Fierce Festival, Birmingham, 2 -12 October

Fierce is an international festival of live art centred in Birmingham, 2 – 12 October. The festival embraces a diverse range of contemporary artforms and multidisciplinary collaborations, including theatre, dance, music, installations, activism, digital practices and parties. Fierce reimagines the city with performances in out-of-the-ordinary spaces, such as a mechanic’s garage, a former metal factory and Moseley’s Grade 2 listed swimming baths.

At the same time Fierce presents work at venues such as Warwick Arts Centre, DanceXchange and MAC Birmingham. This year activities are concentrated over two weekends. Installations, exhibitions and talks are dotted throughout the week including new commissions by Sarah Jane Norman and Tania El Khoury. Fierce Festival is an Unlimited Ally; celebrating the work of disabled artists as part of the Unlimited program.

Performances include Forced Entertainment’s The Last Adventures, choreographer Miguel Gutierrez’s solo monologue Heavens What Have I Done and Sphincterography by performance artist Steven Coen. Visual art includes video works by Brooklyn-based activist performer Narcissister and at the opposite end of the political spectrum, interactive sound installation Gardens Speak, which recites the oral histories of ten dead Syrian citizens, using narratives carefully constructed through family members of the deceased.

Multiple show ticket passes are on sale now, individual tickets available from 2 September.

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1. Images courtesy of Hugo Glendinning

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