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BAB, WE'RE BACK! 16 - 22 OCTOBER 2017


Fierce at Birmingham Weekender!

Fierce is delighted to be presenting two events as part of Birmingham’s largest arts festival, the Birmingham Weekender. The Birmingham Weekender takes place this September 22-24th ad features hundreds of events across the city centre.

Firstly, Tram-a-lama-ding-dong! Cabaret on the Metro sees a host of cabaret stars jump aboard Birmingham’s newest mode of transport. Armed with her Casio keyboard, be seduced by the catchy pop hooks of songstress Lorraine Bowen of The Crumble Song and Britain’s Got Talent fame; marvel at the entrancing synchronised dance routines of the strange but true quintet Figs in Wigs and laugh along with Birmingham’s First Lady Mrs Barbara Nice as she rolls out gags faster than the speed of tram. All you need to partake is a ticket to ride! Supported by Midland Metro with pop up performances on-board the trams, 3-9pm between New Street and the Jewellery Quarter stops.

Secondly, end your day with a party at Club Fierce: Deadpan Disco. Nothing to laugh at here, It’s the most straight faced party in town! Expect warped cabaret from deadpan dance troupe Figs in Wigs; armed with her Casio keyboard Britain’s Got Talent star Lorraine Bowen is deadly serious; lifeless cookery demos from premiere bio-queen Victoria Sin and live music from multimedia performance artist and musician Rebekah Ubuntu – all this and more to be announced, plus Club Fierce DJs. Advance booking recommended. Hosted by Yshee Black.

Tickets for Club Fierce: Deadpan Disco can be purchased here.


Announcing Fierce vs. The Yard

We’re incredibly excited to announce a new collaboration with London’s coolest theatre The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick who share our love of cutting edge performance and brilliant clubbing! We’ll be presenting a two week mini season Fierce vs. The Yard at The Yard Theatre, London this October comprising a brilliant double bill of shows that will also be coming to Fierce Festival.

GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN’s Frankenshow will be paired with Boner Killer by New York’s Erin Markey, for an evening of work that’s anarchic, queer, dangerous and really, really funny. Who cares if it’s theatre, performance, stand up, cabaret, or something all of its own. It’s going to be a wild fortnight.

Get your tickets for the London shows here

Get your tickets for the Birmingham shows here



Check out our incredible programme of live art, theatre, music, activism, interventions, installations and the ever-popular Club Fierce!! 50 events; 6 world premieres; artists from 12 countries; over 13 venues across the city; for 6 days. FIERCE IS BACK!

Read the brochure and plan your highlights; tickets go on sale next Monday, 24th July, 10am.

A Friday to sunday Weekend Pass that gets entry to the following eight ticketed shows is available for the heavily discounted price of £65/£55. Only 100 of these passes are available, so don’t hang around!


Here at Fierce HQ we’re all really excited about the brilliant BE Festival, returning to Birmingham next week 4 – 8 July, at one of our favourite partner venues Birmingham REP. For the last few years BE Festival has brought the heart of Europe here to Birmingham, with an amazing and inspiring mix of artists and companies. One of our favourite things about BE is it’s friendly atmosphere and those special shared dinners where artists can mingle with audiences – and who wouldn’t love to chow down their dinner on the main stage of the REP?

We’re still finalising our diaries and working out which nights we can get to (hopefully all of them!), but we’re particularly excited about Indomador with Animal Religion on Tuesday night; Everything is OK from Marco D’Agostin on Wednesday; Performance Municipal by Vicente Arlandis and All The Voices from Tante & Tante both on Saturday 8th July.

See you at the bar, ‘Karma’ in hand for a drink?

Arts Council England Funding News

From Bennett Miller’s Dachshund UN, 2012

Fierce is delighted to report that its application to continue to be a National Portfolio Organisation for the period 2018-22 has been successful.

Fierce’s team and Board are greatly appreciative of the acknowledgement of our work shown by this support, and we’re excited to go forward with our plans for presenting ambitious and challenging live art and performance to audiences in Birmingham.

Bab, we’re back! 2017 Fierce Programme Launch

Image: Last Yearz Interesting Negro/Jamila Johnson-Small photo by Katarzyna Perlak & Carlos Jimenez.

Tuesday 18 July, 6-8pm
Birmingham Hippodrome, PWC Room

Fasten your seat belts: Fierce is back to take Birmingham by storm! We’d love you to join us to hear about our exhilarating 2017 lineup of international performance art, theatre, dance, cabaret, gigs, talks and parties. Expect over 50 events including 8 UK premieres, 6 world premieres and artists from 12 countries.

Please RSVP to, by Wednesday 12th July as space is limited. Everybody is welcome and drinks will be served!

Fierce Festival takes place 16 – 22nd October 2017.

See you then! x

Volunteer at Fierce Festival 2017

About Fierce 2017

Fierce is a biennial festival of Live Art including theatre, music, installations, public interventions, workshops, talks and digital projects. This year we will be featuring new commissions such as ‘Notorious’ by The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein alongside work from our artist development programme Fierce FWD, internationally acclaimed performances and collaborations with local organisations big and small; using venues from warehouses to theatres, galleries to the streets.

This year’s festival runs from the 16th-22nd of October.

Why volunteer?

Become a part of Birmingham’s most exciting arts festival.

Meet amazing artists and other like-minded people.

Get first-hand experience of working on a festival, developing the skills required to make performances and events happen.

Concession or free tickets to events (subject to availability), invitation to the programme launch, lead-in events and of course the post-festival knees-up.

What will you be doing?

Act as a main point of contact for information about the festival, the programme and the city for visitors from near and far.

Meet and greet audience members at installations, performances, and off-site projects (this may include ticket checks, and some clip-board brandishing – collecting website sign-ups, conducting surveys, etc.)

Provide support to the production team (may involve moving equipment, furniture, running errands etc.)

Assist with the running of the Hub space (may involve bar-work, selling promotional items, distributing brochures and maps etc.)

Specialised Roles

If there is a particular area you are interested in getting experience in or skills you really want to develop, please let us know in your email and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch about how we can help facilitate that.


You’ll need to be 18+ to be eligible to volunteer for us. Enquiries and expressions of interest should be sent to with the subject FIERCE 2017 VOLUNTEERS. We will be in touch in the coming months regarding roles, training, and an initial meet-up.


DIY+ 2017 – Toni Lewis & Demi Nandhra: A Seat At The Table

Solange ‘A Seat at the table’ 2016, Video Still (Solange Knowles, Carlota Guerrero, Arthur Jafa and Cami Starkman)


Fierce are facilitating local artists Demi Nandhra and Toni Lewis’ DIY+ 2017 project, A Seat at the Table. 

A Seat at the Table is a weekend retreat inspired by Solange’s 2016 album of the same name. This DIY+ seeks to bring together ‘arts professionals’ who identify as one of the following: w.o.c. (women of colour)/cisgendered white male of any sexual orientation. Through a series of activities, that are collaborative (led by us, led by you, and led by those we invite into the space) including walks, confessionals, writing, play, shared meals and workshops; this DIY+ aims to stimulate honest, representative and unapologetic dialogue, bringing together each participant’s lived and working experiences, on the historical and contemporary relationships of race, culture and identity.

A Seat at The Table is an initial practical enquiry belonging to a larger body of a socially engaged work entitled: ‘The White Man Project’. The White Man Project is a continuous investigation about the ‘white middle class heterosexual man’, the perceived, real and theoretical; the binary. This project sees two women of colour unpicking stereotypes, looking at blame culture, employing radical vulnerability, reparation and healing, peeling back privilege, and diving into micro aggressions.

This DIY+ operates on two levels: The first, examining our own relationships as peers and colleagues working in the arts industry. The second, that this space allows the artist’s to refine the methodologies, ethics and potential of this investigation in a wider context.

The project runs from Friday 17th to Monday 20th November 2017.

Find out more information and apply here. Deadline for application is 12pm Monday 19th June.

UNMUTED x Fierce Festival Presents: Alok Vaid Menon

Join us for an evening of electric performance poetry with critically acclaimed New York Artist Alok Vaid Menon.

Femme in Public II

29th May
6:30pm – 9pm
Impact Hub Birmingham, B5 5NY

Tickets £8 (£5)
Available here.

What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you?

Let’s figure it out. Join for a night of poetry, comedy, and performance with Alok Vaid-Menon.


Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is a nonbinary transfeminine writer, entertainer, and performance artist. Alok has been invited to perform, speak, and facilitate at universities, conferences, and organizations across the world; their work has been featured in various outlets like HBO, MTV, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TEDx and more.


DIY 14: 2017 Call for Participants

DIY 14 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists.

25 DIY projects and 3 DIY+ projects for both emergent and experienced practitioners will take place across the UK between July and November. Together, these opportunities represent a huge variety of subjects and approaches from across Live Art including (but not limited to) audaciousness, sensory perception, the penetrated male, embodied Islam, neurodiversity, ecocentric performance-making, displacement, sadomasochism, sound and blackness, the queering of sport, definitions of diversity, underwater living, sex, grief, ageing, and a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Dracula.

The closing date for most applications is 19 June 2016 (for Martin O’Brien’s DIY+ it is 2 June) and you may apply to as many as you wish. All DIY and DIY+ projects are free to participate in.

More information about the DIY and DIY+ projects, and how to apply, can be found here.


Image: Marikiscrycrycry, THE T R A P LAB (credit: Judit van der Made)