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Glasgay! announces Tennessee Williams Festival

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The Glasgow-based LGBT festival Glasgay! has announced a new Tennessee Williams Festival for Autumn 2008, to commemorate the author on the 25th anniversary of his death.

Among the events scheduled for the Williams Festival are four UK premieres of lesser known theatrical works (The Parade, And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens, The Municipal Abattoir and The Chalky White Substance) and a six week classic film series, to run at London's BFI Southbank, Glasgow's GFT and Edinburgh's Filmhouse.

The festival will aslo feature a new bio-play about Williams entitled Elysian Fields, written by Derek McLuckie.

Glasgay! has also been awarded flexible funding by the Scottish Arts Council for a fixed term until 2011. At £60,000 annually, this effectively doubles the Company's previous annual grants.

The SAC funding is in addition to a three year deal from Glasgow City Council as well as the continued support of Event Scotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. This new support will take the festival's turnover to almost £250,000 and will help secure its long term development.

The Tennessee Williams Festival's full line-up will be announced in June. See www.glasgay.com and www.tennesseewilliamsfestival.com for more information.

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