Shout Festival Joins Art Council England's National Portfolio

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 11:15

Birmingham LGBT is delighted to announce that the  SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture is joining  Art Council England’s National Portfolio 2018 to 2022 announced 26th June 2017.

Becoming a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) will allow SHOUT to take a significant step forward in our work, our partnerships, and in delivering the festival.

Launching in 2009, SHOUT Festival was created as a direct response to a significant lack of representation for of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer in Birmingham’s arts venues. Since then we have grown and developed working with an increasing number of partners and artists to deliver eight years of artistic and cultural programming exploring queer identities. This investment from the Arts Council will allow us to expand our work into new areas; to support and develop emerging artists, to work with venues to make them more accessible and inclusive for queer people, to commission new artistic work, and to bring the highest quality queer art to the city.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said:

"We're delighted to be welcoming Birmingham LGBT into the portfolio for the next four years. It'll be great to see them provide LGBT arts in the heart of Birmingham with the SHOUT Festival and reflect the stories and voices of local people."

Neil Anderson, Chair of SHOUT said:

"We are absolutely thrilled that SHOUT is joining Arts Council England’s National Portfolio from April 2018.  SHOUT has established itself as a valued and respected part of Birmingham’s cultural scene through the hard work, commitment and passion by a range of individuals and organisations which has allowed us to go from strength to strength. This is a significant step in the development of the festival and the contribution it makes to the region and Queer Arts more broadly. We are so proud to represent and platform the voices and experiences of queer people in Birmingham and the Midlands."

Through this next stage in our development, we will solidify our commitment to furthering Queer Arts and Culture in the region. Our activity will focus on celebrating queer identity in all its intersections, creating new opportunities for Queer Artists in the midlands, and platforming the voices and experiences people in Birmingham and the wider midlands to audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. 

We would also like to offer our congratulations to all of the successful applicants and particularly the 13 new entrants in Birmingham; we are delighted to see the great work of so many of our partner organisations recognised. We cannot wait to start working on new projects and initiatives and share with you our plans for the future as they develop. Until then you can look forward to SHOUT Festival 2017 coming back to Birmingham from the 9th-19th of November, our full programme will be announced later this summer.

The team at Birmingham LGBT are already planning next year’s festival, but audiences won’t have to wait that long as SHOUT Festival returns this November.

The full SHOUT Festival programme will be announced later this year. For more information about the festival, our previous work, and upcoming projects can be found on our website:

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