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About

The goal of this kickstarter is to keep City of Colours free for all by securing £15,000 towards the huge running costs.

Last years City of Colours was an amazing success with over 9,000 people coming to check out what was on offer and your support with this Kickstarter is vital to making it happen again.

You’ll probably be surprised to know that the free festival actually costs a small fortune to host. When all is said and done, the total cost last year was around £85,000 to host the event.

That came in the form of some arts funding, corporate sponsors, personal loans, donations and benefit in kind. Not to mention hundreds of hours of voluntary help. All to make something awesome happen.

Where does the money go? Sadly, cherry pickers, power, security, road closures, thousands of cans of paint etc don’t grow on trees and this is where the money goes to put on a free event for everyone.

We have secured a good chunk of the monies and services required – but we really need YOU to be part of the festival by pledging your money.

In return, not only do you get our everlasting respect and the knowledge that YOU are helping to make this happen but we have also lined up some seriously nice rewards. Whether you have a £10 or £1,000 we’ve got something sweet for you.

We want to keep City of Colours a free festival for all. Your support through Kickstarter is vital to ensuring that this amazing celebration of urban arts can take place again this year!

City of Colours 2014 proved to be an incredibly successful event. It surpassed all of our expectations and was even referred to as the ‘new Notting Hill carnival of the city,' which was an incredible result! After a huge amount of positive feedback from artists, audience members, our partners and even local MPs, we are delighted to confirm that we are now planning a bigger, better and even brighter City of Colours festival for 12th September, 2015. This is your chance to be a part of making it happen!

The festival was a celebration of urban art forms as well as an amazing platform to bring together people from all walks of life. A rich mix of cultures and communities from across the city united and it was an event to be enjoyed by family and friends of all ages.

This year we are inviting over 120 street artists to join us in Digbeth to paint, draw and exhibit their work on as many large walls as we can find. We will be hosting music and performances from beat-boxers, B-Boys and artists painting in live illustration battles. Cinema screenings, workshops in graffiti art, break-dance, DJing, spoken word and screen-printing will be taking place throughout the weekend for people of all ages. Digbeth will come alive with art, music, performance and your smiling faces…

City of Colours 2014
City of Colours 2014

Artists including Phlegm, Pixel Pancho, Inkie, Odeith, the Rolling People, Gent 48, Lucy McLauchlan and My Dog Sighs will flock to Birmingham to transform the streets. They will be painting large-scale murals, smaller walls, boards, a NYC-style subway train, ice-cream vans and some other pretty quirky surfaces we have in store.

The ever-expanding festival site for September 2015 includes The Rainbow Venues, The Old Crown and Spotlight. We are excited to announce new venues including: Boxxed, Digbeth Gardens and The Wagon and Horses making the footprint of the festival even larger, with more to see and do.

City of Colours 2014
City of Colours 2014

This year we plan to feature eight music stages incorporating some of Birmingham’s biggest promoters featuring: hip hop, drum & bass, jungle, dub, reggae, soul and funk. We have invited back some of your favourites from last year including: PST, Jam Hott, Brum Town, Break Thru, Listening Sessions and an exciting range of new acts, live bands and headline artists yet to be announced.

As a Community Interest Company, creating opportunities for and taking part in positive social action is at the heart of what of we do. We pride ourselves in making a positive difference within our locality. Through our youth and community work, we will be working with a range of grassroots community organisations, local businesses and charities. As well as the beautiful murals that will brighten up an industrial part of the city, we will also be supporting St. Basil's - an amazing local charity who work to prevent youth homelessness across the city.

Many artists told us last year that City of Colours 2014 was the best and most well-organised street art festival they had ever attended - a huge accolade for a first-time event run entirely by volunteers, on a shoe-string budget. We are determined to make the festival even bigger and better this year (whilst still keeping it FREE!),  with even more art-forms to see, experience and engage with.

With your support, we can make City of Colours 2015 a rich and memorable experience to raise Birmingham's profile within the world's cultural map.

Dank at City of Colours 2014
Dank at City of Colours 2014


Since our last event, City of Colours has since become a Community Interest Company which means that the overall goal of our organisation is to make a positive contribution to our local community.

It is our mission to provide an accessible platform for artists of all levels and backgrounds to produce, exhibit and engage with the artistic community.

Our aim is to educate, influence and inspire marginalised groups and all Birmingham residents to unlock their hidden potential and participate in the regeneration and development of their local area.

Our objectives are:

• To promote up and coming Birmingham based urban artists, musicians and performers

• To increase community cohesion

• To provide younger people a chance to participate in the arts, learn new skills, increase confidence & aspirations

• To support the regeneration of priority areas of the City

City of Colours 2014
City of Colours 2014

City of Colours is a FREE community event. We are completely reliant on funding (through grants, private sponsorship, donations and very importantly, help from individuals such as yourselves), to make the festival happen. In order to keep the event free and accessible to all, we are asking for your help. However big or small the contribution, it all makes a difference.

Your donations will help us to run a high quality and engaging festival experience. Your money will not be used towards salaries for staff and the festival will continue to be run by a team of volunteers. Funding will instead be used for essential items that you may not know are needed behind the festival scenes!

These include:

Spray paint and emulsion. Providing the artists with the gallons of free paint needed for their creations takes up a very large part of the festival budget. This is an area where we really need your help.

• The hire of cherry pickers and scissor lifts, scaffold towers and ladders to reach those high walls! Health and safety is an important and expensive part of the festival budget and a vital investment in creating a safe event for artists and attendees alike.

Free activities for all ages to get involved with on the day of the event. We want this year's festival to be as interactive as possible. Your donations will help to fund the professionals, materials and performers who will provide the many workshops and sessions planned to get your creativity and inspiration flowing.

Audio equipment for our eight music stages - to keep the music playing all day long.

Travel and accommodation for overseas artists who will help to put Birmingham on the International Street Art map.

If we exceed our target, any additional funding will be used towards covering the costs of painting additional larger scale murals as well as more performances and activities to take place on the day... 

City of Colours 2014 Market Hall and doodle wall
City of Colours 2014 Market Hall and doodle wall
From left to right (clockwise): Signed & numbered print by Gent 48, Tote bag designed by Wolfemuther, City of Colours tee, personalised mural painted by Title.
From left to right (clockwise): Signed & numbered print by Gent 48, Tote bag designed by Wolfemuther, City of Colours tee, personalised mural painted by Title.
From left to right (clockwise): Signed & numbered print by Dan Griffin Hayes, Street Art Photo Walk, Graffiti Workshop and Light Bombing Workshop.
From left to right (clockwise): Signed & numbered print by Dan Griffin Hayes, Street Art Photo Walk, Graffiti Workshop and Light Bombing Workshop.
From top to bottom (clockwise): Signed and numbered poster print by Mose, Limitied edition screen print by Si Mitchell and poster print by Mr Wet Paint.
From top to bottom (clockwise): Signed and numbered poster print by Mose, Limitied edition screen print by Si Mitchell and poster print by Mr Wet Paint.

• No amount is too small!

• We have until 3 June to reach our fundraising goal. Kickstarter is an all or nothing programme - we will not receive any of the funds if we do not reach the £15,000 goal.

• Any funds raised over our target will be used towards painting additional large scale murals; more visual performances and free activities to take part in on the day.

A huge thank you from the City of Colours Team!

Risks and challenges

As anyone in event planning will tell you, we are likely to encounter a number of challenges along the way!

• Fundraising. This year we want to broaden the scope of the festival and invite more non-UK based artists,. However, this comes an increased cost and funding for arts based activities is hard to come by.

• The weather! As a predominantly outdoor event, there is always the possibility of bad weather and we want to make sure that if incidents occur during the event, we will still be able to pay the artists and ensure that planned activities still to go ahead.

• Multiple partnerships - the festival can not happen without the support of numerous collaborators and it's vital that everyone's expectations and roles are clear.

We have a really strong festival team in place and are confident we will be able to overcome these risks and any other unforeseen challenges.

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    I would just like to support City of Colours. Have the feel good factor of knowing you helped make this happen. We'll tag you up on facebook and our website and give you huge props for your support!

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    A big thank you from the team and a public thank you through our social media channels. You are making the City of Colours festival possible!

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    Our eternal gratitude and your very own City of Colours’ lanyard and limited addition street art sticker pack

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    A limited edition MR Wetpaint poster print & City of Colours lanyard and sticker pack. Have the feel good factor of knowing you helped make this happen

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    Carry your City of Colours support around town! You’ll receive a lovely City of Colours tote bag designed by local artist Wolfemutha containing a City of Colours lanyard and sticker pack.

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    The Student Package! Grab yourself a VIP lanyard, City of Colours t-shirt, free ticket the after party and sticker pack! Your generous donation will help to support the festival in so many ways! Please note - proof of being a student will be required!

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    The classic festival fan pack including City of Colours T-shirt (S, M, L or X-L), lanyard and limited edition sticker pack, your contribution will really help to make the 2015 festival a reality.

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    Limited edition Mose 78 poster print! Signed & numbered 1/10. And to make it even sweeter, we’ll throw in a lanyard and sticker pack too!

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    This limited edition reward includes a 1.5 hour street art photography workshop and tour on the day of the festival to help you make the best of your festival photos! You’ll also receive a City of Colours lanyard and sticker pack. Suitable for age 16 and up. Own camera or smartphone required.

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    Ever wanted to have a go at creating your own street art? How about an hour long graffiti workshop with GrafftiArtist.com to develop your skills!

    We’ll also throw in a City of Colours T-shirt, lanyard and sticker pack with this limited edition reward.

    Please note this workshop is based in Birmingham and will take place during August and September.

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    Limited edition Mose 78 print,1/6 signed! And to make it even sweeter, we’ll throw in a lanyard and sticker pack too!

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    Own a piece of City of Colours to hang forever on your wall! Dan Griffin Hayes is a local artist and his work is creating a real buzz! Get your hands on a limited A4 print as well as a City of Colours’ lanyard and sticker pack.

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    A City of Colours VIP pass. With this VIP ticket you will receive a lunch token to be used at one of our many street food vendors, two soft drinks, queue jump in any of our venues, a free ticket to the City of Colours after party, City of Colours tote bag, VIP lanyard, festival brochure and sticker pack (received on the day).

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    Get your hands on a limited edition Si Mitchell print - Signed and numbered 1/15
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    No one sold more prints at City of Colours 2014 than this guy! So get yours early this year… A limited edition A3 print by Gent 48 as well as a tote bag, lanyard and sticker pack.

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    Something really different! A two hour light painting graffiti workshop from Light Graffiti Artist Sola. Recently featured on CNN, you can check him out here: www.lightbombing.com
    We’ll also send you your very own City of Colours lanyard and sticker pack. Please note you will need to bring your own DSLR camera and lights. (Limited to 10 spaces). This workshop will take place in August or September.

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    Two City of Colours VIP passes. With these VIP tickets you will receive two lunch tokens to be used at one of our many street food vendors, four soft drinks, queue jump in any of our venues, two tickets to the City of Colours after party, 2 x City of Colours tote bags, 2 x VIP lanyards, 2 festival brochures and 2 sticker packs (received on the day).

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    Own your own piece of City of Colours history! Limited edition (hand finished) signed & numbered print by Dan Griffin Hayes, tote bag designed by local artist Wolfemutha, a City of Colours T-shirts (S, M, L or X-L). And to make it even sweeter, we’ll throw in a lanyard and sticker pack too!

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    This reward ensures fun for all the family! In return for your generous support, we will provide you with 2 x City of Colours t-shirts, 4 x VIP guest passes, 2 x graffiti lettering colouring-in packs, 4 x ice-creams, face-painting voucher (for one person), and two tickets to the after party (over 18s only).

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    The ultimate fan pack! A bit of everything… Limited edition print by Gent 48, tote bag designed by local artist Wolfemutha, two City of Colours T-shirts (S, M, L or X-L), two lanyards and two sticker packs. Enjoy your City of Colours bounty!

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    Become a small business sponsor! Your donation will be a great help in making City of Colours 2015 possible! In return your logo will be featured on our website and festival banner.

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    A once in a lifetime opportunity! Get your (or a friend's) portrait turned into a piece of street art by Birmingham’s top photo realist graffiti artist, Title! The portraits will be painted onto a wall in Birmingham and will be featured as part of an exhibition at the main event on September 12th.

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    Become an official City of Colours sponsor! Your generous donation will help to support the festival in so many ways and as an official sponsor, your company logo will be included on our website, event and promotional materials as well as an advert in our event brochure. Be part of the adventure and receive our never ending gratitude! Please note this an entry level sponsor package, for more details please contact the team.

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