Our partners

Culture Forward founding partners include Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham & Midland Institute, Birmingham Museums, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Chamberlain Highbury Trust, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Culture Central, Ex Cathedra, Gospel Revisited Project, Soul City Arts, King Edward VI Foundation, Birmingham and Writing West Midlands. 

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Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council is the local government body responsible for the governance of the City of Birmingham in England, which has been a metropolitan district since 1974.  It is the largest local authority in Europe.

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Birmingham & Midland Institute

The Birmingham & Midland Institute has been at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life for almost 170 years. It was founded by Act of Parliament in 1854 for the ‘Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and Midland Counties’.  George Dawson lectured here and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Aston University both trace their origins to the Institute.


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Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museums Trust is the UK’s largest independent museum trust and is responsible for 9 sites across the city of Birmingham as well as a world-class collection of over one million objects. The role of the trust is not only to act as a guardian of those buildings and collections but to be an active contributor to social change.

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Birmingham Rep

Birmingham Rep is the oldest building-based theatre company in the UK. The Rep’s mission is to create artistically ambitious popular theatre - world class, for everyone. The commissioning and production of new work lies at the core of The Rep’s programme and over the last 15 years it has produced more than 130 new plays, many of which have had lives beyond Birmingham on tour and in the West End.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of the world's great ballet companies, a true powerhouse in classic ballet and contemporary dance. Proudly rooted in Birmingham, our home since 1990, we cherish our connections with the diverse people of our city. We tour around the UK and internationally, bringing world-class ballet and live music to the widest range of audiences in our nation and beyond. 

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Culture Central

Culture Central is a collective, and a collective voice for the cultural sector in the West Midlands. It convenes, challenges and connects, to create opportunities through culture, for the people and places of the region.

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is the flagship of musical life in Birmingham and the West Midlands – and one of the world’s great orchestras. Resident in Symphony Hall B:Music Venue, the CBSO typically gives over 150 concerts each year in Birmingham, the UK and around the world, playing music that ranges from classics to contemporary, film scores and even symphonic disco. With a far-reaching community programme and a family of choruses and youth ensembles, it is involved in every aspect of music-making in the Midlands.

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Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra is a world-class ensemble that leads the choral sector in the fields of performance, learning and wellbeing. For more than 50 years it has been producing inspirational concerts and participatory projects. It takes pride in developing the choral artform, place training and development at the heart of its work, and its team of expert Vocal Tutors deliver award-winning projects that enrich people in schools, communities and hospitals.

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Gospel Revisited Project

Gospel Revisited Project seeks to celebrate the history, heritage and influence of gospel music, through the careful re-imagination and rearrangement of both classic and contemporary scores. Founder Ray Prince MMus, PgDip created Gospel Revisited Project because of his love and passion for the genre. Ray wanted to honour gospel innovators through the revisiting of the music, which has been so impactful for the music industry in general, but more specifically for the Black Caribbean diaspora and culture. His vision is to bring gospel to the masses.

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King Edward VI Foundation, Birmingham

More than 11,000 children - that's more than one in ten of Birmingham's secondary age pupils - attend a King Edward VI school, and this number is growing. This unique educational institution, with its blend of state and independent, selective and comprehensive schools, has collaboration at its heart. Developing impactful partnerships is central to its ambition to make Birmingham the best place to be educated in the UK.

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Soul City Arts

Soul City Arts bring together people divided by culture, faith and ethnicity. Not afraid to address ‘the elephant in the room’, we use the arts in order to counteract social divides. The organisation is founded and led by Artistic Director Mohammed Ali MBE.

SCA delivers programmes nationally and internationally, from a large warehouse base in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, where they are embedded in the local community.

Through theatre shows, art installations, film projections, conversations and heritage exhibitions, Soul City Arts aims to get people to look into each other’s lives in an increasingly polarized society, to deliver demonstrable change, not to pay mere lip service. SCA’s trademark involves bringing diverse communities together but doing so through a visually stunning aesthetic. 

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Writing West Midlands

Writing West Midlands is the literature development agency for the West Midlands, supporting creative writers and creative writing. It offers support to help writers establish their writing careers. It supports young writers as they develop their interest in creative writing. It runs festivals and events, including the Birmingham Literature Festival and the annual National Writers’ Conference.

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