Author Jon Bloomfield’s latest book Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham (Unbound, 2019), features a photograph by Vanley Burke on its front cover. The author and artist exchange notes on their research into and experience of migration to Birmingham from all corners of the world and how this has influenced the economy and culture of the city.
Film — The Colony
Directed by Philip Donnellan and broadcast on the BBC, The Colony (1964) was filmed in Birmingham, giving a voice to working-class settlers from the Caribbean. A railwayman from Saint Kitts, a bus conductor from Jamaica, a family of singers from Trinidad and a nurse from Barbados articulate their experiences of Britain. With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive.
Thursday 14 June, 7.30 pm, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
A concert crossing the English Channel, both musically and in-person as we welcome musicians from Paris-based Ensemble Court-circuit to join BCMG and NEXT Musicians on stage at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Supersonic Festival & Outlands presents Fracture Patterns, a live collaboration between UK artist duo Semiconductor and New York musician and producer Eartheater. This original commission by the Outlands Network combines large-scale multi-channel video works by Semiconductor with a new live soundtrack and performance by Eartheater, fusing both into a compelling theatrical production.
Eartheater explores experimental pop and fantasy combining her genre-breaking musical production with a singular visual aesthetic. Semiconductor’s visually and intellectually engaging artworks explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lenses of science and technology.
Together, they invite audiences into the noise field, as they explore the collision and collusion of their respective practices.
For the first time in the UK, the sons of Oscar-winning Milos Forman, bring a spectacular cast of 20 acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians to perform this spectacular Wild West tale. Using an extraordinary mixture of film, live action and magic they move from illusion to reality presenting the Old West in a completely new way.
The Forman Brothers are one of the most innovative theatre companies in Europe so don't miss this rare opportunity to experience their exhilarating work at The REP.
Beatfreeks close this year’s Festival of Audacity - filled with bold, brave, and audacious art - with an Afterparty held at Birmingham city-centre, celebrating hip-hop and activism through live music, graffiti workshops, performances, and food and drink.
Lowkey is the perfect headliner for rounding up this year’s Festival of Audacity. After taking a haitus to focus on studies and activism, Lowkey blasts back into view with brand new music for 2019. For the Festival, he’ll be showcasing new material and reminiscing with his classics.