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


Club Fierce @ Birmingham Pride 2017

Birmingham Pride kicks off in just a few weeks time and Club Fierce will be at The Alt Club. On Sunday 30th May join us from 7.30 – 8.30pm as Club Fierce DJs warm up for Mykki Blanco!

Across the weekend also look out for Cakes Da Killa who performed at Fierce in 2014, and other Fierce favourites Hercules & Love Affair, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon, Honey Soundsystem, Dan Beaumont and more!

Tickets can be found here.

Full programme and more info at


Call for Proposals: Diverse Actions Leadership Bursaries 2017/18

The Live Art Development Agency (LADA) is offering two Leadership Bursaries of £10,000 each for artists and/or arts workers from culturally diverse backgrounds (BME: Black and Minority Ethnic) as part of Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions programme.

The Leadership Bursaries will support a self-determined, year-long programme of artistic, professional and skills development by artists and/or arts workers.

The aim is to stimulate or enhance new ways of working, the development of new contexts and discourses, and ultimately enhance artistic practice and the capacity for artistic leadership.

Bursary recipients will have access to LADA’s resources and facilities, and be supported by LADA’s team. They will work in close consultation with the Diverse Actions Project Manager. They will also have access to the wider expertise of the Live Art UK network and the Diverse Actions Steering Group, composed of members of Live Art UK and independent artists and advisors.

Application deadline: Noon, Monday 5 June, to support a year-long programme of activity in 2017/18.

More information and application forms are here.

IMAGE CREDIT: Jade Montserrat, Josephine and the Leopard, film still by Webb-Ellis

Announcing First Fierce Festival 2017 Commission

Fierce are proud to announce the world première of The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein’s Notorious.

Commissioned by Fierce and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Notorious will interrogate representations of female subjectivity and looks at ways in which media and consumerism have defined how we relate to the female body. Imagine the underworld of popular culture; Medusa meets Nicki Minaj in a performance that blurs the lines between fine art, live art and theatre, mixing music, dance and ‘witch-bitch’ ritual to take on the ‘female monster’.

Following Fierce Festival in October The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein will take Notorious to the Barbican, London and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.

More exciting commissions, international collaborations, club nights, talks and much more to come when we announce our full progamme in July 2017. And of course, don’t forget to add the festival dates in your diaries now: 17 – 22 October 2017.

Pippa Frith joins the Fierce team!

Fierce is delighted to announce that Birmingham based producer and Fierce! 10 alumni Pippa Frith will be joining the Fierce team as Festival Producer!

Pippa is an award-winning Independent producer based in Birmingham. Primarily she produces theatre, but has also worked in live art, dance, music, spoken word and circus. She likes to work that sits on the boundaries, and challenges preconceptions about the world around us. She works with a wide range artists to develop and tour new work, including Francesca Millican-Slater, Stephanie Ridings, Benji Reid, Babakas, Mohammed Ali, Centric and more.

She loves working in festival contexts and has previously worked for On The Edge Festival (2016), Theatre Fever (2013) Fierce Festival (2006 / 7), and Decibel Performing Arts Showcase (2007) among others. She is Co-Producer for well-loved regional work-in-progress platform PILOT Nights and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.



DIY 14: 2017 – Call For Proposals!

We’re supporting DIY14! Professional development BY artists FOR artists.

The Live Art Development Agency has opened applications for its next round of its artist development scheme, DIY14; DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists.

Fierce will be partnering with LADA to host a Diverse Actions related DIY.

Live Art and Diverse Actions (x 3)

Diverse Actions is a Live Art UK initiative which champions culturally diverse ambition, excellence and talent in Live Art. Diverse Actions builds on Live Art’s vital role as a practice of artistic innovation and a space to express complex ideas of cultural identity. Running for three years, and supported by a grant from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme, Diverse Actions will support 3 DIYs in 2017.

We invite proposals for projects led by culturally diverse practitioners. While no limitations are placed on subject matter, activity, or approach, proposals which explore complex ideas of cultural identity, or which have been specifically designed for culturally diverse participants, are encouraged.

Partner organisations for the Diverse Actions DIYs will be Agency for Agency (London), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), and Iniva (National). For more information about these opportunities, please contact Megan.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on March 13th with supported projects taking place between June and November 2017; you can find out more about DIY14, including specific project briefs, partner organisations, and FAQs here

Fierce FWD at PA/NG

mac Birmingham’s next local artist’s event PA/NG kicks of on March 3rd, promising ‘the best in local emerging artists spanning music, live art, performance and digital art at mac. Co-curated by The Vibe and featuring cameos from nationally-acclaimed artists, PA/NG will be part-gig, part-meal (soup provided!) and part-opportunity to meet other like-minded young people.’.

This edition of the night will also feature Fierce FWD artist Vivian Ezugha showcasing her work in progress “anyi na-aga otú ndi ocha si mba (we are going to the white man’s country)”.

PA/NG will be a great opportunity to engage with local talent, and get a glimpse of the calibre of work the Fierce FWD scheme is producing this year.

Tickets here

Diverse Actions Awarded ‘Ambitions for Excellence’ Grant

Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions initiative, on which Fierce is a partner, has been awarded Arts Council England’s ‘Ambitions for Excellence’ grant.

‘Over three years, commencing in April 2017, LAUK member organisations will support 14 bursaries, 9 workshops, 15 residencies, 15 commissions, 3 international masterclasses, 15 tours, a publication and a symposium.

The legacy of Diverse Actions will be held by the practitioners who participate and benefit from the initiative – those new to Live Art and those who extend their practice.’

Read the full article from Live Art UK here

Job Opportunity – Operations Manager


Dina Roncevic, Car Deconstruction at Fierce 2014 photo by James Allan

Fierce Job Opportunity

Job Description: Operations Manager

Fierce is entering a new and exciting phase with the recent appointment of a new Artistic Director, Aaron Wright. We’re looking for someone on an interim basis to work alongside Aaron to take responsibility for the operational aspects at Fierce, based in our new office in Digbeth.

Fierce is an international festival of cross art form performance centred in Birmingham. Fierce Festival started life in 1997, and is the most established festival of Live Art in the UK. The festival embraces theatre, dance, music, installations, parties, activism, digital and participatory practices. Fierce fills the city with performances in theatres, galleries and other out-of-the-ordinary spaces. Fierce also delivers a year round programme of projects and local artist opportunities.

The Festival is looking for an experienced Operations Manager to join the team between now and April 2017 on an interim basis to help support the operational side of the business and some fundraising support. This is being offered as a freelance role based on 40 days between now and the end of April at a set fee of £5000.

If you are interested in the position please request a full job description from

Deadline for submissions 09.00 am on 7th December 2016.

Application emails should be marked Freelance Operations Manager Application

For more information about Fierce visit our website

Announcing the Fierce FWD 2016 artists

Image: Fierce FWD artist Louisa Robbin

Image: Fierce FWD 2016 artist Louisa Robbin

Fierce is delighted to announce the artists chosen for the 2016 round of Fierce FWD. Fierce FWD (previously Platinum) is a development programme for emerging Live Artists living or working in or originally from the West Midlands.

The Fierce FWD artists 2016 are Suriya Aisha, Sean Burns, Thomas Doherty, Vivian Chinasa Ezhuga, James Harris, Myah Jeffers, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Louisa Robbin, Benedict Stewardson, Emily Warner and Kaye Winwood & Olivia Winteringham. You can find out more about the artists and their Fierce FWD projects over on the Fierce FWD pages which will be updated as the projects progress.

We are also delighted to announce a new collaboration with Birmingham Repertory Theatre who we’ll be working with to deliver a programme of talks and workshops for the Fierce FWD artists and the participants of the Theatre Makers strand of their own Rep Foundry development programme.

Each of the FWD artists receive a £500 micro bursary to start to develop a new project. They might want to spend it on materials, studio time a research trip or something else entirely. Furthermore, over the course of the next six months the Fierce FWD artists will undertake a number of research trips to Live Art events around the UK including SPILL Festival of Performance, In Between Time: Bristol International Festival, Steakhouse Live and Arika.

Fierce FWD is generously supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.



Fierce FWD 2016: Call for Applications

Permutations in the City, Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon, Fierce 2015

Permutations in the City, Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon, Fierce Festival 2015

Fierce FWD is a development programme for artists working in Live Art and performance conceived and produced by Fierce and supported by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Fierce FWD offers the opportunity for artists to develop an idea for a live performance/experience in the public realm alongside a period of research and field trips.

The programme is for emerging artists living or working in the West Midlands (outside of full-time education) or those with strong ties to the region, perhaps through studying or growing up locally. In keeping with Fierce being a Live Art festival this scheme is aimed at those developing projects for live performance and experiences. We define Live Art broadly and expect to receive a broad range of proposals encompassing performance art, body art, experimental theatre and dance, contemporary performance, socially engaged projects, art activism, progressive cabaret and club performance, one-on-one performance, durational work, site-specific projects, immersive parties, performative events and other experimental live practices.

We take a similarly broad approach to the term ‘emerging’, this scheme isn’t intended just for young people and recent graduates, but anyone that defines as emerging. Perhaps you’ve recently started experimenting with performance in your practice, perhaps you’re re-emerging after a hiatus, or shifting focus to make your practice more of a professional commitment.

For this round of Fierce FWD we’re particularly interested in supporting artists to develop new work for the public realm and non-arts spaces. Have you got an idea for a carpark, city square, railway station, park, garden, bingo hall, swimming pool, rooftop, shop front, arcade, supermarket, public toilet, river, church, football ground or restaurant? Or perhaps you’ve got an idea for a project that would exist digitally, online or as an audio piece, or abstractly as a competition, stunt, tour or game?

The programme has two stages:

Part 1

In September Fierce will select between eight and ten Fierce FWD artists. Each artist will receive a micro-bursary of £500 to try an artistic experiment, develop a piece of work or conduct some research towards a project. Alongside this, the Fierce FWD artists will participate in an intensive workshop delivered by one of the UKs foremost practitioners in making work in the public realm. Furthermore a number of research trips will be undertaken by the group and facilitated by Fierce to see high quality work around the country – with a bursary for each participant to do so. Research trips may include SPILL Festival of Performance (Ipswich), Arika (Glasgow), IBT: Bristol International Festival, Juncture Festival (Leeds), Sacred Festival (London) and more. Each Fierce FWD artist will also have their practice profiled to an international audience via a page on the Fierce website. Over this period that will start in October and run until March 2017, the cohort of Fierce FWD artists will support each other through facilitated discussion sessions.

Part 2

From the eight Fierce FWD artists two or three will receive additional funding, mentorship and producing /curatorial support to develop a finished site-specific work for Fierce Festival, running the 16 – 22nd October 2017.

How To Apply

Please send proposals to by noon on Monday 26 September with the subject line ‘Fierce FWD 2016’. Proposals should be up to two pages (max 1000 words) that include:

  • An introduction to who you are.
  • Your reason for applying for Fierce FWD and your connection to the West Midlands.
  • A description of your proposed project, research or enquiry.
  • A broad outline timeline and how you propose to spend the initial £500.

We will assess the proposals on the quality of the ideas and would like you to be realistic about what can be achieved within the given budget.

In addition you may also include:

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • No more than 2 video clips of your previous work.
  • No more than 8 images of your previous work.
  • No more than 3 links to your website, blog or other online work.

If you would like to apply via a video message, please do so, and ensure it contains the same information as requested above, within a 5 minute maximum duration.

We particularly encourage applications from black, queer and disabled artists.

We may not be able to provide detailed feedback on all proposals. We also advise that due to other schemes in the region Fierce FWD is not best suited for playwrights and traditional theatre makers who are better supported via other scheme’s in the region such as Rep Foundry.

If you have enquiries about the scheme email your question to and we will reply as quickly as possible.


Monday 26th September at noon.