Last year 100+ international street artists and 9,000 visitors made took over Birmingham's streets - help us make it happen again and keep it free for all.
Online PR News – 21-May-2015 – Birmingham UK – Last September over 9,000 visitors flocked to the streets to witness
the spectacle that is City of Colours, one of the UK’s biggest urban art festivals. The team has launched their Kickstarter campaign to help raise £15,000 towards the running costs of the free event held in the heart of Birmingham.
Festival Founder, Becci Wright, said: “The free event costs a staggering £85,000 to put on and with only some of the costs covered by Arts Council Funding and private sponsorship, there’s a shortfall that the public can help us with”.
Donations from £1 to £1,000 are welcome and there is an exciting range of ‘rewards’ available in return for donations; ranging from VIP passes to the event, limited edition prints, to having your faces immortailised as a piece of street art.
Dubbed the Notting Hill Carnival of Birmingham, City of Colours is a free celebration of urban culture and is open to all.
This year’s event is planned for September 12th 2015 and hopes to see 15,000+ visitors flock to Birmingham’s creative hub, Digbeth, to witness 100’s of street artists, graffiti writers, musicians, performers and much more in this celebration of all things ‘urban’.
The festival is run by a small, dedicated team who, aside from blood sweat and tears, rely largely on public funding to make the festival happen.
More than just a festival
The festival is much more than a one day event and has a commitment to engaging local youth and marginalized groups. With a series of outreach activities launching from June, the team will be working with a number of schools and youth groups in some of Birmingham’s most disadvantaged areas. The orgainsers are focused on working with younger people from Ladywood, an inner-city constituency with the third highest rate of childhood poverty in the UK. They aim to provide opportunities to engage and inspire the city’s next generation of creatives.
Amazing Artistic Talent Coming to the City
The event will see over one hundred artists, who will bring the streets alive with colour, including the likes of Lucy McLauchlan, Inkie, Gent 48, N4T4, Pixel Pancho, and Phlegm. Alongside live painting there will be a huge range of visual performances, eight music stages, workshops, street food and a large market hall. B Boys, circus performers, beat boxers, steel drums and capoeira will all be on display in what’s set to be one the city’s most exciting cultural events of the year.
Festival Founder, Becci Wright, added: “Although there is no entry fee, we would urge anyone who plans to visit the event to donate any amount they can to help ensure the festival stays free. Promoting community cohesion is one of our key objectives, and it’s very important to us that the event remains accessible to all”.
To help support the City of Colours Festival please visit their Kickstarter fundraising platform: