City hosts gay arts festival.
SHOUT, which supports and celebrates the city's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, will take place until November 23.
Already there has been a wealth of activity, with internationally acclaimed artists being brought to the city.
The 2010 programme's visual and performance arts activity is based on the theme of 'Invisible/Visible', exploring the place of Black and Asian LGBT people in the city's cultural landscape.
This year's festival covers a number of strands including: film, theatre, visual arts, music, performance, literature and community.
Activities are taking place across the city, with venues including the mac, Town Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Nightingales and The Victoria.
Dave Viney, festival producer, said: " This year's festival is bigger and better than ever with a number of new high profile artists and exhibitions being brought to Birmingham. "SHOUT provides a unique opportunity for Birmingham's LGBT community to celebrate its diversity and to engage the whole city in queer arts and culture."
For more information about this year's SHOUT festival visit www.getreadytoshout.org.uk
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