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Via Danny for Beatfreeks
Festival Of Audacity
comes to Birmingham
Festival of Audacity makes Birmingham the stage from 18th to 20th July 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 on National Express buses, in Birmingham New Street Station, and at 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 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 and 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.
Summing up the cross-collaborative spirit between the arts and transport, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands, David Bradford explains:
We believe that, like buses, art is for everyone. Hundreds of thousands of young people travel around Birmingham by bus every day. So we’re really excited to be a part of Festival of Audacity – we’re looking forward to giving people the chance to experience this amazing city in a completely different way.”
Find out more about Festival of Audacity’s full 2019 programme here: beatfreeks.com/foa