Manchester Airport set to sponsor Shout Festival in Birmingham for the next three years

Birmingham LGBT is pleased to announce Manchester Airport as a sponsor of SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture for the next three years, supporting development and delivery of the 2017/18/19 festivals.

The sponsorship will help to deliver an exciting and innovative programme of exhibitions, theatre, performance, and film which celebrates queer culture in the 50th anniversary year of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. As part of this sponsorship the airport will host a VIP reception to launch the festival programme.

Patrick Alexander, Head of Marketing at Manchester Airport, said “We are looking forward to working with SHOUT in what is a poignant year for the LGBT community.

“Following supporting five UK Pride events this year, SHOUT’s ethos really suits our values, and provides us with an opportunity to thank the 270,000 passengers from the West Midlands who choose Manchester Airport each year.

“We cannot wait to come and witness the festival programme for ourselves later in the year.”

Steph Keeble, Director of Birmingham LGBT, said “Birmingham LGBT is delighted that Manchester Airport has decided to sponsor SHOUT and are really looking forward to working with the team there.

“I am sure they will become a highly valued partner of ours and are welcomed by everyone in the Midlands.”

This year’s festival will take place in venues across Birmingham from Thursday 9th – Sunday 19th November with tickets on sale now from www.shoutfestival.co.uk. SHOUT Festival is now in its 8th year celebrating and platforming the experiences and identities of LGBTQ people in the midlands. The festival has recently joined the Arts Council’s National Portfolio.

Manchester Airport with more than 27 million passengers has over 210 destinations served by more than 70 airlines. With a catchment area spanning as north as Scotland, south to the West Midlands, west to Wales and east to Yorkshire, it continues to add passengers and international routes. In the last year alone it has added direct routes to the likes of Beijing, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Mauritius, Phuket, San Francisco and Muscat. Manchester is the only UK airport outside of London to offer these routes.

For more information see: www.shoutfestival.co.uk or www.manchesterairport.co.uk