Fierce Festival is annual international festival of live art that takes place across Birmingham. Live art includes performance, theatre, dance, music, installation, activism and digital practices. Performances erupt in unusual spaces around the city - car parks, swimming pools, abandoned cathedrals, legendary clubs, the Brutalist Central Library and a former metal factory, as well as being presented in partnership with established art centres like IKON, Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham REP and mac.
The 2013 Festival (Friday 4 - Sunday 6 October 2013) is an intense weekend of performances, installations and parties across the city of Birmingham and a full day's programme at Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday 6 October. The festival launches at Edible Eastside (an urban allotment in Digbeth, Birmingham) on Friday 4 October, 6.30pm with Blood Moon Feast - a harvest feast created by radical food designers Blanch and Shock, with performance from Wolf in the Winter.
Since 2009, Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison have been joint artistic directors of Fierce. The duo have introduced a new ‘slow burn’ programming model centred around a core group of artists called the Fierce Festival Caravan of Artists. Fierce festival was founded as 'Queerfest' by Mark Ball in 1998 and rebranded as 'Fierce' two years later.