New dates announced for Turn On Fest


Paul Genty

12 Feb 2021

LGBTQIA+ festival moves online

Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre has announced rescheduled dates for this year’s Turn On Fest, the annual LGBTQIA+ festival in partnership with Superbia, Manchester Pride’s arts and culture organisation.

The continuing pandemic restrictions have forced the festival, which had lined up a series of live events from mid-January, to now move entirely online from March 17-28.

Headlining the 10 days of attractions will be an evening in conversation with Hope Mill Theatre patron and smash-hit TV series It’s a Sin creator Russell T Davies, which will be hosted by Julie Hesmondhalgh.

On other dates Ru Paul’s drag star Divina De Campo will be joined by special guests in An Hour with Divina De Campo for two performances, and Superbia, Hope Mill’s partner for the festival, will also run two events.

Other attractions include Manchester company Green Carnation Theatre’ screening of four short films under the title Queer All About It, and an online evening with TV series Pose’s star Ryan Jamaal Swain.

As a parallel to the festival Hope Mill Theatre has offered development grants worth £1,000, plus mentoring, to four Manchester based queer theatre makers.

Festival events are now on sale here; a full festival pass is available.

The theatre’s artistic director Joseph Houston said: “We started 2021 having to postpone Turn On Fest, but with the support of the companies, artists, partners and venue team we have managed to not only reschedule the festival but also to create a fully online event.

“We don’t feel it is possible to plan for any live performances during the festival but we are thrilled we are still able to share the amazing line up with everyone.”

Get full details of the festival programme here.