Fierce transform a number of locations in Birmingham city centre with unique installations, art and events for everybody. Under the creative direction of a powerful ensemble of next generation LGBTQIA+ arts leaders, they collaborate with artists from Canada to New Zealand. Babylon’s hanging gardens were built as a luscious sanctuary for Queen Amytis in an unfamiliar city, because she missed the mountains and greenery of her homeland. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, they are the only wonder whose existence is disputed. Some suggest the gardens are a figment of the ancient imagination.

The Healing Gardens of Bab are a paradise that uplift alternative expressions of gender, sexuality and family. The gardens are a space to reflect on the violent erasure enforced by British Empire and to celebrate the many sexual identities that are not translatable into English. Together we will create our own future folklore.

More details of the full-to-bursting programme will be released in spring 2022. There will be numerous opportunities to get involved from costume workshops, performance opportunities, talks and discussions, crafting and more.

This project forms part of Fierce’s very special 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Volunteer Callout

Fierce are looking for a team of volunteers to help make Healing Gardens of Bab a magical place for the people of Birmingham this summer. 

Get first-hand experience working on a festival and join an incredible community of cultural activists. You will be acting as a main point of contact for information about the Healing Gardens of Bab programme, helping audiences navigate events and providing event support with the production team. 

For more information, visit this link here.

Please email to register your interest.


Generously supported by the Paul Hamyln Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom and Creative New Zealand.