Opportunity for Local Musicians and Artists

Active Arts is bringing our successful ‘Evenings of Creativity’ to Castle Vale and we’re looking for musicians and artists to get involved


An Evening Of Creativity organised by Cafe Arts in Erdington.

What is an Evening of Creativity?

It’s a fun, social evening a bit cabaret style, with live performances always music, sometimes poetry, drama, improvisation and more. There are also visual arts workshops and volunteers to talk to about what else is going on locally.

The evenings are family friendly and you pay what you can on entry (Suggested minimum donation £2.00 per person).

If you have a passion for a speciality in the arts, and would like to perform at one of our evenings of creativity then please fill in the form following the link below. You could be a band, a solo singer, drama improvisation group – we’re up to hearing from all kinds of artists and performers.

The Castle Vale nights are the first Friday of the month 6-9pm, starting Friday 2 March hosted at Spitfire Art Zone on the High Street.

For more information or if you wish to run a workshop you can contact Laura here.

If you wish to perform please complete the form here  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NMFNZM3

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2018 Is Going To Be Lots of Fun

Hello friends of Active Arts – it’s been a while I know.

After having such a busy time 2012-2016 we took it down a pace to re-charge our batteries and decide what we wanted to do next, although we weren’t entirely doing nothing as we had activity across Erdington and Kingstanding as part of the CAFE Arts Forum programme and joined in with High Street Fest when we officially launched The Last Leaf.  We just didn’t get round to social media much!

To make up for it we are going to have a busy 2018 and we think a lot of fun.

So watch this space, be prepared to receive lots of news on events, call outs to get involved and reports on what we’ve been up to.

Our team has expanded with some familiar and new faces:
Claire Marshall (yes I’m back!) – Project Manager
Jobe Baker-Sullivan – CAFE Arts Forum Coordinator
Jonathan Davies – Chair
Laura Hicklin – Secretary
Sheila Arthurs – Trustee
Jan Davies – Trustee
Tracey Barrington – Trustee
Dood Lette – Trustee
Jamie Francis – Co-opted Board Member
Joe Cook – Co-opted Board Member

Thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing you at events, out and about and please feel free to get in touch.

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Evening’s Of Creativity – Artist Shout OUT!

Calling All Artists!!


Active Arts are looking for more artists to perform at our next Evening Of Creativity.  Maybe you are a solo singer or in a band?  You could be in a drama improvisation group or even write & perform spoken word? Calling ALL artists we want to hear from you!

37543118_2155527551350438_4340526234606764032_nOur events will give you the opportunity to perform in front of big audiences not only in Castle Vale but other places to! This will help to increase personal confidence and also gain more performances/events. Regular performer James Reidy (in the photo) & Liam Price UK will now performing at Solihull Summer Festival on the MAIN STAGE (the same as the celebrities) next month alongside some other Evening Of Creativity performers!!

You might not want to perform but you may want to volunteer instead. Then that’s great, we want to hear from you too!

Contact Laura for more information here.


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WOW, what a LINE UP!

Friday the 6th July will see lots of talent on Castle Vale

Lined up we have an amazing vocal performance from Liam Price UK, as well as acoustic performances from Eloise Tanley & Half a Canal (Jonathan Henderson). There will be a preview performance from comedy improvisation group A Box Of Frogs, as well as a performance from our local choir. Jobe will be playing some beautiful music alongside Seth Bye. There’s more!

Checkout our Facebook Page here, and we will see you on the 6th JULY!

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Save the 6th July in your diary!

We have our next Evening Of Creativity set up, and wow you are in for a treat with the lineup we have planned!

See you @ Spitfire Art Zone, 10 High Street Castle Vale on the 6th July 6pm-9pm

For more information on the lineup check out our Facebook Page for the reveal of Artists. We have bands, to vocal artists and even a comedy improvisation group!

If you’re interested in volunteering or are looking for a slot to perform please contact Laura.



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Tall Tales Dance Session Next Tuesday!…

Next Tuesday 19th June at 4pm we have an EXCITING dance & movement session for you to join in on! We will be using the story of Vasilisa and creating movement about her journey through the DARK DARK forest!

So come along to Spitfire Art Zone, and take a look as some of the fun we have had already! Remember this is a FREE session too…

Check our Facebook Event Page here for more information

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Heritage Project Session This Thursday!


Active Arts are working with Spitfire Services to help deliver a Heritage Lottery funded project ‘I Castle Vale‘.  We are also pleased to announce that The Wings Family have been brought on board to help us deliver the project. Maybe you have lived on the estate all your life or moved here quite recently?

We would like to know about some of your personal experiences and stories on Castle Vale. What were your moments of joy, struggles or tribulations?

Not to appear nosey but we want to hear your stories, whether they are from the last 60 years or more recent.  Our past projects have looked at the history of the estate and how it has physically changed. For more information on the project click here.

We’d love to have some of our regulars and new faces come along for a warm cuppa, biscuits and quite possibly cake.  So come and join us for our next session!

The Session is this Thursday (14th June) at Phoenix Court, 10am-2pm!

No need to book, just turn up, but of course feel free to let us know you’re coming as we love to hear from you.

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WOW…what an Evening Of Creativity!

 Last Friday  was an enjoyable, fun,  family friendly event for all!

It started off with Tyannah’s amazing accoustic performance including an amazing cover of BON JOVI Living On a Prayer, followed by a nice solo vocal performance from Amy Stone which included a popular track from The Greatest Showman!

We then had a brilliant performance from Kayleigh Cooper singing some of the hits from today with James Reidy following whom the audience enjoyed with covers on his guitar including an ED SHEERAN song.

Not forgetting the amazing poetry from Simon Walker and our compere for the evening Empress P! We had an amazing workshop from Ramona with her healing henna!

…. But what an SPECTACULAR  finishing performance from Peoples Republic Of Mercia! Who had everyone dancing in their seats and around the room.

A BIG thank you to those who attended and supported out event.

A massive thank you to those who volunteered on the night and we will see you at our next one on the 6th July…


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Look out for more information, or contact us to get involved!

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And so the Tall Tales workshops continue this Saturday!

Come and help us – solve the puzzlesfind the lightdefeat the witch – and decide what Tall Tales to tell at our Celebration!  Suitable for all ages- especially families with young children and teenagers looking for something fun and different to do.


Our next workshop is this Saturday, at Spitfire Art Zone! 10:30-12:30, so come along and take part in the fun.

Read more about Tall Tales here… And visit the rest of our workshops below!

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