Transforming Narratives is a ground-breaking three-year project to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary South Asian arts, for the mutual benefit of Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The project is managed by Culture Central, supported by Arts Council England and delivered in association with The British Council. 

Open call 2019 

The first call for artistic work to be delivered as part of Transforming Narratives is now open until 31 October 2019. 

Successful applicants will be notified by early December 2019.

Transforming Narratives so far...

The project recently celebrated one year of activity – here are just some of activities that have taken place:

  • 19 research and development (R&D) visits involving cultural organisations working between Pakistan, Birmingham and Bangladesh. 
  • A curated study trip to Birmingham with 10 cultural organisations from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • Launch event with a weekend of performances and workshops including a multi-artform performance ‘Sigh of the Musafir’ by Kalaboration and ‘Birmingham to Bangladesh’, an immersive dining experience at the Birmingham Rep theatre.
  • Five new commissions including Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s ‘Music in Dialogue’ and a new dance work-in-progress commission with Sonia Sabri Company.
  • Six community facilitation research projects exploring culturally diverse narratives from Birmingham’s communities, focusing on women’s voices, the Kashmiri experience, the voice of young people and community and faith leaders in Birmingham.
  • Critical dialogue around what it means to be a ‘superdiverse’ city and the narratives of Birmingham’s diverse communities and citizens.
two women standing in front of a colourful painted wall
I AM KARACHI are a partner in the Transforming Narratives project. The organisation aims to collectively rebuild the diverse social and cultural fabric of the city of Karachi by providing a platform for likeminded organisations and individuals committed to promoting socio-cultural activities and campaigns as vehicles for peace building through Arts, Culture, Sports and Dialogue. ©

I AM KARACHI ‘Peace Walls’ in Karachi by ASL and Adila Suleiman.