Following the successes of See No Evil and Upfest in Bristol, on the 6th September we are bringing to Birmingham a new and exciting street art festival. A celebration of urban art forms we are inviting 80 artists to come and paint, with break dancing, DJs, live illustration battles, & other innovative and engaging visual arts.
The festival includes a partnership of over 20 expert organisations including Street Art Birmingham, The Bench 504, GraffitiArtist.com, The Custard Factory, Boxxed, UTC and PST.
Artists from all over the UK and wider will come and transform this part of the city, including the likes of of Roa, Broken Fingaz, Aryz, Phlegm and TATS CRU. From large murals, smaller walls to some pretty quirky canvases, the event will take place across venues such as the Custard Factory, Boxxed and the Old Crown.
The festival will host four music stages, incorporating some of Birmingham’s biggest promoters, featuring hip hop, drum & bass, jungle, dub, reggae, soul and funk.
A number of live performances will take place across the venues including break dancing, beat boxers, live illustration battles, cinema screenings, and other exciting visual art forms.
With graffiti, dance and music workshops happening throughout the festival, people of all ages will have the chance to get involved!
- We have a number of established and well-known artists lined up, however we will use the festival as a platform to promote up and coming Birmingham & UK based street artists, DJs and dancers, helping to further them in their artistic careers.
- The festival will support the regeneration of a priority area. By improving the appearance & creating a safer atmosphere through the use of street art, there will be an increased foot flow, more tourism, and economic benefit for local businesses.
- We will provide 360 younger people (11-16) a chance to participate in the arts, learn new skills, increase confidence & aspirations. We plan to deliver inspiring participatory workshops, including graffiti, break dancing, music production and DJing and a young people’s press gang.
- On the run-up to the event we will be carrying out some outreach work with three schools in economically challenged areas of Birmingham, where pupils will have the opportunity to design and paint murals and create outdoor decorations for the festival.
- As a free event open to all, and with a focus on promoting the event to ethnic minority groups, NEETS and those in economically challenged areas, increasing community cohesion, stimulating enthusiasm and interest, and bringing different communities together will be an important focus of this festival.
Why we need your help
-As the event is free, and street art festivals not cheap to run, we are completely relying on funding through organisations and individuals, including private sponsorship and in kind contributions, however big or small.
-Your donations will help with the cashflow we need to ensure a high quality and engaging experience.
- This £1,500 will be specifically used towards the hire of cherry pickers, scaffold and ladders. The more we can fundraise the bigger we can go!
- Any additional funding over the £1,500 will go towards spray paint and youth participation activities.
- No amount is too small!
- We have until 29 March to reach our fundraising goal.
- Kick Starter is an all or nothing program - we will not receive any of the funds if we don’t reach the £1,500 goal.
- Don't wait - contribute today!
Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
As a new festival it is likely we'll encounter a number of challenges along the way...
> Time is tight - we'll need to move fast to finalise the budget and programme
> The weather! As a predominantly outdoor event, there's always the possibility of bad weather, and we want to make sure that if any accidents or incidents occur during the event, we will still be able to pay the artists and also ensure proper damage control.
> Multiple partnerships - the festival can't 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'll be able to overcome these, and any other unforeseen challenges.
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