Join us for a Hippodrome takeover, showcasing some of the amazing Black creative talent from our region, featuring original film, poetry, music, drama and conversations.
Expect performances, networking, stalls, and positive vibes throughout the event.
Check out the full line-up below.
Buy three sessions and get two additional sessions free.
Buy all six sessions for £19.98
12 noon - 1.15pm
MTAM Presents: SHORTS
In an exclusive partnership with Film Birmingham, we're thrilled to invite you to a riveting experience at the iconic Birmingham Hippodrome.
Witness the emergence of a new generation of films made by storytellers from the West Midlands who are pushing boundaries and redefining cinema.
Too Autistic for Black, Chainz by Rem Conway, and Periphery Screening (Reisz Amos).
ROLLING OUT BRUM - YONATAN TIRUNEH
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Join us in conversation with Nathan Queely-Dennis and Ashlee Elizabeth-Lolo. Hear from two award-winning theatre makers from Birmingham who have taken the Edinburgh fringe by storm with:
BLUEPRINTS, a new show about beginnings, knowledge, and ancestral inheritance follows a Caribbean couple who undergo a blueprints experiment to learn what behaviour/trauma/mindsets they’ve inherited from their ancestors.
Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz,
An award-winning new show about Black friendship and love and tender masculinity.
Oct, 2.45pm - 3.45pm
Join Casey Bailey and Adjei Sun exploring Out of Frame.
These renowned poets will cut through the noise to tackle pressing issues like serving the needs of the community, the education system, mental health, and social justice, all set against the backdrop of today’s complex world.
4.15pm - 5.15pm
Start your enriching journey with a riveting panel discussion featuring Danai Denga of Penguin Books.
Together, we’ll uncover actionable steps for entering the publishing world and celebrate the influential contributions of poets, writers and storytellers from the African and Caribbean diaspora. We will close this session with an open mic takeover seize the microphone during our Open Mic segment, part of the Empower Poetry Takeover.
It’s your opportunity to share your voice, whether you’re a seasoned spoken word artist or taking the stage for the first time.
5.30pm - 6.30pm
Girl Grind UK takes over the stage in a groundbreaking music performance showcase!
Dedicated to empowering women, girls, and non-binary individuals from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities, we bring our ethos of audacity, bravery, freedom, and honesty to the limelight.
7.00pm - 9.00pm
RUN RUSHING WITH THE WINDS
This is a celebration of the Windrush's Generation of culture to the Midlands.
Showcasing genres from:
GRIME, DANCEHALL, DRUM AND BASS and so much more.
With Live Sets from:
Saturday 21st October
The Commons is about people power – all walks of life are invited to explore how we can come together to build a better, beautiful and thriving future.
What if every city went bankrupt, is this an opportunity for civics to imagine a 21st century city that works for all? What could that look like and feel like?
We are coming together to explore the power of civics in times of uncertainty. Is this an opportunity to explore how civics can play a role in shaping the cities we live in.
This will be a safe and playful gathering of people, hearts and minds to explore these big ideas. Come and collaborate our aim is to leave this session with some tangible takeaways.
We are inviting you to bring your skills and ideas!
Hosted by Kester Sleeman and Azjad Elmubarak
The Playground - All day
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