Culture Forward: current programmes

Over the course of 2023 and 2024, Culture Forward will deliver a programme of exemplary activity which demonstrates the value and potential of coordinated and impactful academic collaboration with the City.

A man in a field holding a brass instrument

We will be continuing Serious About Comedy and embarking on a major project related to our work on Waswasa with Soul City Arts. We will also be devising exciting new research and education strategies with our partners. With University Music and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, we are delighted to be hosting the Our City of Stories programme of concerts and events.

Our City of Stories

Our City of Stories is continuing the buzz generated by the Commonwealth Games through music, performance and spoken word. Guest artists from across Birmingham are coming to campus to tell their own stories and those of their communities, in an unmissable programme of new work including folk, photography, jazz, Punjabi music, gospel and hip hop.

Our City of Stories is all about forging links between our University and the many diverse cultures across our city, shining a light on its vast range of creativity: the arts and culture that inhabit our everyday lives and shape who we are.


Professor Andrew Kirkman

Professor Andrew Kirkman

Peyton and Barber Professor of Music

“With ‘Our City of Stories’ we are building connections across and between the fantastic range of arts and culture in our City: we’re confident that these terrific events will be just the beginning of a rich new stand of partnerships that will enrich us all.”