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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)

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