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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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[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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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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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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Sidney Nolan

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Born in Australia, Sidney Nolan (1917–1992), is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition, part of a nationwide programme presented by the Sidney Nolan Trust to celebrate the centenary of Nolan’s birth, brings to light a selection of extraordinary spray painted portraits dating from the 1980s. It includes a series made in 1982 for an exhibition at the Nolan Gallery at Lanyon just outside Canberra, depicting individuals that had strong personal significance for Nolan, including his brother (tragically killed

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Sheela Gowda

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Ikon presents an exhibition of new installation works by Indian artist Sheela Gowda in response to Ikon’s gallery space. Sheela says the works ‘anticipate, counter or are inspired by the space to begin with; the elements could take on other variants in other spaces’. The result is a dialogue between what the artist finds in the gallery, and ideas and observations informed by her experience of living in Bangalore. Drawn to the meditative aspect of making by hand, the artist acknowledges local skills and craftsmanship by employing these me

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John Stezaker

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Tower Room Please note that the Tower Room is only accessible via a number of steps John Stezaker, renowned for his smart conceptualism and use of appropriation through collage, was arguably the first postmodernist to show at Ikon in the 1980s. His video Horse (2012) will be screened in Ikon’s Tower Room. It consists of 3600 images of various horses from a side angle, taken from the front page of the same racehorse catalogue over the past 30 years. Near-identical pictures are projected at 23 frames per second creating a shaking and flickeri

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A White House on Paradise Street

Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham

A White House on Paradise Street Jo Gane in collaboration with Pete James and Leon Trimble This exhibition is inspired by what may be the first Daguerreotype image made in Birmingham, and potentially the first image made in England using the Daguerreotype process (a process invented in 1839 by Louis Daguerre, using silver plated copper). Now missing, the image is said to have depicted a White House on Paradise Street and was made by Birmingham based scientist, artist, lecturer and patent agent George Shaw in the summer of 1839. This exhibiti

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A White House on Paradise Street

Birmingham Open Media, Birmingham

This exhibition is inspired by what may be the first Daguerreotype image made in Birmingham, and potentially the first image made in England using the Daguerreotype process (a process invented in 1839 by Louis Daguerre, using silver plated copper). Now missing, the image is said to have depicted a White House on Paradise Street and was made by Birmingham based scientist, artist, lecturer and patent agent George Shaw in the Summer of 1839. This exhibition presents a collaborative attempt to re-imagine the creation of the missing image, led by p

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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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Show Me The Money

Centrala, Birmingham

Led by Paula Varjack, this workshop will use performance, writing and interview, to explore the ways in which artists support themselves through their artistic work, and through other means. Participants will be encouraged to share problems and solutions related to presentation, funding, financial precariousness, and transparency. Open to artists of all disciplines and levels of experience. Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and theatre maker. Her work explores identity, the unsaid, and making the invisible visible. She makes work across dis

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Cult Screens

Rainbow Arena, Birmingham

Cult Screens Birmingham (THE ARENA) The UK’s most luxurious open air cinema experience comes to Birmingham for the first time this summer at two venues in the city and new films for 2017. Deckchairs, bean bags, blankets, cocktails, craft beers and ciders, fantastic wine, popcorn, gourmet street food from Kurbside Kitchen, PLUS new for 2017, BYO seat/blanket/food & drink. Full HD projection, booming audio, amazing films and one BIG screen - Welcome to Cult Screens. Films at THE ARENA, LOWER TRINITY STREET, DIGBETH 29th June - The Lost Bo

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Vox Pop Map Workshop

Grand Union, Birmingham

Where would you place an election poster on the political spectrum? How about your new running trainers? Or a soft drink? We’ll attempt to map the political meaning of all of these and more in this informal workshop, led by Keith Dodds. http://grand-union.org.uk

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Music For Youth 2017

Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

4th — 8th July 2017 Music For Youth’s National Festival returns to Birmingham to celebrate the UK’s most inspiring young musicians. From pop and rock through to western classical and jazz, you can hear new material and old favourites. Their Festival Fringe comprises pop-up performances around the city every day and you have your chance to make some noise with hands-on musical activities throughout the week. http://www.mfy.org.uk/events/festival-fringe/

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BE Festival 2017

Birmingham REP Theatre, Birmingham

4th — 8th July 2017 BE FESTIVAL (shortened from Birmingham European Festival) takes place annually in July at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Each year a daring and innovative programme of boundary pushing theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts takes place turning the theatre’s rarely seen backstages into a den of creativity, discovery and exchange where diverse cultures are celebrated. Every night includes the famous interval dinner which takes place on the main stage and after the stage performances there is

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The Proposal

Grand Union, Birmingham

Introducing The PROPOSAL, a brand new event from MAIA in partnership with Grand Union, that sets out to crowdfund new artistic works and projects of any discipline. 6pm - 8pm 5th July 2017 Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS Suggested donation: £5 We invite artists and producers to share proposals for their ideas in whatever way best represents their project. The audience - having donated towards a small pot - then select the project they want to see walk away with the fund. All funds raised go to the winning pr

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2000 Trees Festival

Upcote Farm, Withington

2000trees The multi-award-winning 2000trees festival is a 3 day extravaganza set in the stunning Cotswold Hills. You’ll get 3 nights camping, a friendly, intimate atmosphere plus amazing food and locally produced ciders, ales & lagers. Described as one of the friendliest festivals you’ll ever go to, it’s perfect to attend with a group of mates or on your own, because you’re guaranteed to make new friends. Most of all 2000trees is about the music and we’ll give over 130 of the best bands that the world has to offer. Slaves / LOWER TH

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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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Eisodos

Centrala, Birmingham

Eisodos is an immersive audiovisual experience with a live performance during the private view. The project is a collaboration between visual artist Paris-Ch ( www.paris-ch.com ), visual artist Stelios Ilchouk ( www.steliosilchouk.com ), experimental electronic duo EIF ( www.facebook.com/earthisflatmusic ), violinist and conductor Thomas Payne and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Ardelli. The post-internet era art environment includes hand pulled silk-screened wallpaper, light installation projections and atmospheric sound-scapes from the composers of

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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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Spirit of Madeley Festival 2017

The Madeley Centre, Madeley

Bringing together communities of Madeley and the surrounding areas, to participate in a fun fuelled, action packed day including a parade, funfair, musical performances, dance, sports, food and drink, games, puppets, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, paintballing....and much more Our Parade will start from Poolside at 12 noon, run along Newcastle Road, New Road and move into the Madeley Centre Hall for the official opening. The stage in the Hall area will feature live entertainment, including a host of professional dance Performances, cho

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Vivid Live

Vivid Projects, Birmingham

We are delighted to introduce Live art producer and artist Kate Spence, who joins us as Associate Curator this month. Kate will be curating projects for a new regular strand, Vivid Live, bringing daring touring work to Midlands audiences and cultivating diverse artistic talent through new commissions. Kate founded Home For Waifs And Strays with Aleksander Wojtulewicz in 2013 and in 2016 produced the Homegrown national residency project. Her recent performances include Sluice Art Fair, Spill Festival Ipswich, FemFresh at Queens Mary’s Univers

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NAWKI

Eastside Projects, Birmingham

NAWKI, or ‘not as we know it’, is a collaborative annual event that experiments with the art fair model, organised by 12ø collection, London. NAWKI 2017 turns the physical art fair and its booths into a durational event, where a range of organisations will present an exhibition in turn, as episodes in a showreel. The showreel show will be screened simultaneously at every space that’s taking part in NAWKI during an evening in July. In 2017 NAWKI’s participating organisations are: CBS Gallery Eastside Projects ESP ebc Focal Point Gall

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Drink & Draw

Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry

Drink and Draw and Herbert Lates take over the hidden car park at Coventry Transport Museum to celebrate the launch of the Cartists exhibition. Be inspired by the exhibition and draw on cars that you can decorate throughout the night PLUS play with cars in virtual reality with a team from Coventry University. Watch artists battle for supremacy in our friendly live drawing competition, hosted by MC Swifty. Tunes from DJ Akeel. There'll be food from Street Kitchen Brothers and also Canoodle, and drinks from the Little Gin and the Little Rum

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TILT Festival 2017

Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

TILT is a 5-day Aerial and Physical Theatre Festival celebrating high quality teaching and performance from national and international circus artists. The festival combines a comprehensive masterclass programme catering for beginners to professional performers with free outdoor aerial shows, young people’s work and family friendly performances. TILT is run by RoguePlay Theatre from their very own training centre; West Midlands Creation Centre. tiltfestival.com

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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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Simmer Down Festival 2017

Handsworth Park, Birmingham

Rooted in north Birmingham, Simmer Down Festival is a free family festival which is located in the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth park. The festival celebrates Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity by paying tribute to the centrality of reggae and other musical genres that have contributed to Birmingham as an international city of culture. The festival’s inter-cultural programme features internationally acclaimed artists alongside the very best in homegrown talent. The programme is delivered across three stages including the bandstand

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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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Project Birmingham Takeover The Old Crown

The Old Crown, Birmingham

We're back people of Birmingham, and this time we're taking over everyone's favourite Tudor boozer The Old Crown! Do you like music? Do you eat food? Do you partake of tasty social beverages? OF COURSE YOU DO. So come along on the 12th August and join us for a celebration of all these things and, even more importantly, of Birmingham talent. We have been working hard to put together our most exciting line up yet and we cannot wait to share it with you. As usual there will be live music, art and food from both friendly, familiar faces and bra

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Outchea Parc

Elmstead Lane, Chislehurst

The Creative Arts Festival The Ultimate Outdoor Experience Makes Its Debut In London This Summer! Saturday 26th August 2017 Compromising of Music, Food, Drink, Games & Social Networking Head Down To Our Official All Day Outdoor Special OUTCHEA PARC On the day will include a variety of: DJ's Acts Performances Food Vendors Drink Vendors On-site Games On-site activities Commercial stalls Media Outlets Social Networking & Most Importanty A FUN FILLED VIBE! www.outchea-parc.com More Info Coming Soon!

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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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Sneaks & Peaks

Sneaks & Peaks, Birmingham

sneaks&peaks; is back for our summer edition, new traders, new brands and some surprises thrown in along the way. The midlands premium footwear and streetwear concept event returns for a unique shopping experiance where you can get your hands on hard to find and deadstock trainers and shop the latest cutting edge brands from independent to retail giants. Graffiti, streetfood, live art, retro gaming and so much more. More details coming soon... http://www.sneaksandpeaks.com

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The Lord of The Rings Trilogy Film Screening

Moseley Park, Birmingham

**The Lord of The Rings Trilogy Film Screening at Moseley Park** Opening at 3:30 we invite our guests to enjoy the afternoon within the tranquility of the secluded park. From 5pm as the sunsets over the parks lake The Central England Camerata conducted by Louis Clark Jnr will preform a “Twilight Orchestral Programme”. Comprising of two 40 min performances with a 20 min interval. Screenings of each film in the trilogy will start at 7pm each evening. Audio for the film will be delivered via radio headsets offering a hi quality personal expe

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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

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Birmingham Literature Festival 2017

Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

This year, Birmingham Literature Festival turns 20. From a tiny series of events back in 1998, the festival is now week-long book bonanza in October every year which takes over the city of Birmingham. To celebrate, we held our first ever Spring Edition from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April: a special one-off festival celebrating all that’s great about writing and Birmingham: writing workshops which involve canoes, bicycles and walks; a variety of venues across the city; and a host of writers, bestselling and up-and-coming, from the region an

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Midland Fashion Awards

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Now in its 10th year the annual Midlands Fashion Awards promotes, celebrates and supports fashion talent from the Midlands and surrounding areas. Launched by Jenny Eason a decade ago in Birmingham, the awards provide a much-needed platform for the diverse and exciting Midlands fashion scene to present creative ideas and get noticed and this year is set to be the biggest ceremony to date. This year’s awards is scheduled to take place at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Centre in Birmingham on Friday the 20th October 2017 is ope