OUT in the shires - queer arts festival

 Out in the Shires Arts Festival is a unique and unconventional art festival in Worcestershire that brings together theatre, fine art, poetry, film, live art and workshops created by non-urban LGBTQ+ artists from rural communities.

Film night

Tue, September 18, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Hive





"Out In The Shires" - Queer Arts Festival is opening its doors with a movie evening at The Hive.

Get your friends and grab some popcorn for a free screening of Pride Movie, a 2014 British LGBT-related historical comedy-drama film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus. 

It was screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm award.

Alongside this wonderful movie, we will be presenting other two short films created by LGBT+ emerging directors that tackle interesting subjects such as gender, identity and sexual norms.

gender utopia workshop

Wed, September 19, 2018

 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 


Worcester Arts Workshop

21 Sansome Street





So we live in a post-gender world, right?

 What might a post-gender utopia even look like?

 A world free from pinks and blues? 

If we didn’t have a gender, how would his and hers happy meals work? Or toilets? Or onesies? When did you come out as straight? Who says that’s anyone’s business?!

Ladies, gentlemen and everyone beyond the binary, join Milk Presents in a practical workshop for the curious and spend an hour – or two – in a meeting of minds that will solve the world’s big questions. 

Or at least start asking big questions of the world…

A practical, theatre-based discussion and devising workshop looking at what gender means today.

Drag King Night

Wed, 19 Sep 2018

 From 9PM

Heroes Bar

26-32 Friar St.




 "Out in the Shires" Queer Arts Festival is presenting a grandiose nigh of exploring and challenging the norms and expectations of gender through humour, music, slapstick and lip-syncing, the surreal queer art of drag kings.

Poetry & Performance

Thu 20 September 2018

19:00 – 22:00 


Paradiddles Café Music Bar

61/61A Sidbury Road




 " Out in the Shires " Queer Arts Festival is hosting an evening of performance and poetry written and delivered by LGBT+ artists that bring to you stories about women's oppression, identity, body taboo themes, austerity and NHS experience. Come along and see Lucy Aphramor, Shey Hargreaves and Laura Liptrot's work. 

Theatre Night

Fri, September 21, 2018

 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM 



Worcester Arts Workshop

21 Sansome Street




 "Out in the Shires" Queer Arts Festival is presenting a unique night of queer live art in the heart of Worcester. 

It starts at 6.30 pm and walks you through a bewildering night of interactive performance, one to one theatre, durational performance a and classic theatre shows that tackle LGBT+ themes and stories. 

Pride Late - after party

Sat, September 22, 2018

 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM  


Velvet Night Club

Angel Place




 " Out in the Shires " Queer Arts Festival in collaboration with Worcestershire Pride culminates with an explosive Drag Queen Night hosted by the unforgettable Ginny Lemon alongside with one of the best West Midlands Drag Queens. Get ready for a night full of laughter, entertainment, music and cocktails. 

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