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New Art West Midlands 2017

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

New Art West Midlands 2017 is the region’s showcase for exciting new work and includes painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, print and installation. The annual exhibition provides a new and vital platform to show the work of emerging artists who have graduated from the region’s five university art schools- Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester- and for the first time Hereford College of Arts. This year’s exhibition is selected by artists J

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Genecraft: Art in the Biogenetic Age

Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham

We live in an age of unprecedented scientific discovery. December 2016 saw a landmark decision by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to allow babies to be created using the DNA of three people. We can mail our DNA samples for testing, and in just a few years’ time every GP surgery will have the technology to foresee a patient’s future diseases at the touch of a button. What do these genetic breakthroughs mean for our social, economic and emotional outlooks? BOM presents an ongoing series of events and debates exploring art a

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Jean Painlevé

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Ikon presents the first UK exhibition of work by Jean Painlevé (1902 – 1989). His cinematographic and photographic portraits of octopi, lobsters or starfish were at the centre of the surrealist and avant-garde movement of the 1920s and praised by Fernand Leger, Alexander Calder or Luis Bunuel among others. Throughout his career, which spans the 20th century, Jean Painlevé defended the documentary style and science films, in an output of more than 200 shorts. His ground-breaking aesthetic, irreverence and unique humour, as well as innovati

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Oliver Beer

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Ikon presents the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by British artist Oliver Beer. Through film and sculpture, with a strong emphasis on sound, it exemplifies his preoccupation with both the physical properties and emotional value of objects. At the heart of this exhibition is a new work, commissioned by Ikon, Reanimation (I Wan’na be Like You) (2017) which is a ‘re-animation’ of a scene from Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book. 2,500 children, from early years until the age of 13 from Birmingham, were involved, each drawing a si

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Here & Now

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

Here & Now is the first major curated exhibition of contemporary tapestry in England for over 20 years and demonstrates the commitment to contemporary tapestry internationally. The works showcase the ways in which the narrative heritage of the medium is used to engage with political, aesthetic and personal issues of current discourse, and emphasise that the art of tapestry weaving is contemporary and relevant across the world. The show has been partly funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation; the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the

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Brick Wonders

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton

Brick Wonders – the tour is an exhibition of the models of ‘Brick Wonders’, Warren Elsmore’s second book, released in May 2014. Each individual LEGO model can be seen in all its glory – showing the versatility of LEGO and amazing wonders throughout time. 7 April 2017 - 4 July 2017 Great Barrier Reef detail. Image ©Warren Elsmore. Featuring over 70 LEGO models, the exhibition appeals to all ages whilst teaching creativity and expression. The exhibition covers not only the seven Ancient Wonders, but also Seven Old, Modern and Natura

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Imbalance

Patrick Centre, Birmingham

It’s rare nowadays not to ‘log in’ at every opportunity- the breakfast table, nights out with friends, even in bed! Combining exciting acrobatic skills and athletic dance, this energetic, thought-provoking performance explores our obsessive dependence with technology, asking whether our lives are ‘in’ or ‘out’ of balance? The highly skilled Joli Vyann present ‘Imbalance’ in collaboration with internationally renowned choreographer Jonathan Lunn. Produced by Turtle Key Arts. http://www.dancexchange.org.uk/events

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Godzilla whisky taste-along with Nikka Whisky

The Electric Cinema, Birmingham

To welcome in the spring and 'Sakura' (cherry blossom) season, The Birmingham Whisky Club and Nikka Whisky EU are teaming up to present a 'Taste-along' screening of the classic film 'Godzilla' (1954) at one of the city's most iconic venues... The Electric Cinema, Birmingham. Founded in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru, Nikka has risen to become Japan's second largest distiller, producing a wide range of single malts as well as their impressive blended whisky range. Nikka has won numerous awards (including 6 IWSC gold medals in 2015) and has won fans

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Open Art Night

Eagle & Tun, Birmingham

TheArt4 & Project Birmingham collaborate together to bring you a new all inclusive event. OPEN ART NIGHT is an immersive experience of Art, Music, Poetry, Performance and all other creative mediums from fashion to photography. It's simply an Open Mic Night for all the Arts. Just like any Open Mic Night, anyone can come along, show, present or perform their work. Storytelling, Illustration, Comedy, Freestyle Rap, What will you show us? Tell us about your creation, engage with the audience and get feedback from one another. Creating a mo

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Swingamajig 2017

Digbeth, Birmingham

Swingamajig Festival 2017 will once again be a show like no other! World class dance, circus, burlesque, cabaret, live music and DJs across 7 stages. Complimented by the best possible street food, art installation's, walkabout performances and thousands of the best dressed ladies and gents from across the land. A vintage inspired wonderland in the beating heart of Birmingham's alternative hub the Digbeth Triangle. The music at Swingamajig is as varied as our wonderful audience, from top hats to baseball caps there's always plenty for everyone!

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[x] marks [super elections]

Grand Union, Birmingham

Seecum Cheung‘s work is based upon a series of interviews which seek to study the rise of right-wing Nationalism within Europe, featuring footage collected from Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Denmark, Bulgaria and the UK. The next chapter of the work will be focussed on the national elections of The Netherlands (March 11th), France (April 23rd + May 7th) and Germany (September 24th) coined as the Super Election Year 2017. The films seek to capture the conditions for those who are presently caught in between the lines of

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Level UP Season 4.5: Music Edition

Birmingham REP Theatre, Birmingham

Special evening of words and melodies banding together and acting like they own the place featuring World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker and BFF/Jazz Musician Chris Read, who after a debut sell-out run of 'The Harry and Chris Show' at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, they are bringing their brand of poetry, music, love and laughter to Level UP.

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Reunion

Patrick Centre, Birmingham

Extraordinary dancers Ana Morales and David Coria convey the absolute passion of flamenco with determination and artistry, taking a journey through the palos (flamenco’s different styles) revealing emotions and feelings which will electrify the audience. http://www.dancexchange.org.uk/events

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MK Ultra

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Enter the hypnotic world of MK Ultra. Rosie Kay's new work is a high energy, supercharged mash-up of thrilling dance, music and imagery. It is inspired by the bizarre realm of pop culture mind control conspiracies. Birmingham-based Rosie Kay is one of the UK's leading female choreographers. She is renowned for her athletic movement, rigorous research and intelligent theatricality. Choreographer to the hit film Sunshine on Leith, Kay is best known for the five star award-winning 5 Soldiers (performed at The REP in 2015). Supported by Arts Cou

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I Am Joan

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

Beautifully performed by Viv Gordon winner of Judge’s Prize at Arts in Health South West 2015 I Am Joan is a one woman show. A hopeful comedy about a woman in recovery from trauma finding empowerment by connecting with various inspiring Joans, such as Joan Collins, Joan Jett and Joan of Arc, all of whom embody elusive qualities of resilience and self-belief. Think Dynasty meets Joan of Arc with lashings of cherry bakewells, a heavy dose of glam rock and tissues for all at the end. Irreverent, laugh out loud, hold your breath and weep silent

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Drink and Draw Birmingham

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

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 pique your interest? Do you like alcohol and cool bars? Have you answered "yes" to any of the questions abov

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The Great Escape 2017

Brighton City Centre, Brighton

THE GREAT ESCAPE 2017 18th - 20th May. 450+ BANDS. 35 VENUES. 3 DAYS. BRIGHTON, UK. Since being founded in 2006, The Great Escape has been firmly established internationally as the leading event for showcasing new music. Taking place in Brighton over 3 days in May, The Great Escape kicks starts the festival season, introducing 16,000 music lovers to the key artists and sounds of the year. With over 450 bands playing in 30 venues over 3 days, The Great Escape is the key date in the music calendar. In addition to pre-publicised performances, im

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Casa Museu Fernando Namora - Surrealism Moscow, Zagreb, Lisbon, Coimbra

Casa Museu Fernando Namora, Condeixa-a-Nova

Casa Museu Fernando Namora surrealism Now exhibition small format. Open on May 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. The Fernando Namora House Museum will be the local of a surrealist show from the 21st century. Svetlana Ratova from Moscow, Nikolina Petolas from Zagreb, Paula Rosa from Lisbon and Santiago Ribeiro from Coimbra are the protagonists of another edition of International Surrealism Now of small format. The modern surrealism of these four artists, where dream, creative and ideological freedom are the primordial force of their 21st century surrealis

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B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival 2017

Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

It’s back! Our annual FREE festival returns in May for its second year, celebrating all things Hip-Hop. Immerse yourself in dance and music performances, participate in or watch battle and see graffiti art being created before your eyes – all to the sounds of the festival from live DJs. With appearances from the best national and international artists and some of the city’s finest Hip-Hop talents – get involved and become part of the Hip-Hop family. Follow B-SIDE on Facebook facebook.com/bside2017 for updates on events or just click

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Graff Jam

Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

This year we are excited to host a full weekend of indoor and outdoor live Graffiti art and workshops featuring some of the art forms finest. We welcome the legendary T – kid from New York plus others and are proud to be sponsored by POSCA. Sat 20 May, all day – Hurst St Sun 21 May, all day - Main Foyer and Hippodrome Square INVITES ONLY!!!! CONFIRMED GUESTS!!! The Terrible T-KID (NYC, USA) ZOOKI (BIRMINGHAM) ZED (BIRMINGHAM) ZOMBY (LONDON) ZINER (BIRMINGHAM) NEWSO (BIRMINGHAM) GENT (Birmingham) ORGHONE (ITALY) AWONE (SWEDEN) EKTO (LONDO

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Triple Bill ft. Red Riding Hood

Patrick Centre, Birmingham

Bold choreography, blending the classical and contemporary, narrative and abstract. Captured – a four-hander characterised by intricate detail and propulsive energy, ebbs and flows to the fiery emotion of Martin Lawrance’s edgy choreography, set to a Shostakovich string quartet. Celebrated British choreographer Michael Corder, creates an abstract piece for four dancers to the beautiful music of Debussy. South Bank Sky Arts Award-winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa turns a popular fairy tale on its head, as she gives her story ballet a surprisin

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Bring The Paint

Cultural Quarter Leicester, Leicester

BRING THE PAINT ... FREE Graffiti & Music Festival 27th May 2017 Bank Holiday Weekend - SAT 27th MAY 11am - 4am in The Cultural Quarter, Leicester Over the course of one week artists will come together to transform Leicester’s Cultural Quarter bringing international attention and memorability to a city on the rise. A bit about Bring The Paint: Bring The Paint brings high impact, high quality and huge scale street art to the city of Leicester. We aim to inspire a legacy of artistic growth and collaboration within the artistic communi

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Inspired Festival 2017

Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

The festival shines a spotlight on budding artists, actors, designers, writers, musicians and more from Birmingham City University, as the institution opens its doors to the people of the city and the wider community. Featuring a diverse range of events, including music and literature performances, fashion shows, theatre productions, art, media and technology exhibitions, Inspired will demonstrate the high-level skills and transformative experiences that shape and define our students and graduates. Our graduate shows - the culmination of the h

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Vale Festival 2017

The Vale, University of Birmingham, Kidderminster

Europe's largest student-run charity festival is back! ValeFest is in it's 13th year, and this time round we're raising money for mental health support! Our two chosen charities are RSVP West Midlands and BasicNeeds, and we couldn't be more proud to support them, so check out their pages! ValeFest itself is a day of music, arts and performances from a range of artists and societies - we bring you these across 6 stages, with over 40 acts performing just for you. Held on the 3rd of June, the day after exams end, its the best way to kick-start y

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Plan B for Utopia

Patrick Centre, Birmingham

A thrilling show exploring how we choose to live our lives – having a dream, giving it up, trying again – but above all, it’s a story about friendship. Mixing dance, theatre and storytelling with a good dose of humour, the performance features classic songs like Somewhere Over the Rainbow, When you Wish Upon a Star and What a Wonderful World. Plan B for Utopia is a playful dance theatre work by Dundee-based company Joan Clevillé Dance. Charismatic performers Solène Weinachter (Scottish Dance Theatre, Gecko) and John Kendall (balletLORE

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Street Spirit

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

Clients using The Big Issue and SIFA Fireside services were issued with cameras in a joint project between SIFA Fireside, The Big Issue and Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. They were invited to take photographs of homelessness and mental health, from their perspective, for a photography competition. The winning photographers were presented with certificates and gift vouchers at an event at SIFA Fireside marking World Mental Health Day in October 2016. The winning images were also transformed into a small touring exhibition

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LONDON FASHION WEEK MEN'S JUNE 2017

BFC Showspace, London

London Fashion Week Men's June 2017 will showcase the best of British menswear design, with catwalk shows, presentations, the Designer Showrooms, and events organised throughout the week.

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Coppélia

Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

When eccentric toymaker Dr Coppélius leaves his greatest creation, the doll Coppélia, on his workshop balcony she’s soon causing quite a stir in the village. lovers Franz and Swanilda both want to find out what is going on; but things are even stranger than they seem. With a wild mix of abracadabra, comic chaos is unleashed as Dr Coppélius tries to bring Coppélia to life and Swanilda tries to stop him. A timeless classic from the golden age of classical ballet, Coppélia, with its tuneful, romantic music, stands alongside such classics a

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Supersonic Festival 2017

Boxxed, Birmingham

Supersonic Festival is returning in 2017 on the weekend of June 16th-18th, back in a big way! They might have taken a year off in 2016, but behind the scenes Capsule have been keeping busy, as the subsequent announcements will soon prove... Nowhere else will you find a festival experience quite like Supersonic's - since 2003, they have been hosting superior weekends for the adventurous listener, taking care to present only the most artistically relevant and irreverent acts from the UK and across the globe, while simulatenously making sure to

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Three Short Ballets

Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham

Three enthralling one-act ballets complete Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2016/17 in a stunning triple bill. In Le Baiser de la fée a young boy’s life is marked from the moment a fairy saves his life in the snow in choreographer Michael Corder’s beautiful interpretation of this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Pineapple Poll, a thoroughly English, Gilbert-and-Sullivan tale of a gang of girls, a crew of sailors and ballet aboard the HMS Hot Cross Bun features witty choreography from John Cranko. Finally, the ancient god Pan is unleashe

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Octopus

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

Presented by Paper Tiger Productions & Greenwich Theatre “You’re an octopus. All mixed up, like me. One leg something, and one leg something else.” Three women have been called in for assessment. Sara looks sort of Asian. Scheherazade sort of Middle Eastern. And Sarah is sort of white. But how British are they? Fresh from a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a sell-out transfer to London’s Theatre503, Octopus is a post-Brexit satire that explores what it’s like to be treated as a foreigner in your own land… and

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Noisily Festival of Music & Arts 2017

Coney Woods, Leicester

After 2015 we knew that we could take the event to the next level, and with the dedication of our incredible crew and of each and every one of you, 2016 surpassed the expectations of even the biggest of dreamers in the Noisily family. The vibe throughout the weekend was electric, the love free flowing, and seeing all of your joyful smiling faces made the past 12 months of hard graft worth it 10 times over! For us, Noisily is all about the people who attend, the new friendships and communities that are sparked in our beautiful woodland, and cem

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Godiva Festival 2017

War Memorial Park, Coventry

Coventry Godiva Festival is billed as the UK’s biggest free family music festival and is now in its 19th year. Based in the city’s historic War Memorial Park, the three-day event offers great live music, family entertainment, international food and drink, craft village and children’s fun fair! Organised by Coventry City Council with the support of partners, the festival prides itself on offering the best of Coventry and Warwickshire backed up by top national artists and performers. Godiva Festival is a free and ticketless event. You do

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Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival 2017

Moseley Park, Birmingham

Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival returns for it's 8th instalment! Last year saw the likes of De La Soul, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Booker T. Jones, Average White Band, Grandmaster Flash, Craig Charles, Blackalicious plus many more take to the stage. Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul 2017 is already looking special so make sure you're ahead of the curve and pick up tickets when they go on sale in the coming weeks. http://mostlyjazz.co.uk/

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Secret Garden Party 2017

Abbots Ripton, Abbots Ripton

SWEET DREAMS. ARE MADE OF THESE? AND WHO ARE WE TO DISAGREE… Fame, celebrity, and a media that obsesses over both. And least we mention the huge business that sells us access to, and relics of, it all. The one thing that’s clear is we have ourselves a New Religion… of sorts. But this is a doctrine that offers us a troubling vision of Heaven on Earth; a room, full of our idols, guarded behind closed doors, with a strict entry criteria… So, in this Strictly X Factor Love Island I’m a Kardashian #get-me-out-of-here social, insta

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Wilderness Festival

Cornbury Park, Charlbury

Join the lucky Seventh Season of Wilderness... The award-winning celebration returns to it's stunning home, Cornbury Park, where the fields hum with music, lake swimming is sometimes done in the nude and the ancient oak trees frame the celebrations... Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear our announcements and secrets... http://www.wildernessfestival.com/signup/ x

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Outchea Parc

Elmstead Lane, Chislehurst

To Be Announced

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Moseley Folk Festival 2017

Moseley Park, Birmingham

We pleased to announce Moseley Folk Festival will be returning to the beautiful setting of Moseley Park, Birmingham, on 1st - 3rd Sept 2017. We'll be continuing our remit of Folk, World and Roots into 2017 with some incredible artists already booked in! We'll be announcing the full line up in the early part of 2017. Earlybird tickets will be available at last year's prices right up until the line up announcement for those loyal Moseley Folker. http://www.moseleyfolk.co.uk

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Pleasure is a Weapon

Grand Union, Birmingham

Pleasure is a Weapon is the first UK solo exhibition for artist Susie Green. She works with a range of media including sculpture, performance and painting, focussing on the human body as a site for intimacy and sensuality. The exhibition will be punctuated with a public programme of live performances, investigating communication through sound, language and clothing. Alongside her solo practice she also works in collaboration with artists including Simon Bayliss (Splash Addict) and Rory Pilgrim (The Brilliant State). http://grand-union.org.uk

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RESTIVAL ARIZONA

Gateway Ranch, Leupp

THIS YEAR’S RESTIVAL Restival returns to the Arizona Desert for its second year of transformational experiences and awesome connections with the Navajo people. Last year was an outstanding premiere – everyone had an incredible time, they returned home with a rejuvenated zest for life and a new group of friends. By the end of Restival, you knew everyone’s name and this year will be no exception. We have changed the programming slightly, to include additional creative endeavours and once in a lifetime Navajo experiences including a trip t

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Birmingham Weekender 2017

Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

Birmingham Weekender will return from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September 2017! The award-winning Birmingham Weekender promises a packed weekend of free outdoor theatre, music, art installations and performance across the city-centre, from Broad Street to Digbeth, including the city’s retail heart. The festival will feature well-known local arts organisations and invited international artists, including a number of significant new commissions. The 2017 festival will build on the success of the first Birmingham Weekender, which took place in