A few months back, Rob Ashby hit me up to let me know about something that he and a friend were starting. This something is 'Project Birmingham'. They are running a series of events showcasing Birmingham's creative talent and their second event 'Limelight' is taking place at 112 Space on the 18th July.
Their first event showcased a mixture of art, live bands, DJs and food. I was interested to find out a bit more as some Futurepast Zine family (Anjin and Hollow) played a few records at the first event and they reported back good things :)
Tell me about yourselves?
My name is Rob, and along with James Cronin I help run a cultural collective called Project Birmingham. Our aim is to showcase the best of Birmingham based artists, musicians and chefs. Me and my partners grew tired of the stigma surrounding the second city and wanted to show the rest of the UK what Birmingham has to offer!
How did Limelight come about? What was the motivation for it?
The motivation behind it... I remember me and James were sat in a pub on a Friday night and we thought to ourselves: "what is there to do…?" We didn't fancy the Rainbow and there weren't any gigs on. There were no art exhibitions either. We suddenly realised that Birmingham lacked a certain variety, which we found ridiculous considering Birmingham is supposed to be the nations second largest city. We therefore started to draw up plans of putting on our events aimed at young people who have an interest in art and music but were finding it difficult to access these type of events.
Your last event was at 112 Space. What is it about the venue that appeals to Limelight?
I met Matt who helps run 112 a while ago as I'm a massive fan of the Provide shop. It took us ages to find the right venue and when we heard Matt had started 112 space we leapt at the idea. The space is informal and tucked away which is just what we want. We also fell in love with the architecture of the building, especially the windows. The space feels like your living room which therefore makes you feel at home which is the feel we were trying to go for.
You've got another Limelight event planned for 18th July, what can people expect?
For the next Limelight expect a relaxed, pretentious free atmosphere with great music, art and food with a Birmingham themed twist.
In terms of future projects we are hoping to collaborate with a well known charity here in Birmingham. We try not to give to much away though...
Have you got a line up together for the 18th yet?
Again with the lineup we like to keep things exciting and introduce people a few days before the event to keep everyone on their toes!
So there you have it… They have got 4 artists signed up already with a space for one or two more; an array of musical talent that they're currently finalising. The food for the evening will give you a taste of one of the city's thriving culinary scenes. As well as this, there will be some interactive bits going on all night, so plenty to look forward to.