After some rumours flying around, it has officially been announced that Birmingham’s Artsfest has been cancelled due to the council’s need for budget cuts. The yearly event was the largest free arts festival in the UK, working with arts communities and centres from across the city. Councillor Ian Ward has stated in a Birmingham Post … [Read more…]
We’ve spotted a few groups looking for helpful volunteers. Here are a few you might want to take a look at: The Flyover Show is taking place this Saturday, 18th of August, and are looking for a few extra pairs of hands to help out. Each year the space under the Hockley flyover is transformed … [Read more…]
There’s loads of stuff happening at Artsfest this weekend. I pulled out a few suggestions here (with more in the comments below that post) but to get an idea of what people are up to, here’s a live Twitter search to have a look at: Meanwhile, I’m covering what’s going on in the Dance Marquee … [Read more…]
The programme for Artsfest 2011 is now online (in addition to the PDF brochure that came out a few days back). As ever, there’s an unfeasibly huge amount happening. I’ve not had time to have a proper browse, but here’s what I’ve spotted after a swift glance through the listings: 2 for 1 entry to … [Read more…]
We are Birmingham “as we approach the six month marker Jeff slash Dave brings the world up to date with how We are Birmingham is getting along” Dudley festivals axed – Audiences Central “Dudley Performing Arts (DPA) have axed their Rock The Castle and summer festival, both of which take place at Himley Hall, Dudley … [Read more…]
Sutton Coldfield based artist Michael Goodrum, aka, Visionary Glass, was another of the exhibitors in the Victoria Square marquee during Artsfest. Using individually hand-cut fragments of glass, Michael creates a range of stunning sculptural glass canvases depicting the abstract forms from nature and landscapes.
A bit more news in the follow-up of Artsfest, this time on the musical front. Over the weekend BBC Radio 3 recorded two homegrown jazz performances for the Jazz Line Up programme, which was broadcast last weekend, on Sunday 26 September. Recorded at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham bands led by Ben Markland and Percy Pursglove played at … [Read more…]
Louise Blakeway is another of the artists who exhibited work in the ArtSpace tent at Artsfest. Consisting mainly of drawings, paintings and prints, her work is largely concerned with natural or found objects, architecture, landscapes and the human figure.