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Welcome to the 10th annual Outburst Queer Arts Festival and ten days of the best in new queer art and performance from around the world!

At the very first Outburst Queer Arts Festival in 2007, we hosted a small exhibition of paintings and photos, most by local LGBTQ+ people from Belfast. It was called From Little Acorns and the idea behind the title was that although the exhibition was small in scale and rough around the edges in presentation, it was the start of something: aspiration for better support and visibility for queer arts in Belfast.
We had little idea then that Outburst would still be here a decade later, even less that it would be developing award-winning work and hosting exciting new queer art from the other side of the globe.

It’s always been our aim at Outburst to bring the best new queer work to Belfast. More than this, we’ve wanted to build a creative space where LGBTQ+ people of all backgrounds can find a home for stories and creative ideas.
Home is an interesting word for queer people and our experiences of it are diverse and often challenging. From those of us who have left home to find somewhere where we can be ourselves, to those who create a new vision of family, Home holds many possibilities. We are still fighting for queer Home – for example, legislative equality around marriage and children, our own bodies and gender identities.
And so much more, beyond legislative change.

Our 10th anniversary programme aims to reflect on what Home has been, is and can be for queer people all over the world. From the streets of São Paulo and Kingston Town to New York, Dublin and Belfast, our events bring to life both the unique stories and common experiences we have as LGBTQ+ in relation to place and belonging. We have our biggest ever programme of participatory events in Outburst 10 and we hope that you’ll come along and find something that sparks your passion and imagination.

To all our international guests we extend a very warm welcome. To our local audiences – thank you for an amazing ten years. Enjoy!

Festival Director
Ruth McCarthy

OUTBURST Board of Directors
Cian Smyth (Chair)
Judith McGimpsey (Secretary)
Simon Rea (Treasurer)
Marie Quiery
Hilary McCollum

OUTBURST Arts Festival is a company limited by guarantee
No. NI603571 and a Northern Ireland Registered Charity, No.NIC102016