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Warstone Lane Cemetery
Vyse Street
Birmingham, B18 6LJ United Kingdom
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A unique sound and light experience by artist Saranjit Birdi exploring the bombing of Coventry, Dresden and Birmingham during World War II

‘Bombed – Full Circle’ Part III of trilogy ‘Bombed – A Moonlight Sonata’ by Saranjit Birdi is presented on the evening of 4th June, the day in 1940 when Winston Churchill delivered one of his most powerful speeches which called the people of Britain to action. It will be a sound and light event exploring the WWII bombing blitzes of Coventry, Dresden and Birmingham and feature a large scale video projection onto the catacomb walls in Warstone Lane Cemetery, which is itself connected to the history of Birmingham including both world wars. The event will include live poetry and musical performances, plus oral histories and art from Jewellery Quarter Academy students and local artists.

Lead artist and creator – Saranjit Birdi

Live poetry and music performances by Phil Thomson and Christopher Foster (aka Alphaconception)

Oral history testimonies from Joan Edkins, Hanna Kristen and Beryl Paramore, plus Kenneth Chapman and Ray Hassall (from the Jewellery Quarter People’s Archive)

This event is supported and funded by Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Birmingham City Council and Jewellery Quarter Development Trust.

This event takes place in the evening because of the video projection element which requires the event to take place after sunset, additional lighting and security are being hired to ensure your safety when attending, but light levels will be lower than daytime visits. This is an outdoor space with no cover so we advice you to dress warmly and bring an umbrella. You are permitted to bring your own food and drink but please be aware there are no toilets in the cemetery (the closest public toilet is on Vyse Street).

The music and audio for the event will be broadcast on wireless headphones to avoid disturbing local residents or the peaceful atmosphere of the cemetery. A small charge for tickets is required to cover the headphone hire. Headphones and seating will be sanitised before the event.

Places are limited to ensure social distancing between all attendees not from the same household/bubble. Please only book tickets for your household/bubble, as you will be seated together. This event is fully accessible for wheelchairs, please email josie.wall@jqdt.org after booking so we can arrange your seating accordingly.

If this event is cancelled due to changing COVID restrictions or severe weather conditions, full refunds will be issued to all attendees.

Doors open at 8.30pm for a 9pm start. We anticipate the event will end around 10.35pm.


4th June 2021
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Josie Wall

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project


This project is possible because of funding from: