A new LGBTQ+ theatre festival is to run at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, featuring four new commissions funded by Arts Council England.
Turn On Fest is the first arts festival to be hosted by the venue, and will feature theatre, dance and cabaret.
As part of the festival, four LGBTQ+ companies or individuals will receive £1,000 each to develop new productions, in addition to marketing support, mentorship and rehearsal space from ACE.
Applications for commissions are now open, with a deadline of November 11.
Joseph Houston, artistic director of Hope Mill Theatre, said: “We are proud to be hosting our first ever arts festival at Hope Mill Theatre, opening our doors to a wider demographic of LGBTQ+ artists in Manchester.
“We are passionate about supporting the community and will be holding focus groups and open socials in the lead-up to January, to learn more about what the community wants out of a new festival, and how Turn On Fest can provide the best platform in our exciting and diverse city.”
The programme also includes Absolute Certainty?, staged by Qweerdog Theatre from January 28 to February 1, 2020, and events programmed by LGTBQ+ arts platform Mother’s Ruin.
The festival will run for three weeks in January 2020.