Beer Festival at The Victoria

Today sees the launch of a Beer Festival at one of our favourite watering holes. The Victoria will be hosting 15 cask ales to compliment their lovely homecooked food from today 8th April until Saturday 10th April.

Last year’s event went down a storm so the venue have re-introduced it again for, what we hope, will be a regular occurence.

And while you are busy sampling the ales on offer why not check out these great events too at the venue:

THU 8th
COMEDY AT THE VICTORIA PRESENTS – MATT KIRSHEN – From NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Radio 4’s Bigipedia – 8pm doors, 8:30pm show, £6/£5con

FRI 9th
M4TP – MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE – A night that YOU control, bring tunes to the CD cloakroom and party to the people’s choice – 8pm, FREE ENTRY

SAT 10th
SOUND OF CONFUSION – THE SECOND FLOOR (Spectrum without sonic boom) + TWO SKIES + NIGHTWORKER REVIVAL – 8.30pm, £4adv

AVATARS-LIVE! AND OTHER STORIES COMPETITION

Artistic Director Rachel Sambrooks is bringing Blossom Theatre Company’s unique blend of new writing and site-specific theatre to The Public art gallery in West Bromwich.

Blossom Theatre Company is holding a competition to write 15 minute scripts, inspired by The Public’s permanent exhibition of interactive artworks.  Each writer will receive a £50 payment to encourage them in their professional aspiration. They are looking for imaginative uses of the artworks, bringing to life in innovative ways. Four winning entries will be performed live at The Public Gallery on May 2nd, by professional actors.

It’s a unique opportunity to see work by the public performed at The Public in a landscape of the imagination. Visit the exhibition and choose one of the interactive artworks for inspiration or simply come along on May 2nd to the performance which proves to be a truly exciting experience. See the works and opening times at www.thepublic.com

The closing date is April 17th 2010.

Urban Ballet at Bullring

Ballet shoes and tutu’s have been popping up at Birmingham’s Bullring for the last few weeks hinting that something is about to take place. It’s all a bit of a mystery at the moment but all will be revealed on Friday 9 April at 11am and again at 2pm.

They are asking the questions ‘What is Urban Ballet‘? We’ve no idea but a cheeky little video with a Parisian based Flashmob suggests that Bullring looks like it will be invaded by dancers who are all set to entertain unsuspecting shoppers.

Fore further information check here.

Easter Shoe Treats

Lover of all beautiful things in Design and Art, Sarah Allen, has invited super cool artist and illustrator Sam Pierpoint to literally Create in Birmingham from the CIB shop in Birmingham’s Bullring today, Good Friday, and Easter Saturday from 11am – 7pm.

Sam takes a plain pair of shoes of your choice and transforms them into original works of art entirely unique to you. Transporting her studio to the window of the temporary Bull Ring shop she will be inviting people to engage with her process and inspire new designs. Prices start at £150.

International Dance Festival Birmingham

19 April – 15 May
Venues through the West Midlands
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During April and May 70 performances will take place throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands as part of the region’s largest dance festival. Hosting the world’s leading dancers, dance groups and choreographers the festival will see a line-up of exciting performances and participatory events. Continue reading

mac – 1 month to go

mac
Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham
opens 1 May

For regular visitors to Birmingham’s beautiful Cannon Hill Park an integral part of the landscape has been missing. For the past two years the 1960’s structure that houses mac has been rebuilt and transformed as part of a £15m expansion and refurbishment project. Continue reading