer Arts across the city as part of Birmingham Pride 2016, funded by Birmingham Pride.  On this page you’ll find complete listings for all the SHOUT Festival Queer Arts events, performances, screenings, and exhibitions happening in the lead up to and throughout Birmingham Pride 2016. All events are open to absolutely everyone (please see specific listings for booking details) so join us for some outstanding queer arts and entertainment


WHAT: Prem Sahib – VIP Coffee Morning and Exhibition Tour
WHERE: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS
WHEN: 24th May 2016, 11am-12:30pm
COST/BOOKING:  FREE – no advance booking required.
DETAILS: Join Grand Union and Birmingham LGBT for a VIP coffee morning and exhibition tour of Prem Sahib’s solo exhibition ‘Grand Union’ in the gallery space, led by Programme Director Kim McAleese. Sahib’s exhibition is informed by queer meeting spaces and cruising locations, such as gay saunas and clubs. For more information on the exhibition please visit the Grand Union website: www.grand-union.org.uk


WHAT: Prem Sahib – Grand Union (Exhibition)
WHERE: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS
WHEN: 21 April to 3 June (Gallery Open Wednesday to Saturday 12 until 5pm)
COST/BOOKING:  FREE – no advance booking required.
DETAILS: SHOUT and Grand Union are pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by artist Prem Sahib. Sahib’s work is informed by the atmosphere of spaces where physical encounters happen, places where there is a potential to touch and be touched. The exhibition title, Grand Union suggests bodies coming together. Sahib’s aesthetic draws heavily on the environments and interiors of saunas, clubs and public cruising venues, where ideas around anonymity, touch and proximity are at play.


 

WHAT:  Nick Hynan – Gender Blending (Exhibition)
WHERE:  Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Southside, Birmingham, B1 1EQ
WHEN:May 9th – August 2016 (7am until 6pm week days)
COST:  FREE – no booking required.
DETAILS: Drag and dressing up have long played an important role in the sexual counter culture. From cross-dressing male prostitutes in 19th century ‘molly houses’ to Lady Gaga’s alter ego Joe Caldrone, men and women have mixed dressing up, making up and style to help define their sexuality, parody ‘normal’ society and simply wrong-foot people’s assumptions about sex, gender and identity. This exhibition examines how recent generations have used drag and dressing up to challenge, subvert and entertain.


 

WHAT: ORIENTED; presented by SHOUT and Electric Cinema (Film)
WHERE: Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4DY
WHEN: Sunday 22 May 2016 (3pm)
COST: £8.70/£5.90 – tickets from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/359652
DETAILS: In celebration of Birmingham Pride 2016, SHOUT has teamed up with Electric Cinema to bring a selection of titles curated by both SHOUT and Electric.  ORIENTED is a feature documentary that follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. 


WHAT: MY Comedy at Birmingham Pride (Live Comedy)
WHERE: The Penthouse at Loft Lounge, 143 Bromsgrove Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 6RG
WHEN: Sunday 22 May 2016 (7.30pm)
COST:  £10/£8 – tickets from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/359652
DETAILS: Join SHOUT and MY Comedy for the best in queer comedy to kick off Birmingham Pride 2016!  Maureen Younger will be joined on stage by Jayde Adams, Mary Bourke and Birmingham’s favourite Mrs Barbara Nice!


WHAT: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, hosted by Mrs Barbara Nice; presented by SHOUT and Electric Cinema (Film)
WHERE: Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4DY
WHEN:  Saturday 28th May (2.30pm)
COST:  £8.70/£5.90 – tickets from https://www.theelectric.co.uk
DETAILS: In celebration of Birmingham Pride 2016, SHOUT has teamed up with Electric Cinema to bring a selection of titles curated by both SHOUT and Electric.  Mrs Barbara Nice joins us to present THE SOUND OF MUSIC!  Based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria…  need we tell you more?  Not to be missed!


WHAT: Acoustic chill out at Pride (Event)
WHERE: Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, Southside, Birmingham, B1 1EQ
WHEN: Saturday 28 May 2016  (2.30pm until 6.30pm)
COST: FREE – no advance booking required.
DETAILS: Relax at Pride and join SHOUT and Birmingham LGBT for a coffee at Moment’s Café with superb Birmingham acoustic favourites Faye Bagley and Zara Sykes performing throughout the afternoon. Along side this Amnesty will be screening their film ‘African Pride’ (59mins) which explores how South Africans are countering homophobic violence and hate crimes with township Pride events and protests.


 

WHAT: GAYBE BABY; presented by SHOUT and Electric Cinema (Film)
WHERE: Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4DY
WHEN:  Sunday 29 May 2016 (12.30pm)
COST:  £8.70/£5.90 – tickets from https://www.theelectric.co.uk
DETAILS: In celebration of Birmingham Pride 2016, SHOUT has teamed up with Electric Cinema to bring a selection of titles curated by both SHOUT and Electric.  Kids being raised by same sex couples are growing in numbers worldwide.  We are in a Gayby-Boom.  But who are these kids?  What do they think about having same sex parents?  And do they face different issues to other kids?  At a time when then world is debating equality, these questions are more important than ever.  Told from the perspective of the kids, GAYBE BABY is an intimate and sometimes humorous account of four children and their families.


WHAT:  SHOUT OUT Community Day (Event)
WHERE:  Birmingham LGBT Centre
DATES:  Sunday 29 May 2016 (1pm until 6pm)
COST:  FREE –no advance booking required.
DETAILS: A favourite during SHOUT Festival in November each year, SHOUT OUT Community Day takes over the Birmingham LGBT Centre for Pride 2016 – with your favourite performances from a variety of community groups across Birmingham.  More details and schedule will be announced at www.shoutfestival.co.uk


WHAT: Giggle at the Fox (Live Comedy)
WHERE: The Fox, 17 Lower Essex Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 6SN
WHEN: Monday 30 May 2016 (6pm)
COST: FREE – no advance booking required.
DETAILS: Close Pride with a laugh – join us for the annual Giggle at the Fox by MY Comedy!  Maureen Younger is joined by Lindsey Santoro, Hannah Brackenbury and Jen Brister.


WHAT:  HOLDING THE MAN; presented by SHOUT and Electric Cinema (Film)
WHERE: Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4DY
WHEN:  Monday 30 May 2016 (3.30pm)
COST: £8.70/£5.90 – tickets from https://www.theelectric.co.uk
DETAILS: In celebration of Birmingham Pride 2016, SHOUT has teamed up with Electric Cinema to bring a selection of titles curated by both SHOUT and Electric.  HOLDING THE MAN is a 2015 Australian romantic drama film adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir of the same name.


WHAT:  Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra – Hall of Fame
WHERE: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, Paradise Place, Birmingham, B3 3HG
WHEN:  Sunday 12th June (3:00pm)
COST: Tickets £10 (£8) in advance, £12 (£10) on door, students £5, Family of 5 £30 (2 adults, 3 children). Tickets from www.birmingham-box.co.uk/event/bgso-hall-of-fame/
DETAILS: In celebration of Birmingham Pride 2016, SHOUT has teamed up with Electric Cinema to bring a selection of titles curated by both SHOUT and Electric.  HOLDING THE MAN is a 2015 Australian romantic drama film adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir of the same name.


 

 

This programme of Queer Arts at Birmingham Pride is organised by Shout festival and Birmingham LGBT funded by Birmingham Pride. All information is correct at the time of posting, all events are subject to change. Visit www.shoutfestival.co.uk for more details. For more information on Birmingham Pride 2016 and to access their full programme please visit www.birminghampride.com.

 Contact adamcarver@blgbt.org for more details.