BIRMINGHAM WEEKENDER – Volunteers wanted

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Between 25 – 27 September 2015, the city centre will come alive for an extraordinary weekend of high quality outdoor arts called Birmingham Weekender. Including independent street food traders, plenty of city fashion and style events and also the Rugby World Cup games at Villa Park, there’s never been so much going on in Birmingham!

Building on the success of 4 Squares Weekender and produced and coordinated by the same team, nearly all events will be free including our own Mucho Brumcha: Day of the Dead fiesta – a great day out for families and friends! Continue reading

JQ Festival, 17-19 July

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

The weekend will include a range of family-friendly activities, from old school games, helter-skelter, photo booths, face painting and workshops, plus plenty of free outdoor performances featuring musicians, bands, theatre and dance troupes, at the new Golden Square and St Paul’s Square.

The Jewellery Quarter’s independent scene will be celebrated on Saturday as the JQ Grand Bazaar brings together vintage and crafts, whilst JQ StrEAT Market will showcase the best of the JQ’s independent food scene.

For more information and to see the full line up for the JQ Festival visit www.jewelleryquarter.net

Robert Davies: Of Time and the Railway at mac

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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. The journey, filmed from the driver’s cab of the train, has been recorded weekly over twelve months so that the changing human geography of the industrial and farming landscape is complemented by the physical changes that emerge over the seasons.   Take this film train journey – a train journey familiar to so many of us living here – and pass through the changes of both a day and a year…

Originally from Birmingham, Robert Davies is an artist living and working in Tre Taliesin, near Aberystwyth. Of Time and the Railway will be shown at selected galleries along the train route between the Midlands and Wales.

Artist Talk: Robert Davies
Tuesday 18 August, 7pm | £3 | Hexagon Theatre
Join artist Robert Davies for further insight into his film Of Time and the Railway, a piece of work that was 86 days in the making.

*Please note the Arena Gallery may be closed on occasion. Please refer to the website before you travel to avoid disappointment, or call 0121 446 3232.

Junction Festival, Wolverhampton – 3 – 5 July

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

34 local artists will exhibit works at The Asylum Gallery, Clifton Street, Chapel Ash and at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

The Asylum Gallery exhibition will be open 11am to 4pm from 3- 11 July with a celebratory festival ‘opening’ from 6pm on Friday. Works at Wolverhampton Art Gallery can be viewed between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday until 25 July.

Mental Spaces artists are exhibiting at The Clarendon Function Room and Belinda Longsden’s Art Van will be on site at The Royal Oak over the festival weekend. Eagle Works will be opening its doors for the festival and there is also a Sketchcrawl organized on Saturday 4th starting at The Combermere at 11am. Everyone welcome to turn up with a sketchbook and join in.

Bands will provide entertainment at The Combermere, The Clarendon, The Royal Oak, Tap and Ale, The Chindit a stage will be set up in collaboration with Beatsabar and Culture Dub Orchestra on the Junction of Chapel Ash, Compton Road and Merridale Road. 

Visitors to the festival can also experience performance art and poetry throughout the weekend. 

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Fierce Festival 2015

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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.

Simone Aughterlony will present Supernatural, a dance piece exploring gender roles that has been well received at festivals in Europe and the USA, and is hotly anticipated in the UK.

In Happiness Forgets, performer Season Butler will re-enact the opening sequence of all seven series of 1990s TV classic The Cosby Show, which feature the Huxtable family doing a series of dance moves. Continue reading