Fierce Festival

FWD 2017

Fierce is an international festival of cross art form performance centred in Birmingham. The festival embraces theatre, dance, music, installations, activism, digital practices and parties. It was founded in 1998 by Mark Ball, now Artistic Director at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). The current Artistic Director of Fierce, Aaron Wright, is an alumni of the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme. Seed funding for ten live artists, four of which will be commissioned to develop projects for Fierce 2017

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The festival has developed a ‘slow burn’ programming model centred around developing and commissioning new works specific to the city, alongside national and international touring works reworked for Birmingham. FWD is a professional development programme that sits within the wider festival.

Eleven artists were selected to receive a £500 micro bursary and professional support in developing a new project. The following artists were selected for Fierce FWD 2017: Emily Warner, Benedict Stewardson, James Harris, Louisa Robbin, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Myah Jeffers, Kaye Winwood & Olivia WinteringhamSean Burns, Suriya Aisha, Thomas Doherty, and Vivian Chinasa Ezugha.

Three FWD projects have been selected for presentation as part of Fierce Festival in October 2017: to care by Louisa Robbin, $elfie$ by Marikiscrycrycry (Malik Nashad Sharpe) and Be the Change: An Edwardian Tearoom Late by Vivian Chinasa Ezugha and collaborators.

Fierce festival 2016. Permutations in the City by Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon. Photo: Courtesy of Fierce Festival.