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Enter… The Ramshackle House. What will the coming Winter be like for the family that calls this rickety house their home? Will it be ready in time for the Christmas festivities?    The Ramshackle House, supported by Creative Black Country, is an enchanting physical comedy about a growing family tumbling, balancing and flying – as they try to hold their home together. It tells a relevant and empowering story about how we can learn to live with instability in a forever-changing world. Presented by circus theatre pioneers Upswing, who mix aerial theatre with dance, music and stunning visuals they also…

Windsor Toys, a bijou toy emporium filled with beautifully designed toys, is hosting two events this week as part of their Playing Through History project. Not to be missed, these events explore the history of toys and toy making during the Second World War. WAR TIME TOYS TALK Thursday 12 October, 7pm – 8.30pm Explore the fascinating history of toys during World War II. This talk is the culmination of the ‘Playing Through History’ project. Come along to listen to the stories and memories discovered during the project, visit the pop up ‘War Time Toys’ Museum and see the toys…

On Friday 13 October Contact Dance Company (part of Shropshire Inclusive Dance) will be performing their show Two Fold, a show featuring powerful duets that explore the unique relationships & dynamics that hold people together or pull them apart, at Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre. The performances will include duets by Mosaic Disability Theatre which were created during the company’s residency at the Arena Theatre in September. Event details Date: Friday 13th October Times: Matinee performance, 1.30pm. All tickets £5 Evening performance, 7.30pm. Tickets £12 / £10 (concessions) / £5 (local community members with disabilities discount. Use code ‘twofold5’) Venue: Arena Theatre, Wulfruna…

Here’s the latest Area Guide – we’ve teamed up with our friends at Fused to produce the latest edition featuring… -100 Masters – Festival of Masters at Starworks Warehouse -Juneau Projects and a new set of augmented reality animations to try out -Interview: Amelia Beavis- Harrison -Interview: Laura Dicken -Black Country Touring’s Community Cinema -Interview: Katie Tomlinson -Funny Things Festival -Interview: The Orchestra of Chaos -Interview: Redhawk Logistica (The Joke Exchange) -Interview: Producer of The Lost Hancock’s – Dave Freak -Feature – Black Country Type -Listings You can read it online or pick up a print edition from around Birmingham…

An exhibition showing rare photographs from archives of Sandwell is coming to the Arts Café in West Bromwich on Wednesday 4th October until Thursday 2nd November 2017. The exhibition titled Fabrication Made in Oldbury will also feature new artworks looking at Sandwell’s industrial heritage. Fabrication Made in Oldbury has been curated by Brendan Jackson of Laundry.  Fabrication Made in Oldbury has been curated by Brendan Jackson as part of Laundry. Laundry is an association of artists, working both in the Black Country and internationally, working with photography, film, visual arts, oral history, performance, writing, digital media – using these in community contexts and with a diversity of cultures. The…

CBC’s Creative Producer, Liam Smyth, has been selected for a residency with the British Council in Indonesia as part of the three-year UK/Indonesia season which aims to build new relationships and collaboration between the two countries. Liam will be working with his host organisation, Grobak Hysteria, for four weeks; learning about the region and working in collaboration to develop community art projects.   After three weeks here, I have begun to feel at home on the sultry streets of Semarang. I have become confident enough to order food from the warungs in Indonesian Bahasa (albeit very badly) and continue to…

CBC’s Creative Producer, Liam Smyth, has been selected for a residency with the British Council in Indonesia as part of the three-year UK/Indonesia season which aims to build new relationships and collaboration between the two countries. Liam will be working with his host organisation, Grobak Hysteria, for four weeks; learning about the region and working in collaboration to develop community art projects.   The overwhelming 35˚C temperature I met on arrival in Semarang Achmad Yani International Airport was matched only by the extremely warm welcome I received from members of my host organisation, Grobak Hysteria. The 26 hour journey from…

One Walsall is a local registered charity that supports Walsall’s voluntary and community sector; the organisation does this by working collaboratively with groups, charities and residents. Their Volunteer Centre matches suitable volunteers with roles available with a variety of organisations. They also support with networking, funding and offer essential training for the sector. What One Walsall are looking for… One Walsall are looking for photographs which depict the diverse volunteer experiences in Walsall and capture the value volunteering brings to those that give their time to the causes they support. The organisation would ideally like images which include individuals or…

Next year the Black Country will be hosting its first Black Country Business Festival! The event, which is being run in association with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and managed by Associate Events Ltd, is taking place from the 23rd April to 4th May 2018 and will see the Black Country come alive with a packed programme of inspiring business events taking place right across the region. ​The Business Festival programme will be made up of hundreds of events, all put on by local businesses and any business can apply to run an event which can take any shape…

Kom Achall (artist and Project Coordinator for Partition Line) was successful in receiving a Growth Award from Creative Black Country as part of Open Access for her project Partition Line. Partition Line saw five exhibitions (collectively know as UNTOLD) take place across Wolverhampton in Newhampton Arts Centre (NAC), The Asylum Art Gallery, Bantock House Museum, Viner Gallery and Temple Street Studios/ Gallery, displaying artwork by 25 artists and 10 Spoken Word artists who took part in the project. The exhibitions mark the commemoration of the Partition of India 70 years ago and the 70th Anniversary of Independence for India and…

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