Area Culture Guide – Dec/Jan

Here is the December/January combined edition of Area Culture Guide for your viewing pleasure.

Be sure to pick one up – they are HOT off the presses and we know how fast they move.

This issue is light enough on the Xmas theme but we do have some cracking competitions for you to enter if the thought of spending your hard earned cash on others is too much for you to deal with.

Richard Herring

Christ on a Bike – The Second Coming

Glee Club

2 March 2011

Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

5 March 2011

“Last year the show was about Hitler. This year it’s about Jesus. My target audience is clearly Pope Benedict.” Continue reading

Mark Watson competition

Comedian Mark Watson will be at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton on 1st December (see November’s Area Culture Guide for a preview), and we have two pairs of tickets to give away. To win a trip to see the record-breaking stand-up, just answer this question: what is Mark’s record for the world’s longest gig, set in 2006?

a) 24 hours

b) 36 hours

c) 48 hours

If you think you know, email your answer to competitions [@], including your name, address and date of birth. Deadline for entries is 28th November.



2 – 18 December

LANGUAGE is the closing season of VIVID’s 2008-10 PIONEERS programme, and will itself culminate in the Nightmare Before Christmas party on 18 December, 8.30pm till late (admission £5). Continue reading

The Specials

Wolverhampton Civic Hall

11 and 12 October 2011


In 2009 The Specials finally made the dreams of so many of us come true when they reformed and embarked on a phenomenally successful 30th anniversary tour. After the UK dates they set off around the world and made several festival appearances, including the grandaddy of them all, Glastonbury. Continue reading

We Are Birmingham

Kings Parade, Dale End

Monday to Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

We Are Birmingham opened its doors on 13th November, selling art and crafts created by people in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Continue reading

TROVE Presents: Wang Qingsong

TROVE will be presenting an unusual and though-provoking exhibition by Chinese artist Wang Qingsong. The exhibition features two of Wang’s latest works; ‘123456 Cuts’ and ‘Ironman’, videos that subliminally display the alarming effects of China’s Social Reconstruction programme. Continue reading

Important artefacts

The treasure chest of Birmingham’s historic past ascents to a more conceptual level, in the Jewellery quarter this November, in a unique exhibition about the nature of collecting.

The exhibition ‘Important Artefacts’ will be the final event of 2010 for the ARC arts project, set in  the Vaults bar. For one night only six West Midlands artists will show work inspired by the historic past of the Vault’s listed cellars and it’s past use as a place for storing valuable objects. Continue reading