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Monday, 10 August 2020 / Published in Events, News
The West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU) are today pleased to announce a brand-new series of events for the region, West Midlands Weekenders. Running over three weekends; Saturday 29th August, Saturday 5th September and Saturday 26th  September, the WM Weekenders will each carry their own theme. Together they will showcase the diversity and innovation of the region’s arts, creating culture in new ways to keep the West Midlands on the map.  West Midlands Weekenders is the
Thursday, 06 August 2020 / Published in News
CALLING ALL WEST MIDLANDS BASED ARTISTS/CREATIVES AGED 16 to 30 26th September – Democratising Creativity and Culture  ~ Callout from producers Aksana Khan, Diandra McCalla and Paige Jackson ~  We’re looking for submissions from young artists/creatives across the West Midlands who wish to share their art and or creative practice as part of the West
Thursday, 23 July 2020 / Published in News
Following the recent Midsummer Festival, lots of you said you’d like to collaborate on even more regional artistic activity. With that in mind, there are another three showcase events being planned for August and September, and we’d love to have as many artists and organisations represented as possible. If you have video/recorded content ready to go,
Thursday, 09 July 2020 / Published in News
Festivals across the West Midlands are currently unable to welcome back visitors with many major cultural events and outdoor festivals such as Birmingham Pride, Download Festival and Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival in 2020 either cancelled or postponed, causing an unprecedented impact to culture across the region.   Whilst COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the sector, artists and organisers across the region have been busy finding innovative new ways of bringing
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 / Published in Events, News
To radically transform the West Midlands arts and culture sector. Galvanised by Black Lives Matter, there is universal acknowledgement from across the region’s arts and cultural sectors that much work needs to be done to make organisations truly reflective of our communities; in leadership, in governance, in programming and audiences. The time for action is
Monday, 06 July 2020 / Published in News
We are delighted that the UK Government are providing the arts and culture sector a £1.5bn support package, an investment that will provide much-needed aid to our industry in critical times.   Thank you to the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Culture Secretary for recognising the vital role that the arts play for the nation.  Thank you also to the voices that have been working hard for the industry, this announcement enforces the power of collaboration and collective
Friday, 03 July 2020 / Published in News
On 23rd March 2020, along with huge swathes of the country, Covid-19 shut down our cultural life,  having a devastating impact on the national economy, communities and so many talented workers. Despite the gradual relaxation of the lockdown this decision continues to have a disastrous impact on the lives of individuals and organisations working in
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 / Published in News
Thousands of arts and culture lovers tuned in online to enjoy Midsummer Festival earlier this month. The free one-day festival celebrating arts and culture in the West Midlands was held on Saturday 20th June, and featured over 12 hours of performances, from 33 companies around the region, including 13 never-before-seen works. Inspired by annual Midsummer
Friday, 19 June 2020 / Published in News
As part of the Midsummer Festival on Sat 20 June, we are asking for donations to a Freedom Fund for Black Artists in the region.  The fund will be used to respond to Black Artists’ individual self-identified immediate needs. We’re really grateful to MAIA, an artist-led cultural organisation; a platform for creative practice, critical thinking
Thursday, 18 June 2020 / Published in News
Two weeks ago we published a statement acknowledging that the West Midlands region’s arts and cultural sector has a long way to go, to make organisations truly reflective of our communities; in leadership, in governance, programming and audiences. We promised to take the time to listen, hear, educate ourselves, and take action to create sustainable