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Sparks Introduction by Artists

Introduction to Sparks


Let the Sparks begin to fly and Meet the Artists leading taster workshops in June July and August 2021.  The aim to build involvement by creative people in the Black Country to co-create new work for the Commonwealth Games 2022 Cultural Festival.

Jasmine Gardosi

Ishtiaq Hussain

Kuli Kohli

I am a creative writer, poet, mother, wife and full-time council worker.

I was born with mild cerebral palsy in northern India and moved to England at an early age. I live with my family in Wolverhampton and work for Wolverhampton City Council.

My story was featured on the BBC News online website on 30 August 2020. It has had over 1.7 million views worldwide. Click here to read.   

Kuli Kohli Website

Creative Black Country

Over the next 24 months Creative Black Country will be working with 6 dynamic organisations across the region on a new co-curated project with and by D/deaf, disabled and non-disabled people.

Using performance and film, the project will gather stories from local people using Commonwealth roots as a connecting theme.

The project, in collaboration with Birmingham 2022 and supported by Spirit of 2012 and Arts Council of England, will include live taster activity sessions and workshops for 280 people, with 165 adults going on to participate in regular performance workshops which will culminate in a performance and series of films to share across the Birmingham 2022 Cultural Programme, The project will be shaped and led by artists from the region using visual vernacular performance techniques, film, movement and rhythm.

CBC is thrilled to be embarking on this ambitious program, and while we are facing such challenging times, we will be striving to reach out to communities and ensure as many people are able to get involved. We will keep you informed of opportunities such as how to participate in workshops, join conversations and tell your story.

Partners including Deaf Explorer, Black Country Touring, Disability Arts in Shropshire (DASH), Zebra Access, Deaffest and Deafscope will support and consult across different areas of the project.

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More news will be available soon and we’ll have news on how you can get involved with workshops.