Busy bee

 

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This summer I have four composition projects on the go, I have never composed so much in my life! It is great but I can’t wait to have some down time (which means only thinking about one piece at a time… ) It has been a busy summer.

 

Fun with Cancer Patients

I have just completed work on a project commissioned by Fierce Festival called ‘Fun with Cancer Patients’. Lead (performance) artist is Brian Lobel:

Brian Lobel has drawn on his own experience of cancer treatment as a young adult to facilitate a series of ‘actions’ by Birmingham teenage cancer patients. These actions are self-initiated and designed to be of value to the teenagers themselves in processing their experience of cancer. These actions took place following a workshop process over the summer of 2013. The exhibition documents these activities, alongside reflections from medical professionals. “

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Movements Fi Make

Finding time to write this blog post has proven to be a mission… Nearly in April already! Seriously, wtf!  Time (yes, a constant) appears to racing ahead, feel like I am going to wake up an elderly woman at this rate! Anyway, I’ve some great projects happening at the moment.  Continue reading “Movements Fi Make”

Kismet and Flatpack

Not sure whether I have mentioned this, but last year through conversation with miss Rose, started a project called Kismet. We are a group of likeminded creatives who want to run exciting, innovative activities in the cafe space at club PST (cuppled with nice tea and cake). I was in talks about using the space with Pecka and Specta well over a year ago, but didn’t have the time or capacity to run alone, meeting someone with a similar idea meant we could move further quicker.

We’ve hosted a taster event, fundraiser and are going to be hosting a space as part of Flatpack Film Festival. We are really excited about this.

“….in conjunction with Flatpack Film Festival, Kismet will host a chill-out space for those in need of a little respite in between events.

Armed with seasonal herbal teas, freshly made cakes, samosas, mellowing incense, short films, sound and animation, our love child of grassroots local creatives will provide the perfect atmosphere to relax, converse and sit back to experience some of the finest artistic talents to come from Birmingham and beyond.

All this and more, with a specially designed Sound/Art installation…”

Staring Stina Jones, Leon Trimble and little me.

flatpack and fierce festival

is on!

If you fancy yourself some culture and supporting curators championing arts in the city, best check out two festivals running concurrently this week. Fierce is all about live art, Flatpack is all about film – bringing it to unusual spaces.

Thanks for having mfg! play tunes at your launch party last night, we had fun and weren’t those whisky drinks naughty!

Here are my choices for the week:

Today: Flatpack – Shadow Shows @ The Patrick Centre 19:30 – 20:30 £8/£6.

Thurs: Flatpack – Mothwasp – it’s Matt’s (beat 13) band, said I’d support/ Might peep this first, Shorts on Walls – Birmingham based animation @ The Dirty End. Both on 18:30 – 20:30 & Free entry.

Friday: Fierce – 14:00 From Queerfest to Fierce @ The Dirty End (chat about the festival itself)
Fierce – Human Salvage: a night of club performance – sounds crazy. 20:00 – 02:00

Flatpack – 18:00 Prostitue @ mac £6.50

Saturday: Fierce – Burningham @ Feast & Prayer @ The Old library – gonna listen to prayers
Flatpack – Vintage mobile cinema @ St Martins Church – Free entry 10:00 – 16:00

Rubber – about a psycho tyre which starts killing people. £6.50 @ Electric Cinema 19:00
Sunday: Welcome to the Jungle @ mac Hexagon, Free – documentary about punk, reggae and bhangra heritage in the city. 12:30pm

Shambala!

The mamas have been asked to DJ at Shambala Festival! We are very grateful to Dan and the Shambala Festival crew for having us back, tis a wonderful intimate festival, boasting a music lover’s selection of artists and lots of other fun shenanigans you can get up to. If you wanna catch us we shall be playing at the bar on Friday between 16:00 and 18:00.

Sister 45 has pledged to base her Saturday night costume as Lady Gaga, in typical can’t be bothered fooked, lazy style I shall leave it to the last minute, any suggestions? What you going as?