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Calendar

Nov
8
Thu
Outburst Festival- Exhibition: Outlaws
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm

OUTLAWS
Launch Nov. 8th 6pm
Black Box Green Room
FREE Throughout festival

We are thrilled to mark the launch of OUTLAWS – a new, ongoing collaborative illustration and storytelling project between Outburst Arts and illustrators Mel Carroll (founder and director of UsFolk illustration agency in Belfast) and Jamie Beard. Both artists are Outburst alumni, having previously been behind Outburst Queer Arts Festival projects like Outburst: Illustrated (2017, collective project as UsFolk) and Drawing Home (2016, Jamie Beard).

OUTLAWS is in development as a visual queer history of the gay male experience in Northern Ireland throughout the mid to late 20th century.
Honing in on the themes and issues at the heart of this lived experience, and focusing closely on the 1970’s where one might say such narratives find their epicentre, Mel and Jamie are inviting anyone with a story to tell to come and be a part of this unique new project as they aim to illustrate what is often a hidden history in Northern Ireland, amplifying voices visually with raw honesty and heart.

Join us as we launch OUTLAWS with a taster illustration exhibition that offers a glimpse of what you can expect from this project, as well as a chance to get involved.

Nov
16
Fri
Outburst Festival-MAWAAN RIZWAN: JUICE
Nov 16 @ 9:00 pm

MAWAAN RIZWAN: JUICE
Black Box
Friday 16th Nov
9pm
£10 / more if less if
18+

Even with 18 million views on YouTube and TV spots on ITV’s Next of Kin and BBC’s How Gay is Pakistan? Mawaan Rizwan STILL lags behind of the rest of his family in the fame stakes.
And this natural born show-off / move buster / Missy Elliot freak isn’t taking it lying down.

Fresh from supporting Simon Amstell on tour, Mawaan brings you a deeply personal, endearingly charming, silly and skilfully physical show about love, liberation, and what happens when you accidentally make your mum really really famous. A big hit at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe and one of Outburst’s favourite feel-good shows of the year, Juice is the perfect Friday night queer tonic.

★★★★★ Sweet, silly, saucy, sassy and stupendously funny – Juice is a thirst-quenching joy-ride of a stand-up set. To Do List

★★★★ Full on feel good show Evening Standard

★★★★ The Times ★★★★ Fest Mag

‘Selected tickets will have a standard ticket price which is recommended. There will be an option to pay MORE IF you can pay a bit extra to help those people pay LESS IF they don’t have it. Pay what you can at the door for LESS IF option- first come first serve with this option.’

Outburst Festival- OVERFIRED
Nov 16 @ 10:30 pm

OVERFIRED
Black Box
Friday 16th Nov
10.30pm
£8 / more if less if
18+

We’re pure delighted to present the winner of the Outburst Queer Fringe Award, in partnership with Dublin Fringe.

Overfired is a fierce queer state-of-the-nation performance of songs you thought you knew.
Like those guys with guitars they’ve been watching in bars, Stefan Fae and Lady K are stomping their feet to a different beat. They’ve been poked and stoked, so gird your loins for a rollicking dash and grab of steamy musical delights. Sinéad? Pulp? Eiffel 65? They’ve got them all. Batten down the hashtags there chicken; the revolution won’t happen on your newsfeed. The revolution will be…OVERFIRED!

Developed under the mentorship of Peaches at MAKE, an artist development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum. Also supported and developed with Live Collision International Festival.

‘Selected tickets will have a standard ticket price which is recommended. There will be an option to pay MORE IF you can pay a bit extra to help those people pay LESS IF they don’t have it. Pay what you can at the door for LESS IF option- first come first serve with this option.’

Nov
17
Sat
Outburst Festival-BOOKS V CIGARETTES
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm

BOOKS V CIGARETTES
Black Box Green Room
Saturday 17th Nov 12pm
FREE 80 mins 18+

Outburst and CCA are delighted to partner up again for another instalment of the welcoming and accessible reading group, booksvscigarettes. This time, we are reading Andrea Long Chu’s sharp and moving essay on trans lesbian experience, On Liking Women. Taking in ideas about exclusion, desire, and gender identity as a political concept – On Liking Women shifts between the personal and the political with nuance and wit.

This event is free and open to everyone and there’s no preparation required. We just sit around, have some tea and take turns reading out loud from the text. Or you can just listen.
Please email to let us know you’re coming at [email protected]

booksvscigarettes is CCA’s intermittent reading group. It takes its name from George Orwell’s essay which assessed the price and value of reading against other pursuits.

Outburst Festival-SMASHING TIMES
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm

SMASHING TIMES
Saturday 17th Nov
Black Box 2pm 20mins
Free
Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and settle in for hidden history storytime.
It’s a hundred years since women were first able to vote in Parliamentary elections in Britain and Ireland. In this centenary year, little has been said of the key role that lesbians and bi women played in the suffragette movement. In this fascinating informal talk, writer and historical novelist Hilary McCollum highlights some of the leading lesbian suffragettes, including writers and artists, and the tactics they used to win the vote (from window smashing to arson), also revealing how anti-lesbian sentiments – both within and outside the movement – impacted on the campaign.

Outburst Festival- OUTITUDE
Nov 17 @ 2:30 pm

OUTITUDE
Black Box
Saturday 17th Nov
2.30pm
£5 / more if less if
14+

Director: Sonya Mulligan 2018 Ireland 88 mins 14+

Produced by an all-female, all-queer team, Outitude is a heartfelt documentary that attempts to get to the core of what it means to be lesbian in Ireland – exploring what defines us, what connects us, and what our commonalities and differences are.
We presented a short teaser from the film last year and are delighted to share the final film with you this year.

Dublin based filmmaker Sonya Mulligan and producer Ger Moane conducted numerous interviews and group discussions throughout Ireland, north and south, with members of the LGBTQI+ community of all ages and walks of life. The resulting grassroots film delves into the lives of rural and urban lesbians, self-professed bar dykes and queer and curious women, exploring our histories, experiences and hopes for the future. Familiar faces such as poet Mary Dorcey, journalists Nell McCafferty and Una Mullally and Irish Minister Katherine Zappone join a host of community activists, writers and dykes-about-town in this moving, insightful and often very funny gem of a film that’s long been needed in capturing lesbian experience across the generations.

Sonya, Ger and some of the film’s participants will join us after the film for a Q&A.

Outitude premiered at GAZE film festival and won the Audience Award 2018.
Presented in partnership with Gaze International LGBT Film Festival Dublin.

‘Selected tickets will have a standard ticket price which is recommended. There will be an option to pay MORE IF you can pay a bit extra to help those people pay LESS IF they don’t have it. Pay what you can at the door for LESS IF option- first come first serve with this option.’

Outburst Festival-Queertopia presents: Power Cut!
Nov 17 @ 9:30 pm

Queertopia presents: Power Cut!
Black Box
Saturday 17th Nov 10pm Doors 9.30pm
£7 / more if less if

til late 18+

It is the year 2049; across the globe the queer revolution changed the landscape of the future from dull into FABULOUS!
Except for one place; one tiny little speck on the rainbow planet… Northern Ireland.
Still in political deadlock, without a government for decades, the future is grimmer than ever for. We join Dick and Cnt as they gear up for a night of covert queer frivolity before – the power cuts! With no Grindr or Facebook to keep them occupied, they must entertain … THEMSELVES! With the help of special guest visitors to their adorable queer living room (conveniently located RIGHT ON THE BLACK BOX STAGE), these queer heroes go through a night of discovery, sexual awakening, intrigue and tickling of the political vacuum, with one final twist that will see the queer future of Northern Ireland change … forever!

Join Gemma Hutton and Electra La Cnt for a performance party to see off Outburst 2018.

Followed by closing party til late with DJ Kate Brennan Harding
(Today FM, Pride, Mother Club and more recently with cabaret & disco collective Fat Puppy at Electric Picnic.)
Expect queer clubbing of old, where everyone joins together in a hot sweaty sexy happy mess!

‘Selected tickets will have a standard ticket price which is recommended. There will be an option to pay MORE IF you can pay a bit extra to help those people pay LESS IF they don’t have it. Pay what you can at the door for LESS IF option- first come first serve with this option.’

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Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Black Bush BFI Cinema SurveyApp