A celebration of the city of Birmingham where you, and your plants are BEing invited to participate and become the stars!
Between 3 – 11 June 2022, BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham European Festival of Performing Arts, will be returning with two large-scale participatory theatrical events: Atlas Birmingham (3 & 4 June) at the Crescent Theatre and the following week, with Garden State (8 – 11 June) at Midlands Arts Centre.
Atlas Birmingham (3 – 4 June, Crescent Theatre) will see 100 people from Birmingham be invited to perform onstage to make a living map of the city. The participants will be from all backgrounds, professions and ages, mapping an ‘atlas’ of the complex cohesion of the social fabric of Birmingham. Through repeated mantras, and expressions of hopes, fears and dreams specific to Birmingham, Atlas Birmingham is a quiet revolution motivated by the belief that art should play an active role in society and that theatre is a political space.
Meanwhile Garden State (8 – 11 June, Midlands Arts Centre) will see artists knocking on the doors of residents from across the city to invite them to help transform the MAC’s main stage into an exotic ephemeral communal garden made of their favourite house plants, transforming the stage into an audience space where a programme of free workshops, yoga classes, photography sessions and live performances will take place alongside talks, open mic sessions, meals and concerts.
To take part visit www.befestival.org/