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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

COVENTRY, Coventry

About The acclaimed wildlife photography exhibition from the Natural History Museum is back with 100 stunning images. From breathtaking animal portraits and dramatic landscapes, to bizarre species and endangered habitats, this exhibition showcases the most arresting and spectacular images of our natural world. The competition celebrates biodiversity, promotes conservation and champions ethical photography. Whether young, old, professional or amateur, the photographers featured raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of the world around us.

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Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by British artist Hew Locke. Involving a wide range of media – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, Locke explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. Fusing historical source material with a keen interest in current affairs, often through the juxtaposition or modification of existing artefacts, Locke focuses attention especially on the UK, the mo

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Handsworth Self Portrait - 40 Years On

Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

In 1979 Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon created a pop up photography studio on the street outside a terraced house in Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham. Instead of taking the photographs themselves, they invited passers-by to take their own image, passing them the shutter release so they could control the decisive moment of how to present themselves and when they were ready for the picture to be taken. In 1979, the opportunity to photograph oneself was relatively unheard of outside of more formal contexts such as passport photogra

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BREAK OUT

VEUVE CLIQUOT CHAMPAGNE BAR, Birmingham

•Music by birmingham's finest Dj's • Rummy Bears • Glow Sticks • Smoke Machine

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Redressing Victoria

Victoria Square, Birmingham

To mark the bicentenary of Queen Victoria’s birth, join us to trace the history of Birmingham’s bronze statue, originally commissioned by Henry Barber and sculpted in marble by Sir Thomas Brock. We return to Ikon for a tour of Here's the Thing with artist Hew Locke and a screening of Mitchell and Kenyon’s film Return of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (1901), featuring the marble original. Meet at the Statue of Victoria, Victoria Square. ow.ly/jAG930nDbNl Booking essential

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Birmingham Pride 2019

Birmingham Gay Village, Birmingham

Birmingham Pride 2019 THE UK'S BIGGEST 2 DAY PRIDE FESTIVAL Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May 2019 Spring Bank Holiday Weekend in Birmingham's Gay Village. Featuring: ★ Carnival Parade | Saturday 25 May | 12 noon | Victoria Square THE BIG WEEKENDER FESTIVAL:

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Talk – Jon Bloomfield and Vanley Burke

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Author Jon Bloomfield’s latest book Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham (Unbound, 2019), features a photograph by Vanley Burke on its front cover. The author and artist exchange notes on their research into and experience of migration to Birmingham from all corners of the world and how this has influenced the economy and culture of the city. Booking essential. Please book online or call Ikon Shop on 0121 248 0711. This event is part of The Migrant Festival which runs from 30 May – 2 June. A four day festival fusing mi

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Mix 'N' Blend - Games Night

Serve, Birmingham

Mix N Blend brings all type of casual entertainment, music and attractions to provide the perfect social vibe. Chill out, enjoy cocktails, play games and enjoy music mixed by AGE Sound all in the comfort of Birmingham's Serve. On the Evening: Table Tennis Cup Games Cocktail Bar Snacks & Drink + Club Afterparty

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Rights in Focus Network

Autograph, London

Join us to share and discuss rights-focused approaches to arts participation, raising questions and discussing how a rights-focused approach might: • Engage those most marginalised, excluded or discriminated against • Address the power imbalances that create these conditions • Advocate for structural and systemic change at personal, community, organisational and societal levels • Highlight some of the ethical dilemmas of arts engagement work The theme for the meeting and speakers will be announced closer to the date. This even

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Talk – Soapbox & Shawarma

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

20 quick-fire soapbox presentations from individuals and groups supporting migrants in the Midlands, including plans for this year’s Refugee Week with its theme ‘You, me and those who came before’. Chaired by Liz Clegg, Founder of the Meena Centre. Formerly known as the Unofficial Women’s and Children’s Centre in the Calais “Jungle”, Liz Clegg and Inca Sorrell then set up Meena in Birmingham focusing on the often overlooked women and children in the refugee crisis, only now much closer to home. Please book online or call Ikon Sho

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Derek Bishton Talk - Handsworth Self Portrait exhibition

mac Birmingham, Birmingham

We invite you to join us for a closing event celebrating the end of the Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On exhibition by Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon. Derek Bishton, one of the artists, will talk about the original project from 2pm – 3pm, afterwards refreshments will be served alongside a final chance to see the exhibition. This event is presented in partnership with Ikon Gallery as part of The Migrant Festival - celebrating our diverse roots and welcoming new arrivals to the city.

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Collage Club

Artefact, Birmingham

We're back! All welcome, from complete beginners, to collage connoisseur. All materials and equipment provided, but should you have a favourite bit of kit, please bring it along! As always, I'll be bring along lots of my personal collection of books and equipment for use.

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BIG FUNNY FEST

Richmond, Old Deer Park, London, Richmond

The inaugural Big Funny Fest is packed full of the hottest, most exciting new and established comedians performing live at the historic Old Deer Park, in Richmond Upon Thames.

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Hub Talks: Afropean with Johny Pitts

Impact Hub Birmingham, Birmingham

AFROPEAN: NOTES FROM BLACK EUROPE “Afropean seizes the blur of contradictions that have obscured Europe’s relationship with blackness and paints it into something new, confident and lyrical” – Afua Hirsch We kick off our July Hub Talks programme with award-winning writer and photographer Johny Pitts and his new book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe. In Afropean, Johny Pitts sets out to explore the state of black culture and identity in Europe today. His lively, on-the-ground reporting documents the experiences of different communi

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The Outdoor Cinema Comes to Birmingham

Birmingham, Birmingham

There’s just something about a great movie and a warm summer evening that go together so darn well. With summer breezing in, it's now the perfect time to start planning a movie night with a few friends. With breath-taking locations under the stars in Birmingham, Europe's Finest Outdoor Cinemas evoke the magic of the silver screen. Let us take care of the details...

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Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival 2019

Moseley Park, Birmingham

Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival returns to Moseley Park from 12th - 14th July 2019 for our TENTH ANNIVERSARY! The festival is set in the truly beautiful and unique setting of Moseley Park, Birmingham. Every year, the park plays host to a weekend of blistering live music, attracting people from all over the world who gather to see International legends alongside the latest contemporary breakthrough artists from the world of Jazz, Funk & Soul. This is a special year for us as we gear up to celebrate the festival’s Tenth Anniversary in 2019.

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Vitality Netball World Cup 2019

ACC Echo Arena, Liverpool

From 12-21 July 2019 the world's top 16 teams will compete to be crowned the best, as Liverpool welcomes the Vitality Netball World Cup. No matter what you're here for - the thrill of backing your country to the top, a passion for electrifying team sport, a love of feeling part of something momentous, or simply to have fun with friends - there's a piece of Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 for you. Click here for full tournament schedule. Opening Ceremony Tickets for session two (both courts) on Friday 12 July include the opening ceremony.

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Birmingham Burger Battle & Festival Launch Party

Quantum, Birmingham

Birmingham’s first Burger Month is here, and there’s only one way to celebrate: by indulging in a delicious and gourmet version of the classic American dish. Taste & Liquor Birmingham Burger Month and Festival 2019 is launching on July 13th, and here’s how you can celebrate! Award Winning street-food experimental street-food organisers Taste & Liquor founders thought it’s about time us Brummies’ had their own independent burger month, so they’ve planned a very special Burger Festival and have partnered up with a number of Birmingha

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World Yoga Festival 2019

Beale Park, Reading

LEARN, REJUVENATE & ENJOY With around 1500 people from over 40 nations celebrating classes, workshops and concerts, the World Yoga Festival has become the largest Yoga festival in the World. The festival wonderfully integrates Meditation, Yoga, Ayurveda, Astrology and Knowledge through great masters from the authentic traditions of all eight aspects of Yoga on a path to non-dual Self-Realisation. If you are seeking more than just exercise, if you wish to awaken through mindfully moving, breathing and monitoring your thoughts then this f

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National Geographic Traveller Food Festival

Business Design Centre, London

Check out the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Food Festival, coming to London's Business Design Centre over the weekend of the 20-21 July, and immerse yourself in a world of food, drink and travel. Broaden your palate stall-by-stall on a world tour of our exhibitor space; get the lowdown on some of the world's most exciting dishes via our culinary masterclasses; and visit our theatre for a curated programme of events, from expert panel discussions to interviews with big-name food personalities and demonstrations from top chefs.

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Afta Dark pres. The Birmingham Summer Beach Party!

Lab 11, Birmingham

Join us for a 9 hour open air, terrace, warehouse and beach party celebrating the summer in the most hedonistic and wildest party adventure you will ever be a part of....

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Ice Cream Festival Comes to Birmingham!

Birmingham, Birmingham

Life is like Ice-Cream, enjoy it before it melts.. The UK’s FIRST Ice-Cream Festival comes to Birmingham this Summer! Expect an array of Ice-cream vendors, traders and other confectionary goodness. Eat your way a through continuous stream of ice-cream from the best local Ice-cream manufacturers! Expect:

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The Big 'Welcome to Uni' BBQ Party | Birmingham 2019

Birmingham, Birmingham

Welcome to Birmingham!!! It's a brand new academic year and what better way to celebrate than with a tasty BBQ! There'll be burgers, hot dogs and friendly people! There will be live music, tasty food & lots of alcohol but you're more than welcome to bring anything of your own to smash onto the barbie. As always it is a BYOB event.

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Jack Whitehall: Stood Up

Arena Birmingham, Birmingham

Award-winning comedian Jack Whitehall announces huge arena tour! Fri 15 - Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:00 pm | Arena Birmingham, Birmingham