Hope Mill's LGBTQIA+ festival postponed
7 January 2021
Reporter: David Chadderton
Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre has announcement the postponement of its second Turn On Fest, due to start on 17 January.
The programme, announced only last month, was to feature an evening in conversation with TV scriptwriter Russell T Davies hosted by Julie Hesmondhalgh, Queer Musical Theatre Cabaret: All That Drag and a new documentary, Our Street, featuring interviews and insight into Manchester’s Gay Village amongst its events together with open forums, discussions and Q&As with Manchester-based queer groups including Manchester Pride and LGBT Foundation.
Joseph Houston, Artistic Director of Hope Mill, said, “it is unfortunate that we are unable to deliver Turn On Fest 2021 at this time. It is important that we deliver the festival in the fullest and safest way possible and this does involve a live theatre experience for audiences at the venue. Turn On Fest was established to support and celebrate queer artists in the North West and we will continue champion LGBTQIA+ work and look forward to bringing the festival to Manchester at a later date.”