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Birmingham’s cultural renaissance has been given a further stamp of approval with news that eight of the city’s most inspirational organisations have been given an opportunity to showcase their talents around the world.

The group has been awarded grants totalling £200,000 from a new innovative programme to enable home-grown talent to take their offering to countries including China, the USA and Sweden.

The successful organisations include South Asian arts provider, Sampad; the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Punch Records; the Sonia Sabri Dance Company; Stan’s Café Theatre Company; choral singers, Ex Cathedra; Fierce Festival and the Birmingham City University School of Jewellery. Each organisation will receive funding from the International Partnership Programme (IPP) following a competitive bidding process.

The IPP Programme was established by the Birmingham Cultural Partnership to improve visitors’ perceptions of Birmingham as a top tourist destination by raising the international profile of the city’s cultural offering.

Jack Cunningham, Dean of the School of Jewellery said, “This is an excellent vehicle for cultural exchange and will promote the rich heritage of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the city, and its creative industries.”

Christopher Barron, Chief Executive of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, added, “Overseas touring for Birmingham Royal Ballet not only highlights the performance and outreach work of the company but also demonstrates the first rate dance and creativity in the City of Birmingham today.”

With each project being assessed against criteria including the potential for further work and how it would raise Birmingham’s profile internationally, the IPP awards will undoubtedly boost the 2013 City of Culture bid.



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