September 27th, 2016

Explosion of creativity as Artrix birthday bash brings on the next decade

Updated: 10:24 pm, May 06, 2016

AN EXPLOSION of creativity swept across Bromsgrove’s biggest stage last Thursday when a plethora of talents marked yet another milestone for Artrix which celebrated its 11th year and looked towards the next decade.

BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Tammy Gooding teamed up with Joanne Malin from BBC Midlands Today to host a showstopping series of performances from the likes of Vamos Theatre and Dancefest company, Wi’re.

Students from Birmingham City University and Metropolitan College and from the Heart of Worcestershire College also took to the stage, as did comic housewife Barbara Nice, Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Julian Smith, fire dance sensation Miss Talullah (pictured) and aerial performer, Kim Charnock of Rogueplay Theatre.

A digital presentation from new Artrix director Hannah Phillips highlighted the arts centre’s aims to widen engagement with young people and families, as well as offer support for emerging artists.

The show’s presenters revealed a special fund-raising campaign had exceeded its target with more than £13,000, which will help update equipment and support the venue’s outreach and engagement projects.

Members of the Translucent Dance Company which is now Artrix’s resident dance act, delivered a powerful and dramatic performance on the night.

The group’s artistic director Anna Lines said: “It was an absolute privilege to perform at the event last week, and we’re thrilled to be a part of an exciting future working in partnership with new director Hannah Phillips.”

Learning and engagement officer TC Peppercorn said: “The Next Decade event demonstrated how Artrix is constantly evolving and able to respond to new challenges in a creative way.

“I’m delighted to be moving our engagement work with children and young people up to the next level – kids don’t stay still for long and neither shall we.”