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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Active Arts Outing’s!



Active Arts in partnership with Birmingham Rep Theatre are offering special theatre trips for Castle Vale residents, with transport to and from the theatre, all you have to do is sign up and enjoy the show!!

Places are limited and reserved on a first come first served basis and confirmed with payment in advance.

Details of shows are listed below.

The price per person is just £10 which includes transport and ticket. We can also reserve refreshments and add in a meal in the theatre restaurant for an additional cost where there is interest.

Transport will be from 2 collection and drop off points on the High Street (outside St Cuthbert’s Church) – 5.45pm and at The Sanctuary (Turnhouse Road) – 5.55pm

Don’t hesitate in reserving your place as this is an amazing opportunity, please contact Charlotte on 07595008681 or email c.k.d@hotmail.co.uk to reserve your place.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Theatre Trips…

  The Importance of Being Earnest – Friday, September 9th – 7.30pm

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“The truth is rarely pure and never simple”

Bachelor Jack Worthing and his best friend Algernonn Moncrieff hope to marry society’s most eligible ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the men’s courtship of the women is far from straight forward!

With double identities, handbag mishaps and hostile encounters with the formidable Lady Bracknell, the pair become embroiled in a web of mistaken identities with hilarious consequences.

Starring BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominee Cathy Tyson as the indomitable Lady Bracknell, Sharan Phull as repressed romantic Cecily Cardew, Edward Franklin as upper-class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, Fela Lufadejue as the dependable Jack Worthing, Angela Clarkin as the uptight nanny Miss Prism, Dominic Gately as the incorruptible Reverend Chasuble, Darren Bennett as the ever-faithful servants Lane and Merriman and Martha Mackintosh as prim and proper Gwendolen Fairfax.

The Exorcist – Friday, 21st October – 7.30pm

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There’s something wrong with Regan. But don’t worry, she’s not alone…

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange symptoms her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damian can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl’s soul…

Inspired by true events, the two time Oscar-winning film version of this story has terrified generations the world over since its release in 1973. Now this brand new stage production of The Exorcist is unleashed for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience.

PLEASE NOTE this production contains adult material which may shock and offend. Age guidance 18+. Strictly no latecomers will be admitted.




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Free art workshop 12th March at Castle Vale Library

Rumpelstiltskin Big Brum

Saturday 12th March
FREE Art Workshops
Drop in sessions from 12pm until 3pm.

Castle Vale based Big Brum Theatre Company are bringing their new play, ‘Rumpelstiltskin – The Straw Baby’ to Castle Vale Library. The play has been touring to primary schools since January.

On Saturday 12th March from 12pm to 3pm families will explore the creative potential of paper and cardboard to create key props and magical objects from some of our best beloved fairy tales working with designer Ceri Townsend.

Then on Saturday 19th March there will be two public performances at 12pm and 2.30pm of Rumpelstiltskin.  Both the workshop and the performances are FREE to attend.  Further information available at the library.

For families, suitable for children 3+ years.

Rumpelstiltskin CV Library Project Final

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Come See What We’ve Been Up To!


In Centre Park tonight at 6.30 and tomorrow 1.30 & 6.30, you can see the show we have created over the last 5 months bringing together new groups Wings and La Rochette with Centre Stage, Mini Movers, Youngstars, Phab, Generations Choir, Cubs, Beavers and Scouts.

Where My Heart Is, is a tale of rags to riches and the things we learn from such a journey.  A live theatre, music and dance performance on a scale never seen before in Castle Vale.

This is the event we’ve been working towards after winning The Big Lottery’s People’s Millions on ITV and we want to share it with you and say thank you for your support.

Just £1 entry donation (funds go towards the new groups).

An outside production in front of and inside the Active Arts signature big top, dress up warm for this special occasion not to be missed.

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Castle Vale Community Awards 2015 Winners

2015 Nominees & Winners

2015 Nominees & Winners

An incredible night was had last Friday 16th October when we celebrated all the nominees, and all the winners were announced.

Greenwood Academy main hall was once again transformed by the team there for our special occasion and 200 people gathered for the occasion.  Our host for the evening was arguably one of the most famous people to have been part of one of our events – Nikky Smedley, most known for her tv role Laa Laa in the Teletubbies.

Entertainment was provided by Wings and Generations Choir who gave us a sneak peak of Where My Heart Is, (being staged later this week) as well as a closing performance from Just James, followed by the party.

We had a couple of surprises on the evening.  Opening the awards with the special Councillors Award given to John Mole for all his support in saving Castle Pool and Tyburn Library.  The closing award a special Longstanding Achievement Award for Pat & Tony Romano.  Between we learnt of the winners for the voted categories.


Aaron Moroney: Young Person Award


Wings – James O’Hare, Amy Caddick, Ben O’Hare: Arts and Creativity Award


Castle Vale Pool User Group: Volunteer of the Year Award


Sheila Hyland: Valued Contribution Award


James O Hare, Amy Caddick, Ben O Hare (Wings): Apprentice/Young Enterprise Award


Kick Start Academy: Sports and Fitness Award

John Deeble: Unsung Hero Award

John Deeble: Unsung Hero Award

John Mole: Councillors Award

John Mole: Councillors Award

Pat & Tony Romano: Longstanding Achievement Award

Pat & Tony Romano: Longstanding Achievement Award


A big thank you to our sponsors: Castle Vale Community Housing and Compass Support (part of The Pioneer Group); Endowment Trust Fund; Neighbourhood Partnership Board; Tenants Residents Alliance; The Youth Council and the Tyburn Ward Councillors.

Also a big thank you to those who donated prizes for the raffle: Sainsbury’s Castle Vale Store; Star Taxi; Birmingham Rep Theatre; Up Cycle; Lloyds Chemist; CV Post Office; Eclipse; Gemini; K&K and local residents. Plus thank you to Sainsbury’s Castle Vale Store and Flowerworx for the flowers on the night.

More photos from the evening come soon.  If you took photos on the night please continue to upload to our flicker or Facebook page to share with everyone.

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Photography workshops available for local people

Snap and CraftEver wanted to learn how to take a good photo?

The new Snap and Craft group will be holding some photography workshops over the next month.

The workshops will be led by local artists on themes such as Cyanotypes and Pinhole photography.

Why not come along and learn new skills, brush up on old ones, share thoughts and ideas, improve your wellbeing, meet new friendly people and most importantly have fun!

To find out more call Becki Bembridge on 0121 748 8134 or  07956 007 696

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