City of Colours Street Art Festival 2015
City of Colours Street Art Festival 2015
Support City of Colours Festival 2015! One of the UK's largest celebrations of urban culture, uniting artists and communities as one!
Support City of Colours Festival 2015! One of the UK's largest celebrations of urban culture, uniting artists and communities as one! Read more
About this project
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…
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.
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.
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 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!
• 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...
• 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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