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Area Guide A/W 2017 

27 Sep 17

Here’s the latest Area Guide – we’ve teamed up with our friends at Creative Black Country to produce the latest edition featuring… -100 Masters – Festival of Masters at Starworks Warehouse -Juneau Projects and a new set of augmented reality…


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Area Guide Black Country Edition 

19 May 17

Take a look at the latest Area Guide for the Black Country featuring… -100 Masters project to find new ‘masters’ from across the Black Country -Juneau Projects and their new augmented reality project -Girls Girls Girls – a photography project…


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AREA GUIDE – New Art West Midlands 2017 edition 

16 Feb 17

You can read the latest edition of AREA GUIDE here.


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READ the latest edition of AREA GUIDE here…. 

4 May 16

Pick up a copy of Area Guide from the area’s best coffee shops, bars, galleries and independent stores.


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March Culture Listings >things to do, see and make 

29 Feb 16

1 March, 6:30 – 9:00pm (and 3 May, 6:30 – 9:00pm) PICK UP STICKS – BEGINNERS KNITTING CLASS Cherry Reds, John Bright Street, Birmingham Stitches and Hos are a motley crew of enthusiasts for all things knitted, crocheted and stitched.


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FESTIVALS in Birmingham you should visit in 2016 

23 Feb 16

Whether it’s dance, music or art that floats your boat there’s certainly more festivals to choose from than our poor wallets can cope with.


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JINDRICH STREIT – SOVINEC 

22 Feb 16

Centrala Fazeley St, Birmingham, B5 5RT Until 30 March Czech Documentary photographer and ex-primary school teacher Jindrich Streit has been photographing the people of his home village Sovinec, in the north of the Czech Republic, for over 40 years.


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15 February Culture events to keep you busy 

3 Feb 16

Until 22 February NICKLIN REVISITED Reuben Colley Fine Art During the 1950s ‘60s University of Birmingham Geography tutor Phyllis Nicklin captured Birmingham at a time of massive change.


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AREA GUIDE > NEW CULTURE EDITION 

1 Feb 16

For the third year in a row we have teamed up with New Art West Midlands to present a special culture edition of Area Guide.


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REVIEW > Dave Gorman at Symphony Hall 

4 Dec 15

“If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands” intoned Dave Gorman at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Thursday night.


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Top 5 Festive Days Out in the West Midlands 

1 Dec 15

For those who crave an alternative to the hectic markets and fairs circuit, Gemma Corden investigates the best the West Midlands has to offer in our round up of festive days out.


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BFI LOVE SEASON at Moor Street Station 

21 Nov 15

The BFI are sharing love stories with the nation and hoping to rekindle our passion for some of film and television’s most enduring love stories.


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SALON contemporary art for sale 

21 Nov 15

The latest exhibition organised by New Art WM features the work of 75 artists and is giving art-lovers the chance to buy and collect new work starting at just £20.


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THIS MORTAL COIL > this weekend 

20 Nov 15

Vivid Projects continues its exhibitions, talks and live events exploring representations of death and the macabre delving into the darker side of the relationship between art and the body.


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2,241 REASONS TO REMEMBER 

20 Nov 15

Yesterday (19 November 2015) marks the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz.


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Adagio Aparthotel Birmingham 

18 Nov 15

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WIN a pair of tix to BAMMA 23 this weekend at Barclaycard Arena 

12 Nov 15

Europe’s Leading Mixed Martial Arts Promotion presents ‘Night Of Champions’.


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SHOUT Festival 2015, 12 Nov-22 November 

12 Nov 15

Back for its seventh edition, SHOUT 2015 encompassing the best in live performance, theatre, comedy, music, visual art, talks and film that explores Queer and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and LGBT themes.


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AREA GUIDE > November-December issue 

12 Nov 15

Check out the latest edition of AREA GUIDE – if you haven’t managed to pick up a copy yet you can read it online here .


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NOVEMBER Comedy round-up 

12 Nov 15

There is a plethora of funny people heading to Brum over the next few weeks.


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Fierce Festival – 7-11 October 

22 Sep 15

Eight UK premieres form part of this year’s Fierce Festival which includes a signature mix of ground-breaking live art, music, dance, installation and parties.


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MUCHO BRUMCHA > 26-27 September, Centenary Sq Birmingham 

18 Sep 15

Vibrant colour will sweep through Centenary Square as families are invited to join Birmingham’s very own  Day of the Dead  celebration as part of the city’s  Birmingham Weekender  on the 26th 27th September.


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#ForwardBirmingham 

17 Sep 15

There’s a big bright shiny building that is about to be opened in BIrmingham and it is all happening next week.


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The Big Hoot – Until 27 September 

4 Sep 15

If you’ve been in and around Birmingham’s centre and suburbs over the last few weeks then you might have noticed a few new additions to the usual cityscape.


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Hiroshige’s Japan: 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road 

3 Sep 15

Works by 19th century artist Utagawa Hiroshige, showcasing the landscape along Japan’s major highway between the cities of Edo and Kyoto, are visiting Wolverhampton Art Gallery courtesy of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.


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Independent food fair – tastings and talks 12-13 September 

2 Sep 15

Birmingham’s Indie Food Fair is back for a second year on the 12-13 September at Millennium Point in Eastside and they have some GREAT events taking place.


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BIRMINGHAM WEEKENDER – AREA’s top picks for 25-27 September 

2 Sep 15

Birmingham’s ‘Super September’ comes to a finale with the Birmingham Weekender and a stunning gathering of performance, visual arts and street food alongside the opening of the city’s revamped train station and shopping mecca; Grand Central.


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Birmingham SOUP – Project Proposals Wanted 

1 Sep 15

Following the success of Detroit SOUP,  a group of Brummies have taken inspiration from the US city and come together to start up the micro-granting event in Birmingham.


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AREA GUIDE – Food and Drink issue 

27 Aug 15

For the second year running we’ve teamed up with the fab Birmingham Independent Food Fair to showcase the event and the great foodie scene in the region… The issue is packed with info on great places to eat and drink, foodie tips and much…


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Cannon Hill Art School Summer Show, 18 July – 6 September 

7 Jul 15

Cannon Hill Art School Summer Show Sat 18 Jul – Sun 6 Sep | First Floor Gallery | Tue-Sun 11am – 6pm | Free For one term only curator Trevor Pitt in partnership with mac birmingham set up its very own art school – the Cannon Hill Art School.


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BIRMINGHAM WEEKENDER – Volunteers wanted 

6 Jul 15

Between 25 – 27 September 2015, the city centre will come alive for an extraordinary weekend of high quality outdoor arts called Birmingham Weekender .


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JQ Festival, 17-19 July 

6 Jul 15

The Golden Square is given its official opening with the all-new JQ Festival.


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Robert Davies: Of Time and the Railway at mac 

3 Jul 15

Robert Davies Of Time and the Railway Saturday 4 July – Sunday 20 September 2015 Arena Gallery Open daily, 11am – 6pm* | Free admission This is a film about the railway line between Birmingham and Aberystwyth.


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Digbeth First Friday – JULY 

3 Jul 15

The sun is out for Digbeth First Friday  which takes place tonight (3rd July) – here’s a list of all the things the venues have going on from this afternoon through to 11pm tonight! Many Varied: July Salon, 1–5pm For any …


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Junction Festival, Wolverhampton – 3 – 5 July 

2 Jul 15

Junction Festival, Wolverhampton takes place this weekend across  venues and locations in and around Chapel Ash.


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Fierce Festival 2015 

30 Jun 15

Fierce returns to Birmingham from 7-11 October 2015 with a mix of live art, music, dance, installation and the infamous Fierce parties alongside eight UK premieres.


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Summer in Southside 2015 – 29-30 August 

27 Jun 15

Southside springs to life again in August with a packed weekend of fun for Summer in Southside  with entertainers from the UK and overseas heading to Hippodrome Square, Arcadian Piazza, Hurst St and Inge Street.


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Murad Skincare launches in Debenhams, Bullring 

24 Jun 15

LA skincare brand Murad is launching into Debenhams, Bullring mid July and offering their signature facial treatments.


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BE FESTIVAL 2015, 23 – 27 June at The Rep, Birmingham 

1 Jun 15

Turning the notion of conventional theatre upside down and blurring the boundary between audience and artist BE Festival opens its doors to 20 of Europe’s most daring, innovative and experimental theatre, dance and circus groups this June.


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Heart and Soul at The Irish Centre, Digbeth – 20 June 

20 May 15

Fans of soul take note: June will see the ever-popular Heart Soul return to Digbeth’s Irish Centre for an all-out summer special.


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West Midland Degree Shows 2015 

18 May 15

It is a busy time for 3rd year undergrads at the moment as they work hard to present their final year degree shows and hope to get noticed.


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Zombie Walk Birmingham 2015 – Saturday 8 August (new date) 

16 May 15

Over two thousand ‘walking dead’ are expected to take to the city’s streets to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the city’s seventh annual Zombie Walk (Saturday 8th August*).


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Selfridges Says WORK IT 

15 May 15

Selfridges Birmingham celebrates the first Anniversary of its new-look beauty hall with a host of events that help customers reclaim their lunch break and offer a little extra uplifting with a range of mini-treatments and super-short courses.


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WIN TICKETS to the > BBC Good Food Show Summer 

14 May 15

Be in with a chance to attend the culinary event of the season! The BBC Good Food Show Summer will take place from 11   -14   June at the NEC in Birmingham.


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WIN TICKETS to > BBC Gardener’s World Live Show 

13 May 15

We’re giving you the chance to win tickets for the BBC Gardener’s World Live Show in association with The Royal Horticultural Society.


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Not paying artists is bad for you…Discuss 

12 May 15

A group of Birmingham artists have launched a campaign promoting fair pay from galleries exhibiting their work this month.


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Pavel Büchler at Ikon Gallery, 13 May – 12 July 

11 May 15

Ikon presents the most comprehensive UK exhibition to date by Pavel Büchler.


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New Art West Midlands 2016 – applications open now 

8 May 15

If you a visual arts graduate from either; Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton or University of Worcester and graduated with a Fine Art or Visual Arts BA, MA or PhD in 2013, 2014 or …


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Imagining a University – Fifty years of the University of Warwick Art Collection 

6 May 15

In the scope of its fiftieth anniversary, the University of Warwick celebrates not just the history of the educational institution but also the anniversary of its broad art collection.


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Hannibal: Eat The Rude at Electric Cinema, 10th June 

6 May 15

Horror programmers Shock Gore and acclaimed food artist Annabel de Vetten team up this June for a one-of-a-kind event inspired by the twisted Sky Living series Hannibal .


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Trevor Appleson at mac – until 5 July 

5 May 15

This brand new exhibition from Appleson explores the urban tribes of Birmingham, looking specifically at youth culture around the city, with photographs taken outside pubs and clubs, organisations and informal spaces over the span of a year.


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Love is Enough > Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 

5 May 15

Rarely-seen works by William Morris and Andy Warhol from public and private collections across the UK and the USA have been brought together by Turner-Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller who turns curator for the ‘Love is Enough’ exhibition at BMG.


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AREA GUIDE – Latest edition 

4 May 15

Our annual festival edition is out now and is packed with competitions to win tickets to the best UK European summer festivals.


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Win Tickets to Psychic Sally on the Road 2015 

15 Apr 15

She’s the nation’s favourite link to the afterlife and she’s coming to the Midlands with her sell-out tour.


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New Art WM Annuale, 20 March – 15 April 

16 Mar 15

New Art WM Annuale is a new project which showcases artists living and working in the West Midlands and encourages people to become buyers of contemporary art.


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Vintage Kilo Sale, 21 March, The Custard Factory 

14 Mar 15

If you are a fan of vintage clothing then how about rummaging your way through 5 tonnes of it down at Digbeth’s Custard Factory? The Vintage Kilo Sale returns this season, bringing the mother of all vintage events to Birmingham.


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Fazeley Studios Wedding Fayre – 22nd March 

14 Mar 15

If you are tying the knot this year and looking for a more alternative and unique approach to your forthcoming nuptials then you need to head to Fazeley Studios in Digbeth for their second Wedding Fayre.


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Iconic Birmingham Prints – St Paul’s Gallery 

13 Mar 15

These lovely images dropped in to our inbox last week courtesy of St Paul’s Gallery in the city’s beautiful Jewellery Quarter.


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25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer 

12 Mar 15

Announcing their first tour since 1995 Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer will be bringing their chaotic, silly, stupid and very funny comedic stylings to Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on the 23rd November.


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Compton Verney exhibitions in 2015 

24 Feb 15

In mid-March the award winning art gallery of Compton Verney will re-open it gates to the public.