Fierce Festival 2012

Posted on 26 March 2012

Birmingham’s premier live art and performance festival kicks off this week:

Thursday 29th March – Sunday 8th April 2012

Performers from around the world will converge on Birmingham to bring boundary-pushing performances and art installations to venues and unusual spaces across the city, including the Brutalist Central Library, the city’s warehouses, backstage at Symphony Hall and the underbelly of Spaghetti Junction.

Dachshunds from across the country will congregate in Birmingham for Dachshund U.N., Bennett Miller’s playful reproduction of the United Nations populated by sausage dogs, taking place outside Ikon Gallery during the festival’s opening weekend.

Inspired by *Farenheit 451*, volunteer performers in Mette Edvardsen‘s Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine have committed entire novels to memory. Audiences will be able to discover ‘human books’ residing amongst the shelves in Bimingham’s soon to be demolished Central Library, who will recite passages of the books by heart in a delicate one-on-one performance.

Celebrate Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary at Curious Sounds in Curious Spaces, a day of ear-opening musical performances, sound experiments and workshops suitable for all the family. The foyers and backstage areas in Symphony Hall will be buzzing with the sound of vintage computer games, Speak & Spells, cardboard instruments and a symphony created by the audience’s mobile phones.

Adventurous audience members can sign a night of their life away to Fierce and Capsule with the mysterious *Secret Show*. After being picked up from a central Birmingham location, you will be blindfolded and whisked away to a top secret venue for an evening you will never forget…

Get a totally different view of Spaghetti Junction in *Track*, a moveable participatory installation by Graeme Miller where audiences will be moved horizontally along a track. Gazing upwards from beneath the the iconic interchange, participants will undergo a solitary, immersive experience as the railways, canals, rivers and pipelines pass by.

This year’s Fierce Festival also includes two huge parties hosted by remarkable performance artists. Birmingham-based Harminder Singh Judge transforms Club PST into a landscape inspired by the film *The Holy Mountain*. The club night will feature special live performances alongside music from enigmatic international star Oni Ayhun.

Coventry boy Daniel Lismore’s outrageous and opulent London club night Shabba Dabba Da heads to the Midlands for a very special Easter edition. The night will take over the loft space at Birmingham’s legendary Q Club. Expect high fashion DIY costume mash-ups, cross-dressing choirboys and twisted Madonnas.

Finally, take an alternative Easter pilgrimage with a co-ordinated city walk from artist Hamish Fulton.

Explore the highs and lows of love and romance with works including an emotional tour of Berlin on the streets of Birmingham (Berlin Love Tour), Uninvited Guests’ Love Letters Straight From Your Heart (fresh from a sell-out run at London’s Southbank Centre) in which love song dedications from the audience are woven into the performance, and *Cupid* – a meditation on fate, chance and destiny using archery and plaster-of-paris hearts.

For more details and to book tickets, visit www.wearefierce.org

Fierce Festival 2012