2023 is building a legacy from Route 34: Embracing Cultures from Moving Souls Dance engagement as co-producer with North BirminghamAlliance.
This commission from the B2022 Festival commissioned an anthem We Rise from Ken Burton involving 17 Community choirs singing in Symphony Hall and across Birmingham in large scale outdoor venues including the Bull Ring. 11 Queen Costumes inspired by the Caribbean National Flowers were designed by Clary Salandy and led a procession of over 100 children, young people and adults from ACE dance and music community groups in lively dance processions across these events. For engaging videos of these participatory events see:
We Rise Anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKNr2o0rN9c&t=13s
Birmingham Hippodrome event:
There will be a new Birmingham 2023 Festival and Birmingham weekender Festival hosted in Birmingham during the summer of 2023.
Producer development opportunity for two early career project managers in outdoor arts & carnival events
Moving Souls Dance will be offering a producer development opportunity to 2 diverse producers to engage and co-produce a variety of events over the summer in partnership with NBA/Ace dance and music and Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton. For details of this click here
Working with Artists and Professional Companies:
We are delighted to be working with North Birmingham Alliance (ACE dance and music, Black Voices, Black Arts Forum and Legacy Centre of Excellence) on the project Embracing Cultures. (Website page coming). This programme will be seen on the streets of Birmingham during the summer showcasing a colourful display of Caribbean and Birmingham flowers in a dazzling bouquet of delight from July to September. Details will be uploaded here: link tbc
We have joined with women’s sewing groups in Birchfield and Yardley and Forest School groups in Handsworth Park and Perry Hall Park to create the first carnival costume for Birmingham’s Flora which has been designed by Anna Lewis. Ginnie is the producer for this community project, designer maker Kate Morris and local artists Shiam, Eleanor (Forest Schools) and Bano (Kwateen Creative Minds) to involve community groups in the co-creation of this magnificent carnival costume. See (participatory page for images).
Moving Souls Dance will continue to work with Jai Jagat UK, Footsteps, Climate Action Network West Midlands (CANWM) and West Midlands Climate Coalition on a number of participatory projects raising awareness with young people and families about how we can make a difference to support the target of Net Zero CO2 by 2030.