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Review: Dunkirk 

26 Jul

Film Editor Patrick Box explains why Dunkirk is the must-see movie of the summer The post Review: Dunkirk appeared first on Redbrick .

Man-Made Monsters – a double bill 

22 Jul

FRANKENSTEIN: MAN OR MONSTER Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham, Friday 21 st July, 2017   This new piece from Mad Tom Theatre is written and performed by Augustus Stephens.


21 Jul

It’s been an exciting couple of years for the team over at Flatpack HQ.

Making a song and dance about our Carboot 

20 Jul

Sweet music at the Sunday Carboot The Sunday Carboot at the Wholesale Market had another reprieve this week -it's to stay open into the new year , which Friction Arts celebrated at the Carboot on Sunday .

War Stories 

18 Jul

A JOURNEY THROUGH WAR Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham, Tuesday 18 th July, 2017   In this new piece from On The Floor Theatre, a versatile cast of four lead us through a whistle-stop series of sketches that track the entire span of the First World ...

Review: It Comes at Night 

18 Jul

Digital Editor Alex McDonald is conflicted over indie "horror" It Comes at Night The post Review: It Comes at Night appeared first on Redbrick .

Review: Spider-Man Homecoming 

13 Jul

Film's Todd Waugh Ambridge reviews Spider-Man: Homecoming as the iconic hero swings into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with style The post Review: Spider-Man Homecoming appeared first on Redbrick .

Review: Baby Driver 

11 Jul

Film's Sam Houseman is blown away by Baby Driver, the latest from stylish British auteur Edgar Wright The post Review: Baby Driver appeared first on Redbrick .


6 Jul

BE FESTIVAL The REP, Birmingham, Wednesday 5 th July, 2017   The second night of the REP’s annual festival of European theatre and the enthusiasm for this rich array of work from across the continent shows no sign of waning.

Curiosity kills the Dog 

5 Jul

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME Birmingham Hippodrome, Tuesday 4 th July, 2017   It’s my third time seeing this marvellous production and I can reveal the piece loses none of its power to charm or to move even if you know what’s...


30 Jun

MICHAEL KORS UNVEILS IMMERSIVE MULTIMEDIA EXHIBIT IN LONDON Michael Kors is pleased to announce the opening of Tatler’s English Roses, a digitally led multimedia exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery that celebrates the brand’s upcoming editorial ...

4 Common Dental Procedures 

29 Jun

Most people consider going to the dentist one of the worst experiences of their life, even if it is essential to stop pain.

The Long and Winding Road 

27 Jun

This morning we found out that Flatpack is joining the Arts Council’s National Portfolio.

Han So-Long: Worrying Signs for the Future of Star Wars 

26 Jun

Digital Editor Alex McDonald is concerned that Star Wars is stuck in the past and is afraid to face the future The post Han So-Long: Worrying Signs for the Future of Star Wars appeared first on Redbrick .

ZEE Birmingham & Sandwell Mela 

23 Jun

ZEE Birmingham Sandwell Mela is the UK’s biggest Asian Music Festival and will be returning for its 17th edition from the 1-2 July at Victoria Park in Smethwick.

Please note our new opening times! 

22 Jun

Please note that from 1st July the Gallery's new opening times will be as follow: Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5pm Sunday 1pm to 5pm...

Knocking it out of the Park 

20 Jun

CHRISTOPHER PARK in recital Town Hall, Birmingham, Monday 19 th June, 2017   The longest piece on the programme opens the show, Variations Fugue on a theme by Handel by Brahms.

Rugby Festival Of Culture 2017 

19 Jun

This weekend  Rugby Festival of Culture makes a triumphant return, after winning the Culture Award for the Coventry Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards last year for its fantastic 2016 festival.


12 Jun

Today, 12th June, marks the close of the fifth anniversary of London Fashion Week Men’s.

Review: The Red Turtle 

12 Jun

Print Editor Joe Ryan reviews the Oscar-nominated animation that wordlessly meditates on life, death and everything in between The post Review: The Red Turtle appeared first on Redbrick .

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Wake of the Dawn – The Gravity Drive 

26 Jul

Cop of load of this cinematically epic new track from Dorset based band The Gravity Drive .

Preview: Elrow Town London 

26 Jul

Music editor, Issy Campbell previews the last and biggest Elrow event of 2017 coming to London this August The post Preview: Elrow Town London appeared first on Redbrick .

What Would the Perfect Festival Look Like? 

26 Jul

Alexis Adelaja daydreams about a completely flawless festival experience that would cater for everyone The post What Would the Perfect Festival Look Like? appeared first on Redbrick .

Rare Ronnie Wood exhibition to open at Birmingham gallery 

26 Jul

Rolling Stone paintings on show during August.

Ale-legro for Lloyd Webber 

26 Jul

Birmingham Conservatoire Principal visits Wye Valley Brewery.

Richard Cheese – Chop Suey 

24 Jul

It's Monday.


24 Jul

From the North of England to dance floors across the globe, Josh Butler has made serious headway with his high caliber House sound.

Preview: Green Gathering 

24 Jul

Kylie McCormick breaks down the various appeals of the upcoming Green Gathering festival The post Preview: Green Gathering appeared first on Redbrick .

Redbrick Meets: Weirds 

24 Jul

Kylie McCormick catches newcomers Weirds before their 2000 Trees performance to talk about debuts and what's ahead The post Redbrick Meets: Weirds appeared first on Redbrick .

Live Review: Blink-182 

24 Jul

Redbrick writer, Francesca, revels in a night of nostalgic punk-pop at the Barclaycard Arena The post Live Review: Blink-182 appeared first on Redbrick .

MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jul 21-Thu Jul 27 

21 Jul

  NEW RELEASES Dunkirk  (12A) Clocking in at a concise 106 mins, his shortest feature since … Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jul 21-Thu Jul 27 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

Competition time!!!! 

21 Jul

Competition time folks – we’ve joined forces with BMG who are offering 2 invites to come along to the launch party for Black Sabbath  ‘The Ten Year War’ box set – on Wednesday 26th July in London – with some very special guests.

Redbrick Meets: Tonight Alive 

21 Jul

Anna Pitts interviews Tonight Alive guitarist Whakio to talk about festivals, conscious rock and the journey the band has taken The post Redbrick Meets: Tonight Alive appeared first on Redbrick .

Single Review: Charlie Puth – Attention 

21 Jul

Charlie Puth has a Song of the Summer contender on his hands with 'Attention', says Hannah Strong The post Single Review: Charlie Puth – Attention appeared first on Redbrick .

Redbrick Meets: Nathan Ball 

21 Jul

Kylie McCormick chats to poetic singer-songwriter Nathan Ball at Barn on the Farm The post Redbrick Meets: Nathan Ball appeared first on Redbrick .

From the San Siro to Broad Street 

21 Jul

Italian footballer now working on Birmingham jazz festival.

Stop The Flapper going down the crapper 

20 Jul

Add N to X, Arab Strap, Catatonia, Idlewild, Space, Bis, Mistys Big Adventure, Everything Everything, Ten Benson, King Adora, Islet, O Children, Acid Mothers Temple, Editors, Pull Tiger Tail, Doll and the Kicks, Miles Hunt, Off The Cuff Festivals...

Album Review: HAIM – Something to Tell You 

20 Jul

Kirstie Sutherland delves into HAIM's long-awaited sophomore release The post Album Review: HAIM – Something to Tell You appeared first on Redbrick .

MADE Festival: Mike Skinner Joins Line-up 

20 Jul

Legendary Streets frontman joins Chris Lorenzo and co.

Just 3 Weeks Today, Boardmasters 2017 Kicks Off! 

19 Jul

Rid the wellies and pack up your sandals for it's time to get your dose of sun, sea and surf at the gorgeous Boardmasters Festival.

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Canoe Expedition 

26 Jul

Date / Time Start date: Mon, 14/08/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Tue, 15/08/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Mon, 21/08/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Tue, 22/08/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Tue, 29/08/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Wed, 30/08/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm We have ...


26 Jul

Have you always fancied taking on a marathon but can never find the time to train? Do you want the thrill of the challenge and to be rewarded with a bespoke medal but cant manage 26.2 miles in one day? Join us for a marathon month this October and go ...

Arvin’s annual charity music event

26 Jul

Join ourvolunteer Ambassador Arvin Chauhan as he holds his third annual charity event for Birmingham St Mary's Hospice on Saturday 9th September at Domain Plaza Hall.

John and Peter run for Martineau Gardens 

25 Jul

John Kingston and Peter Backhouse are   running for Martineau Gardens in the Great Birmingham Run half-marathon on Sunday 15 October, 2017.

Catering volunteer receives national award

25 Jul

A Birmingham volunteer has received a prestigious, national accolade to honour 20-years of dedicated voluntary service.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

25 Jul

INTEGRATED COMMUNITY PALLIATIVE CARE TEAM Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care Hospice Band 7 (31,383 - 41,374) 37.5 hours per week Do you have what it takes to work with us to drive forward community palliative care, supporting our vision ...

Why I’m running my first marathon

25 Jul

I started running in 2013 and have since completed three half marathons for Birmingham St Marys Hospice with each race in memory of someone I have lost.

Birmingham Best Foot Forward

24 Jul

Birmingham Best Foot Forward is organised by the Rotary Club of Birmingham and is an event raising money for Birmingham St Mary's Hospice, The Salvation Army and other charities.

Friday Photo- The Grosvenor Room at the Grand Hotel 

23 Jul

You may remember a couple of years ago, I did a Friday Photo on the Grand’s exterior.

Bringing Weston to The Wernley

21 Jul

Join usat The Wernley Pub, Oldbury on Sunday 27th August for a fun-filled day for all the family! We'll be enjoying lots of food, seaside themed games, a bouncy castle and lots more from 2pm- 6pm, and would love to see you there! The event is free to...

Family Fun Day!

21 Jul

Join usat The Camp Pub, Kings Norton on Sunday 27th August for a fun-filled day for all the family! We'll be enjoying a BBQ, fairground rides, games, a bouncy castle and lots more from 12pm - 12am and would love to see you there.

Staff Nurse Inpatient Unit

21 Jul

STAFF NURSE - INPATIENT UNIT Full time, 37.5 hours per week Hospice Band 5 (21,818 to 28,368 per annum dependent on experience) Are you a Registered Nurse who is passionate about the delivery of excellent care? Are you a positive thinker with an ...

10 Ideas For A WILD Child Experience Whatever The Weather This Summer 

21 Jul

Summary: The summer holidays can feel long and activities can be expensive.

Primera Air to launch services to Boston and Newark New York from Birmingham Airport in Summer 2018 

20 Jul

Primera Air , the Icelandic owned leisure airline,will launchtransatlanticscheduled servicesto Newark New Yorkand Boston from Birmingham Airport in May 2018 Flights to Newark New York will depart from Birmingham daily with Boston departing on a ...

Meet The Author – James Wharton 

19 Jul

When James Wharton (bestselling author of OUT IN THE ARMY ) leaves the army, he finds himself with more opportunities than most to begin a successful civilian life.

Birmingham Airport partners with “The Wonder Why Society” to support a local education initiative 

19 Jul

Birmingham Airport has partnered with a social enterprise company called "The Wonder Why Society" to help promote inspired learning and improve educational opportunities for pupils in local primary schools Based in Birmingham and part of the Solihull...

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LIKE PRACTICE: How do I practice a Facebook Live without anyone seeing it? 

26 Jul

I get it.

100 go mad in a field in dorset 

26 Jul

Comms Unplugged is a learning and development opportunity like no other.

and now for something completely different – here’s what comms unplugged has in store for you 

25 Jul

Comms Unplugged is a retreat for comms people – more an experience than an event - and unlike anything you’ll have been to before.

STUDY: I saw the news on Facebook, oh, boy… 

25 Jul

Beatle John Lennon once sang ‘I read the news today, oh boy.

gdpr – everything you need to know and more 

25 Jul

Hopefully the General Data Protection Regulation is already on your radar, but if this is the first you’ve heard of it keep on reading...

POST HASTE: Your cheque presentation… what do you want to achieve? 

25 Jul

There is a reason why I try and search for people outside my home sector.

a list of email bulletins that help me and I wouldn’t be without 

25 Jul

Sometimes it is hard to stay up to date.

APPLE REMINDER: Jony Ives and what they want not what they need 

24 Jul

There is a point I keep coming back to over and over and over again from a blog post I wrote a while back.

How to: create a treemap in Tableau 

24 Jul

Treemaps are a great alternative to pie charts when you want to tell a story about the composition of something: whereas pie charts can be limiting, treemaps allow users to drill down into ‘parts of parts’, and group elements within particular ...

Challenge: Get up early for a week 

22 Jul

Park report: King’s Heath is my current favourite to walk to.

Podcast: Data journalism: More important than ever? 

21 Jul

I took part in a BBC Academy podcast about data journalism last week, along with The Guardian’s Helena Bengtsson and the BBC’s Daniel Wainwright and John Walton , in the wake of the BBC’s annual plan and three-year strategy which included a ...

one does not simply stop the public sector using memes 

21 Jul

Memes are firmly part of the armoury of a comms person.

PATHWAY: We are alone together 

20 Jul

You need good boots and a wise head to walk the Appalachian Trail.

talking heads 10×10 – part 4: staying cool and calm under pressure 

19 Jul

Staying cool and calm: Communications can be a pressurised environment.

FIFTH LIST: 23 things and a safety net from commscamp 

18 Jul

A couple of days on from the 5th commscamp in Birmingham and the dust has settled a little.

FACE PALM: When is a Facebook campaign not a Facebook campaign? When it ignores people on Facebook 

17 Jul

Almost a decade ago there was a drive to encourage people to have a say about the future of their city.

comms unplugged – be part of it 

17 Jul

There’s something very special about ‘firsts’.

got time for a commsflab? 

17 Jul

There’s a new event and place for higher education comms, pr and marketing people to connect.

own the room, own the silence and take control of your own meetings and presentations 

15 Jul

However much we think we know about communications there is always new knowledge and skills which can improve us.

Audio and 2D image to 3D animation 

15 Jul

I’ve started learning how to make generative graphics using TouchDesigner .

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Kikagaku Moyo & Earthling Society This August at the H&H 

27 Jul

Kushikatsu Records Jesus Juice will be joining forces to bring Kikagaku Moyo Earthling Society to the HH on Thursday 17th August.

Blue Notes Jam Night, 27 Jul 2017 

26 Jul

27 Jul 2017 - Jazz at Silvershine Jazz Club...

Do it Together: Science Bus, 28 Jul 2017 – 30 Jul 2017 

25 Jul

28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Edgbaston Community Centre FREE (suitable for under 18s) Please bring a jam jar.

Kitchen Table Talks, 28 Jul 2017 

24 Jul

28 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub FREE (suitable for under 18s) In order to dispel some of the myths about growing up in Birmingham, to inspire and encourage young girls to be all they are supposed to be without judgement or feeling ...

Decopatch Craft Workshop, 27 Jul 2017 

24 Jul

27 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub (suitable for under 18s) Come and join us for a morning of decopatching fun! We will have a range of animals to choose from to decorate with special decorative paper.

Charlotte Berg This Wednesday at the H&H 

24 Jul

After touring in the U.

Be the Seaside-beside the Sea: Children’s Craft Activity, 26 Jul 2017 

23 Jul

26 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Lordswood Girls' School (suitable for under 18s) Design and make seaside inspired shapes using fabric and fabric paint.

Swing Train Birmingham, 24 Jul 2017 

22 Jul

24 Jul 2017 - Dance at Stirchley Baths SwingTrain is a high-intensity dance cardio workout inspired by the joyful, energetic sounds of Charleston, Swing, Gospel, Rhythm Blues, Electro Swing, and Hot Jazz.

What Lies Beneath, 26 Jul 2017 

22 Jul

26 Jul 2017 - Theatre at Crescent Theatre A man finds himself alone in the mountains.

Silver Threads , 22 Jul 2017 

22 Jul

22 Jul 2017 - Rock Pop at Clearys...

Dubplate Reggae Night, 25 Jul 2017 

21 Jul

25 Jul 2017 - Club at Bohemian FREE...

Lavender Sensory Experience, 28 Jul 2017 

21 Jul

28 Jul 2017 - Community at Blakesely Hall (suitable for under 18s) Get ready to swirl, mould, touch and pour in our Lavender sensory experience! You can play with cloud dough, sensory rice, swirling bottles, sparkly salt and more, all filled with ...

Tudor Dancing, 26 Jul 2017 

21 Jul

26 Jul 2017 - Community at Blakesely Hall (suitable for under 18s) Learn how to dance like a Tudor with our Tudor dance instructor.

Edwardian Garden Party, 23 Jul 2017 

21 Jul

23 Jul 2017 - Community at Blakesely Hall (suitable for under 18s) Come and bring a picnic and join us in celebrating an Edwardian Garden Party at Blakesley Hall.

The Wolcott Daguerreotype – Talk and Workshop, 22 Jul 2017 

21 Jul

22 Jul 2017 - Spoken Word at Birmingham Open Media (suitable for under 18s) Join BOM fellow Jo Gane to discover more about the historic Wolcott daguerreotype camera and build your own working version of the camera using cardboard, tape and a concave ...

Break Thru Presents Calibre & DRS This August at the H&H 

21 Jul

We’re pleased to announce that Break Thru  will be bringing  Calibre DRS to the HH on Friday 4th August.

O’Neill’s Sound of Summer Competition Regional Finals, 27 Jul 2017 

21 Jul

27 Jul 2017 - Rock Pop at O'Neill's, Broad Street FREE Local Bands in Regional Final at O'Neill's Birmingham What: Regional final at Birmingham O’Neill’s for Sound of Summer Where: O’Neill’s, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HG When: Thursday 27th ...

New Show: Goat Girl 

20 Jul

We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be bringing Goat Girl back to the HH on Tuesday 7th November.

Cuppa and Cake Yardley- Birmingham Oddfellows Society, 21 Jul 2017 

19 Jul

21 Jul 2017 - Community at South Yardley Methodist Church FREE (suitable for under 18s) Come and join us for a cuppa and a piece of cake at South Yardley Methodist Church over the road from The Swan shopping centre Yardley.

Remember, Remember, 20 Jul 2017 – 21 Jul 2017 

19 Jul

20 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017 - Theatre at Birmingham Rep Remember, remember the fifth of November.

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Ale-legro for Lloyd Webber 

26 Jul

Birmingham Conservatoire Principal visits Wye Valley Brewery.

Birmingham’s big spenders boost night economy 

25 Jul

Revellers help the city cash in after dark.

LUNCH! (but dont forget Thursdays Pop up!) 

24 Jul

Tues: Tarka Daal// Chicken, brie and pesto ciabatta Weds: Salami, chorizo and mozzarella sourdough pizza// caponata w, focaccia and ricotta Thurs: Anchovy, olive, caper and mozzarella pizza// Pea hummus, Goats cheese and rocket ciabatta Fri; #...

Din Dins at Min Mins 

19 Jul

I suppose a number of my recent posts have been reminiscent of past events or have been prompted by things I’ve come across (again).

What’s for lunch 

17 Jul

Here’s what’s up for grabs this week – we hope to see you in the shop! Tuesday: Tarka Daal (vegan) // Peach, brie + toasted walnut salad w/ focaccia Wednesday: Artichoke, olive + prosciutto sourdough pizza // Grilled asparagus, hummus, feta + ...

Anna’s Diner & PokPok 

11 Jul

As some of you may know, our beloved Anna is leaving us to go off galavanting around Oz for a year or more.


10 Jul

Another beautiful week ahead…lunch anyone? TUES: Daal // BLT WEDS: Egg and watercress baguette // Stilton, pear, walnut and rocket ciabatta THURS: Red pepper, onion, mozzarella sourdough pizza // Crispy spiced lamb, hummus, pine nuts and parsley ...

Eat, drink and be merry on Worcestershire information 

4 Jul

Retail advice available at breakfast event.

Lunches this week 

3 Jul

Happy Monday! Here is the menu for the week ahead.

Food and drink awards go with a bang 

28 Jun

Finest in Midlands cuisine and hospitality rewarded.

Spend July in the cookery school! 

27 Jun

July and August usually equates to thoughts of HOLIDAY! While you’re taking a well earned break, why not get yourself booked in on a course with us and learn some new kitchen skills to impress your friends, family and yourself with! Take advantage ...

Wimbledon afternoon tea at MPW 

27 Jun

Marco Pierre White to serve up seasonal treats.


26 Jun

Hi everyone, here is this weeks lunch menu: Tue: Tarka daal with sourdough // Mushroom, blue cheese and bacon sandwich Wed: Caponata with sourdough // Artichoke, potato and red pepper fritatta with salad and focaccia Thurs: Potato, rosemary and blue ...

NEC exhibition marked in chocolate 

26 Jun

Cadbury World and Dinosaurs in the Wild celebrate arrival of the Chocolatosaurus.

Shropshire celebrity chef headlines Cosford Food Festival 

23 Jun

TV chef tops list of special guests at food show.

Food and drink event trials in Boldmere 

21 Jun

Craft beer and street food to hit Boldmere High Street.

Charity Night with Belinda Carlisle – The High Field 

19 Jun

It is very exciting to hear that two things I enjoy very much – The High Field Birmingham and 80’s music are collaborating for a charity extravaganza! Photo: c/o The High Field On Saturday 15th July 2017, Th e High Field will be hosting a very ...


19 Jun

Hello everyone, enjoying the gorgeous weather? It’s getting a little hot in the bakery, but we’ll do our best! Tuesday: Tarka daal with sourdough // BLT Wednesday: Ham, mustard and little gem sandwich // Goats cheese, red pepper and tarragon ...

A pound per pizza for Lily Mae 

19 Jun

Local dining venue will donate proceeds to childrens charity.

Breakfast in Budapest 

17 Jun

Photo: Word In Veg Ways Photo: Word In Veg Ways Looking back at some old photos, its triggered memories of my visit to Budapest in Hungary last year.

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