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Thursday, 07 January 2021 / Published in News
Culture Central is changing and we need you. We are seeking a number of new board members, including a Chair/Co-Chair to help us realise this change. What is Culture Central? Culture Central is the collective voice of the Cultural Sector in the West Midlands. We have three main aims: to ensure the viability, visibility and
Thursday, 26 November 2020 / Published in News
The West Midlands arts, culture and heritage sector, like so many in the hospitality, events and entertainment industries has been decimated by Covid 19 as we have previously highlighted. We are grateful for the Government’s support through the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund and there have been many successful applications in the region. DCMS advocacy as
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 / Published in News
We are looking for a West Midlands-based artist/filmmaker to create three or four x 1 minute films for the ‘It Gets Lighter From Here’ digital event on 21 December 2020. In addition to the main themes below, we would like the films to do three things alongside: Showcase the breadth, scale and diversity of the
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 / Published in News
Could you deliver a workshop for young artists and creatives? Following the success of the third West Midlands Weekender in September, which showcased 26 young creative individuals/companies/collectives and their work exploring the theme of Democratising Creativity and Culture (watch here), we heard many young creatives ask for more opportunities to connect, informally network and up-skill.
Wednesday, 04 November 2020 / Published in News
The 21st of December is the shortest day of the year. It is also the last Monday before Christmas… the start of a festive season that is likely to be seriously overshadowed by the growing Covid-19 pandemic. Following discussions and initial planning in recent Arty CRU meetings, it is proposed that on the night of the
Thursday, 29 October 2020 / Published in News
A PLEDGE TO RADICALLY TRANSFORM THE BLACK EXPERIENCE OF THE WEST MIDLANDS’ ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR, CREATED BY A COLLABORATIVE GROUP OF BLACK ARTISTS AND LEADERS FROM ARTS ORGANISATIONS ACROSS THE WEST MIDLANDS  Today, a group of Black artists and leaders from arts organisations across the West Midlands, launch a pledge for action: More Than a Moment: Action with and for Black Creatives. It marks the beginning of the West Midlands’ arts
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 / Published in News
Following on from the success of its Midsummer online festival in June, the West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU), have commissioned West Midlands Weekenders; a brand-new series of events to showcase the diversity and innovation of the region’s arts. The previous two Weekenders took part over late August and September and featured organisations such as Friction Arts, Ex Cathedra, Sonia
Tuesday, 25 August 2020 / Published in News
RUNNING 2PM – 11PM ON SATURDAY 29th AUGUST, THE EVENT WILL BE HOSTED BY BIRMINGHAM OPERA COMPANY’S ASSOCIATE ARTIST REISZ AMOS  The West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU) is today pleased to announce artists and organisations taking part in this Saturday’s (29 August) Ritual Weekender.   Ritual Weekender is the first of three planned WM Weekender events, each carrying its own theme. Together they will
Monday, 24 August 2020 / Published in News
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the More Than A Moment initiative so far, either by contributing to Elizabeth Lawal’s online research, or attending or contributing to the Radical Listening sessions held during late July and early August. We acknowledge the emotional labour that this involved for the Black artists who shared
Thursday, 20 August 2020 / Published in News
Democratising Creativity and Culture After the success of the Midsummer Festival, which saw over 25,000 website hits and 9000 live digital attendees, the West Midlands Cultural Response Unit (WMCRU) returns with West Midlands Weekenders. The Weekenders are a trio of events which will showcase the diversity and innovation of the region’s arts. The last Weekender