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Curious Arts is a Newcastle Gateshead based not-for-profit organisation developing LGBTQIA+ arts, artists and audiences across the North East and celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer culture through the arts.

Every July they present their award winning Curious Festival, which is now in its fifth year. Due to the current pandemic the organisers have transformed the event into a micro-online festival and present a jam-packed programme of online events that can live streamed and enjoyed. It takes place from 1st – 6th July as well as the 11th and 18th July and can be accessed via different platforms.

On Wednesday 1st July (5:30pm) the event is launched with the Queer Creative Challenge, an online creative challenge for young people aged 14-25, which can been accessed via Facebook or Instagram. Then on Thursday 12th July (12pm) you can listen to a Curious Festival special of Audio Queer a podcast made in collaboration with Queerious Podcast and featuring artist Richard Bliss. You can enjoy it via projects.

Granny Gladys and Ben as they reunite over Zoom for a digital storytime on Friday 3rd July, (2pm and 5:30pm) & Saturday 4th July, (11am and post story Q&A at 12pm) with their Curious Storytime Online (via Eventbrite, £5 per family / Q&A via Facebook). Also on Saturday at 7pm on Facebook or Instagram there will be a premiere of community co-created Dance film Hi, How are you? in collaboration with the creative team behind ‘A Blighted Life’ (Curious Arts commission 2016).

Another edition of Audio Queer is available to enjoy on Sunday 5th July (12pm via projects) featuring commissioned artists Zoe Murtagh (2018) and J G Tansley (2019) and on Monday 6th July the Curious Arts Social goes digital via Eventbrite (at 6pm).

Closing the festival is House of Finesse Takeover of the Curious Instagram account on Saturday 11th July and a virtual Northern Pride march on Saturday 18th July with performances on Facebook from the Main Stage, Curious Arts and Be Scene as well as a virtual candle lit vigil.

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