Area Culture Guide 06

The latest edition of the Area Culture Guide is out now for March 2010. Have a cheeky peek right here.


Film Dash

With its debut as the opening event of 2009’s Hello Digital Festival, Film Dash returns once more to open proceedings for 2010’s public programme of events.

Building on the success of the previous year Meshed Media is once more challenging budding filmmakers to push their boundaries of creativity by producing a film in a 48-hour period. The best films will be judged by a panel of experts, including editor Catherine Bray and feature film script editor Kate Leys, and the best films will be featured on the Bullring website, who sponsor the event.

The theme for this years Film Dash is ‘happiness’ and registration is free through the website where a full list of rules and prizes can also be found, along with examples of previous entries. So if you love films and think you could be the next Martin Scorsese register at for your chance to make a little movie magic.

Film Dash – 5th-7th March


If you’re a keen Tweeter then you’ll probably already know about Brum Twestival but if you don’t know your Twitter from your FaceSpace then it’s time to find out. It will have been hard to escape the phenomenon of the 140 character social networking site with its celebrity users. Even if you aren’t an avid fan its power to unite people and rapidly spread news can’t be denied. Continue reading


Win a Trip to Waterford

This year the Area culture guide will be celebrating St Patrick’s day in style and so we’ve teamed up with our friends in Waterford to offer a lucky winner the chance to check out the beautiful Irish county and The Waterford Festival of food. Continue reading


CSI: Birmingham

You can’t avoid CSI on TV. Either in Las Vegas, New York or Miami the fast paced drama brings the crime scene to the screen and now the TV sensation launches in Birmingham this Friday 26th February.
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Created In Birmingham Shop

If you are looking for a little creativity, a place to browse through the talents of the home-grown or to purchase yourself a little something nice then blog Created in Birmingham‘s new store is going to be the place for you.  Having been given a decent sized unit inside the mighty Bullring the space will become part art market, part gallery and part event space making it, not just a shop but, also a place to hang out and collate all local talent together. Continue reading


Benjamin Vaughan

It’s never easy to start your own business, and it’s even harder to launch one at the height of a recession. But as one Birmingham entrepreneur shows, with a lot of blood sweat and tears, you can be successful. At just 25 Benjamin Vaughan is one of the countries youngest tailor’s having recently launched Benjamin’s Bespoke Shirt Makers and Tailors. Area caught up with Birmingham’s own “Benjamin Button” to find out more about his plans to become a tailor made success. Continue reading