Where to watch the footy?

World Cup 2010 – Your guide to where to watch the matches in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council announced there will be no big screen in the city centre but we have a list of our top places showing the matches so you won’t miss out. Continue reading

Topshop Teenage Cancer Trust event – 20th June

This June, Topshop will be hosting Topshop Bandstand Picnics for Teenage Cancer Trust, a very special unique outdoor picnic hosted by Miquita Oliver, featuring the cream of the new musical crop performing in the loveliest green space.

The Birmingham event features Los Campesinos!, I Blame Coco, Eliza Doolittle and Summer Camp along with DJs: Broken Hearts,Blonde Ambition Plus Special Guests. Continue reading

Untying Space

Untying Space
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Until – 4 July
Sun K Kwak designs every new piece of work as reaction to each specific location and the Korean artist’s latest temporary piece will be a sprawling creation across the crevices and contours of The New Art Gallery Walsall.
Each formation is carefully crafted from vinyl and masking tape, placed precisely and painstakingly to give the impression of an unprocessed and flowing entity that responds with the building. Sun will have sixteen days to shape her designs and the exhibition in Gallery 1 will finish with the ultimate display of the impermanent nature of her work, by tearing it all down.

Craig Bush

These are a few of my favourite things

Ikon has invited key figures from Birmingham’s cultural life to reveal some of their personal artistic inspirations each Wednesday evening (starting this week)  during the summer. In These are a few of my favourite things, invited guests will discuss their eight favourite works of art in a format loosely inspired by Desert Island Discs. The event offers an interesting insight in to the guests through their favoured selections and gives the audience an opportunity to hear from some of the city’s key cultural movers.

Places are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708.

9 June – Ikon Youth Programme participants
16 June – Jonathan Coe, author of The Rotters’ Club
23 June – Ruth Claxton, Birmingham-based artist
30 June – Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison, Joint Artistic Directors of Fierce Festival
7 July – James Langdon, designer
21 July – Anthony Cartwright, Dudley-born author of The Afterglow
28 July – Lynsey Hanley, writer and journalist for The Guardian

Ikon, Oozells Square, Brindleyplace
6.30-7.30pm, Free admission

HOME OF METAL – take up residence in Wolverhampton

Metal fans wanted! From Thursday 17th June – Saturday 19th Home Of Metal will be taking up residence in a disused shop in Wolverhampton city centre (City 10. 18 Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TQ), inviting fans to bring along their memorabilia & stories to be photographed & recorded to contribute to the digital archive.

Home of Metal is a project aimed at creating the first digital archive of metal music, memorabilia and fans stories, to tell the story of this unique moment of Midlands’ musical heritage. Focusing on the innovators of the genre and those that continued to develop it: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Napalm Death and Godflesh. Continue reading