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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
Tuesday, 09 June 2020 / Published in News
West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU) is today delighted to announce the Midsummer Festival, a free one-day festival celebrating arts and culture in the West Midlands on Saturday 20th June.   Featuring a collection of many West Midlands theatre, dance, music, artists and venues Midsummer Festival will mark the Summer Solstice with a wide range of live, archived and pre-recorded cultural activity available online including performances which have never been
Thursday, 14 May 2020 / Published in News
Well, it has been an ‘unprecedented’ (to coin a phrase) few months to say the least, a time where we are all facing uncertainty, anxiety, loneliness, grief and myriad other emotions, with each of us finding our way through this ‘new normal’. I wanted to start this update with an acknowledgement of the different places
Monday, 11 May 2020 / Published in News
Culture Central, in partnership with Arts Council England and the British Council have launched Digital Collaborative Grants to support artists and arts organisations as part of the Transforming Narratives project. The application process opens 11 May and the closing date for applications is Friday 19 June. These grants will enable opportunities for connection and collaboration
Friday, 17 April 2020 / Published in News
Image used with grateful thanks to Birmingham Design Festival. Led by Culture Central, The West Midlands Culture Response Unit will develop and deliver an action-orientated, sector-led response to the Covid-19 outbreak over the next six months to ensure the visibility, viability and recovery of the cultural sector in the West Midlands. The initiative has support from
Sunday, 05 April 2020 / Published in News
As part of Culture Central’s Coronavirus response, we are supporting individuals and organisations by facilitating a mentoring/buddy programme. We have set the scheme up in response to a number of enquiries from people who would value the opportunity to learn from people with experience in specific issues that are affecting them and their organisation in
Monday, 23 March 2020 / Published in News
Please see below the latest update from our Director Erica Love, issued at 9am on Monday 23 March: Last week I had a number of conversations with Birmingham City Council, ACE, GBSLEP, and the WMCA also convened a meeting with a number of people to feed into the wider region response, specifically for the cultural