2022 marks the 25th birthday of Fierce, one of the UK’s most daring arts festivals. In celebration we’re delighted to support a long-held ambition of theirs to bring the extraordinary large-scale public realm project, Key to the City. Be one of the thousands of Brummies to award someone the Key to the City - a ceremonial honour - but also a physical Yale key that will unlock 21 private and intriguing places around Birmingham and Solihull.

Dance makes its way to the city for the return of Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF).  As part of BIDF, we are excited to welcome back the inclusive dance project Critical Mass for their world premiere performance, SENSE.  Birmingham’s mass tap-dancing extravaganza, Tappin’ In, has its grand finale in Brindley Place for the city’s largest tap-dancing lesson and Shim Sham.

June 17 marks the launch of Birmingham 2022 Festival’s multi-genre concept album, On Record, a sonic love letter to Birmingham. Featuring 11 brand-new tracks from the likes of UB40, Dapz on the Map and Bambi Bains, On Record will be available to stream on all platforms as well as a limited vinyl release. On Record: In Conversation events are ongoing in June, with a special On Record Live performance from Elle Chante.

Acclaimed Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke reimagines the Queen Victoria statue in Victoria Square for his first temporary public sculpture with Ikon Gallery, Foreign Exchange. Birmingham City Centre also sees the launch of Jacob Chandler’s One Giant Leap for Humankind. With sport and art going hand in hand, Chandler’s sculpture captures an athlete full of power and dynamism. 

Eastside Projects launches their series of exhibitions, kicking off with Amy Lam’s Looty Goes to Heaven, an animation piece exploring the life of the Pekinese dog taken from China and gifted to Queen Victoria. Rajni Perera’s large-scale exhibition, Traveller, builds a complex, energised diaspora of climate refugees, habitats and survival mechanisms set against rapidly transforming landscapes.

Towards the end of June, and in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, Fierce continues their 25th celebrations with Healing Gardens of Bab. The festival champions queer culture and histories through performances, artworks and events featuring queer artists and collectives from across the Commonwealth.