Fierce Festival begins in Birmingham

Monday, 26 March, 2012

An invitation to re-imagine the city

Fierce Festival, Birmingham’s international festival of live art returns began last week and runs through Easter, with a promised cocktail of interventions, theatre, parties, gigs, installations, talks, workshops and feasting.

‘Getting involved’ is at the heart of this festival. Mehmet Sander’s IMPACT, Ron Athey’s Gifts of The Spirit and Mette Edvardsen’s Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine involve volunteer non-professional performers collaborating with international artists to create shows.

On the 31st March 2012 the Dachshund UN will take place for the first time in the UK; sausage dogs from the West Midlands and beyond will represent the delegates of each country in the United Nations General Assembly.

There are artists from the US, Norway, Ireland, Turkey, Spain and South Africa and some fantastic new sites for works including the legendary Q-Club (a converted cathedral) for the closing weekend party and Ann Liv Young’s Mermaid Show.

Since 2009, Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison have been joint artistic directors of Fierce Festival. The duo have introduced a new ‘slow burn’ programming model centred around a core group of artists called the Fierce Festival Caravan of Artists. Fierce Festival was founded in 1998 by Mark Ball.

More at: www.wearefierce.org



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