ArtsFest – What to do?

I’ll no doubt do another long an rambling post on “what should be done” with ArtsFest (next weekend chappies) as a whole, but here I want you to collectively tell me what I should go see.

You see, the problem with ArtsFest is that it’s BIG (the “biggest” – not the best – free arts festival in the UK) and not particularly structured — I think curated is the word we’re dancing round. It’s also mostly full of people doing their thang for nowt, so there aren’t many (any almost) names you will have heard of. So it’s impossible (especially on paper) to get a good idea of what’s worth seeing.

But here’s my plan — the vast majority of artists are Brummies, so by the rules of networks someone here must know almost all of them (or know someone, who knows etc…). And let’s face it, we know when our mates are any good. Don’t expect you to say anyone you know personally isn’t worth seeing (if you can’t say anything nice), but if they are then tell us all here in the comments.

The Big Paws is going to send studio dogsbody Dylan to report on what you tell us to go see, and report back.

So do tell (and here’s Matt Somerville’s searchable guide to help).

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  • lizgarlinge

    I *would* say this, but I will be recommending people come down to the Birmingham Photospace marquee to have their portraits taken by one of our fab professional photographers. Have your photo taken, and become part of the exhibition we're building of Birmingham's people over the weekend.
    For more information see our blog post.

  • Den34

    OLD SCHOOL TIE – 6pm Saturday – Victoria Square … are definitely worth a look. Have seen them a few times and always get me dancing. Great band!

  • HINGe -1.00-1.30pm Sunday – St Paul's Gallery, nr St Paul's Square. Well-known indie/rock band from Birmingham play at this bespoke satellite venue just a short hop from the main stages. Set amongst the largest collection of retro album art, it should make a very interesting and unique backdrop

  • May well check them out, might have to take issue with the term “well-known” tho’ ;)

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  • SailorAnnie

    I'm ashamed to say I haven't seen them live yet, so will definitely be checking them out. If you can get there for 5pm, the excellent Million Empire on the stage beforehand.

  • SailorAnnie

    This will be a good one. I've seen HINGe lots of times, but this gallery will be a really interesting venue. Apparently it's the world's largest retailer and exhibitor of hand signed album cover art prints.

  • SailorAnnie

    There are guided walks around Key Hill Cemetery on both Saturday and Sunday, looking at famous graves, including Joseph Chamberlain and members of the Bird's Custard family. Sounds interesting. Well, I'm going anyway!

  • A.D

    It's not obvious from the Artsfest brochure (character limit on their descriptions put Twitter to shame!) but there's an 'Are you Dave Gorman'-ish thing happening on the main stage, Saturday afternoon.

    There are prizes up for grabs… as long as your name is Carol. (Or anybody else if they can knock up a fake ID between now and Saturday in the name of Geoff Carroll or something…)

  • I'd also recommend Old School Tie at 6pm Saturday on the Victoria Square stage, and Battle For Prague @ 10pm on Friday at The Flapper (disclaimer is I manage them)

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