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Outburst is honoured to welcome acclaimed Lebanese artist Khansa and accompanying musicians to Outburst to perform as part of our opening night celebration.
A multidisciplinary performing artist based in Beirut, Khansa is a singer, dancer and songwriter whose middle-eastern avant-pop electronica style draws on a wide range of influences including Arabian musical traditions and belly dancing forms.
Noted for their deep, melancholic sound, intense vocals and vibrant imagery, Khansa is physical poetry that plays with gender, intimacy, and redefining masculinity.
Stunning, sensual and deeply passionate, this is a rare and beautiful treat for Belfast audiences.
Queer/Cuir: Gender, Sexuality and the arts in the Americas
British Council El Alto Publication Launch Event
£8 Included in admission to Rise Showcase
Queer/Cuir: Gender, sexuality and the arts in the Americas
British Council’s El Alto magazine launch
Join us at the launch of El Alto, the British Council’s new magazine about arts in the Americas: a biannual publication about the best and most innovative cultural practices from this region.
This first issue is a partnership with Outburst and focuses on issues of gender, sexuality and the arts. It builds on the last four years of collaboration between Outburst and queer art producers, activists, artists, curators and projects in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, the US and Venezuela. This stunning new publication showcases some of the people we’ve been working with, as well as some leading academic and artistic voices in this growing space.
Edited by Natalia Mallo, Pablo Rosselló and Ruth McCarthy, and presented in Spanish and English, the magazine features a series of artist profiles and projects from 13 countries, as well as academic,photographic and critical essays. A wide diversity of languages and expressions shows the power of queer and marica creation in this territory, as well as the potential of art when combined with activism
in the struggle for civil rights and visibility. Join us to hear from some of the artists and contributors and pick up your copy of the publication, free with admission to the Rise Music Showcase after El Alto launch.
The Outburst Americas Collective is Simone Harris (Jamaica), Lisa Kerner (Argentina), Natalia Mallo (Brazil), Leho de Sosa (Uruguay) and Ruth McCarthy (N. Ireland).
Queer Music from Latin America and Jamaica
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To celebrate the launch of El Alto, Outburst presents an electric showcase of vital new music from Latin American and Jamaican queer and trans performers.
Susy Shock is an Argentinian singer, poet and trans activist, whose legendary performances of traditional music, words and song are powerful to behold.
She performs for the first time in Belfast with her full band of musicians.
MC Dani Nega is a rapper, activist and singer whose beat heavy nu-funk and electronic tracks take on racism and machismo in Brazil. An emerging culture leader in the black LGBTQ+/cuir movement in São Paulo, her new EP with co-performer DJ Craca is supported by the Outburst Americas project.
Ghana is a young rhymer from Kingston, Jamaica, whose brilliant debut EP Gypsy Dread reveals influences of reggae, afrobeat, trap and dub music. Her first single ‘Silence The Dread’ speaks against gender-based violence and other human rights issues.
Ali Gua Gua AKA DJ Guagüis is from Veracruz in Mexico. She’s a hugely important figure in alternative/indie music in Latin America, combining latin music with electronic beats or “Post-tropical”. She’s Outburst’s new favourite DJ and will be yours too.
Queer Theory for Queer Artists
Sunday 10th Nov
Black Box Green Room
This workshop is for all makers of queer art of any kind – performers, writers, film directors, theatre makers, visual artists – who want to know more about Queer Theory and are curious to find out what all the fuss is about. Queer theory can be dense and sometimes it uses a lot of jargon, but the truth is that queer theory came out of queer art and activism and lots of queer artists are using queer theory in their work already, sometimes without even realising it!
Jackie Stacey and Monica Pearl (The University of Manchester), academics and activists, will guide this workshop that’s about creating a better understanding of the terms and theories that have influenced all of us and that have fuelled queer art practice, however indirectly.
This is not a class – no reading or prior knowledge of queer theory of any kind is necessary. It’s a workshop to explore ideas and empower participants.
This event has already been exciting much interest in the queer arts community in Manchester, and is part of a new initiative that’s developing informal and accessible learning space for queer artists.
Limited spaces. Advance registration essential.
Email [email protected] to reserve your place.
NOTHING TO LOSE
Black Box Green Room
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When Cake Daddy Ross Anderson Doherty was touring his fat-fabulous show in Australia this year, he met Kelli Jean Drinkwater, a fat activist and film-maker.
Ross will join Kelli after this special screening of her film to talk about fat-activism, fat bodies on stage and how we can celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes through art and performance.
Nothing to Lose follows the fierce, fat and unapologetically queer cast of Force Majeure’s award winning dance theatre production.
Kelli Jean Drinkwater’s intimate, thought-provoking performance documentary chronicles the making of the hit dance production of the same name.
Unhappy with the lack of different sized bodies on stage, acclaimed Australian choreographer Kate Champion joined forces with artist and fat activist Drinkwater to create a new language of dance. In the process, professional and non-professional dancers alike discovered the power of their own bodies.
From open auditions and workshops to a triumphant performance at the 2015 Sydney Festival, it is a triumph over body normativity and fat shaming.
STORIES FOR THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS
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My grandfather was an undertaker. My dad was a storyteller.
Naturally I want to tell stories about death…
November is the month when Catholics traditionally remember their dead – the Holy Souls.
Observed since the ancient Irish festival of Samhain, it’s the time of year when our physical and the supernatural worlds are closest.
But what do you do when there’s a dead body in your bedroom, the body of your gay partner?
Send out the notices.
Stock up on Barry’s tea and barmbrack and prepare for the funeral.
A DIY funeral.
In these poignant, personal and gently humorous stories of ritual and loss, let master storyteller Richard O’Leary take you to the other side and back.
THIS SH*T HAPPENS ALL THE TIME
Black Box Green Room
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Loving someone shouldn’t come with a death threat…
A young woman falls in love. Her girlfriend’s jealous ex-boyfriend responds with threatening behaviour, then murderous intent. In 2019 he’d be arrested but in Belfast 1992 homophobic hate crime law doesn’t exist. Reporting incidents to the police about someone coming for you because you’re queer may not get you anywhere but in trouble.
This Sh*t Happens All the Time is an intimate one-woman play in development by Amanda Verlaque that draws on a personal story to explore the terrifying experience of queer baiting. Using first person narrative and reminiscences of queer life in the 90s, it asks why the privileges and protections granted to most of society remained disgracefully out of reach for Northern Ireland’s LGBT+ community and, with incidents of hate crime on the rise, challenges us to explore what still needs to change.
Performed by Nicky Harley
Amanda Verlaque is a TV drama producer who writes for stage and screen, including a commission to write the pilot episode of An Irish Country Doctor, based on the best-selling novel, and an original three-part drama about Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. Her play The Party was performed as a rehearsed reading at Outburst 2018.
QUEERING THE STORY
LGBTQ+ storytelling from Belfast to Beirut
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Is it possible to queer traditional storytelling?
Who tells our stories and why does it matter?
And what makes a good story?
In this special event in partnership with British Council Lebanon, we explore storytelling traditions and forms and examine how these have been revitalised and enriched by exciting new queer voices.
Included in our panel are our Artist In Residence, seasoned storyteller Richard O’Leary, and Dima Matta writer, professor, actor and spoken word artist from Lebanon. Dima founded the popular storytelling initiative Cliffhangers in 2014, which has since become a vital space for women and LGBTQ+ people in Beirut to share their own stories.
Join us an informal and welcoming evening of storytelling and discussion.
Lucy McCormick: Post Popular
Friday 15th Nov
Following her genre-defying smash-hit, Triple Threat, Lucy McCormick is back to crawl through the annals of history in this enthusiastically humiliating exploration of power and purpose.
With help from her Girl Squad Samir & Lennie, Lucy returns to Belfast after a sold-out run at Edinburgh Fringe with her trademark concoction of dance, song, absurdist art and minor breakdowns.
Utterly indelicate and completely unpredictable…. If only more history lessons were like this.
Kate Wyver, The Guardian
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ The Independent
Created by Lucy McCormick
Directed by Ursula Martinez
Performed by Lucy McCormick, Samir Kennedy & Lennie
Lighting by Sorcha Mae Stott-Strzala
Produced by Karl Taylor & Alex Legge
Commissioned by The Marlborough Theatre, Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts and Soho Theatre with funding from Arts Council England and support from Outburst Queer Arts Festival.
Outburst, Dublin Fringe and GCN
THE NORTH IS NOW
In spring of this year, Dublin Fringe approached Outburst with the idea of doing a zine with GCN at September’s Fringe, responding to the desire of queer and reproductive right activists in the South of Ireland to support those in the North. We had no idea that in a matter of weeks Westminster would vote in the absence of an NI Assembly to introduce legalise same sex marriage and abortion in the North. After the initial cautious relief, our reaction was this: there is more work to be done.
The zine produced, THE NORTH IS NEXT, features artists and writers from both sides of the border who share their words and ideas around equality, activism, rage and belonging. Deciding it would be paper copies only and passed hand to hand, activist to activist, we present the Northern launch of the zine at this special events that asks if THE NORTH IS NOW, then what’s next for queer and feminist activism here?
What can we share and learn and how can art, writing and performance support that?
Come pick up your limited edition copy of the zine and join some of the contributors, ACT UP veteran Monica Pearl and and local nu-folk singer Dani for an hour of conversation and music on art, activism and change.
Zine contributors: Soak, Dawn Watson, Goretti Horgan, Stacey Gregg, Emma Campbell, Shannon Sickels, Una Mullally.
With thanks to Ruth McGowan, Dublin Fringe and Lisa Connell, GCN