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The Outburst Festival


A live streamed Town Hall and social in partnership with GCN

 For the first time in our communal experiences as LGBTQ+ people we have living ‘generations’, people decades apart in age who have lived and are living openly queer lives, often in very different circumstances. But there are few LGBTQ+ spaces that support multi-generational connections: sharing, listening, caring, learning from each other, and building a liveable future for ourselves that we all want and that we need now in challenging times. 

Taking our cue from Elders in Residence, Split Britches, we hand the second Friday night of Outburst over to an exploration and celebration of queer generations and ask what role art and artists can play in imagining a better kind of “queer eldering” and solidarity building across all age groups and identities.

We would love to involve as many queer people and artists as possible - older and younger - in this conversation. A hybrid in-person and online event, it will be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person. The viewing link will be available on the Outburst website. Come join us for chat, ideas and dancing! 

Friday 18th Nov 8pm 
Black Box, Belfast
FREE (Booking required)  

Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast’s international queer arts festival, is 16 this year and is celebrating through an incredible week of the best in new queer performance, music, film, visual art, literature and much more.

76 queer artists, film directors, writers and makers from Belfast and around the world contribute to a programme that focuses on ideas and spaces to reflect and reimagine, remember and regroup as queer community in dangerous times.

From festival performance favourites like David Hoyle and Bourgeois and Maurice, to vital international artists Bashar Murad (Palestine), Alka Neuman (Poland) and Anton Shebetko (Ukraine), Outburst 2022 reacts to some of our most pressing queer issues and offers plenty of space for defiant queer joy.

There’s a special focus on multi-generational art and action, with legendary New York performance duo Split Britches as special Elders in Residence. Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, who have been making work together for over 40 years, will be sharing their new show Last Gasp, as well as contributing to conversations and events around queer ageing.

Outburst Queer Arts Festival runs in various venues across Belfast from November 11 - 19 with many free events in the programme. Booking and more information on all events is available at

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