· Performance and projection created to celebrate Birmingham’s 130th birthday as a City.
· Performances including dance and spoken word directed by Steady Steadman.
· Film projection and live drawing on Birmingham’s Council House telling the stories of the people who make the city created by Mohammed Ali, MBE.
On Monday 14 January, 130 years after Birmingham was officially granted City status, Birmingham’s iconic Council House in Victoria Square was taken over with performance and projection as a celebration of City in a pop-event titled Brum 130: Beyond Bricks and Mortar.
In January 1889, Birmingham was officially granted City status. In the 130 years that have followed, Birmingham has grown into a diverse, vibrant and confident place to live and work. In the special pop-up event which took place on 14 January, the spirit of the City and its people were celebrated with projections that gave a glimpse at Birmingham’s past and present alongside performances from the city’s thriving cultural scene.
Steady Steadman directed a performance featuring artists and organisations representing the cultural talent in the region. The performance by Shenâi (vocalist), ACE Dance & Music (dance), Key Infinity (dance), Tarju Le’Sano (spoken word poet) and Marso (dancer) shared the performers’ own histories with the city and celebrated Birmingham today.
Mohammed Ali MBE spent time ahead of the anniversary immersed in neighbourhoods across the city, filming people and places. The film, which was projected on to the Council House, went beyond bricks and mortar to tell the stories of the people who make the city of Birmingham. The projection also featured a live drawing element which saw Mohammed ‘graffiti’ thoughts and reflections of the city in words across the Council House.
Gary Topp, Chief Executive Culture Central said: “Birmingham was the first English town without an Anglican cathedral to be granted city status in 1889, 130 years later Birmingham is still leading the way as a diverse, vibrant and confident place to live and work. Culture is at the forefront of what makes this City such an attractive place to be and pop-up events like Brum 130 enable us to celebrate Birmingham and showcase the talent of our fantastic regional artists.”
Steady Steadman, Co-Creative Director of Flawless and Creative Director Brum 130 said: “There is a fantastic range of culture talent here in Birmingham and it’s been a pleasure to work along just some of the artist putting out city on the map today. The artists have all brought their own histories and stories in order to create a unique event which celebrates Birmingham and makes us proud of our city.”
Mohammed Ali MBE, Street Artist and Curator and Creative Director Brum 130 said: “I try to reflect the lives of everyday people in extraordinary ways. To take over the front of one of the most iconic buildings in the city, with reflections of the people and their communities, is really quite a unique moment. It's not often you get such a bold and visible display of art and community right in the heart of the city.”
The event was produced by Culture Central on behalf of the City Board and supported by Birmingham City Council.
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