Arts Events

Information on the latest Arts events in Birmingham, featuring performing art, comedy, dance, music, theatre and art exhibitions.

Bake your own Jubilee Crown Cake with The Big Bakes throughout June!

Bake your own Jubilee Crown Cake with The Big Bakes throughout June!

To celebrate the event on everyone’s lips, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, The Big Bakes has revealed its fun baking theme for its ticketed baking sessions throughout June…. Read more »

Birmingham Music Awards review

Birmingham Music Awards review

The Birmingham Music Awards VIP Reception at Millennium Point was an event that had an impact on me in a way I hadn’t expected it to. Being… Read more »

Adil Ray cutting ribbon – officially opens two Birmingham colleges

British actor, comedian and radio/television presenter, Adil Ray was in Birmingham today (Thursday 26 May) to officially open Performers Collegeand Screen and Film School, where he is Patron. The two colleges share a brand… Read more »

BE FESTIVAL 3-11 June – Announce full programme!

BE FESTIVAL: Birmingham European Festival of Performing Arts exists to challenge and turn the notion of theatre upside down, crossing borders, creative disciplines and blurring boundaries between… Read more »

The Big Bang Fair Unlocked Comes to Birmingham with an Exclusive Family Event

The Big Bang Fair Unlocked Comes to Birmingham with an Exclusive Family Event

Organisers behind The Big Bang Fair – the UK’s biggest celebration of science and engineering for young people –have announced an interactive evening event, giving families, community… Read more »

A concert for the whole family – National Open Youth Orchestra on 5 June 2022

Ground-breaking national youth orchestra where talented young disabled and non-disabled musicians play together A range of instruments you’ve never heard before: accessible and electronic instruments such as… Read more »

Commonwealth Cultures Celebrated This Summer at the Annual This Is My City Festival

Forming part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Cultural festival as part of the build up to the Birmingham 2022 games, the annual This Is My City festival,… Read more »

Key to the City – Opening Weekend Experience

For 6 weeks from 28 May anyone will be able to award the Key to the City to whomever they want, for whatever reason they want. Key… Read more »

Flatpack ft Joe Lycett & Shaun Keaveny at the Town Hall review

Flatpack ft Joe Lycett & Shaun Keaveny at the Town Hall review

I had been eagerly awaiting comedian Joe Lycett at the Town Hall for the opening of The Flatpack Festival and was delighted at how laid back and… Read more »

Win a month’s worth of dance classes with School of SOS Birmingham

Win a month’s worth of dance classes with School of SOS Birmingham

If you’ve ever dreamed of strutting your stuff like Beyoncé, now’s your chance for free, as dance and fitness experience, School of SOS Birmingham, is giving away a… Read more »

Abdulrazaq Awofeso OUT OF FRAME 10 June – 29 August 2022

This summer Ikon presents a solo exhibition, OUT OF FRAME, by Nigerian artist Abdulrazaq Awofeso. Having recently arrived in Birmingham from Lagos, Awofeso shows all new work… Read more »

Hocus Pocus In Concert – Film With Live Orchestra – Iconic Film to Tour UK, October 2022

The iconic Disney film “Hocus Pocus” will be presented live in concert for the first time in the UK in October 2022 with a nationwide tour. The… Read more »

Julian Germain’s photography project celebrates diversity and heritage of Greater Birmingham families

Birmingham 2022 Festival, working with GRAIN Projects and Multistory presents GENERATIONS, a ground-breaking new photography project from Julian Germain showcasing a collection of multi-generational family portraits from… Read more »

A female-led enterprise, Blow Water launches crowd funder

A female-led enterprise, Blow Water launches crowd funder

Blow Water is dedicated to Hong Kong Culture, connecting the far East with Birmingham through the arts and food. The team have secured a permanent space in… Read more »

Pairc Festival 2022 is coming to Kings Heath this August Bank Holiday (26th-28th) with Imelda May, Finbar Furey, Nathan Carter headlining

Páirc Festival 2022 is coming to Kings Heath in Birmingham this August Bank Holiday (26th-28th) with Imelda May, Finbar Furey, Nathan Carter headlining. Páirc Festival is all… Read more »

The Girl from the North Country casting announcement at The Alex 7 to 11 Feb 23

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CONOR MCPHERSON MUSIC AND LYRICS BY BOB DYLAN Full casting is today announced for the award-winning smash-hit production of Girl From The North… Read more »

Full details for ‘sonic love letter to Birmingham’ album announced

On Record, a new ‘sonic love letter to Birmingham’, is specially produced and commissioned by Birmingham Music Archive for the Birmingham 2022 Festival  ·        Featuring UB40, Dapz… Read more »

New Films 13th May 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Everything Everywhere All At Once (15) If Doctor Strange’s trip through the multiverse… Read more »

Infinite Opera, curates show designed for planetariums, next week at Thinktank Science Museum

Infinite Opera, Birmingham’s little operatic gem, renowned for being the creators of the first ever opera about beer, is thrilled to present their latest work, an opera… Read more »

Paperback Theatre presents The Wind in the Willows, touring June – July 2022

Tour dates: Saturday 4 June – Moseley Park and Pool, Birmingham Saturday 11 June – Bolton Gate Arts, Staffordshire Saturday 2 July – Abington Park Museum, Northampton… Read more »

SOUNDMUSE – art, science & sound combine for new exhibition – 7-24 Jun

The worlds of sound, art and science merge for SoundMuse, a new exhibition at Birmingham’s The Hive Gallery (7-24 June 2022). SoundMuse: The Sound Of Nature And… Read more »

New Films 5th May 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness (12A) Director Sam Raimi returns to… Read more »

Comedy as therapy, cocktails, chemistry, One Bum Cinema club and a beach party – Flatpack Festival

Tickets are now on sale for Flatpack Festival which promises audiences a menu of delights from well-respected artists, filmmakers and musicians over six days this May. The… Read more »

Grayson’s Art Club Exhibition to open at Midlands Arts Centre this December

A major exhibition by much-loved British artist Grayson Perry will open at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Birmingham from December 2022 until April 2023. The exhibition will… Read more »

Birmingham arenas set to host 18 live shows in May

Birmingham’s two arenas, Utilita Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena, are set to host 18 live shows in May, offering plenty of choice for live music and… Read more »

BE FESTIVAL 3-11 JUNE 2022 – Announcement & Participants needed!

A celebration of the city of Birmingham where you, and your plants are BEing invited to participate and become the stars! BE FESTIVAL: Birmingham European Festival of… Read more »

Live Music/Events @ The Rainbow May/June 2022

MAY: SUN 1 – BACKYARD BBQ BASH www.baha-vegan.co.uk WED 4 – MIDGE+GRETEL HANLYN+ROBERT CRAIG OULTON 7-11pm THURS 5 – MADI SASKIA + MAHALIA 8pm-1am FRI 6 –… Read more »

Ragnar Kjartansson The Sky in a Room – 25 June – 3 July 2022

Ikon presents The Sky in a Room (25 June – 3 July 2022), a major off-site project with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, organised in collaboration with Artes… Read more »

The Play That Goes Wrong comes to The Alexandra Theatre Monday 16 May

The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning box office hit that continues to entertain audiences on a global scale, will return to its touring roots and… Read more »

New Films 22nd Apil 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (15) Actors playing fictionalised versions of themselves… Read more »

Funding Boost for Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery

The RBSA Gallery is currently closed for building refurbishment which will be completed in June 2022. Works are taking place to refurbish and remodel the entire building… Read more »

John Akomfrah The Unfinished Conversation, 2012

Since the early 1980s, John Akomfrah’s moving image works have offered some of the most rigorous and expansive reflections on the culture of the black diaspora, both… Read more »

Female only tour coming to Birmingham this May

In an age where male dominated line-ups are still the norm, the freshest females in the UK’s music scene right now come together for an unmissable tour… Read more »

New season of exhibitions at Midlands Arts Centre – John Akomfrah, Sharon Walters, Mixed Rage Collective

MAC is delighted to announce the launch of three new exhibitions: John Akomfrah: The Unfinished Conversation, 2012, Sharon Walters: Seeing Ourselves, and Mixed Rage Collective: Unapologetically Other. The exhibitions open… Read more »

The Rock Hound lands in Selfridges as part of ‘Project Earth’ ethical jewellery pop-up

The Rock Hound – award-winning jewellery brand founded by gemmologist-jeweller Susi Smither – has been selected as part of the prized line-up of just nine ethical and… Read more »

Mangia! Mangia! Goes to Gulp!

Mangia! Mangia! Goes to Gulp!

Saturday 30 April; 6pm & 8.30pm  Gulp, First Floor, 58 Spencer Street, Jewellery Quarter, B18 6DS On Saturday 30th April, Kaye Winwood Projects is hosting her first… Read more »

Birmingham Design Festival 2022

Birmingham Design Festival returns for 2022, taking place from 9th – 11th June across the city. Celebrating the theme of ‘freedom’, the Festival includes three days of… Read more »

New Films 8th Apil 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (12A) Top of Form The third of… Read more »

Exhibition Puts Local Sporting Communities in Focus

An exciting new photographic exhibition celebrating local sporting communities will open at multiple venues across Birmingham and Sandwell on 4 April as part of the Birmingham 2022… Read more »

Flatpack Festival programme is announced – Tues 17 May to Sun 22 May 2022

Comedy as therapy, cocktails and chemistry, the One Bum Cinema club and a beach party: Flatpack Festival’s programme dishes up a series of unexpected experiences  Tickets are… Read more »

New Films 24th March 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Ambulance (15) Director Michael Bay’s first big screen outing in five years runs… Read more »

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel – The Exhibition is coming to Birmingham

An Up-Close, Life-Sized, Never-Before-Seen Perspective. This unique exhibition showcases Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced photographically and artfully displayed in their original size…. Read more »

MAC – New Season Highlights 2022

Theatre Sampad: Queen of Hearts | Fri 25 – Sat 26 MarchWritten in English by Rukhsana Ahmad and directed by Harmage Singh Kalirai, the production features interludes of… Read more »

Forum Birmingham announces global names and further investment as music industry bounces back

Forum Birmingham announces global names and further investment as music industry bounces back

One of the UK’s newest venues and club spaces has announced a series of major new shows along with further investment in its historic building, in line… Read more »

Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival Friday 8 to Sunday 10 July 2022

Birmingham’s Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival returns this July with another incredible line-up of world-class artists and the hottest new talent. The festival kicks off in style on Friday 8 July 2022 as… Read more »

0121 – LEGACY A major film exploring the underground history of Birmingham’s Rap music scene

Award-winning, Birmingham-based filmmaker, Daniel Alexander will premiere his latest full-length documentary this March at Everyman Cinema, Mailbox Birmingham. Birmingham is home to some of the most successful… Read more »

Social Painting Events in Birmingham this April 2022!

Paint Birmingham Thursday 28th April 7.30pm – 10pm Slug & Lettuce, Harborne  186-196 High Street, Harborne Birmingham, B17 9PP Ticket price: £34.99 Booking link: https://popuppainting.com/event/paint-birmingham-birmingham-8/ PopUp Painting invites you to… Read more »

Moseley Folk Festival 2022 ft Jethro Tull, The Coral, John Cooper Clarke, Midlake,Vashti Bunyan, Supergrass, Kurt Vile, The Weather Station and Bess Atwell!

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September 2022Moseley Park, Birmingham – FULL LINE-UPANNOUNCED –Jethro Tull • The CoralJohn Cooper Clarke • MidlakeSimon Armitage More big names have been added to the line-up of Birmingham’s… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List – 12 March

Saturday at 2pm can only mean one thing… it’s the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List. Jenn Hukins returns with offers you can’t refuse of brand new music from: Cariss… Read more »

New Films 11th March 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Adam Project (12) “The future is coming sooner than you think”, harassed… Read more »