• WoWFEST19 Presents: Queer Are We Now?

  • Wed, 15-05-2019 at 19:00
  • Leaf on Bold St
    65-67 Bold St
    L14EZ Liverpool
WoWFEST19 Presents: Queer Are We Now? - Leaf on Bold St - Liverpool

WoWFEST19 is thrilled to present 'Queer Are We Now?'...The Stonewall rebellion sparked the momentous gay liberation movement, one of the most important events in LGBTQIA+ history. 50 years on – as Trump turns the clock back and Chechnya systematically detains and tortures its supposed ‘non-existent’ LGBTQIA+ citizens, WoWFest19 asks queer are we now? with a unique keynote speech from human rights activist Peter Tatchell.In 2018, Peter Tatchell was detained in Moscow after holding a one-man protest against Russian treatment of the LGBTQIA+ community. He joins WoWFest for a special keynote speech responding to the current state of global LGBTQIA+ rights. Founder of The Peter Tatchell Foundation, which seeks to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, Peter has been described as 'a national hero' (Sunday Telegraph) and 'one of the most influential gay men of this century' (Independent on Sunday).After his speech Peter will be in conversation with guest curator of Homotopia 2018, Cheryl Martin. Cheryl is an award-winning writer and director whose new work on HIV I Am Because We Are will tour internationally in 2020. Her first poetry collection Alaska was longlisted for the 2015 Polari Prize and her shows have been performed at festivals across the UK and received 5-star reviews from The Stage, Gay Time and Gay UK.Writing on the Wall invites you to our 20th annual festival, under the theme: 'Where Are We Now? Change is in the air. All that is solid, like the icecaps, is melting into air. Things fall apart - can the centre hold? The rich are getting richer, but otherwise uncertainty is the order of the day; Brexit, climate change, class, feminism, gender, race, populism, fake news, digital surveillance, and more, much more, are changing and challenging all our old conceptions. The stage is now set for WoWFest19 to seek answers to the question...