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Queer Editorial

curiousball19.jpg And the category is: Curious!
 

The Curious Festival, that glorious celebration of LGBTQ+ arts, returns in late June/early July with a programme overflowing with thrills.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is sure to be the annual Vogue Ball (6 July) which will see Dance City’s 250 seat theatre transformed into a purpose built catwalk for the evening on which houses and individuals can walk, dance and perform in a number of categories (which will be announced through social media). The scene has been opened up to a whole new audience through the US drama ‘Pose’ (TV show of the year thus far) but nothing beats the thrill of actually being at one of these extraordinary events.

Other venues taking part this year will be Live Theatre who are staging an evening of short performances exploring LGBTQ themes through the ideas and voices of 14-25 year olds; Alphabetti Theatre who will have a number of performances including a one person non-binary cabaret, and experimental and entertaining queer performances; and Northern Stage with a spectacular drag storytime event and ‘Rent Party’ (an immersive party of a show about 21st century Austerity Britain).

Other venues around the region taking part include the Customs House in South Shields, ARC in Stockton, FANS Museum in Sunderland, The Hullabaloo in Darlington and Sage Gateshead where Royal Northern Sinfonia will be celebrating LGBT composers. More details from the websites, below.

Curious Festival, 30 June-9 July. curiousarts.org.uk; facebook.com/pg/teamcuriousarts