HEADSPVCE: A night to catch vibes with young creatives featuring performances, talks and workshops in Digbeth.
BLAB: A live, interactive, accessible discussion event in secret locations across Birmingham designed to ask the most difficult questions about the arts and the arts industry.
Friday & Saturday
Lanre Malaolu "FIGURE": Figure is an experimental film about boys growing up without fathers. Through a dynamic fusion of physical theatre and hip-hop dance, the film follows two young men as they search for answers both outside and inside themselves.
DYSPLA "YOU WILL FAIL HER": a one woman performance about mental health and the educational apartheid that blights British society. Exploring the emotional consequences of a failed education system and, in light of the recent cuts to education funding, proving that it is still the most vulnerable students in our society who are forgotten through discriminative education.
Duncan Robertson "Where does Joga come from?": Performance featuring The Roo, a hard-working but easily miguided delivery rider and a delivery that introduces The Roo to their newest colleague.
Sarah Maple "Hijab Performance": Sarah will be creating a super-sized hijab, which will be comically large and majestic. The performance will feature walking a route through Birmingham wearing the hijab - allowing the public to interact with the performance.
SHADE "Conversations under the Tree with SHADE: Queer Tales of a Former Church Boy": an artistic presentation exploring storytelling through of a blend between poetry and music; depicting a narrative of the conflicts once experienced by a gay man who was at the crossroads of religion and homosexuality.
Liz Ord "Are You Thirsty": ARE YOU THIRSTY? is a performance piece showing how brands cash in on our modern obsession of being seen to be bettering ourselves; by creating the myth in which to take care of yourself you must participate in a cycle waste, trying to hydrate, lapping from a monopolised fountain of youth.
louise and kia yee "sentry": sentry is a one and a half to two hour moving image of and by two queer, singaporean chinese womxn. at any moment, only one is asleep; the other reads, writes, eats. this is a domestic space of intimacy and insecurity.
Edalia Day "Too Pretty To Punch": A one person spoken word show about gender and transphobia with projection mapped animations and comedy songs played on ukulele and banjo.
James George Monaghan "Hungry": Bringing together 10 people who identify as men to discuss porn, masculinity, addiction and their role in society; over breakfast, lunch and dinner - the aim is to talk about our porn habits honestly, openly and with true objective insight.
Maconchy String Quartet "Maestras: Centre Stage": A performance bringing to light the music of some the greatest female composers of the last hundred years.