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Read on to see what we got up to with 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  Saturday 29TH August from 2pm - 11pm, with artists from across the region responding to the theme of 'Ritual'. 

Friction Arts presents Quiet Carnival. Quiet Carnival asks the question – ‘how can we come together to experience the art when going to the shops is like a game of Russian Roulette?’ – and seeks to answer it by attempting a socially distanced event, show, performance, participatory artwork, and gig with a range of artists and performers making all the art all at one. Safely. It will be safe. Experience it live or online as part of Ritual Weekender.

And that’s not all. No way. We've teamed up with Coventry 2021 Front Room Sessions and BBC Introducing for the evening to showcase 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've got Black Sparta, a film by Birmingham-based writer for stage and screen Jude Gatiss. There are Shakespeare Snapshots - fast-paced, no-frills performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Actor and playwright Tyrone Huggins presents 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 - embark on a global music adventure in Punch Record's Homelands. There’s 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 dip into Asylum Art Gallery, Bertz Associates LTD & Iconic Production’s Dreaming Tower Ballroom. We'll go live to Hannover for BCMG’s Stockhausen event and there'll be film from Birmingham Opera Company. 

We're taking the idea of an eclectic mix to the next level. That's culture in Birmingham. Experience it, soak it up, be part of it. Full line-up & running times are: 

2:00-4:00pm FLOAT ONE

Quiet Carnival by Friction Arts 

Performance poetry with Empress P and Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery 

Knot by Motionhouse 

Kirke Ritual Dance by Roberto Rusconi and Sandrine Monin 

Asylum Art Gallery & Disorder Live Art 

4:00-6:30pm FLOAT TWO

Homelands by Punch Records 

Dance Roots by Sonia Sabri Company 

ACE Dance and Music

SAMPAD 

Blaze/Brazen by Lorna Meehan 

Dreaming Tower Ballroom by Bertz Associates & Iconic Productions 

Quiet Carnival by Friction Arts

Poetry in Motion 

The Stone Tapes by Sian Macfarlane 

6:30-9:30pm FLOAT THREE

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group 

Homelands by Punch Records 

Pakistani stories by Mukhtar Dar/Kalaboration 

Quiet Carnival by Friction Arts

Theatre Rituals by Tyrone Huggins 

Shakespeare Snapshots: A Mask by the Royal Shakespeare Company 

Birmingham Opera Company 

Black Sparta by Jude Gatiss

The Protest: Eva's Story by Tamaira Hesson 

9:30-11:00pm OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY

Coventry Front Room Sessions 

BBC Introducing 

Images: Quiet Carnival's Sarah Ka by Carys Jones / Shakespeare Snapshots by Mark Williamson / Sonia Sabri Company