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RBSA Focus Group 

10 Jul

Help us to help you! Attend our RBSA Focus Group on Tuesday 17 July at 6.30pm We are holding a focus group at the RBSA Gallery at 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 July.

Girl Powers 

6 Jul

MATILDA Birmingham Hippodrome, Thursday 5 th July, 2018   The Royal Shakespeare Company’s most successful production ever comes to Birmingham for the summer, making itself at home in the Hippodrome, just 20-odd miles from its point of origin in ...

Stable Relationship 

1 Jul

EQUUS Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Saturday 30 th June, 2018   The Crescent’s Ron Barber Studio is home again to yet another outstanding production.

Joy Ride 

14 Jun

SUMMER HOLIDAY New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Wednesday 13 th June, 2018   The 1963 Cliff Richard film about a bunch of lads who travel across Europe in a London double-decker bus is now a vehicle, haha, for Ray Quinn and a ball of energy shaped...

Music à la King 

13 Jun

BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 12 th June, 2018   This biographical musical, telling of the rise to prominence of songwriter Carole King, feels different from other shows of its type.

Fun with Heartbreak 

8 Jun

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Jephson Gardens, Leamington, Thursday 7 th June, 2018   This version from the aptly named (for this play) Heartbreak Productions sets Shakespeare’s supreme rom-com at a village garden fete as the Great War draws to a close...

Breaking the Ice 

5 Jun

TITANIC – The Musical Birmingham Hippodrome, Monday 4 th June, 2018   This story about belief in the infallibility of technology is delayed by a technical hitch, sort of foreshadowing what is to befall the ill-fated ‘unsinkable’ ship – ...


31 May

WANBING HUANG’S AW18 collection is a tribute to the Cuban artist Ana Mandieta.

Pees and Queues 

27 May

URINETOWN Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Sunday 27 th May, 2018   It’s no secret that Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’s Urinetown is my favourite musical of all time.

Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years 

26 May

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the luxury Amsterdam fashion house Viktor&Rolf, the Kunsthal Rotterdam, in collaboration with the designers and the Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, have organized a huge retrospective exhibition.

Pros and Cons 

25 May

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD The REP, Birmingham, Thursday 24 th May, 2018   This production comes to Birmingham from Nottingham Playhouse, working with Ramps On The Moon – casting deaf and disabled actors and tailoring the performance for hearing ...

Canvas Opinions 

22 May

ART Birmingham Hippodrome, Monday 21 st May, 2018   When Serge splashes out 200 grand on a white painting, it becomes a bone of contention and causes a rift between him and his two best friends, Marc and Yvan.

Bank Holiday Opening Times 

21 May

This Bank Holiday weekend we are open as follows: Saturday 26 May: Open, 10.30am-5.15pm Sunday 27 May: Open, 1.00 - 5.00pm Monday 28 May: CLOSED Tuesday 29 May: Open, 10.30am - 5.15pm Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend everyone...

Antiques for Everyone 

21 May

We are delighted that Antiques for Everyone have given us FREE tickets for their Fair.

Review: Avengers Infinity War 

18 May

Does Avengers: Infinity War live up to the hype? Film Critic Todd Waugh Ambridge unpicks a blockbuster supposedly ten-years in the making.

Sex and Violins 

16 May

THE STRING QUARTET’S GUIDE TO SEX AND ANXIETY The REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 15 th May, 2018   This new piece from director-creator Calixto Bieito is an exploration of mental illness and sexuality, taking its text from a range of writers, most ...

Last of the Summer Vin 

13 May

HEROES Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Sunday 13 th May, 2018   Tom Stoppard’s translation of Gerald Sibleyras’s Le Vent des Peupliers fits into a niche of comedy we’re familiar with in the UK.

Interview: Sean Gunn 

11 May

Gaming editor Roshni Patel interviews Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin and Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy The post Interview: Sean Gunn appeared first on Redbrick .

Repeat Offender 

9 May

FLEABAG Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Wednesday 9 th May, 2018   It’s a real treat to be able to see Maddie Rice reprise the hit one-woman show, three years since I first enjoyed it in Birmingham.

Interview: Michael Rooker 

9 May

At this Spring's MCM Comic Con Birmingham, Gaming Editor Roshni Patel interviewed Michael Rooker, who plays Yondu in the Guardians of the Galaxy The post Interview: Michael Rooker appeared first on Redbrick .

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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Michael Bublé + Van Morrison + Bananarama + The Feeling + The Shires, London, UK – 13th July 2018 

16 Jul

Girl group icons, Bananarama, legendary Van Morrison, The Feeling and The Shires were just a few to mention that warmed up the 6th year rendition of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park for the headliner and Canadian chart-topper, ...

Single Review: Marsicans – Pop-Ups (Sunny at the Weekend) 

16 Jul

Marsicans' new single is the perfect dose of pop positivity, Josh Parker reviews The post Single Review: Marsicans – Pop-Ups (Sunny at the Weekend) appeared first on Redbrick .

Birmingham Jazz at the JQ Festival 2018 

16 Jul

Double header to mark Jewellery Quarter festival.

Live Review: Funkenteleky: ‘A Poetry and Music Thing’ 

14 Jul

Jonah Corren sheds light on Digbeth's ever evolving and brilliantly unique live poetry and music event 'Funkenteleky' The post Live Review: Funkenteleky: ‘A Poetry and Music Thing’ appeared first on Redbrick .

Somerset House Summer Series Ft. Jorja Smith + Ezra Collective, London, UK – 13th July 2018 

13 Jul


Redbrick Meets: Boston Manor 

13 Jul

With a performance at 2000 Trees on the horizon, Naomi Penn chats with Boston Manor about the festival, musical growth and their upcoming record The post Redbrick Meets: Boston Manor appeared first on Redbrick .

Hue and Cry in Bilston 

12 Jul

Acoustic tour to celebrate landmark album release.

MOVIE ROUND-UP:This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jul 13-Thu Jul 19 

12 Jul

    NEW RELEASES Incredibles 2  (PG) It’s been 14 years since Pixar’s super-powered… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP:This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jul 13-Thu Jul 19 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

Doris – Did You Give The World Some Love Today Baby 

12 Jul

I gave up watching 'the game' after Croatia scored their first goal and spent the rest of the evening far more enjoyably by digging out some old tunes.

Album Review: Gorillaz – The Now Now 

12 Jul

The Now Now is a slower, more simplified work from Gorillaz, as Imogen Mellor argues that it fails to deliver on energy and experimentation The post Album Review: Gorillaz – The Now Now appeared first on Redbrick .

Student takes on inequality in the music industry 

12 Jul

Project aims to highlight womens’ role in music employment.

Review: Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul 2018 

11 Jul

A hefty schedule of music pioneers, a football result, and a heatwave that’s sure to become the … Read more The post Review: Mostly Jazz, Funk Soul 2018 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

Single Review: Tom Odell – If You Wanna Love Somebody 

11 Jul

Deputy Editor Kat Smith is left underwhelmed by Tom Odell's newest single 'If You Wanna Love Somebody' The post Single Review: Tom Odell – If You Wanna Love Somebody appeared first on Redbrick .

Southern US Soul in the Midlands: Meet The Atlantic Players 

10 Jul

Soul, rhythm and blues, but not as you know it.

Lucky Chops at Club Academy, Manchester, UK – 10th July 2018 

10 Jul

What we see before us tonight is a new band.

I should be so Snooky, Snooky, Snooky, Snooky… 

10 Jul

Okay, Kylie might not be playing (although if she happens to read this I'm sure she'd be more than welcome to pop along) but this Saturday's Snooky Fest bill is jam packed (obviously there's cream UNDER the jam too, we do things properly here in ...

Live Review: The Mouse Outfit 

10 Jul

Jonah Corren is impressed by a cohesive and versatile set from hip-hop group The Mouse Outfit, at the Hare and Hounds The post Live Review: The Mouse Outfit appeared first on Redbrick .

Come up and see me 

10 Jul

Cockney rebel Steve Harley talks to Dave Woodhall.

Somerset House Summer Series Ft. MGMT, London, UK – 9th July 2018 

9 Jul

A summer night at Somerset House listening to good music seems like a dream, right? Sure- until much of the crowd, who too had the same idea but less of the interest in the music itself, decide to spend the night talking.

Innervisions Festival: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic + Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf at Roundhouse, London, UK – 8th July 2018 

8 Jul

London has been treated to an array of talented and legendary musicians over the past week of Innervisions Festival and tonight at Camden's iconic Roundhouse venue was no different.

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Blade Runner: The Cyberpunk Nexus 

16 Jul

I’ve written a big ol’ 6,000 word essay entitled  Metal Machine Movies: The Lasting Influence of Heavy Metal and Métal Hurlant on Blade Runner and the Science Fiction Cinema of Ridley Scott for a rather terrific new book entitled  The ...

Friday Photo: Cotteridge Glacial Boulders 

13 Jul

Today’s Friday photo is of one of the of glacial erratic boulders in Cotteridge park.

Summer Wildlife Walk 

13 Jul

Date / Time Start date: Thu, 16/08/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm British summer time is here and nature new and old is making the most of the last bit of warmth and sunshine before winter creeps in.

Adult only Bat Walk 

13 Jul

Date / Time Start date: Thu, 30/08/2018 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm We hope to discover which species of bats call the reserve their home, and may even be lucky enough to see some other nocturnal wildlife.

The Gruffalo Hunt 

13 Jul

Date / Time Start date: Wed, 22/08/2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood..

Rainbow Ramble – Excitement in Perry Barr! 

11 Jul

11am, Saturday 11th August The Rainbow Rambles’ summer walk will take us along the River Tame into green landscapes, on to the site of the next Commonwealth Games and then along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and finally back to Hamstead station ...

Free Opera Music Workshop 

10 Jul

Birmingham LGBT and Birmingham Opera Company are excited to announce a FREE  opera music workshop live performance from professional opera singers this July ! Birmingham Opera Company seeks to build bridges between the diverse communities in ...

Summer Garden Party Auction Brochure 

10 Jul

Martineau Gardens Summer Garden Party and Charity Auction – Saturday 14th July 4pm til 8pm Tickets £15 –  advance purchase essential! Food, wine, live music, charity auction and raffle Enjoy the shady, floral, scented areas of our newly ...

Summer Holiday Family Activities 

9 Jul

Summer’s here! Come and join our family activity sessions taking place during the summer holidays  – ideal for finding out more about the wildlife at Martineau Gardens, the community garden in Edgbaston, near Birmingham.

Friday Photo: Red Telephone Boxes by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 

6 Jul

The iconic K6 red telephone was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V in 1935.

Emotion Pictures: LGBT dance performances with Birmingham Royal Ballet (Event) 

2 Jul

Three months ago, Birmingham LGBT partnered with Birmingham Royal Ballet for the Move in Movies programme, a 12 week-long dance participation project for LGBT people.

Launch of the Courtyard Garden 

2 Jul

Tuesday 26 June 2018 saw the official opening of The Courtyard Garden created by Martineau Gardens Volunteers and supported by Jo Malone London.

Join Us! 

29 Jun

Banner Banner image: Summary: As a local charity every single penny donated to us is spent improving nature and protecting wildlife across Birmingham and the Black Country.

We’re on TV tonight 

29 Jun

We’re delighted to announce that we will be on TV.

New LGBT Indoor Climbing Group in Birmingham 

27 Jun

Climbing Out Birmingham: Birmingham’s LGBT Indoor Climbing Group New LGBT Indoor Climbing Group starting out in July.

Micro Rainbow International: Housing and Moving On Support for LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees 

27 Jun

Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex (LGBTI) Asylum Seeker or Refugee? Are you homeless, in need of housing or moving on support? Are you based in the Birmingham area? If yes, come and see us! MRI provides temporary, safe accommodation...

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what I have learned from croatia 

13 Jul

sports and communications have many parallels not least around the benefits of effective team work and leadership by Amanda Nash There are many things I’ve been blamed for in my life, but England losing to Croatia in the semi-finals was probably ...

one team’s journey to campaign-based communications 

11 Jul

We know that great communications campaigns can have a big impact and deliver lasting change.

the sword of personalisation 

10 Jul

Not a fan of relative strangers using your first name in their emails and direct mail to you? No, me neither.

falling out of love with comms… 

9 Jul

We’ve all had bad days, week, even jobs.

if you thought gdpr was annoying, wait until you hear about this… 

8 Jul

Ok, they’ve not got a catchy acronym yet but after the mind-numbing circus that was GDPR, you really need to be aware of the apocalypse that could be coming your way….

the 10 golden IF this THEN thats of comms 

6 Jul

Be in comms long enough and you see some wearily familiar trends emerge.

#futurecomms – building local public services for the future through modern communications 

4 Jul

While chat bots and artificial intelligence may steal the headlines, the real future of local government communications lies in working strategically, using insight and data and having the support of politicians and senior officers to build trust, ...

Emma Youle: “Local newspapers are one of the best places to do in-depth investigations because they are very well connected to the community” 

3 Jul

Emma Youle speaking at the Data Journalism UK conference in 2017 – photo by Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra As Archant’s award-winning Emma Youle announces she is to leave local newspapers to join Huffington Post UK as a special correspondent.

THREE LIONS: How the FA have changed how they use video to communicate 

2 Jul

There’s a time limit to this post.

30 days of human comms #45 University of Reading 

2 Jul

I’ve written before about the trend for drawing a line in the sand on social media.

ROBOT COMMS: What public sector comms people need to know about artificial intelligence 

2 Jul

There’s this amazing clip from late 1970s Blue Peter where the presenters are demonstrating the first commercial mobile phone.

a nudge in the right direction: how to change behaviour 

1 Jul

Changing behaviours can reduce the strain on our public services.

How to: create a Slack alert bot for Parliament events 

30 Jun

robot image by Max Wheeler Following a request on the Bureau Local Slack channel ( join here ) I created a tutorial on how to create a Slack bot which would post alerts whenever a new House of Commons or House of Lords event was added to the ...

do we all need to be a bit more danny dyer? 

29 Jun

  It’s official, we need a little more no-nonsense honesty in our lives.

HARD DAYS: Two things The Beatles can teach you about tips for making effective short form video 

28 Jun

My Mum once did something astounding when she was younger.

linkedin – are you maximising your post engagement? 

26 Jun

Getting plenty from LinkedIn? How much do you know about your account? Maybe it’s time to up your game… by Alan Ferguson Before analysing any social media account I have some basic advice: Post a LOT, vary the post length, time of day, day of ...

8 lessons from the harlem globetrotters of communications 

24 Jun

  The Harlem Globetrotters, if you didn’t know, are an exhibition basketball team formed in the 1920s.

how a sausage dog with wings helped increase voter turnout for a pilot scheme 

21 Jun

Sometimes it takes a cute dog to attract attention and lead a call to action.

Designing data journalism courses: reflections on a decade of teaching 

21 Jun

Students from the MA Data Journalism join conference attendees in a session at the Data Journalism UK conference In this second extract from a commentary for Asia Pacific Media Educator I reflect on the lessons learned from a decade of teaching ...

Teaching data journalism — fast and slow 

19 Jun

Lecture theatre image by judy dean I’ve now been teaching data journalism for over a decade — from one-off guest classes at universities with no internal data journalism expertise, to entire courses dedicated to the field.

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Events »

Generation Ladywood Showcase, 17 Jul 2018 

15 Jul

17 Jul 2018 - Jazz at Symphony Hall FREE (suitable for under 18s) Join us at Symphony Hall to celebrate the talent, commitment and enthusiasm of young musicians from Ladywood.

Andy Green, 18 Jul 2018 

13 Jul

18 Jul 2018 - Rock Pop at Ivy Leaf...

In the Night Garden Live, 14 Jul 2018 – 22 Jul 2018 

13 Jul

14 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018 - Theatre at Cannon Hill Park (suitable for under 18s) After 9 amazing years, and 1 million tickets sold, we’re announcing this summer will be your final chance to see Igglepiggle and friends in the world’s only In the ...

Yukika, 16 Jul 2018 

12 Jul

16 Jul 2018 - Rock Pop at Hare Hounds...

Blues Club with The Bush Pilots, 14 Jul 2018 

12 Jul

14 Jul 2018 - Jazz at Hare Hounds FREE...

Bass Junkie, 13 Jul 2018 

12 Jul

13 Jul 2018 - Club at Hare Hounds...

Roni Size Plays Hare & Hounds Tomorrow Night! 

12 Jul

We can’t wait for drum’n’bass royalty Roni Size to return to Hare Hounds tomorrow night! Roni Size’s whole life has been about building something new from whatever was around him.

New Show: Strange Tales of a Psychedelic Researcher 

12 Jul

Funzing Talks are coming to Birmingham.

Sewing a Summer Dress, 14 Jul 2018 

11 Jul

14 Jul 2018 - Workshop at Guthrie and Ghani Do you want to make a beautiful summer dress in just one day? From zips and buttons, to bindings and facings, you can create your perfect summer dress! Whilst working through your chosen dress pattern your ...

Twenga Allstars, 14 Jul 2018 

11 Jul

14 Jul 2018 - Spoken Word at Eastside Projects A gathering, reading and discussion with the twelve writers of ‘Between Clean Sheets’, the eighth #twenga hosted by @eprjcts and @littleonion on Twitter.

Sing Along Happy Club, 12 Jul 2018 

11 Jul

12 Jul 2018 - Rock Pop at E 57 Social Club...

New Show: Yussef Dayes 

11 Jul

We’re delighted to announce that Leftfoot   THSH Jazzlines will be teaming up as part of their jazz season to welcome one of the most exciting musicians to have emerged from London’s vibrant new jazz scene, Yussef Dayes , to Birmingham this ...

Kick up the 80’s, 13 Jul 2018 

10 Jul

13 Jul 2018 - Rock Pop at Cotteridge Social Club...

Kustomised Kicks 

10 Jul

Book your place at Kustomised Kicks (limited spaces available) on Sat 21 July...

Free Jude’s Ice Cream Treat 

10 Jul

Grab your Jude's ice cream from John Lewis with any school shoe purchase...

Limited FREE tickets for Mr Airplane Man / Swampmeat Family Band Tomorrow Night! 

10 Jul

Tomorrow  night Killer Wave welcomes  Mr Airplane Man , the Boston-based guitar and drum duo that helped kickstart the punk-blues duo trend, with support from local favourites  Swampmeat Family Band ! To celebrate England reaching their first ...

Blockcraft Workshop, 15 Jul 2018 

9 Jul

15 Jul 2018 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub Join me for this new workshop at The Creative Coffee Hub and learn the art of Indian block printing.

England vs Croatia live at H&H this Wednesday! 

9 Jul

Who would’ve thought it? England are into their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

Adele Cliff Edinburgh Fringe Preview , 18 Jul 2018 

9 Jul

18 Jul 2018 - Comedy at 1000 Trades FREE This is a chance to see the brilliant one-liner comedian Adele Cliff perform a preview of her new Edinburgh Fringe Show Sheep at 1000 Trades in the jewellery quarter.

Grainne Macguire Edinburgh Fringe Preview, 12 Jul 2018 

9 Jul

12 Jul 2018 - Comedy at 1000 Trades FREE Hello This is a chance to see the fantastic Grainne Macguire doing a Edinburgh Fringe Preview of her new show I Forgive You, Please Like Me' at 1000 Trades bar in the Jewellery Quarter.

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Food and drink »

Schools showcase healthy eating 

17 Jul

Birmingham pupils showcase their passion for healthy eating, cooking and growing.

Course highlight – Simply Sourdough (THIS WEEKEND!) 

16 Jul

It’s Monday – so we are CLOSED.

Cadbury World launches brand new flavours 

15 Jul

Tasting station launches innovation for families.

Lunches + What’s on at Loaf this week: 

9 Jul

Lunches Tuesday : Tarka daal with sourdough (Ve) Wednesday : Cavolo nero, mozzarella chilli oil pizza (V) OR Spring green frittata with salad focaccia (V) Croissants Thursday : Thai gazpacho with sourdough (Ve) Croissants Friday : Coconut curry ...

24 hours of heaven 

5 Jul

Chocolate heaven awaits at Cadbury World this World Chocolate Day.

The Ivy adds summer touch to teatime favourite 

26 Jun

Afternoon tea in the city centre.


25 Jun

Hi everyone, here is this weeks lunch menu: Tuesday: Tarka Daal served with sourdough (Ve) Wednesday: Kale, mushroom and mozzarella sourdough pizza // Potato pea frittata w/ salad + focaccia (V) Thursday: Pea and parsley soup w/ sourdough (Ve) ...

New street fair to launch in Digbeth 

21 Jun

Sunday Share aims to encourage diversity and wellbeing.

Balsall Common pub changes wine list to aid charity 

19 Jun

Parlez Vous brings links with the Lions.

This week’s lunch menu 

18 Jun

Here is this week’s lunch menu for you: Tuesday: Tarka Daal served with sourdough (Ve) Wednesday: Ham, black olive and artichoke sourdough pizza OR Goats cheese, spring onion, pea and mint frittata w/ salad + focaccia (V) Croissants Thursday: ...

Foodies Festival Comes Back to Birmingham 

12 Jun

Foodies Festival has now become a fixture on Birmingham’s events calendar and once again it returns to Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston ready to accommodate the 30,000 food lovers that are set to visit.


12 Jun

Come to Stirchley for another of Lap-fai Lee’s incredible pop-ups in Loaf Bakery Cookery School.

The Greyhound – Letcombe Regis 

12 Jun

We visit a little-known part of the country that’s definitely worth visiting.

Lunches & What’s on 

11 Jun

This is on your lunch menu if you’re coming to the Seafood Masterclass by Lap-fai Lee on Saturday! *places available!* If not, we do still have these lovely lunches….

Good Food Show and Gardeners’ World Live returns 

8 Jun

Food and gardens combine at the NEC.

Review: Jacob The Angel 

8 Jun

It's good to go somewhere for a 'nice' coffee.

The best things in life are… 

6 Jun

Celebrate a football-themed Father’s Day at Cadbury World.

Places available on our cookery courses this month 

4 Jun

Hi everyone, here’s the availability on courses we’re running in June! Thailand – Wednesday 6th June (2 places) Sweet Breads Viennoiserie – Saturday 9th June (4 places) Seafood Masterclass – Saturday 16th June (5 places) Thaali – Tuesday...

Can You Dig This – film screening 

4 Jun

Kopfkino are screening CAN YOU DIG THIS by Delirio Films, with producer John Legend.

Lunches & Happenings this week 

4 Jun

Hello! Another busy week at Loaf! LUNCHES Tuesday:  Tarka Daal served with sourdough (Ve) Wednesday:  Sourdough pizza with artichoke, capers, olives and anchovies (V) // Asparagus, broad bean and pea frittata with green salad focaccia slice (V...

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