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Birmingham’s leading contemporary arts organisations have joined forces to create the second Culture Feast menu: a joint ticket that gives access to seven theatre, dance, music, film and art events all for £30 total.
With a single purchase, art fans will get tickets for an exclusive launch event at Grand Union with a guided tour of Digbeth First Friday, two world-class dance events from Birmingham Hippodrome and DanceXchange, four world premieres from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, stunning new theatre at The REP, tickets to the launch of Flatpack Festival at Town Hall and a guided tour of Ikon Gallery.
In addition to entry to these specially-selected events, the lucky ticket-holders will be welcomed to each Culture Feast event by a member of the host’s team and afterwards they’ll get to let it all sink in with an “audience exchange”, where they can chat to fellow Culture Feast visitors about what they’ve experienced (much like a “book group” for the contemporary arts).
Culture Feast is another example of Birmingham’s arts sector working together. It has grown out of the Birmingham Contemporary Arts Network in response to findings from the Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts project at the University of Sheffield.
Tickets are available from culturefeast.org – for £30
Seb Huckle, Marketing Manager, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group said:
“This is the second Culture Feast menu – and it’s even bigger than before. We’re really excited to be launching the menu at Grand Union, and welcoming even more partners including Birmingham Hippodrome, The REP and Flatpack Film Festival.”
Abbe Elliston, Operations Manager, Flatpack, said:
“As members of the Contemporary Arts Network we jumped at the chance to be a part of the second Culture Feast menu by including our festival launch event. Culture Feast is a truly unique way to experience our great city’s art.”
The events included in the Spring 2018 Culture Feast menu are:
Culture Feast Launch and Exclusive Tours - Grand Union and Digbeth First Friday ART
Friday 2 February 2018, 6pm at Grand Union
Enjoy a drink on us as we kick off the Culture Feast spring menu at Grand Union at the launch of Deeper in the Pyramid, a project by Melanie Jackson. Deeper in the Pyramid is an expansive new body of work comprising of animation, sculpture, a filmed performance and a publication in a graphic novel format, written in collaboration with Esther Leslie. Then enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Digbeth First Friday where all of Digbeth comes alive with art.
#JeSuis – Birmingham Hippodrome DANCE
Thursday 15 February 2018, 8pm at Birmingham Hippodrome Patrick Centre
What is the relevance of a life in conflict? This European premiere of #JeSuis from the award-winning Aakash Odedra Company brings the lens upon a group of dancers whose place in the world is presented by the media as unwanted neighbours; countries where human catastrophes are a daily given. Wrapped up in wider issues of displacement, refuge, instability, both politically & geographically, it portrays their frustrations of life in a homeland that doesn’t know the meaning of “home” anymore.
Terra Firma by National Dance Company Wales – DanceXchange DANCE
Thursday 1 March 2018, 8pm at Birmingham Hippodrome Patrick Centre
A thrilling triple bill featuring Tundra by Marcos Morau, hailed as ‘The next big thing in dance’ and a fresh new work Atalaÿ by Mario Bermudez Gil who wowed at Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, alongside The Green House from the company’s own Artistic Director, Caroline Finn.
Le Tombeau de Debussy – Birmingham Contemporary Music Group MUSIC
Sunday 25 March 2018, 4pm at Symphony Hall
In 1920, ten leading composers put pencil to paper for a moving homage to Debussy. Join Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as they perform five tributes from Tombeau de Claude Debussy interwoven with four specially-commissioned new works by leading composers from around the world.
Häxan - Flatpack Festival Opening Event FILM
Tuesday 17 April 2018, 7.30pm at Town Hall
Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen) and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Horne team up to create a live score for a supernatural oddity from cinema’s early years. Once banned in the USA and unseen for decades, Häxan blends horror, documentary, animation and woodcuts to paint a lurid picture of witchcraft through the ages.
The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety – Birmingham Repertory Theatre THEATRE
Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety is an unmissable collision of music and drama featuring the award-winning string powerhouse The Heath Quartet, created and directed by one of Europe’s most exciting theatre directors, Calixto Bieito.
Exhibition Tour - Ikon ART
Wednesday 23 May, 6pm at Ikon
Join us for an informal tour and chat about our current exhibitions. Internet Giants : Masters of the Universe by artists Langlands & Bell includes relief sculptures, installations and portraits exploring the influence of global technology companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Google. Rie Nakajima’s exhibition Cyclic consists entirely of new work and includes sculpture made from kinetic devices, musical instruments and found objects.
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