We are relaunching another iteration of those tours with Community Connections. Street-art painted by Mohammed Ali will form the basis of the the tours, along with community figures and storytellers along the way to share community experiences with participants.
We are in discussion with the running tour group Run of a Kind, to explore running versions of these tours.
Birmingham is celebrated for its diversity with many languages spoken in the city, however do we ever really get a chance to venture into each others neighbourhoods? We barely even speak to our neighbours! Community Connections strives to achieve that real social interaction that we all know is lacking in the city.
Our devices have us glued to their screens, and forget the simple act of engaging with fellow human beings. How do we nurture dialogue and engagement with total strangers? How do we encourage people to step into each others neighbourhoods and get an insight into one another’s lives? Well we have been doing this for over 10 years, and now we aim to step up the pace – quite literally.
At the end of the visits, Mohammed Ali will be hosting groups to his studio to have an in-depth conversation about the tour, and things that have been heard and seen. During the Covid19 period, we are currently delivering such sessions on zoom only, but that will be changing in the near future as we transition into the next phase!
Get in touch if you are interested in organising a group visit across Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath, Small Heath or any other local areas.
The time is now. It’s time for us to connect properly.