Festival: Fierce Festival, various venues, Birmingham, until April 8
The programme for this year’s Fierce Festival is a mix of the weird, wonderful and, occasionally, completely wacky.
Events kicked off last weekend with a live sculpture of the UN assembly room outside the Ikon Gallery that had local dachshund dogs posing as members.
The festival, which showcases underground, renegade and queer culture through contemporary arts, also saw audiences taking part in a participatory installation where they had to lie on their backs and gaze upwards at views of Spaghetti Junction.
There's still plenty to come over the next week with events set to include free haircuts in exchange for political conversation, a secret club night where guests enjoy the music blindfolded and a sound experiment involving your mobile phone and a former member of The Pogues.
Jem Finer, the Pogue in question, will perform a Mobile Sinfonia at Birmingham's Symphony Hall where audience members will be able to download special ringtones to become part of the composition.
Also on the alternative Easter weekend line-up is a workshop by Juneau projects where participants will be given the chance to make working instruments out of cardboard and play them on the Symphony Hall stage.
Later in the evening the 8 bit Lounge will transport their monthly club night to the space, bringing with them a selection of retro arcade game machines for revellers to enjoy.
Ron Athey will appear at the Old Science Museum with a performance focused on automatic writing. Participants will be put into a lightly hypnotised state to complete written tasks for interpretation.
There will also be a series of walks and talks taking place throughout the city including Mette Evardsen’s project featuring ‘human books’.
Performers who have memorised entire novels and texts will be reciting them to visitors at Birmingham central Library each day throughout the festival.
- For a full list of events see the festival programme.