Liverpool’s gay arts festival Homotopia kicks off next week with the theme of ‘Cruising For Art’.

The festival will showcase an “array of the queer, the extravagant, the bold, the unexpected and the daring” with theatre, dance, film, cabaret and discussions.

Visitors will be able to admire exhibitions including ‘Savage Style’, a collection of Lily Savage’s dresses, and ‘Pin Ups’, a selection of portraits by Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling.

Dance highlights include the premier of ‘Cruising, Clubbing, F**king’ and ‘The Male Species’, a dance trilogy.

Live performances include Dykeotomy by Kimberley Dark and Tranny Hotel, which will see a host of trans performances around the Adelphi Hotel, in bedrooms, staircases and function rooms.

Other highlights include film showings of ‘Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger’, ‘A Taste of Honey’ and ‘The British Guide To Showing Off’.

Earlier this year, Homotopia achieved National Portfolio status from Arts Council England.

Recently, the festival has presented a year[long exhibition of the work of iconic artist Tom of Finland in Turku, Finland, taken young LGBT people to Warsaw on a cultural exchange and won a community safety award from Merseyside Police Authority.

For more information, listings and the full line-up, visit http://www.homotopia.net/.