We’ve called some friends, exchanged some coffees and pooled our resources, then grabbed a team of producers and chucked in a dash of love, all to bring you Equinox, a mixed media festival.
Equinox is a pioneering mixed media festival from Beatfreeks, engaging and empowering young people to connect with film, photography and design through outreach workshops and screenings in the local community and ending in a showcase awards event in the Birmingham City Centre.
From the 16th - 20th March, a part of Birmingham Digital Week, Equinox will have 5 community outreach days in locations around Birmingham. There will be workshops, screenings, talks, events, media, visuals, DJs, top-notch venues and champions of the media community.
The festival will culminate at a surprise location, with the West Midlands Mixed Media Awards, to give recognition to great work that has been achieved by young people.
This is about the media community being heard in a big way, celebrating every person behind a lens, screen or an idea about doing it together. So how do West Midlanders get involved?
Step One: They nominate. To get their work seen, young people between the ages of 13 and 30 can nominate themselves or a friend, a piece of work they love or even an organisation for one of the 10 categories; to be in with a chance of winning an award, a screening and professional mentoring from local media companies at the West Midlands Mixed Media Awards 2015.
The nominations deadline is 5pm on Friday 20th February.
Heading the festival is Beatfreeks CEO Anisa Haghdadi. She said:
“Equinox is a truly exciting prospect to celebrate the diversity in our media, as well as the diversity in our people. Following in the footsteps of the greats, such as Flatpack, we feel it's increasingly important to celebrate, showcase and inspire quality and creative work from young media makers in film, photo, design and digital.
We're delighted to be collaborating with so many exciting partners, and the icing on the cake is that the festival and awards will be part of Birmingham Digital Week with major partners such as the BBC.”
Also backing the week-long event are Free Radio presenters Jo & Sparky, who will be hosting the Equinox West Midlands Mixed Media Awards night on Friday 20th March.
Presenter Jo Russell said:
“We are thrilled to be hosting the awards after what looks like being a really great week of workshops. Great to see what work the young people in the Midlands are doing and who knows, maybe we'll find some stars of the future.”
The Equinox Festival is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and by local creative organisations including Flatpack Festival, BBC Birmingham, mac birmingham, Bournville College, The Drum, Ort Cafe, Reel Access, Free Radio, NUBI Magazine, I Am Birmingham, Impact Hub Birmingham and Independent Birmingham.
For more details about public nominations for Equinox, see: bit.ly/bfnominate
For more information about Equinox, visit: www.equinoxfestival.tk