One of the UK’s Biggest Live Art Festivals is Coming to Birmingham

One of the UK’s most respected festivals of Live Art is coming to Birmingham this Autumn. Fierce Festival has announced the full programme for its 2019 festival, this is the second edition under Artistic Director Aaron Wright.

From 15-20 October, Birmingham will be bursting at the seams with 27 different performances, which will feature; installations, experiences, cabaret, activism and parties, presented by an international line-up of artists. In addition, the art spectacular will be featuring bold new voices and highly acclaimed international practitioners.

To open the 2019 festival, Fierce will bring their free opening night extravaganza ‘A Very Fierce Grand Opening’ to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 16 October. This evening of drinks and DJs, hosted by drag performer Ginny Lemon. The night will feature performances from artists such as Keijaun Thomas, Sandra Johnston, Lester Arias, as well as choreographers – Zander Porter x James Batchelor, Whiskey Chow and Susannah Hewlett.

Artistic Director Aaron Wright commented “Brace yourselves! Fierce 2019 is coming, and we reckon we’ve put together the most disruptive and joyous programme of performing arts you’ll find in the UK this year. In 2019, more than ever, we need propositions not opposition. The Fierce Festival 2019 programme is full of artists living as if the revolution has happened. Not to mention, all of them making propositions… naughty, joyous, sexy ones at that. We’d love to see you in Birmingham this October.”

My Last American Dollar Keijaun Thomas

The festival’s Club Fierce returns on 19 October an infamous late-night party. The night is to feature live music, international DJs, pop-up performance, and avant garde gogo dancers. This year is presented in partnership with Birmingham house collective Hooker Club, and features a headline DJ set from Corin.

Ariah Lester

New York’s alternative opera and cabaret star Joseph Keckler, who counts Amy Schumer among his fans, will present ‘In Concert’ his intimate evening of ecstatic art-pop songs. Choreographer Marco Berrettini, a student of Pina Bausch, and former German disco-dancing champion 1979 presents iFeel2, an elegant and repetitive dance in a tropical dream-world. Visual artist Miet Warlop is also set to make her long overdue mainstage UK debut. Alongside the more established artists at this year’s festival, Fierce is proud to be providing an international platform for a new generation making their UK debuts.

Events will be taking place at:

Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Repertory Theatre


Floodgate Street Warehouse

Midlands Arts Centre

Medicine Gallery

Quantum Events Centre

VIVID Projects

Warwick Arts Centre

Arena Theatre

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