Artsfest is a weekend jam-packed with every kind of art form you can think of- music, dance, literature and visual arts, all in the city of Birmingham. It’s a free festival and you’re bound to find something of interest to you, no matter what your age is. Artsfest 2011 is running all through out this weekend and I decided to check it out yesterday.
After a bit of general shopping in Birmingham, or rather a fruitless jaunt to a Post Office, my friend and I went down to the many arts and crafts stalls in the city centre.
There was some beautiful jewellery on display. I loved this bicycle pendant from Kist Jewellery and these doll pendants too. There’s a love of vintage inspired necklaces and earrings on their website if that’s your kind of thing.
There was also some beautiful jewellery on a stall from Vicki Marks. Sadly I couldn’t take pictures, but I did end up taking this gorgeous pendant home with me. I love my costume jewellery, but I’m also a fan of this kind of intricate design too. It does need a chain though, so if anyone can suggest a nice gold chain that would go with this I would greatly appreciate it!
We also found a stall with some cute button jewellery, amongst other things. These pieces were handmade by Sarah Myatt in Leek, Staffordshire, which was quite nice to find out as Staffordshire was a good home to me and the rest of the Wardrobe bloggers too. As well as jewellery, Sarah also designs greetings cards, so be sure to have a look at her website.
Other than jewellery, there were a lot of art prints, totes and little mice tempting me too..
Ruth Green’s stall was full of very adorable screen prints, bags, cards and illustrations.
If you go to her website here you can see more of her stuff, as well as a few upcoming events that she’s going to be at, such as the Palace Art Fair in London. I spent a long time gazingly lovingly at a lot of these prints, especially the owl above.
Another stall we spent a long time at was one run by the Creative Open Workshops. The run craft workshops at their studio in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and they’re going to be starting a knitting class soon. I’d love to be able to knit as my mum has loads of old knitting needles in her cupboards and I can’t use them as I don’t know how. Sad face.
The stall had samples of things people will be able to have a go at making in the future.
If you’d like to attend any of their workshops, just visit their website here to find their upcoming workshops and their address. The lovely ladies on this stall gave us a little badge with their logo on to take with us, so thank you ladies!
Another of my favourite stalls was one which sold craft kits, to make your own Penny Mouse and owls. These little kits come with needles, thread, material and a penny piece, so if you know someone who is really into their crafts, or mice, then I think they would make great Christmas presents. They come in a variety of materials and patterns, and may or may not like teapots (see below). Visit A Little Bit of Annie to find out more.
After browsing all the stalls, we decided to chill out by some of the music stages. We spent a long time sitting on the steps in Victoria Square listening to some local musicians, as well as the spending some time at the stage in Centenary Square.
There was a lot of great music on Saturday and it was good to hear some homegrown talent. Talking of music, my friend and I visited the Home of Metal exhibition in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery durinh Artsfest. I have lots of great pics from that which I’ll be writing about later.
ArtsFest has a lot to offer to anyone interested in the cultural heritage of Birmingham or simply interested in any kind of art form. There was lots going on, such as tours of the Electric Cinema, which is the oldest working cinema in the UK, buskers, Zumba, dance shows and various seminars. And sadly we didn’t stay till the very end of the day, which culminated in a performance from the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Birmingham Opera Company.
If you’re heading up to Birmingham today, be sure to sample some of the delights that ArtsFest 2011 has to offer. There’s going to be a performance by Guillemots on the Centenary Square Stage at 9.15 this evening which is well worth going to see. I’ve seen them live twice and they were amazing on both times.
For times and venues of events, visit Artfest.org.uk.
Have you visited ArtsFest yet? If so, what did you think?
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