Sandwell Arts Festival 2016 – Imagine That!


SATURDAY 13th & SUNDAY 14th AUGUST 11.30AM-3.30PM.

And remember we’ll be offering a prize to the BEST picture found on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram just use the hashtag #ImagineThat


Digital Zone: Fab Lab
Sandwell College Fab Lab, First Floor of Sandwell Central Sixth, West Bromwich, B70
From doodlebugs to digital graffiti and much more; get involved as science clashes to make art with Deta Open Access and the BBC Blue Room.

Ceramic Garden with Creative Arts

Sandwell Arts Cafe, First Floor of Sandwell Central Sixth, West Bromwich, B70
A field of ceramic flowers will fill the arts cafe. Come take a photo of yourself surrounded by thousands of colourful plant sculptures using the #ImagineThat

Mini Beast Meadow
Oak House, Oak Road, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ
Bugs, bees, flies, grubs and other little beasties escape the ceramic garden and take a bugs holiday at beautiful Oak House.

Strolling Gardeners by Fairly Famous Family
Roaming performance
Twin brothers Bob and Tom both love their fruit & veg, but how did one brother grow so tall? The answer lies in the special potting compost formula … if you are lucky they might share it with you. On their travels the boys help the bald to sprout hair; children to bloom in giant flower pots; and everyone else to a fun-filled 5-a-day!

Corey Baker Dance with The Phone Box (pictured)
Saturday: High Street, 11:30am – 3pm

Sunday: New Square, Outside Sandwell Arts Cafe, 11:30am – 3pm
Phone Box is an energetic and vibrant new outdoor solo performance by Corey Baker Dance, featuring an iconic vintage red telephone box, an athletic performer and an exhibition of precarious manoeuvres.


PUPPET SHOW: Midsummer Mayhem with Andrew Purvin / Infamous Community Arts
On the Ant Stage outside the Arts Cafe, West Bromwich Town Centre, B70
Saturday, 2pm & 4pmSomething is bubbling away inside the Alchemists pot; something that could change the Elizabethan world! So the queen must send her clever playwright, Bill Shakespeare to spy on the conjurers plans. What unfolds will fill you with mystery, charm you with magic and thrill you with mayhem.Midsummer Mayhem is a thirty minute show loosely based on A Midsummer Nights Dream, it is told through beautiful and mesmerising puppetry. It will have all ages falling about with laughter and spellbound by its artistry.

The Stans Cafe Commentators with The Lyng Media Club
Roaming performance
The Commentators were once famous sports commentators. Now they have fallen on hard times they must accept any offers that come their way. A team of 5 – 12 year olds from the Lyng Estate Media Club will be honing their commentating skills to bring you all the action from the centre of Sandwell on Saturday 13th August. You’ll recognise them, they will be the ones in the sheepskin coats carrying lip mics.

Black Country Stories by Martin Parr, Liz Hingley, Mahtab Hussain
Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich
Multistory presents a special selection of photographs made with, for and about, local people. Discover Sandwell through the lens of these critically acclaimed photographers.  We are also showing our films with Flatpack from 11.30 am.

The Dancing Day-Trippers by Honk Project
Roaming performance
Two eccentric vintage moped enthusiasts Doris and Albert ride around in a shining moped and state-of-the-art sidecar with a lot of instruments so they can swing and jive. With their fifties garb, incredible hair styles, and aptitude for loud hoots and manic laughter catch them when they park up the moped, get their horns out and start to jive.

The Princesses by Nutkhut
Roaming performance
It won’t be difficult to spot our beautiful princesses – with their stunning jewels and silk dresses these super-tall divas might have an eye for high street bargains but there won’t be a shop in West Brom that will stock their shoe size!

Tongue, Tied & Twisted STORYTELLING with Black Country Touring
West Bromwich Town Library, £2 per ticket
Tongue Tied & Twisted blasts Indian storytelling into the 21st century combining the talents of UK music producer PKCtheFirst on stage with international performer Peter Chand. Experience two distinctive artists as they bring a fresh UK twist on traditional tales collected from Punjabi elders. This show celebrates the art of live storytelling fusing a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and classical South Asian sounds. Together, they present a unique audience experience across cultures for both young and old.

West Bromwich Town Hall
Flatpack offer up an eclectic mix of delights with a range of screenings and activities taking over spaces throughout the building, including silent comedy, local archive material and a unique Bollywood experience. Jambo Cinema (with Chai & Samosas) 12-4pm; Comic Pictures in the High St 1902 11am-4pm; Multistory shorts 11:30am-1pm; Black Country Cinema shorts 3:30-5pm; Our Spake Dialects of Cradley Heath 6-8pm.


Imagine That! By Ian Billing & Jody Lundi
West Bromwich Town Library
11.30am & 12.30pm
Read along to a new story about an extraordinary adventure in Sandwell written and performed by children’s author Ian Billing and illustrated by West Brom emerging artist Jody Lundi. Take the story home and pick up a limited edition copy of Imagine That! Available at West Bromwich Town Library.

Balkanic Eruption
On the Ant Stage, outside the Arts Cafe, West Bromwich Town Centre, B70
“Punk and rock n roll is deceased, it’s time for some new beats from the east!” Since 2009, Balkanic Eruption has been delighting club goers in the Midlands with the sounds of the Balkans and beyond. Expect a rambunctious mix of traditional and remixed beats- and be warned; resistance to dance is futile!

Busy Lizzy – The Flower Woman by Curious Cargo
Roaming Performance
A delightful puppet walkabout show featuring the ‘ancient flower woman puppet Busy Lizzy’, carrying her cargo of flowers & foliage and interacting with the public.

The festival is being produced by Creative Black Country supported by West Bromwich Bid, Sandwell Council, & Black Country Touring.

Other festival partners include:  Multistory, Queen’s Square, New Square, Arts Cafe at Sandwell Central Sixth, Oak House, West Bromwich Town Hall, West Bromwich Library.

We are still looking for a few volunteers for the festival particularly on Saturday 13th if you’re interested then please email