Having had a chat with some of Birmingham’s top blogger types last week about developing this site, I’ve decided to add a blog within a blog dimension, so that you’ll be kept up to date with the day to day goings on here at Active Arts. Hopefully this will provide an interesting insight into the workings of a local community arts group.
Starting in the now then; the last week has been a fairly busy one for the team. Bank Holiday Monday saw most of the committee attend the Lord Mayor’s Spectacular over in Cannon Hill Park. Several acts from Castle Vale had been invited to contribute to the event and a couple even got to perform on the main stage. These included talented singer Tezlin Newell-Harding, who impressed compere Adrian Goldberg and the assembled crowds so much that she got to extend her set with an impromptu number. Big things could be afoot for her, so watch this space! While the weather might have been a bit gloomy, spirits seemed to be high and all of us had a good day out; perhaps something to do with the sausage sarnies and endless cups of tea we managed to get through.
Yesterday, the steering group got together in the afternoon to discuss future programming, and the importance of making contact with artists and organisations from across the sector. Perhaps we need to an open day/networking lunch in the near future (?) All ideas and suggestions welcome.
In the evening, I popped along to AMC Broadway Plaza to see the preview showing of ‘Helen’ by the Desperate Optimists as part of this year’s Fierce Festival, which was an incredibly interesting experience, and it was great to chat to some familiar – and not so familiar – faces. For those on you who haven’t heard about the festival, there are still a handful of events running in the last few days. To find out more visit the Fierce! web page Certainly worth a visit into town.
If you’re around on Saturday and would like to take the family along to a free outdoor festival, pop along to the Flyover Show. The event, headed up by renowned local jazz musician Soweto Kinch, will take place under the Hockley Flyover – yes, you read it right – and will be an opportunity to sample some of Birmingham’s finest contemporary urban art and music. The event runs from 1pm-9pm, so plenty of time to get down there. For more information click here