Homegrown: Home for Waifs and Strays


Homegrown is an ambitious artist development programme run by Birmingham live art agency Home For Waifs and Strays,  supported by Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Trust. The aim of the programme is to showcase some of the great live art and performance talent in the West Midlands by giving emerging artists the chance … [Read more…]

Summer in Southside

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With suitable weather upon us, this weekend Summer in Southside brings the seaside to the city. Over the weekend, experience a vibrant carnival atmosphere where Hurst Street will be transformed with seaside sights, sounds and silliness. Be swept away by nautical encounters from a cod choir, deep-sea divers and even some pirates. Play on wooden street … [Read more…]

Spectra: Seek/Find


Spectra: Seek/Find Fri 17 Jun, 7pm | Sat 18 Jun, 12:30pm and 4pm | Tickets £8 (£6) | Cannon Hill Park & Outdoor Arena | All ages | Tickets: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/spectra-seek-find Come along on a beautiful beast of a multi-sensory promenade, immersive performance experience made by a mixed community and professional cast. Taste, feel, see, smell and … [Read more…]

Live Nights


International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) takes place across the city until 22 May. From Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 May, head to Centenary Square for Live Nights – four nights of free spectacular performances. Performances will start at 6pm and Digbeth Dining Club will also be offering food. Each night will culminate in a perfomance … [Read more…]

The Hand That Feeds – A musical about Food Crime

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The New Optimists is putting on a musical . . . You are invited to a theatrical song cycle about food crime: What: Two free, outdoor performances of ‘The Hand That Feeds’   When: Saturday 14th May at 12pm & 2.30pm    Where: Outside St. Martin in the Bull Ring.  This follows on from our work for the Elliott Review … [Read more…]

Homegrown – Live art and performance development programme


Birmingham-based live art initiative  Home For Waifs And Strays are on the look out for emerging and early career artists/performers/creative practitioners from across the West Midlands making or wanting to make work that is live and innovative. Supported by Jerwood Charitable Trust and Arts Council England, they have devised a new artist development programme designed … [Read more…]

Get messy, and help revive an ancient British tradition

Clipping the Church sketch, 2016. Tereza Buskova

In June artist Tereza Buskova will revive a 16th Century English tradition at a Church in Erdington; and she needs your help. Clipping the Church took place once a year when young apprentices and women in service were allowed to visit their families and their ‘mother’ church. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘clyp-pan’ meaning ‘embrace’ or … [Read more…]

A Passion for Birmingham


‘A stranger arrives in Birmingham City Centre as the passover festival begins. The events of the next few days will turn the world upside down…’ After sell-out performances in 2014, ‘Passion’ returns to Birmingham from 15-25 March. The production will re-imagine the life and death of Jesus Christ by leading the audience across the city centre. Tickets … [Read more…]