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Culture Feast

Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

Culture Feast A menu of contemporary arts. Sample the best in Birmingham’s contemporary scene with access to seven theatre, dance, music, film and art events all for £30 total. It’s a truly unique experience – each evening you’ll be greeted by a member of the team who will welcome you to the event and afterwards you’ll get to let it all sink in in a post-event audience exchange, where you can chat to fellow Culture Feast visitors about what you’ve experienced (much like a “book group” for the contemporary arts). The events i

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Rie Nakajima

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Rie Nakajima is one of the most experimental artists working in the UK. Fusing sculpture and sound, her artistic practice is open to chance and the influence of others, raising important questions about the definition of art. Nakajima makes pieces often in direct response to architectural space, using a combination of kinetic devices, musical instruments and found objects. Ikon’s exhibition consists entirely of new work and includes a number of performances in collaboration with other artists. https://ikon-gallery.org

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Miss Black and Beautiful

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

MAC and Autograph ABP are proud to present the first major solo exhibition of photographs by the late Raphael Albert – cultural promoter, entrepreneur and photographer. For more than three decades from the late 1960s, Albert organised and documented numerous black British beauty pageants and other cultural events, while creating a portfolio of photographs of aspiring models in his home studio. His long and successful career as a promoter and chronicler of pageants included the establishment of Miss Black and Beautiful, Miss West Indies in G

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From a Small Island

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

Award-winning photographer, Andrew Jackson has been commissioned to create a new series of work exploring identity, migration, memory and family. Following a visit to Jamaica in 2017, he investigates the identities of Jamaican Diaspora since the post-war migration to Britain, and the lives of second and third generation migrants born here. 'No one on that ship...thought we'd be leaving home forever, but when my father hugged me on the dockside, for some reason, I knew I'd never see him again as I had never seen him cry before. I still see my f

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A Matter of Life and Death Festival

Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

In May 2018, our award-winning festival A Matter of Life and Death will return to Birmingham. Presented in association with a wide range of artists and venues across the city, the festival features a wide range of arts and culture events encouraging conversations about death and dying. http://brumyodo.org.uk/

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Et in Arcadia Ego

Ort Gallery, Birmingham

Artist Charlotte Jarvis has collaborated with Prof. Hans Clevers and Dr Jarno Drost at the Hubrecht Institute to grow her own tumour. The tumour is gut cancer that is genetically ‘Charlotte’ – grown from her own cells in the lab and exhibited in installation. The project aims to examine mortality and create a dialogue with and about cancer. The exhibition is made up of ‘sets’ in which the artist literally waits to meet and eventually confronts her tumour, but also a symbolic space in which the project can be discussed, dissected, co

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Blender School

Vivid Projects, Birmingham

Blender is a popular free and open source 3D modelling program used by professionals and amateurs for 2D/3D animation, making assets for games, video editing, motion graphics, compositing and more. Blender school will be a three-part workshop series, led by Antonio Roberts, that will act as an introduction to the software and its features. In these workshops you will be introduced to basic concepts of animation and navigating 3D space, eventually progressing to more advanced concepts and techniques such as particle generators, sculpting and co

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CHOREOMATCH

Vivid Projects, Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM DANCE NETWORK IN ASSOCIATION WITH VIVID LIVE CHOREOMATCH 21 MAY – 9 JUNE 2018 During May and June, Birmingham Dance Network in collaboration with Vivid Live will be in residence with their ChoreoMatch project, creating a space for dancers, choreographers and artists to experiment with an untested idea and meet new collaborators. This year, as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018, the ChoreoMatch participants will present at Introducing… devised in situ at Vivid Projects for the first time, utilising the unique g

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Moseley Arts Market

Moseley Park, Birmingham

Moseley is one of Birmingham's artistic hotbeds, home to many creative people. The Arts Market is a showcase for local talent and the best from further abroad. Held alongside the monthly Farmers' Market (on the final Saturday of the month) you'll find a range of original artworks, traditional and contemporary crafts, and handmade jewellery from professional and semi professional Designer/Makers who will be pleased to talk to you about their work or discuss bespoke commissions. Everything sold at Moseley Arts Market must be produced by the stall

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The Hip-Hop Colour Festival 2018

Leveldigbeth, Birmingham

UK’s 1st Hip Hop Colour Festival Launches in Birmingham! Throw your colour in the air like you just don’t care for the UK’s first Hip Hop Colour Festival! Brought to you by Multi-Award Winning Shaanti - an essential part of the city's music scene since the 1999 - in association with street-food alternative event pioneers Taste and Liquor. The Hip Hop Colour Festival is an annual event that showcases the positivity of Hip-Hop culture at Level Digbeth, a converted Cash and Carry in Digbeth. The festival promises to be like no other, wi

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Avenger's Movie Marathon

The Mockingbird Bar and Theatre, Birmingham

Assemble your friends... The Mockingbird present a movie challenge worthy of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen proudly (and perhaps insanely) present The Avengers MARATHON! Over two action-packed days, the Digbeth cinema here at the Custard Factory will screen NINE movies back-to-back from across the whole Marvel film universe! The marathon will also lead into a screening of the new Avengers: Infinity War so if you really have the stamina, you could get extra tickets and go for the perfect ten! **Sunday 27th May** 11

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Primavera Sound 2018

PARC DEL FÒRUM, Barcelona

For more than sixteen years now Primavera Sound has been consistently offering successful musical events. The Barcelona-based music promotion company has, since its modest beginnings, developed a strong commitment to music so that spectators from different generations can enjoy the experience of live music to the full. This is clearly reflected in the innovative quality of its events, that exude coherence, eclecticism and the love of risk taking and are characterised by its unmistakeable artistic line strongly influenced by rock, pop and the mo

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Birmingham International Dance Festival

Victoria Square, Birmingham

Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) is an award-winning biennial festival presenting a vibrant programme of international dance in venues and public spaces across Birmingham; creates distinctive new work; builds audiences; and engages communities in stimulating participatory activity. Since its beginnings in 2008, BIDF has played a vital role in putting dance centre stage in Birmingham and has become a powerful cultural asset for the city. BIDF 2018 will capitalise on the success of past editions. With a refreshed and refocused visio

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ValeFest 2018

The Vale, University of Birmingham, Kidderminster

Europe's largest student-run charity festival is back for it's 14th year, and this year, it's JUNGLE THEMED! Last year we raised over £40,000 for mental health charities RSVP and BasicNeeds and this year we're hoping to raise even more for homelessness charities SifaFireside and ShelterBox! If you're interested in the work they do, check out their websites here: http://www.sifafireside.co.uk/ and https://www.shelterbox.org/. This year we're bringing bigger and better bands to the Vale (including acts playing at some of the biggest festivals

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Osman Yousefzada

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

This will be the first solo exhibition by Birmingham-born fashion designer Osman Yousefzada. A firm fixture at London Fashion Week, Osman is the go to designer for a host of celebrities and high-profile women from the worlds of art, film, design, entertainment and commerce. His style combines haute couture techniques and fabrics with modern perception of what women need today along with strong social commentary. Ikon’s galleries will be transformed by an installation that displays Osman’s own creations with assemblages of ‘metamorphosed

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Francis Alÿs

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Ikon’s exhibition by Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs reflects on the notion of turbulence itself, from simple instability to chaos, from a meteorological phenomenon to a geopolitical context, from a simple knot in the hair to an ascending spiral. Knots represent links and bonds, as well as resistance and binding. Tornado (2000-10), a 30-35 min’ video sees the artist chasing “dust devils” and attempting to enter their eye with a camera in hand. Alÿs films their windless core, a monochrome of dust that literally abstracts him from the

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Supersonic Festival 2018

Digbeth, Birmingham

“Supersonic reasserts itself as the best European festival for new music” The Quietus Starting as a one-day event in Birmingham in 2003, Supersonic Festival, curated and produced by Capsule , is now an internationally renowned experimental music and arts festival. Occupying an exalted position at the heart of Brimingham’s cultural life, as well as attracting an international audience, after a year hiatus Supersonic Festival returned in 2017 bigger and bolder than ever before, reasserting itself as ‘the best European festival for new mu

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BIFF: Bird Of Dusk

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

Birmingham Indian Film Festival returns, showcasing a new and exciting selection of cutting-edge independent films that are guaranteed to entertain and offer fascinating insights into a billion South Asian lives. A fearless, elegant and poetic insight into the career and private life of the late and legendary director Rituparno Ghosh. Sangeeta Datta’s film invites reflections by some of Indian cinema’s finest actors and filmmakers who recall Ghosh’s impact on their lives. These are montaged with Ghosh’s films and his interviews, depict

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Roskilde Festival 2018

Roskilde, Roskilde

Roskilde Festival is the largest North European culture and music festival and has existed since 1971. We are a non-profit organisation consisting of about 50 full-time employees and thousands of volunteers. www.roskilde-festival.dk

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Moseley Arts Market

Moseley Park, Birmingham

Moseley is one of Birmingham's artistic hotbeds, home to many creative people. The Arts Market is a showcase for local talent and the best from further abroad. Held alongside the monthly Farmers' Market (on the final Saturday of the month) you'll find a range of original artworks, traditional and contemporary crafts, and handmade jewellery from professional and semi professional Designer/Makers who will be pleased to talk to you about their work or discuss bespoke commissions. Everything sold at Moseley Arts Market must be produced by the stall

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Vladimír Kokolia

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

This will be the first UK exhibition of work by Vladimír Kokolia, the renowned Czech artist who established himself on the international circuit at Documenta 9, 1992. A combination of new and recent paintings, the show exemplifies an intensely experimental attitude that distils abstraction from everyday experience. Kokolia is very alive to the possibility of epiphanies, seemingly unremarkable events that give rise to a kind of weaving of wonder. “I usually paint some snapshot, some distinctly illuminated scene I glimpse somewhere, even per

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Noisily Festival of Music & Arts 2018

Coney Woods, Leicester

Amongst the rolling hills of Leicestershire at the heart of rural England, Noisily Festival calls The Coney Woods home. Whilst rooted in the electronic music scenes, Noisily is a holistic environment which feeds the mind, body and soul. It’s a celebration of psychedelic culture, built on the values of friendship, love, passion, nature and community. Across the festival you’ll find a carefully curated lineup of visual and interactive art, craftspeople, healers, and of course the very best music representing the breadth and depth of the Elect

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Timber 2018

The National Forest, Swadlincote

Welcome to Timber. An extraordinary new camping festival exploring the transformative impact of forests. Celebrating woodland culture in all its forms, join us for an intoxicating experience where music, art, philosophy and sustainability weave together into an unforgettable, exhilarating weekend. Artists, musicians, scientists and thinkers from across the world will dive into the poetry of nature, explore what forests and woodlands can mean to us and our relationship with nature. Timber will bring communities together to play and create in ou

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Digbeth First Friday

Digbeth, Birmingham

Time to try something new. Digbeth comes alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more. With different things to see and do each month anything could happen on a First Friday night out. Digbeth First Friday runs from 6pm ‘til late and event times vary. We recommend you check the listings in advance so you can make the most of your evening. Maps are available online a few days before the event and at participating venues on the day

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Latitude Festival 2018

Henham Park, Henham

Latitude, the pioneering, award-winning festival bursts with the very best from Music and the Arts; wander from Film to Music, Comedy to Literature and Theatre to Poetry in the stunning setting of Henham Park in the Suffolk countryside. https://www.latitudefestival.com/

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Exit Festival 2018

Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad

FIVE FESTIVALS - FIVE INCREDIBLE LOCATIONS - FIVE COUNTRIES! After the most comprehensive year in its history, EXIT is getting ready for an even greater festival achievement in 2018! The EXIT family now has five members in as many countries in the region, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, Croatia and Serbia! After EXIT celebrated 50th anniversary of Summer of Love in 1967 and the revolutionary "hippie" movement that changed the world forever, in the year when EXIT is "coming of age" with its 18th edition, it will celebrate this movem

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Ctrl/Shift

mac Birmingham, Moseley

Private View 20th July - 6pm - 8pm Meet the artists and curators from 62 Group at the opening of their new exhibition. The creative tension between accomplished skill, experimentation and the development of new ideas, provides the starting point for Ctrl/Shift.The exhibition enables participating artists to explore projects which manifest as transformations in their practice. Ctrl/Shift will take shifts and changes as its theme, in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially to

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The UK Designer Expo (UKDE)

Warehouse River Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, Birmingham

The UK Designer Expo Makes A Return To Birmingham With A Brand New Concept To Their Annual Expos. This Year The Number Of Exhibitiors Has Increased By 50% From 20 To 30. Bringing You An Even Greater Selection Of Streetwear Brands For You To Shop Featured Brands Include HOODRICH, GVNMNT Plus Many, Many More This Event Will Be The Place To Get Right With ID BARBERS Hosting A Grooming Section Entertainment Throughout The Day Will Be Provided By Local Artists With A Special Guest To Be Announced Soon Providing Even More Entertainment To Your S

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Lunar Festival 2018

Umberslade Farm Park, Tanworth in Arden

Save The Date! After a year's absence, Lunar Festival will be returning to Umberslade Farm Park in Tanworth In Arden on 27th - 29th July 2018! We plan to shake things up a little with some awesome artists, experiences, venues, exhibitions, food and drink but within keeping the Lunar spirit of years gone by! More information and ticket details coming soon but for now save the date! http://lunarfestival.co.uk

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Indietracks 2018

Midland Railway, Butterley

Indietracks is a unique festival combining heritage trains and indiepop music, located at the Midland Railway in Butterley, in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. This year's festival will take place on 27-29 July 2018 59 artists have been announced for this year's festival so far, including British Sea Power, Honeyblood, The Lovely Eggs, Gwenno, Amber Arcades, Dream Wife, Girl Ray and Sacred Paws. They are joined by Darren Hayman (playing ‘Breaking God’s Heart’), Haiku Salut, The Smittens and Night Flowers, among others. See the f

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Moseley Arts Market

Moseley Park, Birmingham

Moseley is one of Birmingham's artistic hotbeds, home to many creative people. The Arts Market is a showcase for local talent and the best from further abroad. Held alongside the monthly Farmers' Market (on the final Saturday of the month) you'll find a range of original artworks, traditional and contemporary crafts, and handmade jewellery from professional and semi professional Designer/Makers who will be pleased to talk to you about their work or discuss bespoke commissions. Everything sold at Moseley Arts Market must be produced by the stall

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Wilderness Festival 2018

Cornbury Estate, Finstock

An award winning festival of music, food, arts, learning, literature and rejuvenation. Set amongst the lakes, forests and parkland of Oxfordshire’s exquisite Cornbury Estate. http://www.wildernessfestival.com

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Bestival 2018

Lulworth Estate, East Lulworth

Bestival is an award winning four-day boutique music festival set on the Lulworth Estate – an enchanting, wooded country estate on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. The wonderful world of Bestival was born out of ten fun years of pioneering music events and record releases from Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best empire. The renowned music specialist had a dream to create his vision of the modern-day festival. Along with Creative Director and wife Josie da Bank and co-founders/partners John and Ziggy from Get Involved that dream is now reality. On a missio

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Teefordaplug Anniversary

IN BIRMINGHAM, Birmingham

One year anniversary

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Boomtown Fair 2018

Matterley Estate, Winchester

Our city is a world within a world, with legends breathing history into the city's streets. Each chapter encounters a new story, characters to discover and adventures to be had. To truly understand the multilayered experience of Boomtown, turn to Chapter One and join us on our journey of honour and bravery; treachery and betrayal; power and greed; political progress and noble causes. Meet our heroes and heroines, villains and crooks and all the colourful characters and eccentric oddities whose stories are waiting to be told... Chapter Ten of

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Green Man Festival 2018

Brecon Beacons, Brecon

Whatever kind of festival-goer you happen to be, there’s bound to be an area that floats your boat, be it for the laughs, literature, art, science, mischief or music. So whether it’s revelling in the thumping tones of a new band, catching some illuminating literature or soaking up the sunshine with a pint of Welsh beer, you’re sure to unearth some serious magic... https://greenman.net/

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Sundown Cinema

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

The original outdoor cinema experience that you know and love returns and this year we may even get an actual red carpet! Join us for screenings within our outdoor arena as we lay on a full evening of entertainment with themed cocktails and menu's, music and even competitions. Calling all Funny Girls and one time Aca-awkward teens join us, for a party under the stars, we may even make your prom dreams come true. Moonwalker Wed 8 Aug 8pm Pitch Perfect Sat 11 Aug 8pm Funny Girl Sun 26 Aug 7.30pm Pretty in Pink Sat 1 Sep 7.15pm at th

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Festival No. 6

Portmeirion, Portmeirion

Festival No.6 is the UK’s most unique experience. A multi award-winning music, arts and culture festival, located in our magical coastal home of Portmeirion, with an eclectic mix of iconic and the best new artists. Our main stage is a Mediterranean-inspired, Grade II-listed fantasy village, surrounded by estuary, mountains and woodlands. During the festival, the village and surrounding woodlands come alive as a unique series of surreal and inspiring venues. http://festivalnumber6.com/

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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

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ALL YOU NEED IS LSD

Birmingham REP Theatre, Birmingham

The drug laws in this country- the drug laws IN THE WORLD - all stem from this attitude that pleasure is a bad thing. In 2015, acclaimed British playwright Leo Butler accepted an invitation from former Government drugs tsar, Professor David Nutt, to be a guinea pig in the world's first LSD medical trials since the 1960s. Monty Python, Being John Malkovich, and Alice in Wonderland all resonate in this exhilarating and original comedy as we watch Leo jump down the rabbit-hole of a medical trial in search of enlightenment - and a good story. Alon

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David Edgar: Trying It On

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

It’s 1968. David is 20. The Vietnam war rages. The world-wide student revolt is at its height. Martin Luther King is assassinated. Enoch Powell delivers his “rivers of blood” speech. These events will define David’s politics and give focus to his playwriting. It’s 50 years on. the 70-year-old is confronted by the 20-year-old. Do they still share the same beliefs? Is it the world that’s changed, or him? Why did his generation vote Brexit? Has he sold in or sold out? David Edgar’s plays have been presented by the National Theatre,

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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