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.


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

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.

Rude Food Fiesta: Saturday 14th September, 4pm till 11pm, DIGBETH


We’re pretty sure this a first for Birmingham – or perhaps anywhere – and we’re really not surprised because foodie /arty experimentalists Companis never do anything that has been seen before. Always pushing the boundaries this time they are asking audiences to immerse themselves in the tempting and naughty RUDE FOOD FIESTA.

Companis has commissioned food producers Pop Up Dosa, Honeycat CookiesBearwood Pantry, Albert Smith the Comedy Baker, and earth oven artist/chef Lizzy Bean to create bespoke food and drink for the event (think Big Jugs Cocktail Bar, Glory Hole Pies) and furthermore there’ll be a selection of limited edition cakes by the incredible cake-artist Annabel de Vetten-Peterson of Conjurer’s Kitchen.

Curated by three filthy minded females Rude Food Fiesta promises to “engage its visitors in a food-related programme of food, art, performance, competition and music. The event will be challenging, memorable and spiked with humour.” With attendees being encouraged, and expected, to throw themselves right in.

So what to expect: 

Visitors will enter/exit the festival through a specially designed orifice which is sure to make them laugh out loud, the festival then opens out into the ‘alimentary canal’, and winds up at the Grand Union Canal!

Vagina pasta-making demonstrations led by ‘Margot Clunge’ – a sexually frustrated Fanny Craddock type character.

“This one’s for you!” is an exclusive performance, where only a few ticket holders will have an opportunity to experience an intimate one to one with Performance artist Kate Spence as she dances, ‘just for you’, to the soundtrack of your own choice, whilst you enjoy your chosen food.

National Storyteling Laureate, Katrice Horsley, will be reading smutty excerpts from found paperbacks throughout the event, and the whole fiesta.

Wile away the afternoon supping some specially brewed ales – created by Greg Cox and brewed by locally based Fownes Brewery or sample some experimental whisky cocktails (“Harvey Gangbanger anyone?”) by Birmingham’s famed Whisky Miss – Amy Seton.

Moselele provide the sonic backdrop while Sam Underwood performes with his ‘augmented’ tuba and other garden implements and Beth Bellis ‘Rude Food Quartet’ will provide a soundscape for competitions. The day will climax in a fabulous cheesy set by Charity Shop DJ.

Companis Food Provocateurs present… Rude Food Fiesta: It’s a bit of a mouthful!
Saturday 14th September, 4pm till 11pm
Edible Eastside, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RS
Tickets £15 (