New work from Ireland’s biggest boundary-pushing queer artists Mark O’Halloran (Garage, Adam and Paul), Neil Watkins (Heidi Konnt, Dublin City Counseling) and Una McKevitt (565+, Victor and Gord) are among the highlights of this year’s Queer Notions, the second annual queer arts festival curated and produced by THISISPOPBABY (WERK, Electric Picnic, Panti – A Woman in Progress).

The five-day festival tears up Dublin City this December with a week of sublime queer plays, art, music, lecture, drag, film and politics.

As well as showcasing the best of queer performance and ideas from Ireland, the festival will present extraordinary international artists with work never before seen in Ireland, including New York lesbian icon and self-proclaimed gender bender Peggy Shaw, acclaimed Welsh dance artist Eddie Ladd and London underground neo-cabaret star Dickie Beau.

One festival highlight is Qasim Riza Shaheen’s stunning video exhibition inspired by the trans-gendered Dublin Filipino community (Liliquoi Blue: God made me a boy). The line up is rounded off with the provocative and entertaining Queer Spiel and Queer Encounter series.

Queer Notions is a platform for magnificent outsiders, provocative investigation and riotous fun. Queer Notions is produced by THISISPOPBABY and Project Arts Centre, and is supported by The British Council, Dublin City Council, ABSOLUT and CityArts.