What is Ritual Weekender? 

West Midlands Weekenders is a brand-new series of events over three weekends, showcasing our region’s incredible arts and culture. The first of these unmissable WM Weekenders took place here on Saturday 29th August from 2pm - 11pm, with artists from across the region responding to the theme of 'Ritual'. 

In collaboration with Friction Arts, Coventry 2021 Front Room Sessions and BBC Introducing on behalf of Culture Central, the evening showcased some amazing singers, songwriters and artists from across the region.  Esther Turner, Attrition, Silinder Pardesi, Abz Winter,DeeLayDee, YNES, Nicky Ager, Mr Macee, Kioko, Rosso, Bella Deanie, Ace Ambrose, Daniella Dee, The Session, Karina Diaz,Lady Sanity, Daddy Woody, T8pes, Shai Brides and more!

We had Black Sparta, a film by Birmingham-based writer for stage and screen Jude Gatiss. We had Shakespeare Snapshots - fast-paced, no-frills performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Actor and playwright Tyrone Huggins presented monologue Theatre Rituals, exploring the idea of audiences going back to the theatre of old for the first time. Four of the UK's most exciting and diverse artists - Shakka, Diztortion, Terri Walker and Saskilla - embarked on a global music adventure in Punch Record's Homelands. We had poetry from Lorna Meehan, film from Sian Macfarlane, music and choreography from Rusconi and Monin, Kathak from Sonia Sabri Company, extreme physicality from Motionhouse with Knot, The Protest: Eva's Story by Tamaira Hesson, we dipped into Asylum Art Gallery, Bertz Associates LTD & Iconic Production’s Dreaming Tower Ballroom. Not only that, we went live to Hannover for BCMG’s Stockhausen event and there was a film from Birmingham Opera Company.

Thank you to everyone who joined us! For a taste of the weekend, check out the trailer: 

For even more online content, head to Birmingham Opera Online.