Inspired in Birmingham

Birmingham City University has launched a festival showcasing the brightest emerging talent in the arts across Birmingham

Inspired 2014 is a festival of summer performances, exhibitions and workshops highlighting the wealth of creative talent being nurtured and developed in the region and was officially launched by Birmingham City University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan.

Visitors to the launch evening also had the opportunity to visit Birmingham Institute of Art and Design’s Graduate Shows whilst enjoying performances by The Parkside String Quartet from Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University.

After an opening speech by Professor Allan, the launch event featured robotics and displays from the School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems alongside recitals by students from the School of English. Closing the event was a dynamic musical performance from the headline grabbing show ‘Heterophobia’ by the School of Acting, before guests were encouraged to visit the graduate shows that filled the building.  

The six-week Inspired Festival shines a spotlight on budding artists, actors, designers, engineers, writers, musicians and more from Birmingham City University, as the institution opens its doors to the people of the city and the wider community.

Professor Cliff Allan said: “The creativity evident at Inspired isn’t an isolated example of the productive abilities of this city but part of Birmingham’s capacity to compete with anywhere else, in the UK or overseas, in making, designing, thinking and achieving.

Running until 28 June, ‘Inspired’ will feature a range of music and literature performances, fashion shows, theatre productions, art, media and technology exhibitions as well as elements of Birmingham Made Me – an annual celebration of the city’s design and manufacturing heritage.

For the full programme of events and for more information, visit

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