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Transforming Narratives opening night at The Rep on Saturday 23 March 2019: Sigh of the Musaafir led by Artistic Director Mukhtar Dar, an international collaboration featuring artists from Pakistan and Birmingham

Transforming Narratives is a project to establish Birmingham as a global centre for contemporary arts from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The project brings together artists and cultural organisations from across artforms, who are located in Birmingham and cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Transforming Narratives allows for new ideas and artistic practices to be shared, leading to the creation of new work that will give previously unheard voices an international platform.

The project has five strands of activity:

  1. Artistic programme
  2. Cultural leadership development 
  3. Community consultation and engagement
  4. Archiving culturally diverse work produced by minority ethnic artists
  5. Critical exchange and dialogue 

It is a three-year initative, taking place from 2018-2021. Transforming Narratives is managed by Culture Central, and delivered in partnership with The British Council and 11 Birmingham-based cultural partners.

It is supported by Arts Council England and delivered in association with The British Council.