The inaugural City of Colours festival in 2014 saw a concentration of world-class artists come to Digbeth, and set all of Birmingham alight with a sense of pride in our city. The legacy of the festival is still seen all over Digbeth, and the street art left on walls in our neighbourhood still attracts visitors from near and far (last year, spectators flew in from the continent especially for the festival!).
In appreciation of their efforts, Digbeth Residents Association awarded the City of Colours team with a Community Award in December. They want to bring the festival to more people in September 2015, but the organisers need your help to do so!
We want to keep City of Colours a free festival for all. Your support through Kickstarter is vital to ensuring that this amazing celebration of urban arts can take place again this year!
As such, the team have launched a Kickstarter to keep the festival free, and are asking for £15,000 towards the huge running costs. It may come as a surprise that a free festival actually costs a small fortune to host; the total cost for 2014 was around £85,000. This is a staggering amount, especially when you consider it doesn’t include the hundreds of volunteer hours on behalf of all involved.
Matched funding has been secured from the Arts Council, but this is conditional on the City of Colours team reaching their Kickstarter target. The plan for 2015 is to increase the number of venues, artists, and music stages, but this can only happen if they can afford the cherry pickers, power, security, road closures, and thousands of cans of paint required.
There are loads of great rewards up for grabs for pledges and donations, including the brilliant signed and numbered poster print by Mose, limited edition screen print by Si Mitchell, and poster print by Mr Wet Paint above.
For more information and to pledge your support, visit the Kickstarter page now!