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Polly Apfelbaum

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Ikon’s Autumn exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum will exemplify an art practice that places emphasis on the essential quality of materials, especially colour and texture, whilst asserting the importance of popular culture and craft activity. Her use of various fabrics – stained and dyed – and more recently glazed ceramics, is beguiling and refreshing in its offerings of simple pleasures. In this way, she subtly assumes a political, and feminist, position, challenging pomposity, notions of entitlement and hiera


Shout Festival 2018

Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. SHOUT brings the best in queer and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans* (LGBT) artists, work, and culture from across the UK and beyond to Birmingham. We ignite debate, inspire discussion, increase representation and showcase the work of queer artists across the city.


Birmingham Christmas Markets 2018

Victoria Square, Birmingham

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market 2018 Open daily from November 15th to December 23th inclusive Hours: 10am – 9pm Location: Victoria Square, New Street Closed Christmas Day Christmas at Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2018 Date: 28/11/2018 - 01/01/2019 Hours: 12:00 am - 7:00 pm Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Jewellery Quarter Christmas Lights Switch On 2018 Date: 18/11/2018 Hours: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Location: Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, Vyse St Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor 2018 Date: 17/11/2018 Hours: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm


The Nutcracker

Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

This Christmas feel the sparkle of magic in the air and be swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland. Join Clara beneath the boughs of her magical Christmas tree where a handsome prince awaits with his army of toy soldiers, sparkling dancing snowflakes, a sugar plum fairy and a whole host of magical characters. In this festive ballet, gigantic sets, lavish costumes, 60 dancers and a full orchestra combine to make the perfect Christmas treat for the entire family. This world-famous production by Sir Peter Wright, with exquisite designs by


The Wizard Of Oz

Birmingham REP Theatre, Birmingham

Follow the yellow brick road to the ultimate adventure this Christmas! When farm girl Dorothy Gale runs away from the evil Mrs Gultch, she finds herself lost in a strange and wonderful new world. With her faithful dog Toto at her side, she sets off on an adventure to find her way back home. Along the way she meets some peculiar but loveable characters who are also in search of something special – a Scarecrow needing a brain, a Tin Man looking for a heart and a Lion lacking in courage. Together they follow the yellow brick road to the Emeral


Haroon Mirza

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of work by Haroon Mirza in the UK to date, filling Ikon’s exhibition spaces entirely with moving imagery, sculptural installation and electronic sound. Involving smart sampling, often through collaboration with other artists, Mirza conveys an easy-going knowingness through a wide range of cultural references that foils sheer physical impact. His understanding of the nature of human perception – of what and how we see and hear – is demonstrated and combined with countless possibilities of mean


Harborne Night Market

The Green Man, Birmingham

With up to 20 vendors each month Harborne Night Markets give local independents the platform to sell their wares. Boosting Harborne's foodie credentials even further, we play host to multiple street food traders as well as some great local designers, artists, handmade experts and more. Harborne Night market covers 1000 square feet, taking in The New Inn's huge garden and indoor spaces. Here a selection of bars, street food trucks, designers, artist and handmade items as well as live music come together for long evenings of eating, dancing, shop


Harborne Handmade Christmas Market

Moor Pool Hall, Birmingham

Harborne Handmade Christmas Market is returning for a third year and is set to be another fantastic showcase of the very best local craftspeople and artisans. Alongside 24 craft stalls selling unique handmade products, Lil’s Parlour will be serving hot drinks and delicious cakes from a pop-up tea room. Shop local and support handmade in 2018! Free entry



LAB11, Birmingham

Expect Live Performances, Drinks on tap from our friends, Mosh Pits, Digital Displays, Champagne Room and the best dressed crowd this side of Fashion Week....all in a once abandoned warehouse. Cutting-edge experimental music sits side by side with future sounds, free improvisation and guilty f**king pleasures! Set in Digbeth, the creative quarter of Birmingham, this newly invigorated space hosts a series of renowned club nights for the thriving arts and culture scene. With a freshly refurbished outdoor terrace housed under the grand Victorian


The Peaky Blinders Portrait Party

THE ENGINE ROOM Digbeth, Birmingham

An opportunity to be involved in a unique themed Peaky Blinders event. Held at the Engine Room an industrial intimate venue in Digbeth. On arrival your photograph will be taken and loaded into our digital image system which will already have several PB character image templates installed. Your image will then be added to these templates for you to select your favourite one, which will then be created in a realistic pencil sketched style print (sizes available A3/A4) included within the ticket price. This special gift will then be delive


NYE at Digbeth Dining Club

Digbeth Dining Club, Birmingham

The UK's biggest street food destination is closing off its best ever year in STYLE! Expect a full venue takeover from the following: Spotlight: DDC Resident DJ's - Disco/Funk/Soul Mama Roux's: Shanty Town - Live Music/Spoken Word/Acoustic Unit 4: Only Jerkin' Sound System - Reggae/Afrobeat/RnB Cafe Colette: Enid Blight On - Disco & House With support from Cafe Artum, Voyage & Cherry Bomb. Award-winning street food from: Patty Freaks Greidy's Wings + Strips Only Jerkin' Dim Sum Su Brownie Bus With more TBC... - 1PM - 3AM - £2 Entry OTD