The hallowed surroundings of the Williamson Tunnels will be taken over for a weekend of queer joy.

As part of Homotopia’s events, Liverpool fixtures EAT ME will bring two days' worth of “fantasy, sin and pleasure” to the Edge Hill attraction. The days will be made up of a “playful” programme of workshops, installations, discussion groups, cabaret and club nights.

The EAT ME Weekender: Cave is just one of the many activities being offered to the region’s LGBTQ+ community and its allies in November in line with Homotopia. This year, the UK’s longest-running LGBTQ+ arts festival is focusing on queer history and heritage as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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Themed God and Monsters, Homotopia is asking visitors to consider how to “foster a sense of community and mutual care in the face of an increasingly intolerant society - and how to build a space of love and respect for those within the LGBTQ+ community who are often most demonised within the mainstream”.

Festival programmer Alice Holland said: “The opportunity to curate the 20th edition of Homotopia is a huge privilege, and as a newcomer to Liverpool it has been incredible to learn the city through meeting the festival’s networks, audiences and supporters. My hope for this programme is that we find new ways of being together, of being there for each other, and enjoying a glittery, gorgeous giggle before the hibernation season kicks in.

EAT ME will take over the Williamson Tunnels for a weekend of queer celebration
EAT ME will take over the Williamson Tunnels for a weekend of queer celebration

“There will be some festival favourites of course, but we have also tried to open up new spaces for queer work and community, to make the most of Homotopia’s status as a beloved child of the city. I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years of queer culture will look like here.”

The ticketed EAT ME Weekender, happening on Friday, 24 and Saturday 25 November, will offer guests the chance to get involved with queer drag yoga with performer Babs Darling and therapeutic dance with Nathaniel Parchment. It also includes performances from SPEW: a scratch night for queer work and a new “underworld” themed club night titled BodyWerk.

The weekend will draw to a close with a Garden of Earthly Delights-themed performance party on Saturday that will celebrate the close of Homotopia.

The Liverpool ECHO will be bringing you more on the full list of Homotopia 2023’s events and activities.

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