A Matter Of Life And Death

Arts & Cultural Festival*

8 - 14 May 2017

What does it mean to have a ‘good death’? This May, a new arts festival is taking place in Birmingham which takes on the subject of death and dying. As part of National Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017, which takes place from 8 to 14 May, A Matter Of Life And Death festival will host an eclectic lineup of events, performances, exhibitions and workshops, encouraging creative and cultural reflection and discussion on life, death and everything in-between. Activities and performances take place at mac Birmingham and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery throughout the week.

Festival highlights include: an interactive eat-along experience exploring the history of funeral food, a hands-on willow coffin weaving workshop, a ‘Death Disco’, a visit to a Natural Burial Ground and Crematorium. mac will also host a preview performance of an exciting new theatre production from two Birmingham based artists, The Death Show on Sunday 14 May.

The programme offers plenty of opportunity to join the conversation and debate the issues around death and end of life care at panel talks and ‘death cafes’. Also discover practical knowledge about how to plan a funeral, and find out more about what you can do to help someone cope with dying, death and bereavement.

The festival is organised by BrumYODO, a community collective which raises awareness of death and dying in Birmingham. BrumYODO brings together organisations and individuals including funeral directors, hospices, hospitals, clinicians, artists and theatre groups to host a series of events across the city, all around the subject of death and dying.

BrumYODO Chair, Carrie Weekes said:
“We are really looking forward to this year’s Dying Matters Week where we can promise lots of exciting and interesting events. Everything we do is aiming to encourage people to feel comfortable talking about death and dying with their friends, family and community. It is by talking about death and dying that we can remove some of the fears and taboos that can exist in society.”

For more information about BrumYODO, please visit brumYODO.org.uk.

* Please be aware, filming will take place across the festival and will be used to produce a short online film. Please alert a member of staff if you do not want to be filmed.

Main image: Woodland by French & Mottershead, imageⒸthe artists.

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