Taking inspiration from Babylon’s hanging gardens, originally built as a luscious sanctuary, the projects in the programme are both epic and reflective, working to create a brand new healing gardens right in the heart of the city.
Healing Gardens of Bab are anchored by three exuberant moments of queer joy and solidarity, featuring large scale spectacles and outdoor artworks, pop-up performance, drag, pageantry and creative club nights with artists from countries including South Africa, Ghana, Canada, India and Australia.
Fierce have worked alongside a group of five LGBTQIA+ future leaders from Birmingham - Hassan Hussain, Simone Mendez, Eric Scutaro, Beth Steventon-Crinks and Patrick Vernon.
Aaron Wright, Artistic Director of Fierce said: “Aaron Wright, Artistic Director of Fierce said: “One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are the only wonder whose existence is disputed.
“It has been suggested by some that the gardens are a figment of the ancient imagination. Just like Babylon’s Gardens, the existence of queer people has often been disputed.
“Queer people have always existed… Fierce’s Healing Gardens of Bab is an artistic response to English colonial history exploring penal codes that criminalised homosexuality whilst looking towards healing queerer futures."