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Salon #9 Who Owns Queer Culture Now?

Posted on: May 24th, 2024 by
Has mainstream funding and the “equality, diversity and inclusion” agenda f*cked the revolutionary potential of  Queer Art?

#9 Outburst Salon invites you to share insights, hot takes and incendiary notions as we invite you to explore

Who Owns Queer Culture Now?

Who is calling the shots when it comes to what queer ideas and art gets funded, showcased and past the algorithmic gatekeepers?

Are institutional & corporate diversity and inclusion agendas impacting the radical potentials of queer art and culture to say what really need to be said, unfiltered?

Have we lost our way on the yellow brick road to liberation?

Salon is Outburst’s facilitated open talking space that asks big questions and explores ideas together about queer art and culture. join the conversatiomn or you can just come and listen too!

It’s free to attend and open to all but booking is essential and spaces are limited to keep it intimate and chatty.

Book now!


The event is totally relaxed and you can come and go as you need to.

If you are shy or nervous, Ruth and Caleb from Outburst are happy to say hi to welcome you when you arrive, drop us a line at up to 2pm on the day of the event.

The hotel and meeting space are fully accessible by wheelchair.

There is a gender neutral loo in the meeting space.

There is free tea, coffee and water in the space and you can buy and bring a drink up from the bar if you would like to. You can also bring your own refreshments.

The Salons usually last until about 8.30pm. Sometimes folks who come along hang out to chat for longer in the hotel lobby bar.



The Headless Soldier, an opera triptych

Posted on: August 10th, 2023 by

World premiere and Outburst 2023 Opening Event

an opera triptych

Music | Conor Mitchell
Libretto | Mark Ravenhill

I want us – you, me – Zachary – to build a wall against the world.

Far away, a war rages. Here, everything is perfect. Or is it?

In a world premiere, two of the UK’s most vital and influential queer voices join forces for a three-part operatic first.

Mark Ravenhill (Shopping and Fucking) and Conor Mitchell’s (Abomination, a DUP opera) piercing new work looks beneath the perfect lives of Helen, her husband, Thomas and their haunted son, Zach – finding a hidden, much closer war.

The latest collaboration between the award-winning Belfast Ensemble and Outburst Queer Arts Festival, this powerful triptych of short operas is performed in one night, blending multi-media with live performance, international soloists and chamber orchestra.

A co-production between The Belfast Ensemble & Outburst Arts for Outburst Queer Arts Festival.

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.



Age suitability: 12+

Duration: 120 mins, with interval

Content Advice: Flashing images or strobe lighting / Strong or offensive language

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. All performances will be captioned


Posted on: October 5th, 2022 by

The 16th Outburst Queer Arts Festival is on the way!

Nine days of queer arts, ideas and collective queer magic in Belfast , November 11-19.

Full event listings and booking available HERE!