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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, 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
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
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