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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
Thursday, 20 August 2020 / Published in News
We recently worked with Indigo Ltd to research how audiences feel about returning to arts events, and firstly must say a big thank you to all the artists and organisations who shared the survey through your channels. The research attracted 5700 responses, most from the West Midlands, and the findings are now available for you
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. Updated 24th August 2020. 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
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