JQ Festival, 17-19 July

St Paul's Church

The Golden Square is given its official opening with the all-new JQ Festival.

The weekend will include a range of family-friendly activities, from old school games, helter-skelter, photo booths, face painting and workshops, plus plenty of free outdoor performances featuring musicians, bands, theatre and dance troupes, at the new Golden Square and St Paul’s Square.

The Jewellery Quarter’s independent scene will be celebrated on Saturday as the JQ Grand Bazaar brings together vintage and crafts, whilst JQ StrEAT Market will showcase the best of the JQ’s independent food scene.

For more information and to see the full line up for the JQ Festival visit www.jewelleryquarter.net

Brilliantly Birmingham

Various venues throughout Birmingham

Until 9 January 2011

Don’t be fooled into thinking that Birmingham’s metal industries died in the Black Country Museum. Rusty coal shafts and enamelled roasting trays may be the prime features of our forgotten industries, but this ugly duckling saw many swans emerge from its tinkering in iron and steel. Continue reading