Following a pilot festival in 2016, Curious Festival has grown very quickly, responding to the interest and need in the North East. Working across Newcastle, Gateshead and Tees Valley our aim is to develop LGBTQ arts, audiences, artists and participation. We believe that everyone should be able to access high quality LGBTQ arts activity and that LGBTQ people should be represented in the cultural offer of their area.
Your support is crucial and will enable us to develop our activity for children, young people and families;
Queer Creative Challenge
In 2018 we worked with 14 - 25yr olds based in Newcastle Gateshead, holding a workshop day which explored themes including;
Queer & Now - What is it like to be young & LGBTQ in the North East?
Pride - What is the perfect Pride event? who is it for and what is does the future hold?
Education - What is it like to be young, LGBTQ and in school or college and what change is needed?
The young people worked with artists and developed creative responses which were showcased at Live Theatre is Curious, creating a powerful launch to Curious Festival 2018.
We need your support to raise funds to develop the Queer Creative Challenge for 2019, supplying workshop materials and the support of our Young Peoples Co-ordinators. Please help us to reach more young people and give them the opportunity to showcase their work at this year's Curious Festival.
Spectacular Drag Storytime
Last year we worked really hard with Seven Stories (The National Centre For Childrens Stories) to pilot 'Spectacular Drag Storytime' and we need your help to develop it further, to reach more young people and families across the North East. We believe it is really important that young people have access to stories that represent them and their lives. We will create a small touring library of books, develop props and costume for the touring production. Our plan is to take the show to ARC Stockton, Northern Stage Newcastle, Theatre Hullaballoo Darlington and Northern Pride.
Pay It Forward
In 2016 we successfully crowdfunded for community groups including LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Group 'Rainbow Home' and MESMAC' Young Peoples Group to attend activities. Please help us to continue to remove barriers to participation including the ticket cost and supporting people to comfortably attend in groups and with a support/group worker where appropriate.
CHECK OUT THE REWARDS! We have had some fun with these and really want to recognise people's support. If you are not in a position to support we'd really appreciate it if you could share our campaign.
As a not for profit organisation we aim to promote visibility and recognition and discussion of LGBTQ issues and culture - Through producing and promoting high quality arts activity, we celebrate, raise awareness, encourage dialogue, promote understanding, answer questions, pose new ones and invite everyone to be comfortably curious about LGBTQ Culture in the North East.
For more information on what we do visit www.curiousarts.org.uk or follow us on @teamcuriousarts (Facebook), @CuriousArts (Twitter) @curious_arts (Instagram).