Photo caption: Woodland by French & Mottershead
A Matter of Life & Death – Arts & Cultural Festival
6 – 14 May 2017
mac Birmingham and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
What does it mean to have a Good Death? This May, a new arts festival is taking place in Birmingham which takes on the subject of death and dying. As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017, A Matter of Life and Death festival will host an eclectic lineup of events, performances, exhibitions and workshops, encouraging creative and cultural reflection and discussion on life, death and everything in-between. Activities and performances took place at mac Birmingham and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery throughout the week.
Festival highlights included: an interactive eat-along experience exploring the history of funeral food, a hands-on willow coffin weaving workshop, a ‘Death Disco’, a visit to a Natural Burial Ground and Crematorium, an ‘Art Macabre’ life and death drawing salon and a preview performance of an exciting new theatre production called The Death Show.
The programme offered a range of opportunities to join the conversation and debate the issues around death and end of life care. Attendees also gained practical knowledge about how to plan a funeral, and what you can do to help someone cope with dying, death and bereavement.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery also hosted a special curated collections tour.