Transforming Narratives

Transforming Narratives is a three year project which aims to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary South Asian arts practice, presenting multi-art forms through an artistic exchange programme, for the mutual benefit of Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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Transforming Narratives (Birmingham, Pakistan, Bangladesh) 

This initiative is working to deliver a step-change in the cultural relationships between Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh and to focus on the reciprocal exchange of contemporary cultural practices between these countries and the UK. 

These are:

  • Artistic programme
  • Cultural leadership development 
  • Audience development and engagement with a strong focus on diversity 
  • Archiving culturally diverse work produced by minority ethnic artists
  • Critical exchange and dialogue /Reflections on practice and intercultural relations

Our mission:

  • To carry out an exploration of identities, stories and cities through an ambitious artistic exchange programme. Develop a new generation of artists, creative producers and cultural leaders from Pakistan, Bangladesh and within Birmingham’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities
  • To provide development opportunities to showcase innovative but lesser known and less established artists practicing in Pakistan, Bangladesh and in Birmingham
  • Reshape our understanding of arts practice, city place-making and creative engagement with diversity
  • To develop an international cultural programme through an audience-led approach, placing community consultation and engagement at the heart of the development process to ensure the programme has meaning and relevance to local communities; encouraging more engagement with the arts within those communities
  • To strengthen and develop sustainable cultural relationships between Birmingham’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities and contemporary society in Pakistan and Bangladesh
  • Create new narratives and telling old stories through a contemporary lens,which have resonance in all three places
  • Through international exchange working with Bangladesh and Pakistan, to support more creative dialogue and collaboration between larger and smaller cultural organisations/creative practitioners/artists across different parts of Birmingham leading to a collective, shared cultural offer as an international city
  • Reach diverse audiences using new technologies and digital engagement 

Transforming Narratives is a three year initiative, managed by Culture Central, and being delivered in partnership with The British Council and 12 diverse Birmingham-based cultural partners. It has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme and support from the British Council. 

Our partners:

  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Birmingham Repertory Theatre
  • Fierce Festival
  • Ikon Gallery
  • Kalaboration
  • Legacy West Midlands
  • Midlands Arts Centre
  • Sampad
  • Sonia Sabri Company
  • Soul City Arts / Aerosol Arabic

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Our Funders:

  • Arts Council England
  • The British Council

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