The West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU) has announced a brand-new series of events for the region.

Running over three weekends - Saturday 29 August, Saturday 5 September and Saturday 26 September - West Midlands Weekenders will showcase the diversity and innovation of the region’s arts, 'creating culture in new ways to keep the West Midlands on the map'.

The Weekenders is the second series of events organised by the WMCRU, who previously produced the one-day Midsummer Festival in June. The team was created to co-ordinate, develop and deliver an action-orientated response by over 100 arts organisations in the West Midlands to the Covid-19 crisis in the short, medium and long term. Led by Culture Central, WMCRU’s purpose is to ensure the visibility, viability and recovery of the Cultural Sector in the West Midlands.

Saturday 29 August
The first Weekender kick-starts on August Bank Holiday. Artists from across the region will respond to the theme of Ritual with pre-recorded, live stream and in-person gatherings. Bringing together communities from across the West Midlands, the event will feature a dance, independent artists, singers, poets, installations and experimentation - all hosted live by Birmingham Opera Company and Friction Arts.

Saturday 5 September

Produced by Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces (OPUS), the second weekend takes the theme of Firsts. Audiences will navigate their way through an afternoon and evening of firsts from artists around the West Midlands, culminating in a special centenary celebration from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday 26 September

The closing Weekender will round off the trilogy with a day festival celebrating and platforming some of the region's young creatives, exploring all things arts, culture & heritage under the theme of Democratising Creativity & Culture. Not only will themes of democracy be explored (in its broadest sense) throughout the programme, but audiences and participants will get an opportunity to be a part of steering the festival content with three young regional producers.

Erica Love, Director of Culture Central, said: “The West Midlands Weekenders build upon the success and spirit of June’s Midsummer Festival, with a collaborative and imaginative approach that celebrates the region’s diverse arts & culture sector.

“The three Weekenders are a great opportunity to showcase new and upcoming talent - as well as well-known West Midlands organisations - and will give audiences a chance to take part, discover new artists and be entertained.”

More information on the three West Midlands Weekenders, including full line-ups and running times, will be released in the coming weeks on makeitwm.com.

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