Neighbourhood Futures Festival 2024: What's On

Four days of fun and thought-provoking activity supporting neighbourhood climate transition.

Thursday 27th June

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Friday 28th June

Mobile Share Shack Van

With The Active Wellbeing Society

The Active Wellbeing Society Mobile Share Shack Van travels on regular routes across Birmingham and contains a number of items that people can borrow for free. This includes gardening tools, household tools, sports equipment, books and games. People can also donate items or pass on items to be repaired. In doing this, items can be reused and recycled. People can save money, be more active and save unwanted items going to landfill. Upon signing up for a Birmingham Wellbeing Service card people can begin borrowing items. (please bring proof of address for first loan!)

How can we better research mental health?

With Dr Kanwal Mand and the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham

The engagement event is to explore how we can do research into mental health ‘better’ – in ways that better reflect the needs, priorities and desires of the diverse local communities of the West Midlands. Specifically, the two-hour drop-in workshop will offer an interactive space for participants to express through art and crafts their perspectives on both research and mental health. Participants will experience the opportunity to represent their thoughts and ideas through arts-based activities set up on three different tables with specific themes: 1. What is research? 2. What does mental health mean to you? 3. What is essential to good mental health? Each table will be hosted by a member of the research team and there will be art and craft materials provided, as appropriate to the specific activity of each table (i.e. paint, paper, plasticine).

Maker Monday

With STEAMhouse

Join us for a taster of one of Birmingham’s most established creative events. STEAMhouse, a new centre for innovation and creation, runs Maker Monday. The event brings talented people from different backgrounds in the arts, science, technology, engineering and maths – the STEAM sectors – to bring amazing new ideas to life.

Follow Maker Monday: Twitter @Maker_Monday; Insta: makermonday #MakerMonday.

Follow STEAMhouse: www.steamhouse.org.uk | Insta steamhouse_uk | Twitter @STEAMhouseUK | Facebook @STEAMhouseUK | LinkedIn @STEAMhouse

Community Zine-making: Creating from the World Around You

With University of Birmingham

This session will lead participants to create their own zines inspired by the reservoir and community. We will explain how to make a zine, share prompts and examples of zine content, and talk about the use of zines in sharing information within and across communities.

Saturday 29th June

The Monster Clean-Up

With Toni’s Tots Drama

Meet Belinda Bins as she whizzes around the gardens on her turbo boosted bin-on-wheels. Strange things are happening outside today, things involving monsters! A highly energetic outdoor theatre adventure exploring the issues of plastic waste and respecting our natural environment. Suitable for ages 3-8 yrs and their grown ups .

Beginners' Samba Drumming Workshop

Drum with BRUM BEATS, Extinction Rebellion’s joyful drum band

Would you like to make noise in support of the environment? Brum Beats is a musical division of XR Birmingham, and part of a network of protest bands nationwide. We play joyful samba fusion – with songs designed to include all abilities. Our rhythms generate hope and channel rage, bringing people together in the face of climate emergency. Come along to our workshop, or watch us perform at 4pm in the amphitheatre.

*Note* Our workshop is targeted at teenagers and adults. Smaller children are welcome, and we can provide smaller drums – but must be accompanied at all times!

The Choir with No Name Performance

With The Choir with No Name

The Choir with No Name will be bringing you a stomping selection of songs from across from the decades to entertain you.

The Choir With No Name | The choir charity for homeless and marginalised people

Woodland Games 2024: Eco-Printing Workshop

With Hipkiss & Graney

Learn the process of Eco-printing in this hands on textile workshop. We will begin with a forage walk around the festival site, looking for organic matter like leaves, moss, grasses and flowers.

You could also take some leaf cuttings from your favourite tree or plant in your garden before coming to Neighbourhood Futures Festival. If you do make sure to pack them in a container giving them plenty of space so they don’t get damaged. Food scraps are also interesting to use such as onion skins!

Once the foraging is done the workshop will guide you through the process of eco printing. The first part of the workshop will take about 30-40 minutes with a 2 hour long break for the textiles to steam and dry.

 

Mindfulness through Music

With Will Crawford from quietnote

 

Vocalise performance as part of the Sing Together project

With Eleanor of Singamajic and Ali

Thanks to a grant from Near Neighbours, Eleanor, aka Singamajig, and Ali have been working with the wonderful Make Good Arts to deliver a beautiful project called Sing Together. Their singers have attended a series of singing workshops in B16 preparing a rich and varied repertoire to share with the neighbourhood at the festival. Their passion for an intergenerational and inclusive approach has allowed some singers to attend with their children and singers of all abilities to access the workshops. We hope you enjoy their stunning vocals and the fabulous accompaniment of our very own live band, consisting of Sam and Scott. And finally, please do feel free to sing and dance along with us.

 

Sunday 30th June

The Monster Clean-Up

With Toni’s Tots Drama

Meet Belinda Bins as she whizzes around the gardens on her turbo boosted bin-on-wheels. Strange things are happening outside today, things involving monsters! A highly energetic outdoor theatre adventure exploring the issues of plastic waste and respecting our natural environment. Suitable for ages 3-8 yrs and their grown ups .

Microgreen Sowing Workshop

With Darren Kench from Eden Project Communities

Microgreens are a wide range of plants that you harvest while they are still young and tender. Some of the many plants that can be grown as microgreens include Basil, Beetroot, Chard, Coriander, Fenugreek, Radish, Rocket and Pea shoots. This means microgreens can be a range of colours, textures and flavours. Microgreens have nutritional benefits too. As you’re eating a seedling just after it has sprouted, you’re benefitting from a nutrient-dense raw plant. This provides a more concentrated source of vitamins and minerals. Growing microgreens is easy as they’re a reasonably low maintenance crop. This is why it’s a great entry level project for children, gardening beginners or anyone wanting to grow their own food from scratch. Microgreens can be grown by anyone, even if you don’t have access to a garden or find it difficult to get outside. You could sow an extra tray for a friend or neighbour, using gardening as a way to connect with others, or create something you can bring to the table at The Big Lunch!

 

Poetry, Singing, Choir, Theatre & Storytelling

With Artists and Performers of Improving Minds Team

Improving Minds Team is a Mental Health Awareness service led initiative set up by Birmingham Mind. 

Our mission is to make creativity and the arts more accessible to service users throughout Birmingham and Solihull. We help  provide community,  space and opportunity to celebrate healing and recovery through art and performance. 

How are you feeling?: Body-mapping as a creative wellbeing tool

With Susanne Börner from University of Birmingham

The workshop will propose a body-mapping exercise, which is an arts-based method to explore the relationship between our ‘internal’ feelings and the ‘external’ world. Body-maps use images, words, symbols, emojis, to document and express experiences, feelings, and perspectives. Through body-mapping, we will explore what makes us ‘well’ in our everyday environments, while reflecting on how we can reclaim our power as creators of our lives. The workshop will start with a brief guided meditation for relaxing and grounding.

 

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