Event Information

Free | 7.00pm – 8.00pm

This lecture performance by multi-disciplinary artist Claire Cunningham explores her artistic practice – specifically the use / misuse, study and distortion of crutches as artistic practice and how they shape her work. In the widest sense, Claire’s work has shifted from explorations about the connection between the crutches and the body, to how the crutches connect her to the world. 
The lecture/performance contains BSL interpretation and has audio description embedded.
BSL interpreted by Rachael Veazey.


A four-day programme of FREE events  

BE FESTIVAL exists to challenge and turn the notion of theatre upside down, crossing borders, creative disciplines and blurring boundaries between audiences and artists. After 13 years, this summer’s programme will be the last iteration of the festival as we know it. From 3 – 11 June 2022, you are being invited to celebrate everything that has made BE FESTIVAL unique. 

As part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, BE FESTIVAL are delighted to welcome Fabrice Mazliah / Work of Act, formerly MAMAZA (Germany) with the UK premiere of Garden State. From 8 – 11 June, the artists will be presenting this durational installation and unique event space. Having knocked on doors of residents from across the city, we invited them to help transform the MAC’s main stage into an exotic ephemeral communal garden made up of their favourite houseplants. The result is a social oasis, a utopian island. 

Come and enjoy a range of FREE events and activities including yoga sessions, a photography workshop, talks, performances, short film screenings, open mic sessions and concerts featuring artists; Amit Dattani, David Austin Grey, Modified Toy Orchestra plus spoken word from Birmingham’s Poet Laureate Casey Bailey. This four day festival culminates in a closing party on Saturday night with DJ Glynn Phillips who will be mixing and blending a range of exuberant Afro-Latin grooves, soul, Balkan beats, funk, hi-life and more.

Garden State has something for everyone and you are invited to drop-in, mingle, make friends and have a chat with the artists and participants in this informal, relaxed environment. All events are free to attend but some may require booking in advance. 

For more information and details about the Garden State programme, please visit www.befestival.org.