Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

Things Team Fierce looks forward to in 2012. . .

There’s so much out there this list could be twice as long. Let us know what you think we’ve missed!


Circa 1960, London, Guest Project Space 27 -29th Jan. Exhibition-events-collective residency. . . exploring Modernist ideologies.

Kismet Party, Digbeth, Birmingham Sat 28th Jan. Help launch a new arts hub and cafe in this part of the city.

The Mobility Project at The Meter Room. Coventry, 19 Jan – 19th Feb; an exhibition originally from Berlin finds a new home in recently opened visual arts project space.

Shame by Steve McQueen, UK cinema release date 13 January

Their Wonderlands curated by They Are Here at mac, Birmingham till 29th Jan

Painting Show at Eastside Projects, Digbeth, Birmingham till 25th Feb

Bristol Ferment new theatre work from artists in Bristol and the South West.

If you happen to be in South Africa drop in on Fierce co-director Laura McDermott this month during her residency at SLICA – Sober and Lonely Institute for contemporary Art in Jo’burg.

Don’t miss this great film. . . Andrew Logan’s The British Guide to Showing Off.


Transmediale, Berlin, Germany. 30 Jan – 05 Feb. Supernow digital arts festival (great club nights too!).

Hamish Fulton exhibition at IKON 15 Feb – 22nd April.

Paper Cinema’s The Odyssey BAC, London, 2 – 25 Feb. Innovative live animation.

Deathtripping at VIVID, Digbeth, Birmingham, 18 – 19 Feb . . . two-day festival journeys into the radical manifesto that emerged from the New York underground, curated by Bermadette Louise.

BLOP 2012, Bristol, 25 Feb – Arnolfini, Theatre Bristol and Inbetween Time Productions are joining forces again to present new and emergent work by live and interdisciplinary artists.

State of the Arts, Salford, 14th Feb – national arts conference- bursaries available for artists!!!

Forest Fringe, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal, 17 – 19 February. . . micro-festival wonder that sprang out of Edinburgh goes international.

Blast Theory Spacex, Exeter, unique opportunity to look back on a 20 year body of work by this seminal group – till 18th Feb.


This is Your Tomorrow conceived by Trevor Pitt at VIVID . . . more details to come.

Flatpack Festival. Film and then some. 14 – 18th March

Infecting the City (Public Art Festival) – South Africa, Cape Town 5 – 10th

Fierce of course!!! 29 March – 8th April


Berlin Biennial April 27 – July 1, 2012

International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012 23rd April – 19th May


Mayfest 2012 17 – 27th May

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 11 – 26th May

Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia 19 – 27th. Biennial festival for emerging artists.


BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds) across Birmingham. A month long celebration of Black music and art.

Documenta 13 9 June – 16 Sept 2012, an exhibition of modern and contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany.

LIFT Festival, 11 June – 8th July

Up to Nature – extra special IBT festival in rural Gloucestershire 29 June- 1 July

Cork Midsummer Festival 21 June – 1 July


Tino Sehgal at Tate Modern, London, 17 July – 28 October. ‘Sehgal has risen to prominence for his innovative works which consist purely of live encounters between people. Avoiding the production of any objects, he has pioneered a radical and yet entirely viewer-oriented approach to making art.

BE Festival, Birmingham, European theatre festival – new voices from across the continent.

The Olympics 27 July – 12 August. Last on these shores in 1948.

We’re particularly excited by these ‘Artists Taking the Lead projects’. . . Lone Twin’s The Boat Project & Pacitti Company’s On Landguard Point.


Forests 31 August – 15 September, Birmingham. Birmingham Rep joins forces with internationally renowned director Calixto Bieito, Barcelona Internacional Teatre and the RSC to present an original play inspired by Shakespeare’s references to forests throughout his work, in a Dante-esque journey through life, paradise, hell, truth and lie.

CORIOLAN/US National Theatre of Wales 9 – 18 August, South Wales

Troilus and Cressida, 3 – 18 August Swan Theatre,RSC production and collaboration with legendary NY performance ensemble The Wooster Group.


Dublin Fringe Festival two week festival of theatre, comedy, dance, music and spectacle.


Supersonic Festival, festival of experimental sound and warehouse shaking music.


Playground Festival, STUK in Leuven, Belgium. Cross-art form festival in a beautiful university town.


All Tomorrow’s Parties Nightmare Before Christmas – art, music and film gathered by a guest curator sees in the Winter rain-lashed environs of Butlins.