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Contact is celebrating the start of LGBT History Month 2019 in style: with its impressive Queer Contact Weekender.

Previously, Queer Contact was a week-long programme of LGBT arts and theatre. This year, the theatre is focusing on a compact weekend of events, running from Friday 8 February to Saturday 9 February. As with last year, the Queer Contact Weekender will take place in various venues across the city. It concludes with the famous Manchester Vogue Ball.

The Queer Contact Weekender will kickstart Contact’s In the City Part 3 programme, which sees Contact take over spaces across the city while the building undergoes vital renovations.

CONTACT AND THE LOWRY PRESENT: AD INFINTUM: NO KIDS
Fri 1 Feb, 8pm. £15 / £10 conc. Over 14s.
Should we have kids, or not? George and Nir are a real-life same-sex couple trying to answer a question many of us face. Every consideration — adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting, the environmental impact of childbirth, the fears and anxieties, how the past affects parenting and much, much more — brings with it a succession of ethical challenges.
Post-show discussion on Fri 1 Feb.
Part of Queer Contact Festival 2019, Contact’s annual festival celebrating LGBTQ+ arts & culture in Greater Manchester.
The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

CONTACT AND WATERSIDE ARTS PRESENT: MOTHER’S RUIN
Fri 8 Feb, 8pm. £12 / £10 conc. Over 16s.
An inter-stellar line up of Mother’s Bloomers’ rising stars converging with some of your favourite constellations from the Mother’s Ruin universe…  expect a galaxy of irreverent and politically Queer wit speckled in polished stardust spectacular.
Presented in association with Waterside Arts, Contact and Royal Exchange Theatre.
Part of Queer Contact Festival 2019, Contact’s annual festival celebrating LGBTQ+ arts & culture in Greater Manchester.
Waterside, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, Trafford M33 7ZF

QUEER CONTACT AT YES:
QUEER CONTACT OPEN FORUM
Sat 9 Feb, 11am. FREE
A discussion with Contact staff, artists and young people about the future direction of Queer Contact as we reimagine the festival from 2020 onwards. Artists: find out about new commissioning opportunities for queer artists to create new work.
Part of Queer Contact Festival 2019, Contact’s annual festival celebrating LGBTQ+ arts & culture in Greater Manchester.

performingborders | LIVE
Sat 9 Feb, 1pm. FREE
An afternoon of conversation between Glasgow/ Berlin-based live artist Nima Séne and curator Tuna Erdem from the Istanbul Queer Arts Collective discussing how experiences of otherness related to their queer, migrant and PoC identities shape their work.
Curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa.
Part of Queer Contact Festival 2019, Contact’s annual festival celebrating LGBTQ+ arts & culture in Greater Manchester.
YES, 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB

OUTSPOKEN
Sat 9 Feb, 3pm. £10 / £8 conc. Over 12s.
Mandla-Rae, Manchester poet and former young programmer, hosts Ella Otomewo, Billie Meredith, Maz Hedgehog and Bryony Bates for a celebration of Manchester’s queer women and nonbinary artists.
Produced by Contact.
This event is supported by a grant from Superbia at Manchester Pride.
In partnership with RAH! at Manchester Met.
Part of Queer Contact Festival 2019, Contact’s annual festival celebrating LGBTQ+ arts & culture in Greater Manchester.
Number 70, Oxford Street, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5NH

CONTACT AND HOUSE OF SUAREZ: VOGUE BALL
Sat 9 Feb, 7pm. £35 seated front row / £25 seated, £15 standing. Over 18s.
Club culture meets high art, as Vogue Houses come together from far and wide to compete for dance supremacy in a catwalk spectacular reminiscent of 1970s/80s New York at its most glamorous.
Part of Queer Contact Festival 2019, Contact’s annual festival celebrating LGBTQ+ arts & culture in Greater Manchester.
Manchester Academy 2, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR

Tickets are now on sale for Queer Contact’s Festival Weekender 2019 – by phone on 0161 274 0600 or online at contactmcr.com.

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