A Musical Hot Spot

A Reuters/Billboard report has declared Birmingham to be one of the music hot spots in 2007 along with Beijing, Berlin, Brisbane and, proving that they did work their way down the alphabet a bit, Marseille. In a U.K. music scene perennially dominated by London and Manchester, England’s “second city” has struggled, musically, in recent years. … [Read more…]

Interview with Rich Batsford

The third in my series of long interviews with notable people on the Birmingham creative scene is with Rich Batsford. Rich is a pianist who’s lived in Moseley all his life. However, the main focus of the interview is Project X Presents, a collective of performers and technicians who put on the multi-genre Like Fxck … [Read more…]

Decibel Performing Arts Showcase

The Decibel Performing Arts Showcase takes place in Birmingham from September 3rd to 7th this year. “The showcase will be an unmissable opportunity to see the very best performing artists and companies of African, Asian* and Caribbean descent based in England. It will take place in Birmingham from Monday 3 to Friday 7 September and … [Read more…]

Focus on Imaging

Focus on Imaging, a big trade show for cameras and related kit, runs from 25th – 28th February at the NEC. “Over 200 exhibitors and product launches galore – including all the very latest digital cameras and processing equipment – will feature at Focus 2007”. Entry is free for professionals (including full-time professional photographers) and … [Read more…]

Birmingham Mountain Film Festival

Now here’s an odd one, at least at first glance. You wouldn’t think Birmingham was a hot-bed of mountaineering enthusiasts but this Thursday sees the start of the Birmingham Mountain Film Festival at the Creation Climbing Centre in Moseley. Alongside a photography exhibition and short films shown in the cafe-bar the highlights include a screening … [Read more…]

Mark Locke

A Flatpack Film Festival spotlight. Mark Locke’s Saturday Night Takeaway, occurring at the MAC on Feb 3rd, is a retrospective of the film maker’s work from 90s comedy shorts to his current crop of music videos for the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Ten Benson and local stars Misty’s Big Adventure. The performance will be in … [Read more…]

Lower Eastside Dialogues

Lower Eastside Dialogues is a series of events aiming to set the agenda for the emerging learning and cultural quarter over the next three months. The Design of Regeneration January 25th, 7pm @ The Bond, Fazeley Street, Digbeth (map) Speakers include: * Amanda Levete from Future Systems, architects of the award winning Selfridges building * … [Read more…]

A Bigger Ikon?

Interesting interview in the Birmingham Post with Jonathan Watkins, director of the Ikon gallery and architect Glenn Howells (Wikipedia) who has previously worked on the Custard Factory and is involved with a number of regeneration projects in Birmingham. While nothing has been confirmed the pair are very keen to see the Ikon expand into a … [Read more…]