Following on from two incredibly successful festivals in 2016 and 2017, Curious Arts Festival returns for a third year with the aim of exploring and celebrating LGBTQ culture through the arts; increasing visibility, dialogue and understanding of the LGBTQ community.
Curious Arts Festival is an annual celebration of LGBTQ culture across the North East which champions and develops the LGBTQ cultural offering of the region, increasing opportunities for the LGBTQ community as artists, audiences and participants. As a not-for-profit organisation, Curious Arts ‘strive to improve the quality of life of LGBTQ communities their friends and families by promoting visibility and opportunities for audiences and artists.’
In a quote from their official website, Curious Arts state: “Year-round, we offer advocacy for the Queer arts sector and consultancy to organisations in the cultural and creative sector – commissioning ambitious, diverse-led projects and touring arts productions.” And much to their credit, they do. This is demonstrated by the events on show at this year’s celebration.
“Curious Arts Festival returns for a third year with the aim of exploring and celebrating LGBTQ culture through the arts”
Opening the festival’s proceedings on Sunday 1st July is the Curious Festival Talk, which welcomes LGBTQ North East Youth Support service, parents and young people for an open discussion about gender identity and supporting young people.
Closing the 2018 Curious Arts Festival is a day of female-led queer arts culminating in an evening showcase of Liz Aggiss’ work ‘Slap and Tickle’ at the illustrious Baltic venue. Tickets are priced at £12.00 per person (£8.00 concessions) and are available to book online at Baltic.art. Whilst the ‘Curious Vogue Ball’ and ‘The Baltic is Curious’ events require tickets for entry, remaining events are free to the general public.
Curious Arts Festival 2018 will take place in various venues across Newcastle and Gateshead between Sunday 1st and Sunday 8th July. To find out more information regarding the festival and to purchase tickets, please head to curiousarts.org.uk.