The next SOUNDkitchen event takes place on Saturday 13 September at Vivid Projects and features an all Midlands line-up:

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More on SOUNDkitchen’s website.


This coming Sunday (7th) is mac’s montly craft market, which takes place on the first Sunday of the month.

With a huge history of successful Christmas Craft Fairs here at mac birmingham and a phenomenal number of local designer makers, our spring and summer craft fairs continue this success. With a multitude of stalls and an exclusive selection of products including ceramics, jewellery, paintings, and craft items.

Local designer/makers at Sunday’s market are:

For more mac Birmingham activities see their website.


Just a quick one, the BIAD – Art & Design MA shows are on now-25th September:

Bursting with creativity and fresh ideas, our MA Shows showcase our emerging professionals and take place across three sites in Birmingham city centre from Mon 1 to Thurs 25 September 2014. These events are free entry. Please note dates and times vary according to each art and design site.

  • Art-based Masters at Margaret Street –  Saturday 6th – Friday 12th Sept
  • Jewellery, Silversmithing & related products at School of Jewellery Monday 8th – Thursday 25th Sept
  • Fashion, Textiles & 3D design at Parkside – Monday 1st – Wednesday 17th Sept
  • Visual Communication at Parkside – Monday 8th – Friday 12th Sept

More information on the BIAD website.


“Each September the British Science Festival transforms a different UK city into a vibrant celebration of science, engineering and technology. This year’s Festival will take place in Birmingham, in partnership with the University of Birmingham, from 6 – 11 September 2014.”

There are more than a few creative events that will satisfy curious minds, and here’s a pick and mix of a few events with a snapshot summary from the programme. The full programme is well worth a read through and is available here.

  • A Perfect Picture. Discover basic science of modern photography. (Sat 6th 4pm-5pm)
  • 21st Century Materials. Bionic people and living buildings are on the horizon! (Sat 6th 4pm-5pm)
  • Things that go Pop. Flatpack’s freewheeling one-night festival to help kickstart the British Science Festival. An evening of combustible vapours, fizzy drinks and free thinking. Inspired by chemist, theologian, and all-round visionary Joseph Priestley (Sat 6th 6.30pm-10.45pm)
  • How Does the Brain Cope with Modern Life. Find out how modern brain imaging can shed light on the changes to brain structure and function. (Sun 7th 11am-12pm)
  • The Art of Anatomy. History of the illustrated anatomy text through time, illuminating advances in anatomical knowledge, the changing relationship between art and science, and the development of new technology (Sun 7th 2pm-3pm)
  • The Future of Cities. What will your city look like in the future? What will a city look Like in 2065. (Mon 8th 4pm-5pm)
  • Gauging sentiment on the social web. Many of us now express all sorts of opinions on the internet through blogs,forums and social media. All this data can be analysed to track public opinion and sentiment. How does this happen? (Tue 9th 1.30pm-2.30pm)

Details of all the events are available online at

Booking is required, although many events are free of charge, and tickets can be booked online or by calling 08456 807 207




Scalarama is a celebration of cinema that takes place across the country every September. In Birmingham there will be two weekends of shorts, installations, archive screenings and more.

Full listings can be found here, but highlights include:

  • A sunset screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers at mac birmingham
  • An evening of film and music inspired by Jim Jarmusch at Vivid Projects.
  • Obcsure 16mm films courtesy of Outer Sight.
  • Screenings of Daisies, the dazzling Czech new wave 1966 film about two girls on a dadaist rampage.

As well as screenings at established cinemas, events will also take place at the Mockingbird Bar & Theatre, Somali Hilaac restaurant, One Love Community Studios, The Spotted Dog and Polish Community Centre.

…and if that isn’t enough, this Saturday Flatpack host Things That Go Pop, an evening of combustible vapours, fizzy drinks and free thinking, all inspired by chemist, theologian, and all-round visionary Joseph Priestley as part of the British Science Festival.

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Birmingham-based theatre company Little Earthquake have announced a new project: Young Producers, in collaboration with Black Country Touring.

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Over the 2014-2015 academic year, 150 pupils in five Black Country primary schools will become Young Producers, working with Little Earthquake and Black Country Touring to commission and create a brand-new piece of theatre for family audiences…

If you aren’t familiar with Little Earthquake:

Little Earthquake exists to create events that will surprise, entertain, inspire and intrigue. Led by theatre-makers Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman, the stories we tell invite audiences to scupper their expectations and escape the ordinary.

This sounds like a really exciting project – and I look forward to seeing the progress as it happens (over on the Young Producers’ blog), as well as the outcome at the very end of the project next year.

To find out more about Young Producers, visit the website (it has some lovely illustrations on it too!)

Saturday 6th September sees a host of the city’s top street art, street food and street wear fraternities transform Digbeth into a melting pot of creative revelry:


City Of Colours

To kick things off, City Of Colours festival will be transforming Digbeth into one of the UK’s largest outdoor art galleries with an exciting new addition to Birmingham’s calendar of cultural events.

The event, being led by the team at Street Art Birmingham, involves a partnership of over 20 organisations including THE BENCH 504, The Custard Factory,, The Rainbow Venues, Alfie Birds, Under The Counter, Seedy Sonics, The Roots Yard, Brum Town Presents and many more!

Over 100 artists from across the UK and wider will transform this part of the city, including the likes of Inkie, Phlegm, GENT 48, Title, Alex Senna, Jimmy C, Chu, Lisk Bot, Hoakser, Tempo 33, Newso, Lovepusher, Lucy McLauchlan and many many more…

A celebration of urban art forms, alongside the live painting, will be 5 music stages with Live music, dj’s, b-boy battles, beat boxers, Street Food (Digbeth Dining Club), live illustration battles, market hall, affordable art sale, installations, cinema screenings (PROVIDE x City of Colours: Style Wars), spoken word performances & other innovative and engaging visual art forms. Aimed at all ages, graffiti, dance and music workshops will also be happening throughout festival.

For more information see: / / / #cityofcolours

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Sneaks & Peaks

Edition 5 of Sneaks&peaks, the UK’s largest inner-city lifestyle festival also takes place on Saturday 6th September. Back once again bringing you the hardest to find kicks, leading fashion brands, street art and graffiti and a host of street food vendors.

The outdoor area will be transformed by Cubanisto Rum who will be hosting the outdoor bar as well as the outdoor stage, and will be offering you the chance to experience their brand new rum flavoured beer.

Performing on the day will be some of Birmingham’s best DJs alongside renowned festival favourites Troumaca with local talent The Oddysse, Kouben, OG HORSE and more in support.

Birmingham’s best city centre independent menswear shop – Liquor Store will be presenting Palace A/W 14.

Traders include: Dark CircleHuarache- centralProjekt21Note ApparelZoot’s Sign ShopSneeky Fox Apparel and more…

For more information & tickets see: /

Between Us: Birmingham Portraits (Part One) by Geoff Broadway:

This is the first in a series of short films that I am currently making in and around Birmingham, England.

Through these films I want to explore what is happening in our culture, reflecting images of passersby and inviting them to share their thoughts with me. In this film I use only slow-motion and music to create the space and time to see what can be seen and felt in the faces of others as they move through our public spaces.

With this series of films I am returning to the street photography tradition of image-making that first inspired me to pick up a camera nearly 30 years ago. I would like to say something simple about our culture and share this with other people, and in doing so re-connect with the passion we can all feel when working freely with intent.

I am now busy working on the second film and as part of this I will be collaborating with a sound-designer/composer to develop the soundtrack. More details to follow…

For more information about this series of short films, and for other projects Geoff has worked on, visit his website

(you may already know To Be Home: Stirchley & In The Marvellous Moment: Birmingham Cathedral)