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Wanted: Local Artists, Musicians, Volunteers and Hosts for BE Festival (5-10 July 2011)

Subscribe to RSS RSSThursday, 21st April, 2011

Local artists, musicians, volunteers and hosts from Birmingham and the West Midlands are being sought to get involved with the second Birmingham European Festival (BE FESTIVAL), which runs from 5-10 July at the AE Harris Factory and the mac.

The unique, eclectic festival is back for its second year and is calling for a whole host of extras to create the fun, vibrant atmosphere that made this cross-cultural feast such a hit in its opening year.

Local musicians are needed to provide evening entertainment, visual artists are sought to exhibit work exploring the ethos of crossing borders, and dynamic volunteers are required to help create the energy and passion of this independent festival.

The cutting edge festival is Co-Directed by Birmingham-born Mike Tweddle, along with Madrid-born artists Miguel Oyarzun and Isla Aguilar. It first staged last year when it attracted hundreds of people to dozens of events and performances performed by 15 companies from across Europe. An incredible mix of short, high quality performances, food, music, debate and workshops created an unforgettable experience in the atmospheric AE Harris Factory in the Jewellery Quarter.

They are also on the lookout for generous hosts to offer visiting artists a warm welcome to the city. In exchange for offering an artist a place to stay, hosts will get a free festival ticket for the night their guest is performing.

Birmingham-born Co-Director of BE FESTIVAL, Mike Tweddle, said, “The festival's concept of collaboration, participation and exchange is key to the Festival's aims – it is about creating opportunities. We hope as many people as possible from Birmingham take this chance to get involved and mix with artists from right across Europe.”

Anyone interested in getting involved with BE FESTIVAL should visit the website or e-mail The deadline for artists' applications is 29 April.

The festival is presented with support from Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, International Young Makers Exchange, Stan's Cafe, mac, the REP and Birmingham School of Acting.