Simmer Down Festival is over for another year.
As the fastest growing and most diverse festival in Birmingham, the Simmer Down Festival in 2015 attracted a massive crowd to the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth Park.
The free family fun-day festival which celebrates Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity by paying tribute to the centrality of reggae and other musical genres that make it such a city of culture.
There was a wide range of performances from local musicians and dancers on our second stage to reggae-bhangra fusion, lover’s rock and global reggae superstar, Maxi Priest on our Main Stage.
Off stage, there was plenty of fun activities for all the family including workshops, face painting, bouncy castles and slides for the kids, a community cricket match. There was also a showcase of Birmingham’s diverse cuisine at the various stalls.
We have an overwhelming response on social media as well as a glowing review by Birmingham Mail who said “…Simmer Down is the ultimate uplifting and family-friendly event.” Click here to read the full article.
Now into its sixth year Simmer Down has certainly established itself as part of the city’s festivals calendar.
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We were delighted to be invited by Heritage Lottery Fund to a Parliamentary Reception last week at the House of Commons to speak about our WWI projects, The Chocolate Soldiers, and Women’s Work: Stories of the factory workers. Scheduled for budget day, HLF were encouraging all new MPs to come and hear about their First World War: Then and Now funding strand, which has currently invested over £7 million to 899 projects, and continues funding until 2019. We had a wonderful time speaking to government officials, HLF Board members and invited guests about our heritage strand – and enjoyed a quick break on the terrace before heading back to Brum!
Fierce Festival press announcement:
Fierce returns for 2015! Headline events announced
- Fierce Festival returns, 7-11 October 2015
- Eight UK premieres, ground-breaking live art, music, dance, installation and the infamous Fierce parties
- Highlights include Sleep with a Curator at Eastside Projects and a huge performance art party on Saturday night
- The last Festival for Directors Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison
An ambitious eight UK premieres will be presented in Birmingham during one weekend as part of Fierce Festival 2015.
Fierce returns to the city from 7-11 October 2015 with a mix of live art, music, dance, installation and the infamous Fierce parties.
Fierce Festival 2015 will be the last Festival for its current Directors Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison, who have been at the helm since 2009.
A highlight of the weekend is Sleep with a Curator at Eastside Projects, where audiences are invited to bring a sleeping bag and spend a night in the Digbeth gallery before enjoying a communal breakfast. Curator Gavin Wade will join in the sleepover, reading a selection of bedtime stories and cooking bacon pancakes in the morning.
The weekend is marked with eight UK premieres by artists from across the world – from Brazil and Canada to Belgium and Germany. Simone Aughterlony will present Supernatural, a dance piece exploring gender roles that has been well received at festivals in Europe and the USA, and is hotly anticipated in the UK.
In Happiness Forgets, performer Season Butler will re-enact the opening sequence of all seven series of 1990s TV classic The Cosby Show, which feature the Huxtable family doing a series of dance moves.
Music forms an important part of Fierce 2015. The DJ Who Gave Away Too Much Information sees the Canadian company PME-ART sharing personal stories connected to their vinyl collection during a ‘listening party’ at COW Vintage clothing store in Digbeth.
Fierce would not be Fierce without its infamous parties. For 2015, DJs and performers Anklepants, Gazelle Twin, Sarah Farina and Miguel Gutierrez’s Deep Aerobics will perform into the early hours on Friday and Saturday nights, complete with animatronic masks, neon sports wear, face-paint and lots of dry ice.
This will be the last Fierce Festival for Directors Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison, who will leave the organisation in autumn 2015 to pursue new creative projects. Since their appointment in 2009, McDermott and Morrison have filled the city with performances, including in Edible Eastside, an urban allotment in Digbeth, and last year in the beautiful Moseley Road Baths. The new Director of Fierce will be appointed later this year.
Please see details and sample images attached. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 1 July atwww.wearefierce.org
Further details will be released during the summer.