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Gatis Growing Community project in Whitmore Reans are one of only five groups from the region to be shortlisted to compete for the public vote and win up to £50,000 of Big Lottery Fund Cash in ITV’s The People’s Projects TV Competition. The group will make a bid for viewers support to win £50,000, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize. On Tuesday 21st March, Gatis Growing Community will be highlighted on ITV’s regional news programme at 6pm showcasing their outdoor and craft activities which help a wide range of people reconnect with nature and the…

A brand new show premiering in July 2017 through a partnership between Black Country Touring and So Festival in Skegness. The show will draw on stories of seasonal visitors and year round residents. Three caravans, in each a different world, but part of an experience shared across cultures – the British seaside resort. Enter a seafront arcade, pulsing with neon and filled with sounds of the slots and bingo. Your caller clad in his Elvis outfit, tells stories of moving to this town “so every day can be a holiday”, whilst his assistant dreams of singing, of dazzling the audience with her voice. Book yourself…

Artists sought for unique Black Country Comedy Commission – Funny Things We are seeking to commission artists (open to all art forms) to collaborate with us and the communities we are working with, to deliver Funny Things, the first comedy festival in Wolverhampton. Funny Things is one of our landmark commissions. We want to prove to the world that Wolverhampton really isn’t the most miserable place to be; when reports from the Office of National Statistics found that Wolverhampton was the unhappiest place in the UK, locals didn’t agree, and now we’re going to prove it isn’t true, with Funny…

We are seeking to commission artists (open to all art forms) to collaborate with us and the communities we are working with, to deliver 100 Masters. 100 Masters is our landmark campaign in 2017. This year we are asking the Black Country public to nominate skilled people from the local area who have made tremendous strides in their field of expertise. We want artists to respond to our list of Masters and create interactive artwork to be exhibited at an ambitious ‘expo’ in Wolverhampton’s Starworks venue in November 2017. 100 Masters is in partnership with Juneau Projects, Impact Hub Birmingham…

Birmingham’s world renowned Flatpack Film Festival returns from 4-9 April 2017. Famed for its diverse and eclectic programme, the city’s largest and most adventurous film festival prides itself on creating unique and memorable experiences for audiences of all ages. Now in its 11th year, Flatpack attracts over 14,000 attendees annually and will screen over 200 films across the 6 days. The festival’s boundary-defying cinematic fun and games will span Birmingham’s city centre, with a focus on the Southside district this year. The festival will open in spectacular style with a launch in famous Birmingham hotel, The Grand. Closed to the…

Opened to the public in 2001 and free to enter the National Memorial Arboretum is now firmly established as the nation’s centre for Remembrance. It is a peaceful and beautiful place where families and friends from across the UK and around the world come to remember loved ones who have lost their lives through service and where visitors of all ages can pay their respects and learn about Remembrance in all its guises. The Arboretum is set in 155 acres with more than 300 dedicated memorials and over 40,000 trees in a landscape where land and rivers meet. The site…

Creative Black Country are working with partners in Wolverhampton and the Black Country to produce Funny Things, a season of events celebrating Black Country’s great humour and comedy. When reports from the Office of National Statistics stated that Wolverhampton was the unhappiest place in the UK, locals didn’t agree, and now we’re going to prove it isn’t true, with Funny Things; Wolverhampton’s first comedy festival. Statistics don’t tell the whole story. Events will run between 27th October to 5th November 2017, and we are also looking for activity during half term holidays. The main drive for the festival is to…

Do you have ideas on how to make best use of a library building in your area? The Walsall Council want to hear from you… At Walsall Council’s Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 8th February 2017, it was decided that 9 libraries will cease to operate from 30 June 2017. The Council is now inviting expressions of interest to manage these facilities across Walsall. Plans for using these buildings don’t necessarily have to focus on delivering a library service, it could be that the building offers far more community activities or services, based on what the local community wants available to…

Grand Union’s Curatorial Curriculum is an alternative educational programme for emerging curators, consisting of intensive workshops led by internationally-renowned practitioners. The workshops will be held over four weekends annually, exploring different forms of curatorial practice. In 2017 we will be exploring performance, publishing, activism and forms of resilience. Sessions will be facilitated by a faculty of professionals including Tom Clark, Övül Durmusoglu, Susan Gibb and Morgan Quaintance. Fees and bursaries The course fee is £250, which covers four sessions across 2017. In partnership with Engine, we are able to offer four free places on the course for West Midlands-based curators. In…

Organisers of the Royal Horticultural Society Malvern Spring Show have invited the Ceramic Garden to this year’s festival from 11 to 14 May. The project, which features over 1200 handmade ceramic flowers, has already won a top award from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom Award for the It’s Your Neighbourhood category. Sandwell Council-run Creative Arts, which provides day opportunities for people with disabilities, set the project up last year with Creative Black Country. More than 500 people from a range of community and education groups across the Black Country helped make the magical ceramic garden. The Oldbury centre’s…

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