is a festival like no other – made with and for the people of Sandwell – running from Friday 24 May – Saturday 29 June 2019.

Exhibitions, film screenings, events, talks and walks will be presented on the streets, the Metro line, shops and libraries, on historic buildings and in the community halls and venues of Sandwell.

Multistory commissioned Magnum photographer Martin Parr to create a photographic portrait and archive about everyday life in the Black Country. Over a four year period Martin visited factories, foundries, pubs, working men’s clubs, shops, markets, temples, mosques, churches, St George’s day celebrations, Royal Wedding street parties, horticultural shows and dog training classes, capturing and celebrating the unique mix of communities living in the area.

For BLAST! Festival, a selection of Martins images will be exhibited as part of a community exhibition at The Art Yard. Sandwells creative community are encouraged to submit artworks inspired by the themes explored in Martin Parrs work. This exhibition is part of the Cradley Heath Creatives Arts Festival