Queer Contact 2022

The Bitten Peach

Contact celebrates queer culture with an extraordinary line-up of LGBTQ+ talent heading our way for Queer Contact 2022

Over the last 3 years we’ve had a blast presenting Queer Contact across the city at some amazing partner venues, and more recently online. But we’re so excited to be welcoming festival audiences safely back home to Contact, with a really exciting and diverse line-up for all ages

Matt Fenton

Queer Contact returns to the Oxford Road Corridor’s Contact theatre for the first time since the venues £6.75million transformation. Contact has expanded to create enhanced performance and event space to support queer communities from across the region.

Queer Contact began over a decade ago and has since become the beating heart of Manchester’s queer arts scene. The annual Vogue Ball, a riotous head-to-head display of skills from Vogue houses across the North West, is recognised as a trailblazing event. This year, the festival will platform a broad range of life experiences, forge alternative paths for celebrating queer identities and – for the first time – will create opportunities to engage in educational activities around queer life and health.

Queer Contact 2022 is built to meet the needs of the next generation of LGBTQ+ artists and audiences. Through in-depth consultation, Contact has aimed to ensure that the festival truly speaks to a young queer audience in the city. By hosting workshops with individuals aged 13 – 30 Contact embedded a commitment to reflecting the experiences and interests of young people in the LGBTQ+ community. The workshops involved consultation on the outline, strategy and programme of this year’s Queer Contact.

What’s On

More Culture On The Corridor

If you’re visiting the Oxford Road Corridor for Queer Contact, while you’re here, make sure you take the time to explore the rich culture of the area.

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An audeince gathers outside Castlefield Gallery on a sunny day
Castlefield Gallery

Castlefield Gallery is an essential part of the Northern art scene: a gallery and an organisation that has for over 35 years supported the careers of artists living and working in the North.

The Holden Gallery

Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery curates an exhibitions programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art.

Internal image of Palace Theatre Manchester with lights on
Palace Theatre

One of the premier provincial touring venues, expect West-End-style musicals alongside dance, opera and the occasional world premiere.

External night time shot of The Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music is a world-leading conservatoire and thriving music venue with a reputation for attracting talent from across the world.

External shot of The Pankhurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre

Home of Emmeline Pankhurst and the place where the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union – later known as the suffragettes – took place.

Food & Drink

Hatch

Hatch is Manchester’s pop-up retail, food and drink destination on Oxford Road with something for just about everyone. It is a place to shop, eat and drink, 7 days a week at over 30 independent traders.

The Refuge

The Refuge, at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, is a luxurious, modern restaurant, housed in a magnificent, Alfred Waterhouse designed, Victorian brick and terracotta building offers 10,000 sq ft of drinking and dining for everyone and anyone with the instruction “Come As You Are”.

A glass of beer at Bundobust Brewery
Bundobust Brewery

Bundobust Brewery in the St James Building on Oxford Street is the latest, and arguably the best addition to the ever-growing Bundobust chain.

A sandwich prepared at TAKK University Green
TAKK University Green

Takk at University Green is an Icelandic inspired, independent coffee shop that offers tasty, artisan, single-source coffee and delicious brunch, snack and vegetarian options.

A dish from WOOD Manchester
WOOD Manchester

WOOD Manchester offers one of the cities best fine dining experiences, from the locally-loved winner of 2015 MasterChef UK winner Simon Wood.

An image of a dish at Adam Reid at The French
Adam Reid at The French

Adam Reid brings sublime fine dining renowned across Manchester and beyond for its exquisite flavours and excellent British cuisine.

An image of a sign outside Sandbar on the Oxford Road Corridor
Sandbar

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

The Briton’s Protection

An iconic pub with an impressive whiskey list running into the hundreds. A welcoming atmosphere and a sprawling beer garden.

The bar area of The Font in Manchester
The Font

The Font Manchester is a cracking bar found just off Oxford Road on New Wakefield St where it’s been for over 20 years.

Photo of an Indian dish from zouk tea bar and grill
Zouk Tea Bar and Grill

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill is a modern, exciting restaurant, serving up some of the very best Indian-Pakistani cuisine in Manchester.

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Indian Tiffin Room

Charming and homely, the Indian Tiffin Room brings this classic Indian dish to First Street.

Cocktails at Bunny Jackson's
Bunny Jackson’s Juke Joint

Bunny Jackson’s is a late-night music venue, dive bar and American diner on First Street. Expect cocktails, cold beer and chicken wings.

Nightlife

photo of roof terrace at big hands
Big Hands

Big Hands at the South end of Oxford Road may be small, but it comes with added rock n’ roll swagger, a great atmosphere and a lovely roof garden.

Exterior of YES music venue in Manchester
YES

A gig venue, club, bar and restaurant, YES is run by acclaimed promoters Now Wave and is home to the very best up and coming music in Manchester.

An image of bikes locked up outside the venue Gorilla
Gorilla

Gorilla is a bar, kitchen and excellently programmed music venue and club housed beneath the railway arches on Whitworth Street West.

A scene from a club night at Joshua Brooks.
Joshua Brooks

Joshua Brooks reaches its quarter-century stronger than ever, with cutting-edge DJs, dancing, and excitement until the small hours.

An image of an empty O2 Ritz Manchester with an impressive lighting
O2 Ritz Manchester

One of Manchester’s legendary venues, the O2 Ritz Manchester continues to welcome musical acts from around the world to its historic stage

A packed crowd watch a band at The Deaf Institute
The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute is a three-storey musical palace, cafe, bar and club: this Grade II-listed venue ticks all the right boxes.

Green Spaces

Flowers in bloom at All Saints Park one of the green spaces on Oxford Road Corridor
All Saints Park

All Saints Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the Oxford Road Corridor. Perfect for a quick moment of calm on a busy day.

Trees in bloom at Whitworth Park Manchester Oxford Road Corridor taken by Friends of Whitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Park

This 18-acre park opposite the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is an eye-catching green space and home to the Whitworth Art Gallery.

A view of people gathering on the grass at Brunswick Park
Brunswick Park

Enjoy views of some of the best architecture in Manchester in this green space which was opened in 2018 by The University of Manchester.

A view of the green lawns at Symphony Park
Symphony Park

Circle Square is home to Symphony Park, a beautifully landscaped new space green space designed for socialising, entertaining, relaxing and exploring.

Alan Gilbert Square

The outdoor area directly in front of the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, the University of Manchester’s 24/7 study and learning space, provides green spaces for students to enjoy during breaks from teaching and learning.

University Green

University Green is a modern home for retailers and food and drink outlets as well as a tree-lined green space for the public to enjoy.