Birmingham’s leading contemporary arts organisations have joined forces to create Culture Feast: a joint ticket that gives access to six theatre, dance, music and art events all for £25 total.
With a single purchase, art fans will get tickets for a theatre production by Stan’s Cafe, a dance show from DanceXchange, a videogame with live orchestra at Town Hall, the outstanding talent of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and exclusive guided tours of Digbeth First Friday and Ikon.
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).
The project 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 £25.
Seb Huckle, Marketing Manager, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group said:
“Arts organisations in Birmingham are naturally collaborative, so it made sense to find a way to share our audiences. As a founding member of Birmingham Contemporary Arts Network, BCMG hopes to help introduce music lovers to dance, theatre and art through Culture Feast, and in exchange we look forward to welcoming culture fans who perhaps haven’t heard us perform yet.”
Roisin Caffrey, Executive Producer, Stan’s Cafe said:
“Culture Feast is a unique idea – where else can you experience so much contemporary art for just £25? Birmingham is absolutely bursting with outstanding art and artists and we want to encourage everyone to sample as much of the city’s culture as possible.”
The events included in Culture Feast are:
Time Critical – Stan’s Cafe Theatre
Wednesday 8 November 2017, 8pm at mac birmingham
Time Critical pits two performers against each other. She must compress 26 years of world events into 26 minutes; all the wars and elections, inventions and natural disasters, sporting successes and dance sensations. He has the same job for a theatre company, all timed by an ever-ticking chess clock. This fun, poignant and high-tempo theatre production invites us to consider how our personal histories run alongside and interweave with world events.
ZERO by Humanhood – DanceXchange DANCE
Submerge into Humanhood’s hypnotic and powerful piece ZERO. A visually and sonically mesmerising performance of immersive sound, hypnotising lights and movement. Experience a spiritual dance and be transported into a dream-like world of imagination and beauty.
DEAR ESTHER LIVE –
Live Video Game playthrough alongside stunning orchestral accompaniment
Tuesday 28 November 2017, 7.30pm at Symphony Hall
A deserted Hebridean landscape, memories of a fatal crash, a book written by a dying man – explore a haunting, deserted, island shrouded in mystery in a live performance of the videogame Dear Esther.
Guided tour of Digbeth First Friday and Supersonic Festival presents…ORE album launch show ART & MUSIC
Friday 1 December 2017, 6pm starting at Centrala
A guided art-tour around Birmingham’s alternative scene: Digbeth First Friday. Exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more. Ending with the finale of 'Supersonic Festival presents…ORE album launch show' at Centrala.
Ikon Exhibition Tour - Ikon ART Wednesday 17 January 2018, 6pm at Ikon Gallery
Join Ikon for an informal tour and chat about their current exhibitions - including drawings, paintings and photographs by convict artist Thomas Bock (c.1793 - 1855) and photographs and installations produced by artist Edmund Clark in response to his residency at HM Prison Grendon.
Celebrating Carter – Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and THSH MUSIC
Sunday 28 January, 4pm at Town Hall
Composer Elliott Carter was a genuine living legend – the playful, brilliantly intelligent modern master who wrote his last pieces at the age of 104. This one-off celebration of his music at Town Hall brings together the very best that Birmingham has to offer, as we transform Town Hall with a performance on the flat.