On Saturday January 25th 2014, Professional Incredibles, Our Big Gig Extra, Birmingham City Council, Near Neighbours and All Saints Centre invited people from all walks of life, from across Birmingham, to try something new with someone new.
We know that trying new things and socializing with others is beneficial, both on individual and community level. Research by the Young Foundation has found that wellbeing is higher amongst people who have regular contact with their neighbours and that knowing people in our local area, even if is just to say hello, can have a big impact on how secure and happy we feel about where we live.
With this in mind, Brum Together wanted to celebrate and showcase ways in which you can get involved with those around you, try out new experiences and improve your wellbeing in the process.
Over 30 different organisations and practitioners got involved with Brum Together, and over 90 people came the event. It was awesome, even if we do say so ourselves 😉
The whole day gave the opportunity to learn about a new hobby or skill, with the likes of Circus Mash, on hand teaching a variety of circus skills. There was also support from theatre practitioner Hermione Sethi, who led a playful drama workshop, and the very talented Hasret Brown Art, pattern maker Hasret Brown offered up her unusual geometric arts and craft sessions.
We also enjoyed performances from a really talented bunch of artists such as Culture Shock, and Mendi Singh. Culture Shock shared with us a very special session from their highlight performance from the previous year’s project, whilst Mendi Singh treated the crowd to a lesson in singing and tabla rhythms.
Also the talented Capoeira Cordão De Ouro Birmingham treated us to an indoor performance, due to the rain, however the heavy downpour did not dampen the group’s spirits, throwing a performance with elements of fight, play and dance; Capoeira Cordão De Ouro were awesome!
Not forgetting the premiere performance from Drum Together Brum, the inspirational community music project led by percussionist Damon Wilding.
A big thank you to the Soulful Lebanese Bakery for the catering and also thank you to everyone who brought along a homemade creation to share with the rest of the community. Biggups to whoever made that rhubarb strudel – it was yummy!
And a massive THANK YOU to all our workshop practitioners and special guests from Mary Street Gurdwara, All Saints Centre, Gillian and Jake Lever, All Saints Community Arts, Avtar Singh, Revd. David Warbrick,Our Big Gig Extra, Near Neighbours, Professional Incredibles, Culture Shock, Hasret Brown Art, CircusMASH, Soulful Lebanese Bakery, Hermione Sethi, Mendi Singh, Drum Together Brum led by Damon Wilding and Capoeira Cordão de Ouro Birmingham.