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Festival of Audacity

Gibb Street, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands, B9 4AT

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Festival of Audacity

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This July, ​Festival of Audacity makes Birmingham the stage for brave and audacious activist art. ​
 

Driven by the belief that art should be brought to the people, the festival programme doesn’t  take place in exclusive venues, but in ​everyday spaces like National Express buses, New Street  Station, and Rotunda Square, Bullring.​ Members of the public get the chance to experience for  free, a multidisciplinary arts festival programme​, which contains theatre, spoken word,  installation art, dance, VR, film, music, interactive workshops and more.  
  
Festival of Audacity is ​brought to you by Free Radical, an art activism platform​ which is part of  the Beatfreeks Collective. At a time of political uncertainty, activist art is needed to unite our  communities by turning suffering and injustice into ​hope and power.​ In addition to platforming  engaging artists for the main programme, the Festival will celebrate Hip-Hop and activism with an  incredible Afterparty headlined by ​Lowkey​, “arguably the biggest name on the UK hip-hop  underground scene” (The Guardian).

Since Free Radical enables young people to tell stories about themselves and the world, this year’s Festival was ​inspired by Beatfreeks’ Brum Youth Trends​ - a pioneering flagship report for  the city.

To increase ​accessibility​ within Birmingham and in the arts, Festival of Audacity consciously  responds to young Brum voices by ​hosting the programme​ ​mainly on modes of transport​.  Audiences can stumble across performance poetry and dance in New Street Station; experience  award-winning VR on a private bus; partake in a Hip-Hop workshop on a truck in Bullring & Grand  Central; listen in on a live audio performance on the number 50 bus route, to name a few.   

Alternatively, with wellbeing in mind, audiences can go on an ​unconventional walking tour​ led  by Birmingham Artivists in Training. The group is made up of young, local artist-activists who will  show you their favourite pieces from within the festival programme and perform to you along the  way.    

In light of Brum Youth Trends, to help people navigate the city easier, ​Brompton Bikes are offering free four days of cycle hire​ across the Festival. Free Radical has also partnered with Swift Card and Network West Midlands to offer young people aged 16-30 free travel​ on buses  and trams for yourself and up to four friends over the Festival weekend.

 

Check out the programme here

 

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