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.


Thank you for making this years Festival Of Audacity such a success! We took over, we turned heads and we made activism accessible (which includes giving 300 young people free travel to attend). Over 18th - 20th July 2019, we hosted an ambitious line-up of art-activists, taking over non-traditional performance/art spaces, mainly relating to travel, such as New Street Station and the 50 public bus.

Check out the galleries for BLAB X HEADSPVCE, the Tour and the Afterparty below.

BLAB X HEADSPVCE, Thursday 18th July 2019

The Tour, Saturday 19th & 20th July 2019

Afterparty, Saturday 20th July 2019


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.


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