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Yesterday (19 November 2015) marks the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz. Just five days after the devastating Coventry attack, Birmingham suffered four nights of consecutive heavy bombing and this tragic period is being commemorated through an illuminated multimedia art installation, created by Birmingham Hippodrome and award-winning arts organisation, Metro-Boulot-Dodo.

Artist Sophie Handy has been working with members of the public making over 1000 lanterns that will carry the names citizens who lost their lives in World War Two in this dramatic re-telling of this important moment in the city’s history.

2,241 Reasons to Remember will be open and free to the public until Sunday 22 November. Members of the public will still have an opportunity to help make the remaining lanterns by attending free workshops to be held at St. Martins Church in the Bull Ring on tomorrow Sat 21 November from 10am – 4.30pm.

The installation will be located adjacent to the Tree of Life Birmingham Blitz memorial on Edgbaston St opposite Bull Ring Markets in Birmingham city centre.

Junction Festival, Wolverhampton – 3 – 5 July

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Junction Festival, Wolverhampton takes place this weekend across venues and locations in and around Chapel Ash.

34 local artists will exhibit works at The Asylum Gallery, Clifton Street, Chapel Ash and at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

The Asylum Gallery exhibition will be open 11am to 4pm from 3- 11 July with a celebratory festival ‘opening’ from 6pm on Friday. Works at Wolverhampton Art Gallery can be viewed between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday until 25 July.

Mental Spaces artists are exhibiting at The Clarendon Function Room and Belinda Longsden’s Art Van will be on site at The Royal Oak over the festival weekend. Eagle Works will be opening its doors for the festival and there is also a Sketchcrawl organized on Saturday 4th starting at The Combermere at 11am. Everyone welcome to turn up with a sketchbook and join in.

Bands will provide entertainment at The Combermere, The Clarendon, The Royal Oak, Tap and Ale, The Chindit a stage will be set up in collaboration with Beatsabar and Culture Dub Orchestra on the Junction of Chapel Ash, Compton Road and Merridale Road. 

Visitors to the festival can also experience performance art and poetry throughout the weekend. 

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Trevor Appleson at mac – until 5 July

This brand new exhibition from Appleson explores the urban tribes of Birmingham, looking specifically at youth culture around the city, with photographs taken outside pubs and clubs, organisations and informal spaces over the span of a year.

Interwoven with the photo portraits Appleson is so well known for are personal objects and social media archives collected from his subjects as a way of examining self-representation, a counterpoint to the tradition of portraiture. The installation reflects the cultural diversity of the city as well as its status as the youngest city in Europe – over half the population are under 35 and 29% are under 25. Continue reading

Fazeley Studios Wedding Fayre – 22nd March

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If you are tying the knot this year and looking for a more alternative and unique approach to your forthcoming nuptials then you need to head to Fazeley Studios in Digbeth for their second Wedding Fayre.

With 25 suppliers crossing wedding photography, decor, cakes, dresses, flowers, stationary and more the farye is offering a one-stop shop of services to make your day unique.

Sunday 22nd March, 11am-4pm.

For more details see the venue’s Facebook page here.

25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer

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Announcing their first tour since 1995 Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer will be bringing their chaotic, silly, stupid and very funny comedic stylings to Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on the 23rd November.

The tour, ’25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer: The Poignant Moments’ will be a celebration of the first 25 years of their professional collaboration from Vic Reeves Big Night Out (Channel 4 1990) through Smell of Reeves & Mortimer (BBC Two 1993/4), Bang, Bang It’s Reeves & Mortimer (BBC Two 1999) and Shooting Stars (BBC Two 1999-2011).

They are promising… some up-lifting moments, some musical moments, maybe some magic, several dancing styles, some show of physical strength but always some poignant moments.

The second series of their sitcom House Of Fools is currently on BBC2.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £33.89 & £40.08 (includes admin fee £0.70 facilities fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee.  Available from www.theticketfactory.com or 0844 338 8000.

Area Culture Guide – New Art West Midlands Special Edition


Welcome to the all new edition of Area Culture Guide with a special focus on this year’s New Art West Midlands.

It is PACKED with culture, exhibitions, interviews and listing for upcoming events around the West Mids.

They’ll be on the streets from Monday and also available extensively at:

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Herbert Museum and Art Gallery
Wolverhampton Museum and Area Gallery
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

In the meantime you can read the digital edition here.

Birmingham Beer Bash, 24 – 26 July

BBB-20A change has been happening in Birmingham of late. Punters in the city are becoming less thirsty for a pint of generic larger and are branching out to a different tipple to quench their appetite. The craft beer revolution was a long time coming for Birmingham, but following on from the openings of The Post Office Vaults, Brewdog, Cherry Reds and Pure Bar & Kitchen in the last few years/months, the city centre is now awash with a newfound love for delicious, beer boundary-pushing tipples. Continue reading