Fierce! is an international performance festival produced by Fierce Earth that has taken place annually in and around Birmingham, England since 1997. The launch of the 2004 festival, in May in Birmingham, England, was a group of hot air balloons that drifted over Birmingham's streets in the early hours of the morning playing soft music to "encourage dreams related to the music". In May 2007, the artwork Una White was created as part of the festival. The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and Birmingham Hippodrome also collaborate heavily in the events.

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  • Fierce! is an international performance festival produced by Fierce Earth that has taken place annually in and around Birmingham, England since 1997. The launch of the 2004 festival, in May in Birmingham, England, was a group of hot air balloons that drifted over Birmingham's streets in the early hours of the morning playing soft music to "encourage dreams related to the music". In May 2007, the artwork Una White was created as part of the festival. Fierce! 11 will be held over the May Bank Holiday, 23 to 26 May 2008 and the artists taking part in the festival will be chosen by way of a public vote. The voting is due to commence on 20 March 2008 and conclude on 11 April 2008. The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and Birmingham Hippodrome also collaborate heavily in the events. In 2011 Fierce Festival reappeared after several years absence under the new joint artistic direction of Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison with the tagline 'Live Art. Collision. Super Local. Hyper Now.' In 2013 Fierce launched Club Fierce XXX featuring New York rapper Cakes Da Killa grime MC Roxxxan, and electro punk satirist Quilla Constance. The festival has also presented performances by numerous artists including Ron Athey, Franko B, Gob Squad, Tim Miller, Forced Entertainment and more. (en)
  • Fierce Festival is a youthful and joy-filled festival of international theatre, performance and experiences which takes place in and around Birmingham, England every two years since 1998. The first festival of theatre and performance originally launched as Queerfest. Founded by Mark Ball, who went onto be Artistic Director at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) 2009 – 2017, and then joined Manchester International Festival as Creative Director. It was renamed Fierce! Festival in 1999 with the strap-line ‘the festival that bites’ – partly in response to a desire to be inclusive to an audience who craved the unusual, the edgy and the spectacular and also to reflect a more intersectional politic. Over the years, the festival, its audience and its notoriety grew. The launch of the 2004 festival, in May in Birmingham, England, was a group of hot air balloons that drifted over Birmingham's streets in the early hours of the morning playing soft music to "encourage dreams related to the music". In 2005 Benjamin Verdonck’s The Great Swallow presented on the side of the Bullring Rotunda in May 2005, locally became known as the "Birdman of Birmingham". In May 2007, the artwork Una White was created as part of the festival. In 2009 Mark left the festival and Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison took over as joint festival directors. The duo introduced a ‘slow burn’ programming model centred around developing and commissioning new works specific to the city, alongside national and international touring works reworked for Birmingham. They produced five editions of Fierce Festival as joint artistic directors between 2009 and 2015. Laura now works as Director of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and Harun works with Helen Walker, as part of the collective practice THEY ARE HERE. In 2013 Fierce launched Club Fierce XXX featuring New York rapper Cakes Da Killa grime MC Roxxxan, and electro punk satirist Quilla Constance. In 2016, Aaron Wright became Artistic Director and the first festival under his leadership took place in 2017 The festival has also presented performances by numerous artists including Ron Athey, Franko B, Gob Squad, Tim Miller, Forced Entertainment and more. (en)
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  • Fierce! is an international performance festival produced by Fierce Earth that has taken place annually in and around Birmingham, England since 1997. The launch of the 2004 festival, in May in Birmingham, England, was a group of hot air balloons that drifted over Birmingham's streets in the early hours of the morning playing soft music to "encourage dreams related to the music". In May 2007, the artwork Una White was created as part of the festival. The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and Birmingham Hippodrome also collaborate heavily in the events. (en)
  • Fierce Festival is a youthful and joy-filled festival of international theatre, performance and experiences which takes place in and around Birmingham, England every two years since 1998. The first festival of theatre and performance originally launched as Queerfest. Founded by Mark Ball, who went onto be Artistic Director at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) 2009 – 2017, and then joined Manchester International Festival as Creative Director. In May 2007, the artwork Una White was created as part of the festival. (en)
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