The @outburstarts annual LGBT Arts Festival returns for 7th year

Belfast’s annual LGBT Arts Festival, OUTBURST, returns for a luminous seventh year this November with a fantastic line-up of world premier Theatre, award-wining queer cinema, world class music and performance and a kick-ass dose of grassroots and community political discussion, debate and action.

From the smoky jazz piano stylings of trans legend and Anthony & the Johnsons musician BABY DEE, to Amy Lamé’s cutting edge performance showcase SHOW OFF! (staring a host of Edinburgh Fringe and Time Out award winning UK and Irish performers, including Scottee and Belfast’s Ponydance), OUTBURST 2013 is big on world-class and local talent and big on premieres.

They are delighted to present the World Premiere of THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, the darkly stunning new play from award winning Australian playwright, Lachlan Philpott.

Their film programme includes the NI Premiere of the controversial 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or (top prize) Winner, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR, along with another erotically charged Cannes award winner, STRANGER BY THE LAKE and the groundbreaking documentary on homophobic murder, VALENTINE ROAD.

OUTBURST 2013 will also host the first Transgender Visibility event in the country, with a stunning exhibition of trans images by Anne Ramsay displayed at public bus stops around the city centre.

Their special events for community discussion this year centre on Feminism (ROSIE WILBY performance and zine workshops) and Queer & Class, with two days of performance and debate in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast.

All this plus exhibitions, local Queer Qabarett, performance and writing workshops and much much more!

Festival Director Ruth McCarthy is keen to acknowledge the huge part that the Arts has to play in the advancement of equality for LGBT people in Northern Ireland –
“Belfast has changed so much for the LGBT community since Outburst began in 2007 and we know that the Arts has really informed a lot of that change and got us talking again about what it means to be queer in this part of the world. As William Burroughs said, artists are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact. Queer is different and for Outburst that’s fine and dandy. We are delighted this year that Outburst continues to support visibility and inspire debate, as well as bringing the best in local and international queer entertainment to the Belfast stage.

OUTBURST 2013 runs from November 15th to November 23rd 2013 at The MAC, Black Box, QFT and other arts venues across Belfast. Full programme and tickets available from

OUTBURST is a registered charity, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, the Department of Social Development and Public Health Agency.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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