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, or if you’re working on live or recorded events or performances that could fit into any of the three themed weekends below, please get in touch:
29th August – Ritual Weekender
An online showcase and trails of all things Ritual, on what is usually a traditional weekend of coming together to find yourself, lose yourself or share your story. Whether it’s carnival, clubbing, theatre, song, dance, film, poetry, documentary or something completely different, tell us what you’ve got.
This event is being put together by Birmingham Opera Company and Friction Arts, and there is an open call for any pre-recorded, archive or live activity which could be performed in ‘real life’ or online as part of the day.
If your work or idea is captivating and linked to the idea of ritual or celebration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, with a very brief introduction to your work, by the end of Fri 24 July.
5th September – Our Firsts
100 years since the first performance by the CBSO, the UK’s first civic orchestra, we will navigate our way through an afternoon and evening of firsts, culminating in a very special live-streamed spectacle from the CBSO.
This event is being put together by the CBSO and OPUS Arts, who are looking for engaging activity to lead into the evening event, from partners holding live-streamed events or who have pre-recorded footage which ties in with the theme of ‘firsts’.
If you’re interested in being part of the Firsts event, contact email@example.com, with a brief introduction to your work, by Tue 28th July.
12th September – Democratising Creativity and Culture
A showcase of the West Midlands’ diverse creative and cultural landscape, with a particular focus on celebrating the region’s young creatives, curated by a commissioned diverse producing team.
We are looking for new and innovative activity from individuals who have the capacity, and we would encourage organisations, where possible, to commission some young/associate artists to create work. We can also offer mentoring support to apply for ACE Project Grant funding where required.
To express an interest in being part of this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Tue 28th July.