International Women’s Day celebration

On the evening of the 8th of March we are gathering at Centrala to celebrtate and reflect on Internation Women’s Day .
Toghether with the Women’s Strike Assembly we are putting together evening of spoken word, performances life music, Dj’s and more. 

SIKSA’s ‘Stabat Mater Dolorosa’
Saima Razzaq’s ‘This is Birmingham – Nafeesa Hamid, Body’

#100yearssowhat artists SIKSA are bringing to Centrala their new film “SIKSA Stabat Mater Dolorosa” – Musical about Death and the Maiden

Musical based on SIKSA’s ‘Stabat Mater Dolorosa’ is a performative dream of making a movie come true, where both the dream and the movie are like chewing gum that has been tasteless for too long. A nostalgic invitation to a dancing story about a girl returning to her childhood, when she dressed up as different women using her mother’s wardrobe, and all the roles she played were to please herself. This film is a tool for reconstructing the scenes from the youth, as well as a baroque farewell to all the glitter and unicorns. Stabat Mater Dolorosa is like a bayonet slashing through modern times. She gives us micro-performances with all her body, and at her own risk. SIKSA’s music is the scenario rejected, grinded, spat out, negated and intensified by the characters. Piotr Macha’s camera is one of the murder weapons that SIKSA would like to use to fuck up the modern reality. It’s a language of art that SIKSA has been using almost unnoticed since 2014. A gun, a girl and death – those are the times we live in.


Directed: Piotr Macha + SIKSA 
Script: Stabat Mater Dolorosa
Cast: Check yourself
Production: Hardcore DIY

This is Birmingham – Nafeesa Hamid, Body

Introducing Saima Razzaq, a Birmingham based filmmaker embarking on her first solo work with This is Birmingham – an experimental series of portrait shorts, featuring inspirational individuals from Birmingham. 

The first part of the series features Nafeesa Hamid, a poet, spoken word artist, playwright and creative producer. Published by VERVE poetry press, the film includes work from Nafeesa’s debut collection of poems, Besharam (one who is shameless).

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