Arts Events

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

Brumbeat DJ & Live Music Gig Guide Jan 2022

It’s a low-key start to 2022, with no covid restrictions in place, live music and DJ events in Birmingham begin a tentative start to the new year…. Read more »

Joanne Clifton to play Morticia Addams in THE ADDAMS FAMILY at The Alexandra 18-22 January 2022

Aria Entertainment and Music & Lyrics are delighted to announce Joanne Clifton will play the role of Morticia Addams in the UK and Ireland tour of THE… Read more »

Netflix animation Robin Robin starring Birmingham rising star, Amira Macey-Michael shortlisted for animated short film at the Oscars

Birmingham-based rising star, Amira Macey-Michael, has landed a prime role in the brand-new Netflix film, Robin Robin, shortlisted for animated short film at the Oscars. This is… Read more »

23 of Birmingham’s rising stars are set to appear in the West End this Christmas

Some of Birmingham’s most promising young performers will be appearing on the West End this festive season, as Stagebox members take to the stage as part of… Read more »

The Ultimate Brummie Gift Guide!

Birmingham: It’s Not Shit: 50 Things That Delight About Brum In this funny, revelatory and occasionally even nostalgic collection, the team behind Paradise Circus explore the places,… Read more »

Jersey Boys Review at The Alex Theatre

I love the theatre, and a great musical really is an exhilarating and magical experience from start to finish, Jersey Boys was absolutely electric & uplifted the… Read more »

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to Reopen in April 2022

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) will partially reopen on Thursday 28 April 2022. After being closed – firstly by the pandemic and then by essential electrical… Read more »

Christmas Bazaar in aid of Sifa Fireside Sunday 19th December

It’s party time at our CHRISTMAS BAZAAR!On Sunday 19th December 11am-6pm we are hosting some of our favourite Brummie Independent Businesses for Christmas shopping, wine (mulled), food & PARTY TIME at… Read more »

Viking Moses shares poignant new music video for ‘Take Tender’ ahead of UK tour with James Yorkston

Hailed as ‘The most uniquely talented American musician since Kurt Cobain’ by The Guardian, Viking Moses, aka Brendon Massei, has announced he will be joining singer-songwriter James… Read more »

Kodawari X Shibuya Underground at The Pineapple Club

Kodawari X Shibuya Underground at The Pineapple Club

New Japanese bar to host tasting evening with local Japanese foodies Kodawari, not to be missed for any lovers of Japan! The award winning team behind The… Read more »

Rock n roll comedian “Tom Stade” is coming to Bilston on 16 December with his “You Ain’t seen Nothing Yet” show

Hey! Comedian Tom Stade is currently on the road and nearing the end of one of his marathon tours….  As seen on Live at the Apollo (Twice), C4’s Comedy Gala, Mock… Read more »

A free Winter Garden is coming to The Old Crown in Digbeth this December

A free Winter Garden is coming to The Old Crown in Digbeth this December

The team at Birmingham’s oldest pub, The Old Crown are ready to get you into the festive spirit with their Winter beer gardens this December, open for… Read more »

Brumbeat Xmas & NYE Live Music & DJ Guide 2021

Birmingham’s most extensive alternative monthly gig guide. Our Birmingham live music & DJ guide for December 2021, offers original and alternative nightlife, gigs, parties and music listings. We work… Read more »

Gulp at Christmas

It’s been a busy few months for Gulp and I’m so delighted that we were able to launch our public programme last week with international food-architect Jashan… Read more »

Conservation Appeal Launched To Save Birmingham’s Star Treasures

Birmingham Museums Trust has launched a public fundraising campaign to support the conservation of two of Birmingham’s star treasures. The Star of Bethlehem and the Holy Grail… Read more »

Independent Venue Week 2022 announces partnership w/ So Young

Independent Venue Week and So Young team up to bring you three of the buzziest new bands from the UK underground scene in deep tan, DEADLETTER and… Read more »

BIRD BOX BIRMINGHAM – charity auction for Birmingham MIND is on eBay now!

BIRD BOX BIRMINGHAM – charity auction for Birmingham MIND is on eBay now!

The @BirdBoxBirmingham eBay auctions are live! All proceeds go direct to @BirminghamMind mental health charity. Bidding starts from £1. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/birdboxbirmingham/m.html The idea for Bird Box Birmingham came… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List – 20 November

Saturday at 2pm can only mean one thing… it’s the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List Pete Steel is back, laden once again with brilliant new music, this week from: Wildforms… Read more »

Forward Programme 2022-23 at Ikon

Ikon is delighted to announce plans for 2022-23 including exhibitions, off-site projects and events.  The year commences with solo exhibitions by Midlands-based painter Betsy Bradley and Taiwanese-American filmmaker James T.Hong…. Read more »

Christmas at MAC One Snowy Night by Slot Machine Theatre

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is delighted to announce that our Christmas show by Slot Machine Theatre, One Snowy Night, opens next week. Join us from Tue 16… Read more »

The Birmingham Contemporary Art gallery to launch Colin Fisher solo art exhibition MADE IN BRUM 1st December

The Birmingham Contemporary Art gallery is delighted to announce the launch of Colin Fisher’s solo art exhibition ‘MADE IN BRUM’ on 1st December 2021 6-9pm. Born and… Read more »

New Films 17th Nov 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW King Richard (12A) Even before they were born, Compton… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List – 13 November

Saturday at 2pm can only mean one thing… it’s the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List This week it’s an ALL NEW playlist as Pete Steel gets his (and your) teeth stuck… Read more »

Local Entrepreneur launches children’s book to help children recognise and support mental health

Local entrepreneur, Lucy Cole from Sutton Coldfield has published a children’s book called Faythe & The Fearstone, which is designed to help children express their feelings and… Read more »

Birmingham Museums Sprinkles Some Festive Magic

Birmingham Museums will be pulling out all the stops this festive season with a magical programme of events. In the weeks running up to Christmas there will… Read more »

Story & Truth – first book by independent Birmingham publisher How Brave is the Wren!

Introducing Story & Truth a children’s book created by Ian Douglas (Storyteller and Theatre Maker) illustrated by Ben Javens (freelance illustrator / Designer for Anorak Magazine) and… Read more »

From Stunning Art Prints to Stocking Fillers – Perfect Presents for Christmas from Birmingham Museums

Embrace the festive spirit and bring joy this winter with Birmingham Museums online shop. From Brummie inspired gifts and stunning art prints to statement jewellery and stocking… Read more »

Gulp welcomes Jashan Sippy – founder of Sugar & Space (Mumbai) – to Birmingham

I am looking forward to welcoming Jashan Sippy to Birmingham for a week of conversation and cooking (15-19 November). Jashan is the founder of pioneering Sugar & Space:… Read more »

New Films 6th Nov2021 by Mike Davies

NEW Eternals (12A) Those who know their Marvel, will know the Eternals as humanoid cosmic heroes from the planet Olympia assigned by the all-powerful Celestials to watch… Read more »

Actor with Incurable Cancer – The Glad Game – MAC Birmingham

Diagnosed with an incurable cancer at the age of 26, Phoebe Frances Brown tells her story of finding gladness in the saddest of times. Written and performed… Read more »

Food, Drink and Live Music comes to the Kingsway this Winter and Christmas!

Food, Drink and Live Music comes to the Kingsway this Winter and Christmas!

Brand new to the Kingsway will be Thursday Night Christmas Markets to coincide with Kings Heath late night shopping.  Now covered and heated Full Bar and food traders. Mulled wines… Read more »

New Films 29th Oct 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Last Night In Soho (18) While familiar motifs like… Read more »

Let Her – The Postcard Project Giving Power To Women

In a month where news headlines have sadly been full of harrowing stories of violence and sexual abuse against women, a powerful art project is being launched… Read more »

Curb your Enthusiasm and The Goldberg’s Jeff Garlin is bringing his tour to Birmingham

Star of Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Goldbergs, Jeff Garlin, has announced his first UK stand up tour since 2017. His ‘No Device Connected’ tour starts on… Read more »

Betsy Bradley – Chasing Rainbows at Ikon Gallery

Ikon presents the first major solo exhibition by Midlands-based artist Betsy Bradley, Chasing Rainbows, running 3 December 2021 — 13 February 2022. A significant achievement for the… Read more »

Huns Net have teamed up with All Bar One, Brindley Place to bring The Drag Bottomless Brunch this Sunday!

On Sunday 31st October, the babes at Huns Net have teamed up with the team at All Bar One, Brindley Place to bring us The Drag Bottomless… Read more »

Halloween in Brum!

Halloween in Brum!

There are lots of exciting things going on in and around Birmingham this year for the spooky season…. The Night Owl Friday 29th October – Le Freak:… Read more »

Birmingham Museums Showcases Bangladeshi Artist in Outdoor Exhibition

A new outdoor exhibition in Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square is marking the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. Lost Memory Eternalised showcases artworks and writing by artist Mustafa Zaman… Read more »

Hidden Histories of Birmingham’s Windrush Generation Made Available To All

Hidden Histories of Birmingham’s Windrush Generation Made Available To All Recordings chronicling the lives of Birmingham’s Windrush generation now available online for the first time Life testimonies… Read more »

Autumn at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Immerse yourself in autumnal colours at the Gardens Autumn is here and The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are full of colour as a palette of seasonal shades start… Read more »

First UK space to explore food art histories, and innovation within food and sensory design coming to Brum!

First UK space to explore food art histories, and innovation within food and sensory design coming to Brum!

Gulp is a place for meeting, learning and eating. It is the first UK space to explore food art histories, and showcase innovation within food and sensory design through a programme… Read more »

Downlow – Join Create Not Destroy Street Art comes to Lozells

Downlow – Join Create Not Destroy Street Art comes to Lozells

Making their way through the streets of Lozells, lead artist Bunny Bread and fellow artists Jason Caballero and Simone Linton have been working with the local community… Read more »

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage

To my shame, I never watched the mega hit movie ‘Dirty Dancing’. This is probably because I was always told the film is a chick flick. I… Read more »

New Films 7th Oct 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW The Addams Family 2 (PG) A follow-up to 2019’s… Read more »

Ghoulishly Good Times For October Half Term

At Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, there’ll be fun for spooky scientists, witches and wizards at the Spooky Science Night on 30 October. Families can take part in… Read more »

Birmingham Comedy Festival 2021 officially opened this weekend with a series of packed shows across the city

The long-running arts festival, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, reported sell-outs from Russell Brand (Symphony Hall), and social media star Max Fosh (at The Glee… Read more »

New memorial announced for Southside, The Birmingham AIDS & HIV Memorial

New memorial announced for Southside, The Birmingham AIDS & HIV Memorial

A brand new memorial has been announced for Birmingham’s Southside, as the city celebrated the start of its largest Pride celebrations to date. The Birmingham AIDS &… Read more »

Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Pineapple Club create new Romeo and Juliet cocktail inspired by Romeo and Juliet season!

Fans of Birmingham Royal Ballet can enjoy a trip to a different kind of barre next month with a brand-new cocktail inspired by the Company’s Romeo and… Read more »

Thinktank Science Museum Celebrates 20th Birthday with a Free Weekend

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum is celebrating its 20th birthday with a free weekend for all the family on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October 2021. Free tickets… Read more »

New Films 3rd Sept 2021 by Mike Davies

With cinemas now open this column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Candyman (15) Released in 1992, directed by Bernard Rose,… Read more »