Birmingham Literature Festival

Benjamin ZephaniahThere’s a silence every reader experiences from time-to-time. A cold silence which you sit through; frozen, passive, reflective. It’s a silence which inhabits you and renders you speechless for hours: this is the consequence faced by the reader of a good book. So many books drive us to this incredible state; they leave us fulfilled yet hungry, complete yet lost. Books give us so much, yet we take for granted their existence for our pleasure and rarely consider how they came to be. Continue reading

Win tickets to the 25th Anniversary of the Birmingham International Tattoo

Tattoo_NorwegiansBritain’s biggest military spectacular, with over 1,200 performers, will celebrate its silver anniversary this year by bringing together marching bands, gymnasts, dog display teams, field gun and many other performers to the NIA in Birmingham.  They will all join forces for this year’s 25 Birmingham International Tattoo on Saturday 30 November at 6pm and Sunday 1 December at 2pm.

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October Discovery Season at The Library of Birmingham

Ruth Green - Firebird, Girls who drawGetting off to a great start Capsule’s curated Discovery Season at the Library of Birmingham is now in full swing. Here is what’s to come for October… Continue reading

Area Student Guide 2013

Student_2013.inddIf you are a new student, existing student or not even a student at all but would like to / want to know more about what is going on in Birmingham then you need to check out our latest special edition of Area. PACKED with info on where you should be going, what you should be seeing, clothes shopping, eating and loads more we’ve compiled, with our ace team of contributors, the best little pocket-sized friend you will need this year (and probably next). If you can’t find your printed copy (they go VERY fast) then you can read it online here.

THE SATURDAYS’ MOLLIE KING TO HOST BULLRING’S THE SHOW: TEN – WIN SEATS

MollieMusic star and fashionista Mollie King has been announced as the host of Bullring’s AW13 catwalk show, The Show: Ten this September. Mollie will host The Show: Ten on Saturday 28th September, during the Style Birmingham Live event, at the city’s ultimate shopping destination. Fans of Mollie will be able to see her live on-stage at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm on Saturday as she introduces some of the season’s most coveted trends, which will be showcased on the catwalk during the free fashion show.
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PAiL – Open Photography Exhibition at The Public

poster by sumerstudioWhat’s The Focus? is an exhibition of the best photographs submitted in response to an open call. Photographers willing to be exhibited at The Public are welcomed to submit their work. The challenge is your photographic response to the following quote by Harold Pinter: Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there? Pictures should be sent by Monday, 30th of September. The successful works will be displayed during the exhibition at The Public. For more information and to apply go to www.pailwestmidlands.co.uk.

ILLUMINATE Light Night – 25-27 October

Bullring-ScreenBirmingham Hippodrome is back with another outdoor spectacle hot off the heels of Summer in Southside and 4 Squares Weekender. This time it is all about the lights with three atmospheric days and evenings of amazing interactive light artworks in the city’s Southside district. Featuring a 360degree film igloo; a light inspired live dance performance; a series of interactive street projections; and from Shanghai, the Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition the area is set to come alive with colour.