JamFactory aka Gavin Strange is a brilliant designer from Bristol, but he’s launching his new vinyl toy collection, Droplet, here in Brum which gives me a good excuse to write about him here!
I first discovered JamFactory on Flickr, I think after one of his ‘Free Art Friday‘ pics showed up in Flickr’s interesting pages and have been following him ever since. I had seen the above flyer come through on an RSS feed of my Flickr contacts’ photos, but dismissed it at the time thinking it must be a Bristol-based event. Anyway, serendipity fans, I also happen to be subscribed to a feed of all Twitter ‘tweets’ (posts) that mention Birmingham and while doing a very rapid skim read of that, JamFactory’s name jumped out because he was talking about visiting Birmingham. So I didn’t miss out on him coming to Brum :)
Free Art Friday btw is an excellent idea, hint hint, Brum creatives!
This year, we get to vote on what we want to see as part of the Fierce Festival!
After a decade of stop-you-in-your-tracks live art events and performances FIERCE is trailblazing once more giving you, the audience, the power to program your own festival!
Weâ€™ve reserved a range of spaces from theatres to pavements, broom cupboards and dressing rooms. You decide what goes in them.
* Read the artist pitches
* Choose your top three performances and vote!
* Come back to build your festival line up and use the leader board to help you.
Shows with the least votes will be eliminated; the most popular shows will be performed LIVE during Fierce Festival at venues across the West Midlands 23rd â€“ 26th May.
They has a blog too :)
Tonight I am overly excited because I just found out that JosÃ© GonzÃ¡lez and The Bees are playing at this year’s Moseley Folk Festival. How did I find out this most pleasing nugget of news? Not on the interwebs, oh no, but via hard copy – a flyer I picked up at the Moseley Dance Workshop. The contents of said flyer are absent from the world wide web, so by the magic of photography, I bring you a photoÂ of the flyer:I’m sure it’s gotta be much quicker and easier to put this info online than to arrange to have it designed, printed and distributed?!
Island Bar is holding an all-day acoustic festival from 1.30pm on Easter Sunday (23rd March).
The current issue (PDF link) of Bearded magazine, includes a feature on the West Midlands music scene, more specifically Birmingham and Coventry.
The feature is a handy round-up of the bands to watch as well as local promoters, venues, club nights and record shops.
via Rich Batsford
The Flamenco Birmingham site now has details of the performances and workshops that are part of the first International Dance Festival Birmingham. Performances include The TG Collective on Saturday 3rd May and En Sus 13 on Tuesday 6th May, both at Town Hall.
The site also confirms that there will be another EmociÃ³n Flamenco Festival later this year, following the success of the first festival last November. The line up and artists for this festival will be announced over the coming weeks. The site has an RSS feed (yay) so it will be easy to keep up with the news, however (note to their webmaster) I was unable to link to specific pages of interest as the site uses URL masking.