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What is the future of The Arts in Birmingham? Our recent series, Art Talks, hosted by MOBO award-winner Soweto Kinch and broadcast on Big Centre TV (Freeview 7 | Virgin 159), sought to answer that question by bringing a host of luminaries from Birmingham's cultural industries together in conversation.
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Art Talks - Ep. 1 - Collaboration

What are the best practices in cross-organisational collaboration? What are the benefits and pitfalls?

Gary Topp (Culture Central), Tessa Burwood (Professional Incredibles), Lara Ratnaraja (Arts Consultant), Dan Burwood (Some Cities) & Yinka Danmole (Arts Facilitator).

Art Talks - Ep. 2 - Value

How best can we further appreciation of the arts in Birmingham, in times of austerity?

Skinder Hundal (New Art Exchange / Arts Council), Sally Pennington (Town Hall Symphony Hall), Linda Saunders (Dancexchange), Ian Francis (Flatpack Film Festival) & Ed King (Birmingham Review).

Art Talks - Ep. 3 - Education

How should we nurture and incentivise the next generation of Birmingham's artists and arts leaders?

Steve Ball (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Rebecca Blackman (Arts Council), Kit Showande (Blastbeat), Jonathan Harris (BCU) & Helen Mansfield (Town Hall Symphony Hall).

Art Talks - Ep. 4 - Projection

How can we spread the message about Birmingham's cultural offering - nationally and globally?

Mr Switch (4x DMC World DJ Champion), Rebecca Homer (Timeout | THSH), Ian Myatt (University of Birmingham), Juice Aleem (MC | Writer | Facilitator) & Christopher Morley (Birmingham Post).

Art Talks - Ep. 5 - Vision

What are our long-term goals for the arts in the city? How can we achieve them?

Robert Neil (RBSA), Satnam Rana (BBC), Symon Easton (Birmingham City Council), Nick Reed (Town Hall Symphony Hall) & Miguel Oyarzun (BE Festival).
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This is what Birmingham sounds like...

Project Soundlounge Takeover

What happens when you ask a group of young people to create their very own music festival? To find the answer, we asked that group of young people to create their very own radio show - all about the music festival they're creating.... It's all a bit meta!

Soweto Kinch - The Flyover Show

Birmingham's 2x MOBO award winning musician & rapper gives us insight into his creative process, his opinions on Birmingham, and the lowdown on why his event, The Flyover Show, is vital in breaking down preconceptions about Hockley.

Europe Speaks - BE Festival

How does Europe view Britain? What is their opinion of the EU Referendum? What is their experience of our Art and Culture, and how might that change in light of Brexit? Featuring contributions from six European performers & organisers of BE Festival.

Mr. Switch - 4x DMC World Champion DJ

Prepare yourself for a showstopping, exclusive set from the winner of no less than 4(!!!) DMC World DJ Championships - the one, the only - Birmingham's own - Mr Switch - World DJ Champion!

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This is what happens when we work together...

Live! Collab Lab #4

We teamed up with Time To Change to put on an event the likes of which Birmingham hadn't seen before... Mr Switch (4-time world Scratch DJ Champion), collaborated with globally acclaimed tabla player Mendi Singh. Rising rap & spoken word star Elektric, formed a one-off band with a harpist and a hang drum player... And that was just for starters...

Live! Collab Lab #3

For the third outing of Collab Lab, we set up shop at the luxurious Nuvo Bar in Brindley Place. In one of many impromptu collaborations of the night, the incredible 17-piece 'Dunnett Baxter Big Band' joined forces with 'The Divas.'

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