Top 6 things to see at Fierce Festival

Fierce Festival is the Midland’s biggest live art festival. For one week every year the festival fills the city’s galleries, theatres and unusual spaces with the very best contemporary performances and live events.

Often presenting challenging works in unexpected places, Fierce Festival is an event like no other. It brings the city to life as the leading performers and artists arrive from across the globe.

Looking ahead to this year’s festival, Parkside Gallery has chosen its top six picks.

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Rev Billy & Choir will be performing at ‘Be The Change.’ Image courtesy of Fierce Festival and the artist.

Be The Change: An Edwardian Tearoom Late @ Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

21 October 2017, 18.30 – 22.00, free

The city’s Victorian baroque museum will host a night of live art and activism as politics and art collide.

With a Protest-Playlist and activist speed-dating, Be The Change, is set to be an extravaganza of political allying and lively debate.

Fame Prayer/EATING @ the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

22 October 2017, 17.30, £8/£6

The brand new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will play host to Andrew Tay, Franscois Lalumiere and Katrzyna Szugajew and their interdisciplinary performance.

Through an immersive, group performance the trio will transport the audience into a world of ritual and spiritualism.


‘Multiverse’ (2017) Louis Vanhaverbeke. Image courtesy of Fierce Festival and the artist.

Louis Vanhaverbeke: Multiverse @ the MAC Birmingham

21 October 2017 – 22 October 2017, 14.00, £10/£8

Belgian artist Louis Vanhaverbeke will create a sound spectacular that combines rap with unimaginable percussion instruments.

In his stripped-back performances, Vanhaverbeke converts everyday objects into unusual instruments. In this UK premiere, who knows what we can expect from the Belgian artist and his kinetic sound installation.

Artist Talk: Rocio Boliver @ the Birmingham School of Art

20 October 2017, 17.30, free

As an introduction to her performance at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 22 October, Rocio Boliver will be giving an illustrated and interactive talk at the Birmingham School of Art.

Mexican artist Boliver is one of the most celebrated performance artists of her generation. Her provocative performances offer a blunt, and very personal, perspective on the representation of women in South American countries.

Join the artist at the Birmingham School of Art for a unique, and often hilarious, insight into her colourful life.

Hotline #1 @ Fierce Festival Hub

20 October 2017, 13.00 – 16.00, free

A space for discussion and debate on all things live.

Fierce Festival’s series of Hotline events brings together artists, performers, visitors and anyone interested for an open discussion on live art and performance.


Demonstrating the World (2014 – 2017) Aaron Williamson. Image courtesy of Fierce Festival and the artist.

Aaron Williamson: Demonstrating the World @ Victoria Square

21 October 2017, 12.00 – 18.00, free

Fierce Festival takes to the streets with this performance by one of the legends of British performance art.

Aaron Williamson’s bizarre performance reinterprets Youtube ‘how-to’ videos that attempt to explain every aspect of our lives. Set on a purpose-build stage, Demonstrating the World displaces regular household objects that become part of this curious reflection on day-to-day life.

Pop by to see Victoria Square as you have never seen it before.


Fierce Festival runs from 16 October 2017 until 22nd October 2017.

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