JQ Festival


This weekend sees a celebration of the diversity and creativity of the Jewellery Quarter. As well as live music, outdoor performances, vintage fair, food stalls and a helter-skelter, many of the brilliant industries that have their home in the area will be opening their doors especially over the weekend as part of an Open Studios … [Read more…]

Ghost Streets of Balsall Heath


Last year, during the 50th anniversary celebrations for Birmingham University’s cultural studies department, the amazing photographs of Janet Mendelsohn were unearthed. Taken between 1967 and 1968, they are a snapshot of the streets and bomb-sites of Balsall Heath and Highgate on the brink of great change. In advance of an exhibition at Ikon in 2016, … [Read more…]

Fierce Festival 2015

Miguel G Deep Aerobics at Fierce Festival

This year will be the last Fierce with directors Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison at the helm, and they’re planning to go out with a very characteristic bang. The festival programme has been announced, and early bird tickets are now on sale. The five day festival taking place from 7-11 October across Birmingham and Warwick … [Read more…]

BE Festival

BE Festival is Birmingham’s festival of new European theatre, dance and performance. Taking place from 23-27 June, for a second year it takes over the REP. Offering twenty shows from nine European countries, there will be theatre, dance, circus, food, live music, visual arts, talks and workshops. BE prides itself on having wonderful sense of … [Read more…]

Digbeth Delights


  This Sunday sees Digbeth Delights, an afternoon of avant-garde performances, workshops and talks take place across Minerva Works. Expect brutalist composition, contemporary improvisation, punk protest art and poetic robotics. It may be an off-site part of Supersonic Festival, but you don’t have to have a festival ticket to enjoy it. It’s all free. Events … [Read more…]

My Route exhibition trail

Waheed Malik - Photo by Vanley Burke

From Saturday until 10 July, the free My Route exhibition trail aims to paint a picture of what it is to live and work on Stratford Road, giving an insight into the rich social history of the area. Stratford Road has long been an arrival point for new migrants arriving in Birmingham, many of whom … [Read more…]

Museums at Night


Museums at Night runs from tomorrow until Saturday across the country. Museums, galleries and heritage sites will be throwing open their doors after hours for special evening events. As well as the fantastic Art Bus, there are plenty of events to choose from in Birmingham. These include: Live AV installation at Vivid Projects as part of … [Read more…]