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Homotopia festival to double in size.

THIS year's Homotopia festival is doubling in size.

Liverpool's second annual festival celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture starts on October 31.

The 13-day event is also aimed at bringing gay culture into the mainstream.

Around 50 events will take place in Liverpool during the festival, covering art, film, theatre, performance art, heritage, music, comedy, photography and cabaret.

Organisers are hoping t o improve on the attendance from last year's pilot events which attracted 3,500 people in total.

Festival director Gary Everett said: "Homotopia is a unique event and we're all thrilled there will be another festival.

"Homotopia is testament that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists and the community at large have a very real part to play in the development of a world class European Capital of Culture."

A closing party will be heldat the Carling Academy. Liverpool council leader Mike Storey said: "With all cultures being welcomed with open arms, Homotopia is a very strong sign of Liverpool's tolerant society.

"We can always strive t o become more friendly towards diverse communities which celebrations like this really achieve."

More details are available on www.homotopia.net or through programmes available at libraries, tourist information offices, bars and at FACT

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Date:Oct 21, 2005
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