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John Waters to head to Liverpool for Homotopia culture festival

John Waters to head to Liverpool for Homotopia culture festival

American film-maker, author and actor John Waters is to fulfill his ambition of visiting Britain’s historic port city of Liverpool by taking part in a gay arts festival.

Waters will be joining Homotopia for its 10th birthday celebration.

The queer arts and culture festival which will be held in Liverpool, north west England in November will feature theatre, dance, comedy, art, photography and literary events.

This year Homotopia is also opening a year-long exhibit about the life of April Ashley, a 1960s model, actress and transsexual. This will be in the Museum of Liverpool and includes the experiences of 20 trans people who have contributed their oral histories.

And Waters, the creator of Hairspray, will be bringing his one-man show This Filthy World to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 8 November.

This Filthy World focuses on Waters’ early influences and fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy and the extremes of the contemporary art world.

He said: ‘I can’t wait to see Liverpool, the town I’ve always wanted to come to but never have. I bet it’s as extreme as Baltimore!’

Festival director Gary Everett said: ‘From modest beginnings in 2004 Homotopia has grown into an international flag-bearer for high quality queer culture consistently punching above our weight.

‘We are very excited to bring an international star like John Waters to Liverpool for our big 10th birthday celebrations.’