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The Everyday and Extraordinary

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

The Everyday and Extraordinary explores the potential of objects to be transformed and seen in new and insightful ways. Showcasing over seventy modern and contemporary artworks, this exhibition celebrates the wonder of physical objects in a pre-dominantly digital age where artistic creativity helps us all to see the world in extraordinary ways. Found objects have been transformed in many ways and for different reasons by artists; used to communicate a particular idea or concept such as Surrealism’s use of humour and satire, or Pop Art’s di

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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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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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Brindleyplace Film Festival

Brindley Place, Birmingham

The popular (and completely free) Brindleyplace Film Festival returns to Birmingham between the 16th – 22nd July 2018. Now in its 7th year, the outdoor festival will see our big screen arrive back in Central Square, showcasing a wide selection of fantastic movies. This year’s festival will be held in conjunction with one of our four charity partners, the Royal Society for Blind Children. www.brindleyplace.com

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Coventry Open Air Cinema

Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

Cult Screens open air cinema returns to Coventry this summer and the beautiful Cathedral Ruins. Deckchairs, bean bags, craft beers and ciders, fantastic wine, popcorn, full HD projection, fantastic audio and amazing films – accept no cheaper imitations, welcome to Cult Screens. Films at Coventry Cathedral this July are - Top Gun / Darkest Hour / E.T. / The Greatest Showman Further information and tickets at www.cultscreens.co.uk

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Birmingham Jazz Festival at Brindleyplace

Brindley Place, Birmingham

See the line up below: 20th Hilton Garden Inn 1630 Bobby Woods (USA) 21st Water’s Edge Bandstand 1700 Budapest Ragtime Orchestra (Hungary) 22nd Caffe Nero 1200 Ukelele Rocks Water’s Edge Bandstand 1600 Dirk Diggler’s Blues Revue Slug and Lettuce 1730 Jake Leg Jug Band All Bar One 1900 Art Themen Quartet 23rd Coast To Coast 1930 Chris Bowden 26th Slug and Lettuce 1700 Duved Dunayevsky Quartet (Israel,Australia,USA) All Bar One 2100 The Shufflepack 28th Water’s Edge Bandstand 1400 The Water Gypsies Caffe Nero 1500 Strictly Jitterbug

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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 Paperdolls Summer Market

Custard Factory, Birmingham

We are really excited to be returning to the Custard Factory with our Summer Handmade Market on July 21. With a fantastic line up of independent makers, designers & artists showcasing and selling their wares, as well as some fantastic workshops being held throughout the day to get your creating too! Hope you can make it! Free Entry For details of our fantastic line up visit our website: www.paperdollshandmade.com

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The UK Designer Expo (UKDE)

Boxxed, 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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BLAB: How Do You Shake Off The Emerging Label?

Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

We're asking the question "How do you shake off the emerging label?" with a unique, live & interactive format. This will be a talent show like you have never seen before. Guests will be auditioning to you, the audience, on their thoughts on the topic. You, as audience and judges, will provoke, question and challenge the subjects. Join us and special guests asking the question How do you shake off the ‘emerging’ label? We will be turning a space into a studio-esk with audiences sitting on judges chairs. Guest speakers are auditioning for YO

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IAM X H+H Presents... Madi’s Lean-Up Ting

The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

IAM in collaboration with Heartbreaks+Hooligans, presents the second instalment of Madi’s Lean-Up Ting, a chill intimate evening in both collectives’ home town of Birmingham. This event is aimed at showcasing the crème de la crème in the West Midlands’ underground scene. The lineup for the summer lean-up is just as lit as the first, including Jiggs (rapper/songwriter), Jabez Walsh (singer-songwriter) and Skrrypt (hip-hop artist). Your hosts for the evening will be none other than Madi Saskia (founder of IAM), so, basically it’s gonna

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Arts4Lyfe: The motive (Free Networking Event )

Arts Cafe, West Bromwich, West Bromwich

FREE Networking and music event for young creatives by young creatives. Where art meets networking in an evening for young creatives. If you’re from the West Midlands and interested in finding out more about creative careers and how to get your foot into the industry, our #TheMotive event is perfect for you! Share your work and ideas with others to create more opportunities for yourself. Be sure to attend the Arts Cafe, New St, West Bromwich, B70 7PG Join our guest speakers to find out more about their best tips as well as get advice fro

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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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Poetry Jam

Wayland's Yard Birmingham, Birmingham

Poetry Jam | First Thursday of Every Month | Wayland's Yard, Birmingham, 42 Bull Street, B4 6AF | 7 til 9pm *NEW LOCATION: Wayland’s Yard Birmingham* A monthly open mic platform to jam, perform and click with a community of creatives. Free entry. Starting promptly at 7pm to fit as many performers in as possible (advised to come early to get the best seats). Want an open mic slot? Arrive 15 minutes before the night kicks off to sign up to the open mic list. We welcome everyone and embrace key principals of individuality, love, innovation

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High-Rise at the top of the Rotunda

Rotunda, Birmingham

You’re invited to an exclusive party. Held at the top of the Rotunda in a luxurious penthouse, you can leave the real world behind as you step into the elevator and ascend to the heavens. But remember…hell is never too far away. Undoubtedly the finest J. G. Ballard adaptation to date, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise is a beautifully eccentric feature that sees a 1970s high-rise descend into complete anarchy, with Tom Hiddleston’s doctor starting to lose his marbles as order breaks down and the law of the high-rise becomes survival of the fitt

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110 Above Festival 2018

Gopsall Hall Farm, Atherstone

Set around the historic buildings of Gopsall Hall Farm 110 Above Festival provides the a blissful setting to experience live music . Once again we will be carefully restricting capacity so ticket availability will not last. We cannot wait to welcome over 50 live artists across our three beautiful stages this year. These including the amazing Circa Waves, Peace, Fickle Friends and Saint Raymond! As always we have booked our lineup to ensure there is talent from start to finish. No one on the 110 Above line-up is just there to 'make up the num

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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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Edwardian Tearoom Late

The Edwardian Tea Rooms, Birmingham

It is 1914 and the women of Birmingham are busy campaigning for suffrage. Campaigning for the right to vote has been a hard fought battle with women resorting to desperate measures to get their voices heard. Will you stand with them? Join us for a very special evening commemorating and celebrating this landmark period of women's history. Step back in time and witness leading Birmingham suffragettes such as Bertha Ryland and Catherine Osler fight for women’s rights in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The drama unfolds around you, with vir

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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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Bank Holiday All-Dayer

The Night Owl, Birmingham

August bank holiday Sunday traditionally signals the end of the British summer time - so Kaleidoscope and The Planet Art Project have teamed up to bring you an all-day-and-night party to wave off the summer in style. We have for you an incredible line-up of live music, amazing art, mind-blowing visuals, sweet vibes and so much more... *** LIVE MUSIC*** // The Mothers Earth Experiment // The Mothers Earth Experiment are an Art Rock band from Birmingham UK, who create dense sonic tapestries of emotion and strife. With hotly anticipated new m

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Next Wave 2018

RBSA Gallery, Birmingham

About Next Wave The Next Wave project began in 2014 as an exciting new venture for the RBSA. The project aimed to stage an exhibition of work by emerging and early-career artists that would add to the variety of the RBSA Gallery’s exhibition programme. It also aimed to support and promote the exhibitors to help them develop their career in the arts sector. Following the success of Next Wave 2014, the RBSA made it a biennial project so that the aims could be developed and continued. http://www.rbsa.org.uk

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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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Edwardian Tearoom Late: Dino Drink & Draw

The Edwardian Tea Rooms, Birmingham

Take your doodling inspiration from Dippy the dinosaur before he leaves Birmingham and continues on his UK tour! Drink and Draw returns to the Edwardian Tearooms. A free social drawing event for anyone who likes to doodle. Pens, pencils and paper provided! Have you ever sat at the day job and doodled on your work during meetings? Have you ever attended College/University to find yourself sketching on your notes as the Lecturer loses your interest? Have you ever found yourself scribbling on a beer mat as the conversation at the pub fails to

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Cult Screens Open Air Cinema

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

The UK’s number one open air cinema experience returns to Birmingham this summer and the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Deckchairs, bean bags, craft beers and ciders, fantastic wine, popcorn, full HD projection, fantastic audio and amazing films – accept no cheaper imitations, welcome to Cult Screens. Films at Birmingham Botanical Gardens this July and September are - The Lost Boys / The Greatest Showman / Dirty Dancing / Darkest Hour / Pretty Woman / Leon Further information at www.cultscreens.co.uk

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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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Reception:Autumn Conversations

Stryx, Birmingham

LIVE Electronic Music + LIVE Contemporary Dance + LIVE Visual Art in Digbeth!!! Magical Art Circus made in Birmingham!!! Premier of album Autumn Conversations by EIF and Xhosa Cole . First official single https://soundcloud.com/roomart/autumn_conversations-single In the event, you will see: Music: EIF soundcloud.com/earthisflatmusic and Xhosa Cole Rawtrachs DJ soundcloud.com/rawtrachs Elkie soundcloud.com/elkie Visual art: Martin Green www.instagram.com/martin_green_art/ Paul Henry Gittins www.modernshadows.com Ian Jones ianjo.uk Modern

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La Fille mal gardee

Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

Funny, tender and true, La Fille mal gardée (The Wayward Daughter) is a lovely ballet of rural bliss that will put a spectacular spring in your step. When country beauty Lise falls in love with farm lad Colas, she’s about to upset the apple cart. Her mother, Widow Simone, has her own ideas about who her daughter should marry. Enter Thomas, a pompous and wealthy vineyard owner. And Alain, his rich son – attractive as a potato, smart as a turnip and the proud possessor of two left feet. Now sit back and enjoy as this merry crew try to meet

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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