West Midlands Mixed Media Awards 2015.

Beatfreeks are producing an ambitious community mixed media festival ‘ Equinox ‘ from 16 – 20th March 2015. See here: https://www.facebook.com/events/313485875525874/

The festival will culminate with West Midlands Mixed Media Awards on Friday 20th March 2015 at Meer Lounge, John Bright Street, Birmingham.

A pioneering celebration of aspiring young talent in film, photo, design; the awards are designed to inspire, invigorate and recognise the city region as being at the heart of creative media making.

10 categories.
100 places.
A beautiful venue (which used to be the original cinema in Birmingham in the 1920s).
1 house band – the one and only Lobster!
3 live VJs
5 stunning performers
An evening to remember!


Fierce NYE / Bling




Local cult outfit ‘Boy With Wings’ headline Fierce’s NYE party at The Edge, Digbeth – backed by a roster of DJs, visuals and fireworks. Limited capacity, so pre-book tickets here!


Still looking for a special gift? Order Fierce’s limited edition necklaces (also in wood & pink acrylic) or keyrings, by Friday morning and they’ll wing them to you in the last Xmas post. Cocktail classes, Indian Head Massages, Blanch & Shock’s improvised meal for four and Personalised Astrocharts still available too, vouchers sent straight to your inbox. . . Have a peek!!!

(copied and pasted all of this from Fierce’s latest mailer… which you can sign up for HERE)


Tomorrow night is Supersonic and Milque & Muhle’s Xmas Cocktail at the Hare and Hounds. Love the flyer.

Tickets from Milque & Muhle at the Custard Factory or online here.

See you there!


Today is the launch of 101 Things Birmingham Gave The World, after huge support on social media with their successful kickstarter campaign earlier in the year.

“101 Things Birmingham Gave The World, is not a Birmingham of the memory. It is a living breathing thing, wrestling with the city’s contradictions, press-ganging the typically arch and understated humour of the Brummie, and an army of little-known facts, both trivial and monumental, into reshaping its confusing reputation.”

Stewart Lee

You can buy the book online HERE, in a handful of shops *soon* or, if you can’t wait for it to be posted to you, or for it to be in shops, get it TONIGHT because there’s a little shindig at The Old Mo tonight in celebration.

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/324538024396063/


Digmas 2014



The Custard Factory’s annual event Digmas is taking place on Saturday 20th December, with a whole host of stuff going on, as well as 30+ market stalls from local designer/makers, live music and hot food vendors.

More on the Custard Factory’s website: www.custardfactory.co.uk/digmas 

The Big Hoot



Call For Artists: The Big Hoot, Artists Opportunity
Wild In Art are inviting Artists submissions to “The Big Hoot” creating a unique trail of Owl sculptures across Birmingham in 2015

Birmingham will become a virtual aviary in 2015 as a host of feathered friends descend on the city as part of its largest ever, mass participation art event. Wild in Art are delighted to be working in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to create The Big Hoot which will see over 120 individually designed 165cm tall owl statues appearing throughout the city over ten weeks during summer 2015, helping to showcase the wide cultural appeal of Birmingham.

Honorarium of £850 per commission on completion of artwork

Deadline for submissions is 9th January 2015

For more information:

any questions email:


Winter showcase – 6th December

10.00am – 6.00pm

City of Colours is back! Come and join us for our winter showcase, involving over 30 local artists, a huge Christmas market hall, affordable art sale, DJs, retro gaming, graffiti battle on NYC style subway carriage, face painting, screen printing, break dancing and graffiti workshops. Oh and lots of mulled wine and tasty street food!

More on the City of Colours website.


Jenny and Pete are building a portable Camera Obscura for Birmingham and need your help to make it happen AMAZING.

There are camera obscuras all around the world but not in Birmingham – the second biggest city in the UK. We want to fix that.

We have a five-year plan to build lots of camera obscuras in the city.

To start that process we built a portable prototype out of random stuff, which we took out in Birmingham to see what people thought. They liked it a lot!

Now we want to make a better camera with more features, one that will be a lasting resource for Birmingham and for people to learn about this simple machine that is the forefather of the modern camera.

I experienced their prototype Camera Obscura live in action at Warwick Bar Summer Fete earlier this year and thought it was fascinating. To have a sturdier, permanent Camera Obscura in Birmingham would be a huge asset to the city.

The process is very simple but the effect is strangely magical. Seeing the world projected onto a flat surface while inside the machine itself is a delightful experience which never fails to bring a smile.


They’ve reached their kickstarter target, but have launched a series of stretch goals that could help make the Camera Obscura even better. Take a look at their kickstarter to read more about (and back) the project.