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» Theatre: December Digbeth First Friday


The last Digbeth First Friday of the year is upon us and, of course, this edition has a distinct festive vibe. There’s lots going on – our highlights include:

  • Many & Varied: December Salon – Fascinating talks from fascinating people on all kinds of creative ideas and projects. This is final Salon of the current programme – book a space now!
  • Grand Union: Christmas Party! – Expect unique artist-made decorations, boozy roulette, festive cocktails to warm your cockles and an eclectic soundtrack of party classics.
  • tArt – The first event by Black Hole Club members Ryan Hughes, Michael Lightborne and Kate Spence, combining music, performance and visual art.
  • Boxxed: Tabula Rasa – A multifaceted art show combining high-speed photography, moving image and ethereal soundscapes.


» Theatre: The Hubb returns

The Hubb was a pioneering arts centre which was open from 2010-2013 in Sparkbrook. It hosted artists, academics and community activists from around the world, and provided a space for local communities to come together and be inspired by art and culture.

The Hubb closed its doors in the summer of 2013 as a result of a compulsory purchase order on the building. However, the team behind the centre have been working behind the scenes ever since to find a new building in the locality. Premises have been found, but they need help in order to renovate the space. They are currently crowdfunding in order to undertake the first phases of development which includes new flooring and lighting; repairing walls and ceilings; correcting pipework and electrics; plastering and painting.

Donations can be made here.

» Theatre: Speak up for Culture

This morning we received an important and timely message from mac birmingham:

With 1 million visits each year to mac alone, we know that art and culture is hugely important to the people of Birmingham. We believe art transforms lives. It helps us share and express thoughts, experiences, feelings and ideas. The rich diversity of arts and culture is part of what makes this city such an inspiring and incredible place to live.

Birmingham City Council is facing huge challenges with less money to spend on its services. This is a time of change and the council wants to hear your voice. If you value the cultural offer in this city you may like to go along to one of the consultations being held in each constituency, a list of which can be found [below]:

5 November 13:30 – 15:00 Ward End Library
6 November 13:30 – 15:00 South Yardley Library
9 November 13:30 – 15:00 Kings Heath Community Centre
9 November 18:30 – 20:00 Alexander Stadium
11 November 13.30 – 15:00 Sutton Coldfield Town Hall
11 November 18:30 – 20:00 St Barnabas Church
12 November 13:30 – 15:00 Northfield Library
12 November 18:30 – 20:00 Stirchley Baths

If you can’t imagine Birmingham in 2020 without libraries, museums, galleries, festivals, music, theatre… please join us in speaking up for culture.

On behalf of the city’s vibrant cultural and creative industries, thank you.

Created in Birmingham » Theatre: Bees in a Tin 2015


Call out…

Do you do exciting and (or) interesting things? Then this is for you!

Bees in a Tin is a gathering happening on the 12 June 2015 for interesting and exciting people who make unique interfaces for the world around them. This year it’s happening in partnership with Supersonic as part of their annual festival of experimental music and art.

And we’re currently looking for people to present… interesting and exciting things, experiences, performances, talks, artefacts, ideas and other nouns, at the event.

If you have devised (or are devising) a novel way of interacting with your surroundings that makes people stop, think or just go “wow!”, then we would like to be in the same room as you. Your project could be a performance piece; guided walk; interactive object; data visualisation; science experiment or something completely different. Surprise us!

It doesn’t have to be arts-based and it doesn’t have to be finished: we’re looking for things that invite us to consider our position in relationship to things differently.

We’ll be in a space that can accommodate talks, workshops and/or playtesting and feedback on work in progress. Tell us how you’d like to feed into the day and we’ll do our best to squeeze in as much amazing stuff as we can.

More information can be found here. Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 29 April 2015.


Created in Birmingham » Theatre: 24 Hour Culture Survey

The cultural organisations of the West Midlands need you! This weekend, a major survey will take place to discover how people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives in the West Midlands. The 24 Hour Culture Survey asks you to tell them what you get up to over a single day – be it visiting a gallery, taking a dance class, listening to music whilst doing the washing up, knitting or reading on the bus. Anyone can take part, no matter how young – all experiences count.

You can take part by filling in the survey here from noon on Friday 24 to noon Saturday 25 October 2014.

The survey has been commissioned by 22 of the West Midlands’ arts organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Compton Verney, mac birmingham, the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, DanceXchange, Ironbridge Gorge Museums and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. It is hoped that the findings will be used to inform arts policy in forthcoming years, both by the organisations themselves but also by local authorities and government.

Findings from the survey will be released before the end of the year.

Created in Birmingham » Theatre: BE Festival – Actors, Dancers, Performances and You – 2nd – 12th July, 2014.

With all the build-up and enthusiasm for dance performances during IDFB I feel well and truly ready for BE Festival 2014. Having not personally attended BE Festival before I was a little unsure of what to expect, and so took the opportunity to visit the 2014 launch at Birmingham Rep on the 16th April. I was quickly immersed into a world of acting, exciting workshops and performers.

BE Festival has been hosted in Birmingham since 2010 after responding to an Arts Council-hosted conference entitled, ‘The Challenge of Change: How can we make a better future for theatre, here in the West Midlands?’ in 2009.

5 years on, the realised dream of BE Festival still continues. Having invited performers from 11 different countries to take part in this years’ amazing selection of 22 performances, the festival has already attracted a large following.

This year The Rep will open their doors to BE Festival, with the main stage itself set to feature a pop-up restaurant. There they will be serving delicious interval dinners to artists and audiences so that they can have an opportunity to eat together each evening. The menus include vegetarian options and advance bookings for this are now available through box-office.

You’ll now be able to see all of the wonderful events planned which include visual arts and talks, workshops, performances and even musical post-show events, finishing with an Awards Party on the 12th of July.

Even better, if you’d like a chance to be involved with BE Festival, meeting the performers and organisers behind the action then you might be interested in their volunteering opportunities. Open until the 12th of May, volunteering opportunities with BE Festival also include 6 positions for aspiring stage managers/technicians to form part of the Production Team.

If you would like to volunteer please send an email detailing your interest, any relevant skills, experience and CV to emmahalsteadbe@gmail.com. Volunteers will be needed in May and then throughout June and July.

For the full 2014 programme please see HERE.

Created in Birmingham » Theatre: Birmingham Opera company presents, ‘KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry’

“Born of a passion and a belief that opera can speak directly to all kinds of people, Artistic Director, Graham Vick, set out to create a company that the people of Birmingham – a city of many peoples – could be proud of…

…We’ve got more exploring to do to discover where opera can be performed. How to perform it. How to re-write the rules of engagement between audiences and performer. How to experiment with space and acoustics. Who can we make it speak to?”

Birmingham Opera Company would like to invite you to their production of Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry.  You may have already heard a sneak preview at Springhill Tesco Superstore, where professional soloists Joseph Guyton and Stephanie Corley were accompanied by Sergey Rybin on piano. The singers performed a selection of opera favourites from Tosca, Madame Butterfly and Othello, demonstrating their talents whilst preparing to play the roles of Prince Andrei and Emma in this latest production.

The opera will take place in a big top tent at Cannon Hill Park, with performances at 7pm on the 22nd, 24th, 28th and 30th April before a final performance on the 2nd May.

The story depicts Russia in the midst of a division between powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising influence. Musorgsky paints a devastating portrait of a nation on the brink of collapse; torn apart by state corruption, religious fanaticism, social inequality and ethnic cleansing.

The unique setting and involvement from local performers already sets the bar for an interesting series of evenings. Birmingham Opera Company released an open call for singers with varied to little experience in performance, asking them to join in with rehearsals several days a week. If you’d like to become involved with Birmingham Opera Company’s projects yourself, then please contact them at getinvolved@birminghamopera.org.uk .

We wish the cast and Birmingham Opera Company the best of luck for the shows. For telephone booking information please call 0121 246 6632 Monday – Friday 9:00am-11:00am or use the following link for further information and online booking.

Created in Birmingham » Theatre: The Public’s last week

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The Public* closes its doors very soon and if you intended on going before it shuts, you’d be sensible to visit during its last week (11th-16th November), because they have an array of different events lined up.

Join us from 11 to 16 November as we celebrate all the fantastic activities which have taken place at The Public over the last 4 years.  Throughout the week there’ll be chance to enjoy live music, song and dance, culminating in a free gig on Saturday 16 November with West Bromwich covers band, The Busby Babes.

Alongside this there will also be an exhibition featuring a collection of work by local artists and Public memorabilia.

Full schedule of events on their website.

*yes, we know it’s not technically Birmingham, but it’s not too far afield and it is certainly worth a mention.