Cultivating Culture

By on 07/02/2014 in News

This week sees the start of a month-long local arts programme across the city.

Cultivating Culture - Local Arts in Birmingham - runs from 7 February to 18 March and will take in more than 50 arts opportunities across the city.

Aiming to raise the profile of the huge range of opportunities on offer across Birmingham, the month long festival will showcase local artists and Local Arts Forums schemes in a variety of venues, large and small.  Schools, art studios, churches, a health centre, libraries, supermarkets, shopping centres, cafes and even a canal boat will host a range of mainly free arts and cultural experiences.

Highlights include an introduction to ballet by Birmingham Royal Ballet at Perry Beeches and Hamstead Hall schools in Perry Barr, singing with Birmingham Opera Company and Ex-Cathedra in Ladywood and the chance to take part in a specially commissioned dance with the DanceXchange at the Gracechurch Shopping Centre, Sutton Coldfield. 

There are also opportunities to create, take part in and view – poetry, the visual arts, sound installation, photography, knitting, family history, theatre, film-making, crafts, writing, animation, felting, comedy, dancing, music, circus skills, sculpture, street art and storytelling - something for everyone's tastes!

At the end of the showcase there will be a final symposium, 12.30 - 7pm on 18 March at the Library of Birmingham.  Claire McDermott from UK City of Culture 2013 Derry Londonderry is the key note speaker.  She will be followed by performances, case study presentations and a plenary session led by University of Birmingham with research shared from the three Cultural Pilots in Birmingham*.

If you are interested or interested in developing arts activities in local communities then get in touch with your local arts forum and sign up to symposium.

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*  Local Arts and Cultural Pilots in Shard End, Balsall Heath and Castle Vale:

Local Arts Development and Cultural Pilots led by Culture Commissioning Service:
The approach has been to create an infrastructure for culture by developing activities at a local level, responding to local priorities developed in partnership with residents. This is organised through a Local Arts Forum in each district, supported by the one of Birmingham's arts major organisations (Arts Champions). Contributing to this, three cultural pilots (funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council) have been testing ways of developing engagement in culture and capacity to co-design arts and cultural activities with local residents. Events range from a new arts festival in Castle Vale; a Carnival event, photography, illuminated lanterns and music events in Balsall Heath, and an outdoor theatre production with pop-up arts in Shard End.

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