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King of camp John Waters to headline Birmingham SHOUT Festival

King of camp John Waters to headline Birmingham SHOUT Festival

John Waters

Queer icon John Waters will headline LGBTI SHOUT Festival in Birmingham, England.

The openly gay director, known for cult movies Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, will headline this year’s festival, in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome.

SHOUT Festival is Birmingham’s annual celebration of LGBTI live performance, theatre, film, visual arts, comedy, and music. It runs 8-18 November.

John Waters at SHOUT

After receiving critical success touring all over the world with his one-man-show This Filthy World. This will be Waters’ only UK show in 2019.

The director will play the Hippodrome on 13 November. This year will mark the tenth anniversary of SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture.

‘Oh boy! Birmingham, a whole new city in UK I have never been to. What a perfect place to spread my trash. SHOUT Festival, get ready: you are about to receive into your community the filthiest person alive,’ Waters said.

‘Birmingham LGBTI are overjoyed to welcome a living legend to celebrate 10 years of SHOUT,’ SHOUT Festival Producer Adam Carver said.

‘We’ve grown exponentially over the last decade, bringing John Waters to the city for the first time is the perfect way to celebrate 10 years of delivering international quality LGBTI arts for Birmingham.’

John Waters and his sex life

Earlier this year, Waters, now 73, opened up on his sex life.

Asked ‘Do you feel like your sexual appetites have changed over the years?’ he replied: ‘It’s the exact opposite of today.’

He furthermore explained: ‘When I was young, free love came out in the 60s. Today you need a lawyer to ask somebody for a date. So I have lived in the two most extreme ends of sexual manners.’

He went on: ‘But I’ve adapted to the times, always. I’m certainly not going to a sex club now. I would be recognized. I’d have to be doing selfies. Part of a sex club was that it was anonymous, and that would be almost impossible for me. I did all that. I don’t need to do it again.’

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