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The Alternative Village Fete at Birmingham Weekender

The Alternative Village Fete at Birmingham Weekender

As part of the Birmingham Weekender 2017, Home Live Art will transform the city’s much-loved Bull Ring Open Markets into an Alternative Village Fete. This one-off Sunday opening will see the market traders setting up stall alongside interactive performances and installations, embracing the best bits of a traditional village fete with an alternative Brummie twist.

Artists featured in the Alternative Village Fete include:

Tea And Sympathy by Christopher Green

With a team of local elders and hosted by the inimitable Ida Barr, OAP music Hall star turned rapper, Tea and Sympathy explores the age old notion that a problem shared is a problem halved. Take tea with Ida Barr and friends, sit down with a friendly stranger, and benefit from the wealth of life experience that the older generation has to offer.

OUR ARCADE by Amy Pennington

An interactive installation of lovingly handmade arcade games, visitors will be invited to Our Arcade to take part, have a go, and play on some truly unique games that deal with hot topics such as climate change, our world leaders and the NHS all in a fun and thought-provoking way…expect subversive fun and pound shop prizes!

Carboot Disco Bingo by Megan Clark-Bagnall and Jasmine Loveys

Cross the numbers off your bingo card as we draw them out of the bingo ball machine, learn the disco dance moves for each number as we go through the game, and win yourselves some fabulous prizes out the back of  our car boot.

The What Have You Got to Hide Tombola by Rachel Mars

‘If you’ve done nothing wrong you’ve got nothing to hide’. Come and find out just how bad you’ve been, and see what you can win when you gamble with your personal information!

Race Cards by Selina Thompson

Exploring questions about race and identity, Race Cards is a constantly growing installation and archive, undertaken in aid of Selina’s research for ‘As Wide And As Deep As The Sea’. Each version never takes the same form twice. It’s been a card game, a durational performance, and an 18 hour one-to-one.

Be Original with Lorraine Bowen

Loraine will be singing some of her catchy choruses including her famous Crumble Song, in her brand new quirky children’s show.  Come and join Lorraine (Britain’s Got Talent, David Walliams’ Golden Buzzer) for a micro express version of a song writing and musical show for children aged 8 – 10 years.

Den City by 815 Agency

A mega den building project for young, old and everyone in between. With den kits provided by the 815 Agency crew, and imagination provided by you, let’s take over the market with a city of


The Alternative Village Fete will also host a fabulous line up of local artists – to view the full programme for the day have a look at our page on the Birmingham Weekender website

  • When Sunday 24th September 2017
  • Time 11am - 4pm
  • Where Bull Ring Open Markets, Birmingham

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