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Cultivating Culture Activities by district February - March 2014

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Arts Champions Sampad & Birmingham Hippodrome have been working together to unearth the local history of Edgbaston, Bartley Green, Quinton and Harborne though their ‘Heritedge’ project, working with local artists from Edgbaston Arts Forum, Newman College, libraries and The Barber Institute. You will also be able to join in with jazz music, painting, drawing, mask making, craft, jewellery, storytelling, photography, small doll-making and wearable paper sculpture activities on board the Edgbaston Arts Buzz Tour. / /       


Town Hall & Symphony Hall (THSH) have been working with Café Arts (Erdington Arts Forum) artist Sarah Wilson on a Musical Heritage Project to create an interactive audio/visual exhibition at St Barnabus Church and Mothers Café. The exhibition shares local memories of the Mothers Club, and there will be a day event of live music, Café Arts artist installations and Mothers Club visuals on 22nd February at St. Barnabas Church Centre.

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Hall Green

‘Art Works’ is the culmination of work presented by Arts Champion The Drum with Hall Green Arts Forum and includes a line-up of artists and performers with interactive sessions for you to contribute your views on March 1st at Balsall Heath Church Centre. Four artists have had the opportunity to design arts work with residents as part of Balsall Heath Cultural Pilot. You can participate in a Some Cities (an online photo archive) photography workshop with Dan Burwood & Andrew Jackson, attend the exhibition in Balsall Heath Library in March, be entertained by a shadow puppet play by Sophie Handy & Layla Tutt in Old Print Works and enjoy Somalian music or hear Kashmiri folk music curated by the Ort Café. / / / /

Hodge Hill

Hodge Hill Local Arts Forum hosts participatory arts activity including photography, poetry and craft in local venues such as the Pump, Ward End Library and the Shard Library. The Glebe Farm Tapestry will be unveiled at Glebe Farm Library (15th February) and a local stonemason will renovate the Griffin sculpture (19th February). Arts Champion Birmingham Rep will present ‘Splosh’ (27th February), a nationally touring show for early years that uses dance, music and puppetry to help children and families explore communicative play at bath time at Ward End Library.

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LEAF (Ladywood Arts Forum) has been working with young people to create an indoor dance and visual arts showcase in Digbeth (15th March). Arts Champion Birmingham Opera Company will be showing films in Spring Hill Library with participatory singing activities throughout March, and Arts Champion Ex Cathedra will present the ‘Never Too Late Choir’ to provide a participatory experience with and for older people. / /     


Arts Champion Ikon and Northfield Arts Forum (NAF) host ‘The Art of NAF’ (1st March), a day of free drop-in creative workshops, performances and displays looking back at three years of activity in the area at Northfield Library. NAF presents their ‘Words of Art’ exhibition of poetry and visual arts in the Library of Birmingham, while Ikon hosts a showcase exhibition surveying a wide range of Ikon projects as Arts Champion for Northfield 2011-14. / /   

Perry Barr

Birmingham Royal Ballet is presenting ‘Ballet? What’s that?’, offering the chance to meet dancers, learn about their training, find out what goes on behind the scenes and attend a ballet. Perry Barr Arts Forum is hosting two events: ‘Stop: Exchange’ Poetry & Arts Exchange Day where an empty shop unit in One Stop Shopping Centre (1st March) is transformed by unusual printing machines, a comic illustrator workshop and live poetry performances. A networking event at Grosvenor Road Music Studios offers a producing workshop for aspiring singers, songwriters & poets (8th March).

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Selly Oak

Arts Forum Selly Oak’s third Art SOAK festival (14th – 16th March) includes a number of new commissions, rehearsed reading of new theatre pieces set in the Selly Oak district; circus skills workshops in parks, storytelling in libraries, tours of the BBC Drama Village, a performance by Arts Champion CBSO’s SO Vocal Choir and Barbara Nice's Jamboree will end the festival. /

Sutton Coldfield

Local arts forum Made in Sutton hosts an arts extravaganza in Gracechurch Shopping Centre (15th March) offering music and dance activities and performances. Arts Champion DanceXchange presents the Dance Leadership Programme and premiers new site sensitive commission at Sutton Coldfield Library performed by local residents. /   

Yardley Arts

Champion mac birmingham and Arts In The Yard (Yardley art forum) present a month of exciting workshops and events that celebrate arts and creativity by residents across the Yardley district. Events range from Poet Laureate Jo Skelt reading her work (27th February), an arts walk at Blakesley Hall (11th March), a youth arts showcase curated by Beatfreeks, a photography exhibition and workshops with creative careers advice. /  

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