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Venue and Stage Guide 2012

9th March 2012

The Venue and Stage Guide for ArtsFest 2012 has now been uploaded to the website. This is the document that details all of the spaces and venues that will be available for both performing and visual artists during ArtsFest 2012.

If you are thinking of applying for ArtsFest 2012, take a look by downloading the PDF document in the bottom left hand corner of the home page or by clicking on the ‘Venues’ tab and looking through the list of our venues for 2012.

This guide contains lots of information, including audience capacities for each venue, the technical support available at each venue and the times in which the venue will be programmed with ArtsFest events.

Applications will be going live on Tuesday 20th March 2012, so if you are thinking about applying then take a look and see where you may like to perform or display your work.

Fancy joining the ArtsFest team?

8th March 2012

Creative? Organised? Hardworking? Reliable? Does that sound like you?! If so, then ArtsFest wants to know.

We are looking for 3 student interns to join our team and help make this year’s ArtsFest one to remember.

We are looking to fill the following positions: Volunteer Co-ordinator – to recruit, rota and manage the team of volunteers who help to deliver ArtsFest; Administrator – to manage the hotline, inbox, website activity and general administrative duties; and a Programme Assistant – to assist in planning and co-ordinating ArtsFest activities and performances. These are voluntary positions running from May to September.

Application forms and job descriptions are available by emailing [email protected] or by calling 0121 464 5678.

The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd March. Good luck!

Event Volunteering

5th March 2012

Fancy volunteering at some of Birmingham’s biggest sporting events, such as the Sport Relief Mile or the World BMX Championships.

Visit for more details on how you could be involved!

Welcome to ArtsFest 2012

3rd March 2012

Welcome to the first blog post for ArtsFest 2012. First of all thanks for being patient with us while we are updating all of our information for 2012. As I hope you are now aware, ArtsFest 2012 will be going ahead on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. There will once again be a host a indoor venues opening their doors to a whole variety of performing artists and a wide range of outdoor spaces will be utilised, from the Chamberlain Square stage to the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral. ArtsFest 2012 is also hoping to showcase a diverse range of visual art in a variety of different ways.

Highlights of this year’s festival will include the screening of Last Night of the Proms on the Saturday evening in Centenary Square, the Bandstand Marathon as part of the Cultural Olympiad and the screening of the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games on Sunday evening in Victoria Square. Another event, supported by ArtsFest, will see Mandala take place on the evening of Friday 7th September. This event is another part of the Cultural Olympiad and will see Town Hall illuminated with 3D projections whilst a range of music and dance performances take place.

This year’s festival team consists of Lisa Kennedy, Pam Renoata and Tom Bowkett, who will be looking after the many key aspects of ArtsFest 2012. Lisa will be in charge of production and infrastructure, Pam will be overseeing marketing, promotion and volunteers and Tom will be looking after programming, venues and artists.

Lots more news will be coming your way in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for more information!


MARCH 2012

Event Volunteering

5th March 2012

Welcome to ArtsFest 2012

3rd March 2012

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We are now inviting applications from artists to present their work at ArtsFest 2012. Applications will be accepted between Tuesday 20th March and Monday 23rd April.


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