Liverpool opens Tranny Hotel for Europe-wide arts festival

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Posted by: Creative Times

on September 13, 2011 09:59

Liverpool has been chosen as the only British city outside London that will feature in the European-wide Exchange Radical Moments! Live Art Festival, to take place on Fri 11 November, or 11.11.11, across the continent.

Liverpool was chosen due to its successful Capital of Culture year in 2008 and because of the unique event that organiser Mandy Romero wishes to produce. Tranny Hotel is a weekend-long celebration of Transgender arts, which will take place at the city’s Adelphi Hotel from Fri 11 – Sun 13 November. Tranny Hotel Liverpool is also a UK premiere and forms part of this year’s Homotopia Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender culture.

Organiser Mandy Romero said: “I’m so excited that the Tranny Hotel project is going to be open to so many people. Not many projects made it into Exchange Radical Moments, which is such an important festival and I’m sure that our weekend of performance and events will be a good thing for Liverpool, for the arts and for the transgender community.”

The Exchange Radical Moments festival will see 11 distinct live art events taking place across Europe in countries such as Belgium, Austria, Germany, Sweden and Moldova. All of these events will take place simultaneously on Friday 11.11.11 and will all be streamed on the web to create one large virtual festival.

Tranny Hotel will see Transgender artists from across the globe perform a wealth of different works in numerous spaces around the hotel, from bedrooms and suites, to staircases, hallways and function rooms. The three-day event will also see concert style performances.

Acts include accomplished Scottish transsexual playwright Jo Clifford, who brings her highly controversial piece The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven, an early version of which was originally performed at the Glasgay festival in 2009. The piece will see small audiences meeting and interacting with Queen Jesus in a hotel room throughout the weekend.

Spanish artist REgina Fiz will perform her piece The Ritual Wedding, which also demands an intimate audience in an intimate space. The ritual wedding draws on tradition and precise ritual, and will leave the audience taking away a completely personal encounter through evoking memories and past emotions.

Norwegian artist Ane Lan brings the most personal of experiences to the hotel with her piece Irma’s Room, which is inspired by Sigmund Freud, Irma being the famous patient of Freud. Small audiences of just one or two people will experience the piece.

A full line up of performers and acts will be announced shortly.

Gerald Harringer, Exchange Radical Moments! Festival Co-Ordinator, said: “On 11th November you can experience a thing or two! We’ve long been seeking ways to turn ‘onlookers’ into participants on an equal footing with ‘the creators’."

More information at tranny-hotel.com and 11moments.org

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