Birmingham set to become UK’s top creative hub, experts say

Birmingham has “all the potential to be the UK’s top creative hub” the bosses of the world’s leading art-tech agency have said.

The comments from internationally renowned art dealer, Stephen Howes, and top-level technology expert, Ian McLeod, of Thomas Crown Art come ahead of this weekend’s High Viz Festival.

Taking place on Saturday 8 September in Digbeth, Birmingham’s creative quarter, and sponsored by Thomas Crown Art, High Viz will bring a jaw dropping range of visually creative arts. From street art, live illustration, breakdance, live music, skateboarding to street food, the streets will be brought to life with an energetic Street vibe using local talent for a full takeover of The Custard Factory and surrounding area. Ian said:

“We decided to support this unique and dynamic event as we champion art that starts conversations and revolutions, that shifts perceptions and mindsets, and that disturbs convention - and which is wholly unapologetic in doing so.

“Whilst this former industrial district may be relatively small in size, it is punching way above its weight artistically. It is now brimming with award-winning creative people, businesses and organisations.

“It is a powerhouse, and such is its impact, I believe, it will consolidate in the next two to three years and create a legacy that will extend to the whole city. 

The High Viz Street Culture Festival takes place on Saturday 8th September 2018 from 11am to 8pm. Its free and family friendly, celebrating all things Visual. From street art and graffiti to sneakers, skateboarding and comic book cultures, as well as some of the finest real street food from the region. 


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