New Art West Midlands showcases the rich visual arts heritage of the region whilst embracing the art of today by promoting living artists and contemporary art. NAWM develops opportunities for more people to engage with contemporary art through exhibitions, art fairs, networks and events encouraging audiences to connect with artists, see, buy and collect new work.
BE Festival takes place annually in June at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Each year a daring and innovative programme of boundary pushing theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts takes place turning the theatre’s rarely seen backstages into a den of creativity, discovery and exchange where diverse cultures are celebrated. The BE ethos is firmly grounded in a sense of community and democracy. BE crosses borders, creative disciplines and blurs the boundary between audience and artist.
Still Walking Festival is a small-scale irregular programme of walking events around Birmingham. The festival explores unknown or undiscovered aspects of the city and offers an interactive, entertaining and engaging way to do this. The festivals are merely the most visible aspect of the whole Still Walking experience. There’s a lot of activity behind the scenes: undertaking research, forging partnerships, supporting the new guides and advising on walking activity around the country.
SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts & Culture brings the best in queer and LGBT artists, work, and culture from across the UK and beyond to Birmingham. We ignite debate, inspire discussion, increase representation and showcase the work of queer artists across the city. SHOUT is the West Midlands’ only combined festival of queer arts and culture, returning to Birmingham each November delivering a ten-day festival showcasing the best of queer performance, theatre, visual arts, and film from across the UK and beyond. In addition to this they deliver a year round cultural programme of events, arts, and performances striving to increase the visibility and presence of queer arts throughout the city.
New Art Exchange is a contemporary visual arts space in Nottingham that celebrates the region’s cultural richness and diversity. It is the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts. The venue presents an ever-changing programme of art exhibitions, creative activities for families and young people, film screenings, symposiums, lectures, festivals and a live performance programme of music, dance and theatre.
MAIA Creatives is a creative agency established to support the sustainability of the creative sector and those it impacts. MAIA looks at radical, inventive ways of using creativity and innovation to help businesses, brands and artists thrive.
Celebrating Sanctuaryis a registered charity, which works through the arts to raise awareness of the contributions that refugees make to the UK, and in particular to the city of Birmingham. The events celebrate the tradition of offering sanctuary in the UK to those fleeing persecution, and support is given to refugee artists to further their careers and reach new audiences.
Fierce is an international festival of cross art form performance centred in Birmingham. The festival embraces theatre, dance, music, installations, activism, digital practices and parties. Fierce fills the city with performances in theatres, galleries and other out-of-the-ordinary spaces.
Flatpack Festival Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).
Cleanascene is a non-for-profit independent body working alongside local services that assist neighbourhoods to jump-start their specific problems. Cleanascene organised the Balsall Heath Cleanup Parade on 7th July 2013.
Balsall Heath Local History Society have a an extensive archive of photographs from Balsall Heath, a Victorian Schoolroom and a Second World War Classroom, a fascinating range of publications, some interesting projects and active participation in local events such as Balsall Heath Carnival.
Polish Expats Association is an organisation committed to the integration of the Polish community in society. The Community Language Centre offers translation of documents and is one of the branches of PEA.