PHOTOREALISM: 50 Years of Hyperrealistic painting

1_Baeder30 November – 30 March 2014
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Think you’re gazing at a photograph? No, that’s actually a painting! Take a look at everyday life from a new perspective because the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are showcasing Europe’s first large scale retrospective dedicated to Photorealism.  Continue reading


Adrian Utley by Benoît Peverelli24 November
The Library of Birmingham
0121 245 4455

Earlier this year Portishead’s Adrian Utley re-recorded ‘In C’ by Terry Riley. Widely cited as the most important work in the history of minimalism, Utley is bringing his take on this groundbreaking new work to Birmingham. Adrian Utley has always been a fan of the minimalist approach to playing guitar and this performance is a celebration of his technique, which has been developed from training as a jazz musician to his work as a member of experimental electronic band Portishead.  Continue reading

VOLUME: Adventures in Book and Print

Morag Myerscough with signage for her Pavilion for the Library of Birmingham Discovery Season, credit Library of Birmingham5-7 December
Library of Birmingham
0121 242 4242

With a keynote from multi-million record selling musician Bill Drummond, speaker events with experts in the field of publishing and pioneers of new media in the digital age, Volume celebrates the best in independent publishing. The Art, Book and Print Fair is part of Library of Birmingham’s Discovery Season and brings together numerous organisations and guest speakers who have been there, done that and got themselves so much more than a t-shirt to prove it. Continue reading


Henry Holland headlines the ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Fashion Theatre6-10 December
NEC Birmingham

Marking their 25th anniversary, Clothes Show Live 2013 is set to be the hottest ticket on the fashion calendar this year! Over 500 leading fashion and beauty brands, non-stop catwalk shows, gorgeous celebrities, tempting bars, and inspirational fashion demonstrations will all be spread over five exciting days. There’s something for everyone so whatever your style, it’s time to make space in your wardrobe. This fashion festival is not to be missed! Continue reading


Nutcracker 1 Roy Smiljanic22 November – 12 December
Birmingham Hippodrome 
0844 338 5000
Ticket prices: £16-£50

A child tiptoes like a ballerina towards a glittering Christmas tree, the guardian of the Christmas presents. Decorated in flittering candles and sugar sprinkled candy canes, the majestic tree enchants little Clara at midnight on Christmas Eve to come and play with her beloved Nutcracker doll. But suddenly Clara finds herself whisked away into the magical world of Christmas where she meets charming toy soldiers, beautiful snow fairies and wicked giant rats. Continue reading


Frankfurt114 November – 22 December, 10am-9pm
Victoria Square, New Street, Centenary Square & Chamberlain Square

It’s that time of year already. Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market is back and ready to get everyone into the Christmas spirit enabling you to escape to a traditional and unique world of homemade toys and gifts, cheery Christmas carols and beautiful decoration and lights. Continue reading


Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square

The day the bookcases of the old Birmingham Central library were emptied was judgement day for hundreds of books. Only the pretty, well maintained and neat books were to be taken forward to their new destination; the polished, glossy shelves of the magnificent new library. However, as the library emptied it became a dusty graveyard to the skeletons of damaged and unwanted books, now too frail to perform their literary duties.  Continue reading