Festival of Audacity exists because if we want art to have a real impact, it needs to be bold. We want Festival of Audacity to be a home for young artists who make brave choices about what they choose to say, how they say it, where they say it, and who they address. We want to make space for young creators to take risks and reach people beyond traditional arts venues.



Thursday 18th July, Free

A night focussed on deep discussion, wellbeing and creative expression, featuring a crossover of two big events.


The Tour

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th July, £2+

Experience performances, installations, films and workshops, guided throughout Birmingham by young art activists.



Saturday 20th July, £5+

Award winning hip-hop artist, Lowkey, comes to Birmingham to celebrate music & activism, as he closes this years festival.


Beats Bus is an independent social enterprise which offers confidence building workshops through hip-hop from their 7.5 tonne HGV (Beats Bus) vehicle. Their work was  recently featured in the BBC documentary ‘A Northern Soul’, and in Hull for the Humber Street Sesh and Freedom Festival.

DYSPLA are award-winning neurodivergent artists exploring the neurodivergent aesthetic. Having just won ‘Best Artist Film’ at the Aesthetica Film Festival 2018, DYSPLA are now in post-production of their first VR film to be screened at ‘BAME & BEYOND’ in London.

Ella Mesma began her dance career with Afro Latin styles and breakdance before training at The Place. The collective Ella Mesma Company have been commissioned by Sadler’s Wells (‘Wild Card’), Dance City (as Associate Dance Artist 2016-2017), and the National Circus Centre (‘Papyllon’).

In the Works is a Scottish spoken word theatre company made up of Bibi June, Ellen Renton, Ross McFarlane, and Shannon O’Neill. ‘The 900 Club’ is their second production which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe last year to critical and popular success.

Jack Crowe is a Birmingham-based poet who questions what people can take for granted and sparks new collaborations. He produces Funkenteleky and has worked with Apple & Snakes, the RSC, and Verve Poetry Festival. This is a project he will primarily be listening.

Naomi Grant is a multi-award winning filmmaker, writer and founder of LAMBB, a production company that seeks to redefine images of black and brown people in the media operating online and offline. ‘Future First’ has toured UK festivals such as BFI SOUL Film, Rapport Festival, Women of the Lens, and Underwire Festival.

Lowkey is a British-Iraqi hip hop artist who is as renowned for his community work as he is for his music. His critically-acclaimed discography has sold over 25k albums digitally, received millions of streams on Spotify, and garnered over 45 million YouTube views.

Munotida, international theatre director and sound designer, works with text like how a DJ samples and mixes narratives to produce. She has worked at The Gate (‘A Small Place’) and Pleasance (‘Ali and Dahlia’) on sound design and most recently was the Assistant Director for Jon Fosse’s ‘Winter’ at the Young Vic.

Sima Gonsai is a screen dance director and producer with a specialism in visual storytelling. These films were produced in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Town Hall & Symphony Hall, and Arts Council England.

PLUS BAIT, a multi-artform group of art activists from Birmingham that will be guiding the tour, supported by Free Radical.

More artists to be announced… follow @FreeRadicalUK on Instagram and Twitter for updates.


You spoke and we listened to everyone who shared at our Brum Youth Trends report about the challenges of travelling in Birmingham. So shoutout to our partners at Swift and Network West Midlands who are offering free travel across Birmingham to our young Festival goers.  

If you’re aged 16-30 years old, you can claim a Swift Pay-As-You-Go card pre-loaded with £15.40. The card buys just you or you and up to four friends, two days of bus travel within the Network West Midlands area.

Or if you prefer, Brompton Bike Hire are offering everyone four days of free bike hire to enjoy the Festival and explore Birmingham. You can fold it up, pop it on a bus or train, and take it home to use the next day.

To find out more about the Swift offer, click here.

To find out more about the Brompton Bike Hire offer, click here.


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