Cultivating Culture - A Feast of Arts February - March 2014

What is Cultivating Culture?

Cultivating Culture

Cultivating Culture is a feast of arts! It celebrates the work of the Arts Champions and Local Arts Fora throughout February and March, offering a range of high quality arts experiences in your neighbourhood. See Birmingham Royal Ballet perform with youth dancers and Handsworth elders in Perry Barr; hear CBSO SO Vocal choir in Selly Oak's Art SOAK Festival; uncover the ‘HeritEDGE’ stories of Edgbaston and travel on an ‘Arts Buzz’; take your family to Hodge Hill for ‘Splosh’ or Griffin Day. You can get involved in artist led walks (some curated through the Still Walking festival); photography, storytelling, poetry, film, singing and dance sessions in libraries and shopping malls near you. See how Birmingham is an adventurous artistic city that is cultivating culture on your doorstep – for more information visit www.birminghamculture.org.

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Local Arts Development led by Birmingham City Council’s Culture Commissioning Service:

Birmingham falls into ten districts, each with a population of 100,000 residents. The approach has been to create an infrastructure for culture by developing activities at a local level, responding to local priorities developed in partnership with residents. This is organised through a Local Arts Forum in each district, supported by the one of Birmingham’s arts major organisations (Arts Champions). This is the first month long celebration of work after three years of residency.

Contributing to this, three cultural pilots (funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council) have been testing ways of developing engagement in culture and capacity to co-design arts and cultural activities with local residents. Events range from a new arts festival in Castle Vale; a Carnival event and illuminations in Balsall Heath, and an outdoor theatre production and pop-up arts hub in Shard End.

Capture your experience and share online!

We will be running photography competition to capture residents’ experiences of arts activities in local neighbourhoods. Upload your photos via Flickr or twitter #brumculture look on birminghamculture.org website for details. The final selection of images will be shown in the Library of Birmingham on March 18th.

Cultivating Culture Symposium March 18th - Library of Birmingham from 12.30pm:

This half day seminar will be the finale of Cultivating Culture to hear case studies from Arts Champions, Local Arts Fora and residents who have participated during the month. This event will reveal the power of the arts to touch the lives of ordinary people through singing, dance and visual arts. Discussion will reflect on what has happened in Birmingham as well as in the communities of Derry Londonderry during the year as UK City of Culture 2013. To book for your place at this Symposium see: cultivatingcultures.eventbrite.co.uk