Our new comedy festival, Funny Things, is taking place in Wolverhampton this Autumn and we are looking for people from the region to get involved.
When reports from the Office of National Statistics stated that Wolverhampton was the unhappiest place in the UK, locals didn’t agree, and now the organisers are going to prove it isn’t true, with Wolverhampton’s first comedy festival.
An open meeting is being held on April 6th at 6pm at the city’s art gallery on Lichfield Street for local groups, artists, comedy promoters, arts organisations, comedians, businesses and residents to find out how they can get involved and make the first comedy festival in Wolverhampton a success.
Celebrating the Black Country’s great humour the festival will create opportunities for the local community to participate alongside well known headline stand-up comedians Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones, John Bishop, Tom Stade and Henning Wehn who will all be appearing at Wolves Civic.
Producer Jenny Smith comments: “We want to prove Wolverhampton isn’t the most miserable place in the UK. This festival is going to explore humour in lots of ways, not just through stand-up comedy. We really want to make sure the festival is open and inclusive and provides a platform for marginalised voices.
I want to hear from artists who work in any art form, from anywhere, but particularly from the Black Country. I'm also looking for unusual and interesting venues in Wolverhampton.”
There will be opportunities to run events, perform, participate and volunteer with seed awards available from £100 to £4000 and artist commission opportunities available up to £10,000 with details available at creativeblackcountry.co.uk.
Comedian Janice Connolly is Guest Director of the event which will take place between 26th October to 5th November 2017. Janice is currently starring in Radio 2 Sitcom ‘Barbara Nice’ about a couple with very different ideas on how to spend the golden age of retirement.
Janice said: “I'm really pleased to be Guest Director for Funny Things. It's important to have events like this that bring people together to have a laugh and involve the whole community. Comedy really is for everyone.”
We are looking for a diverse range of events and activities to fill the programme. Please complete this form if you have a performance, installation, talk, workshop, event, activity or any other funny thing that you would like to bring to the festival.
We are looking for a diverse range of venues to host performances, installations, talks, workshops, events, activities and other funny things. We are looking for spaces of all different shapes and sizes from cafes and pubs to chip shops or heritage spaces.
We will be holding a Funny Market at a number of venues on Sunday 29th October, where artists can book a stall to exhibit and sell work, or give short performances. Please indicate if you’d like to be part of this.
Please return forms by the 15th May to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Creative Black Country, c/o SCVO, 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria St, West Bromwich, B70 8EX.
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