Artrix celebrates 11th birthday in style
An impressive array of talent from across the West Midlands region put on a dazzling display to launch Artrix’s next decade on Thursday evening.
The 11th birthday celebration, which was funded by Birmingham City University, was hosted by Tammy Gooding from BBC Hereford and Worcester and Joanne Malin from BBC Midlands Today with actor Stephan Bessant performing MC duties.
Guests were welcomed with colourful pop up performances by hula hoop artist Talulah Blue, Vamos Theatre and Wi’re, Dancefest’s youth dance company. Students from Birmingham City University, accompanied by Gladstone Wilson, wowed the crowd with a wonderful rendition of Roar. Emerging artists from Birmingham City University and Birmingham Metropolitan College, also created an illustration to mark the venue’s birthday.
The party continued in the theatre with a variety of impressive performances by comic housewife Barbara Nice, Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Julian Smith, students from Heart of Worcestershire College and Birmingham City University, Translucent Youth Dance Company and Miss Talulah Blue.
Kim Charnock from Rogueplay Theatre put on an incredible aerial silks display during which she was suspended from the roof of the stage.
In a digital presentation, Hannah Phillips, Artrix’s new director, highlighted the organisation’s ambition to widen its engagement with young people and families, to support emerging artists, develop partnerships and to develop innovative digital experiences for live audiences.
She also thanked those who had donated to Artrix’s 10th birthday fundraising campaign which raised £13,133.65, beating the target of £10,000. Funds raised are being used to update some outdated equipment and support the venue’s outreach and engagement projects.
A new Next Decade fundraising campaign has been launched to support the charity’s work with children and young people and you can donate to the campaign via www.artrix.co.uk/support-us or via The Big Give
BBC Midlands Today Presenter Joanne Malin said 'As someone who has only recently moved to Bromsgrove it was lovely to be asked to play a part in this very special night. I look forward to watching some great shows at the Artrix in the coming years.'