Arts Events

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

Faster Than Ever 4 December 2020 – 14 February 2021 at Ikon Gallery

Ikon announces the forthcoming group show Faster Than Ever – an exhibition invented out of necessity in response to the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Involving… Read more »

Henry’s Blueshouse at The Bull’s Head, Tuesday 3rd November

From the early 1900s, musicians from the nearby state of Mississippi made their way to Memphis, Tennessee, attracted by the bright lights of Beale Street. Among the… Read more »

The Night Owl Presents It’s First Comedy Night

The Night Owl Presents It’s First Comedy Night

Night Howlers’ is a brand new comedy event launching on Wednesday 4th November at The Night Owl, playing host to a handpicked selection of the best up… Read more »

The Sweetshop Murder, an original 7-part podcast available this autumn

True-crime podcasts investigate the murder of Quinton sweetshop owner during the 50s The story has been investigated and is told by the victim’s great nephew 7 podcasts… Read more »

MEGATONE SESSIONS – Episode 2 – The Wytches – Halloween Special

Megatone Sessions are very excited to announce the second instalment of their in studio video series, showcasing performances from Birmingham’s underground and beyond. After the success of… Read more »

New Film Releases Oct 23rd and Where To Watch Them

While all Cineworld Cinemas are temporarily closed following the shifting of the Bond movie to 2021, other sites currently remain open with special safety measures in place… Read more »

Exhibition Wavelengths – Melanie King at Argentea Gallery 5th Nov – 18th Dec

Exhibition Wavelengths – Melanie King at Argentea Gallery 5th Nov – 18th Dec

Wavelengths Melanie King 5th November – 18th December Exploring the visual representation of natural phenomena; through analogue infrared photography in the series Wavelengths and with long-exposures of… Read more »

Birmingham, Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival 2020

A chaotic few weeks – months even – for the Birmingham, Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival suddenly got a lot worse in the last 48 hours before… Read more »

New Film Releases Oct 15th 2020 and Where To Watch Them

New Film Releases Oct 15th 2020 and Where To Watch Them

While all Cineworld Cinemas are temporarily closed following the shifting of the Bond movie to 2021, other sites currently remain open with special safety measures in place… Read more »

Live music in Birmingham to receive just 2 Percent of Cultural Recovery Fund first round

Just three out of a potential 197 live music venues in Birmingham secured funding in CRF round one from UK Government following pandemic City music promoter says… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List with Pete Steel – 10 October

Once again it’s time for your weekly 60 minute smorgasbord of the best new releases from the centre of the UK. It’s the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List with Pete Steel who… Read more »

Argentea Gallery Exhibitions Winter 2020

RE-OPENING EXHIBITION THE WRITING OF STONES Gin Rimmington Jones We are delighted to have been able to welcome people back to the gallery this September, re-opening with an… Read more »

Watch Foka Wolf’s interview for Birmingham Comedy Festival

Street artist Foka Wolf has been revealed as the latest addition to Birmingham Comedy Festival 2020. Responding to the current pandemic, the long-running festival has shifted its… Read more »

New Film Releases Oct 8th 2020 and Where To Watch Them

While all Cineworld Cinemas are temporarily closed following the shifting of the Bond movie to 2021, other sites currently remain open with special safety measures in place… Read more »

Film Releases and Where To Watch Them 4th Oct 2020

Cinemas are mostly now open with special safety measures in place. As such, this column will wherever possible include reviews of new releases alongside additions to new… Read more »

This Week’s Movies and where to watch them.

Cinemas are mostly now open with special safety measures in place. As such, this column will wherever possible include reviews of new releases alongside additions to new… Read more »

Local band Melotone offer weekly series immersing fans in sound and vision

Melotone @ Home is the world we have brewed for ourselves amidst the music industry shutdown. Without gigs, musicians are struggling to express themselves. Our remedy is… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List with Danny de Reybekill

Swerving back into the hot seat with another swathe of local music to wrap your ears around is Danny de Reybekill who presents the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List On this… Read more »

New Socially Distanced Outdoor Festival, Little But Live in Moseley Park

Birmingham-based company, Paperback Theatre are holding an exciting and varied outdoor festival, Little But LIVE! In Moseley Parkto safely bring together Moseley residents and the wider Birmingham… Read more »

Friendly Neighbourhood Film Screenings for September

Friendly Neighbourhood Film Screenings for September

THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER Sorry To Bother You – 17:00 Goodfellas – 20:15 FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER Donnie Darko – 17:00 Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead – 20:00 SATURDAY… Read more »

Film Reviews this Autumn

Cinemas are mostly now open with special safety measures in place. As such, this column will wherever possible include reviews of new releases alongside additions to new… Read more »

Rule of six could sound death knell for many in live music sector – academic and industry experts

Further restrictions around social gatherings alongside new requirements for night-time economy businesses could sound the death knell for an already under threat live music venues, clubs and… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List – 5 September

Another lush swathe of local music to wrap your ears around presented by Danny de Reybekill on the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List. On this week’s show, brand new music from: Dorcha // NeOne… Read more »

What’s On at The Night Owl this September!

The Night Owl’s Britpop Brunch Saturday 19th September 13:00 – 19:00  The Night Owl’s Britpop Brunch is back by popular demand! Saturday 19th September with DJs playing… Read more »

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema – Details and September screenings

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema – Details and September screenings

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema brings cinema back to Kings Heath’s historic The Kingsway for the first time since its  closure in 1979. Hosted by new event space Kings… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List – 29 August

It’s time for you to listen to another 60mins of beautiful, Birmingham music with the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List. This week Pete Steel is in charge of all the latest… Read more »

When Bob Marley Came To Britain: BBC2 Saturday 29th August

In the 1970s, Bob Marley rose from humble beginnings to become a global superstar. It was a journey that took place not just in his homeland of… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List – 22 August

Join Danny de Reybekill once again for the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List!  Whilst it seems Danny might be sleeping in the studio, he is simply as dedicated as ever to bring you… Read more »

FILMWIRE August and September 2020

FILM OF THE MONTHKoko-di Koko-da The Wikipedia entry for Johannes Nyholm’s second feature film describes it as a ‘surrealist dark fantasy psychological horror drama’. Which is another… Read more »

September Botanicals Bands Announced

Henry’s Botanical Blueshouse has been such a runaway success that we’ve sorted it with The Botanical Gardens to keep on presenting live music every Sunday at 2pm… Read more »

A New Digital Festival Celebrating Birmingham’s Unique Diversity

A New Digital Festival Celebrating Birmingham’s Unique Diversity

A unique online festival, promoting the diverse identity of Birmingham, takes place this August Bank Holiday. The festival co-ordinated by United Community Activity Network (UCAN) and partners,… Read more »

Birmingham Stories launches writing competition with Dishoom

Birmingham Stories, a campaign from the National Literacy Trust and the University of Birmingham to raise literacy levels across the city, has launched a writing competition to… Read more »

Overhear Presents: Statues

An online workshop with Adrian B Earle and Kibriya Mehrban responding to the statues of Birmingham. Our city is littered with commemorations and decorations celebrating histories many… Read more »

Birmingham musicians and gig goers!

Birmingham musicians and gig goers!

Our PEC-funded Live Music Research project that is looking at the live music sector in Birmingham needs your help. Please do share this post (and/or the link below)… Read more »

Sketch helping to save Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Sketch helping to save Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

In 2016 sketch artist Carl Lavia and photographer, Lorna Le Bredonchel began their epic 69 cities project, which aims to create a portrait of the whole United… Read more »

Argentea Gallery re-opening exhibition

Argentea Gallery re-opening exhibition

Argentea Gallery The Writing of Stones Gin Rimmington Jones 17th Sept – 31st Oct Opens: Thursday, 17th September, midday-6pm The Writing of Stones, is a solo exhibition… Read more »

Saturday Sessions at The Night Owl

Saturday Sessions at The Night Owl

Saturday 8th August: 14:00 – 00:00 Saturday 8th August Unfortunately due to recent government advice there will be no live music. But we will be open from… Read more »

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Gramophone Award

Gramophone magazine – one of classical music’s oldest and most prestigious monthly magazines – has announced the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as amongst 10 nominated ensembles… Read more »

Birmingham Charitable Collective Commences Fundraising with Prints of Forward in Unity Artwork

Art for Charity is pleased to announce the launch of the official commemorative prints of the Forward in Unity mural. The largest of the prints are available… Read more »

Kristof Kintera: THE END OF FUN! 16 Sep – 22 Nov 2020

Kristof Kintera: THE END OF FUN! 16 Sep – 22 Nov 2020

Ikon announces the most comprehensive UK exhibition of work by Czech artist Krištof Kintera (b. 1973, Prague). Internationally acclaimed for his sculptural, often kinetic works imbued with… Read more »

COVID-19: Live Music Stars in Plea for Government Help for £4.5bn Sector

• Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Dua Lipa, Sir Paul McCartney, Skepta, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Sam Smith, Sir Rod Stewart, Liam Gallagher, Florence… Read more »

Letter to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden

Dear Secretary of State, UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. From world-famous festivals to… Read more »

Stan’s Cafe Announce Stan’s Internet Cafe: A New Digital Season For 2020

• A brand new play, For Quality Purposes, devised by the company with performances streamed from the performers’ homes. • A new adaptation of Robert Burton’s 400-year-old masterpiece, The… Read more »

Argentea Gallery Gallery Discounts

It’s a testing time for all of us at the moment and we hope you’re all managing to stay safe, well and, not least, sane!    We all know… Read more »

Brumbeat Live Stream Guide June 2020

Brumbeat Live Stream Guide June 2020

The Night Owl The Night Owl are holding regular live stream DJ sets and colourful cool Cocktail Classes online, so keep checking their Facebook page each week… Read more »

West-Midlands based theatre company Clown Funeral make previous shows available to stream for free

This summer West-Midlands based theatre company Clown Funeral were due to continue the national tour of their new show A Pattern of Bad Behaviour after initial success… Read more »

Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Pioneering Lightpost Theatre Company appoints new Artistic Leaders

Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Pioneering Lightpost Theatre Company appoints new Artistic Leaders

Mathias Andre and CJ Webley, two previous members of Lightpost Theatre Company, have now successfully been employed in leadership roles. In 2015, Birmingham Repertory Theatre took part… Read more »

Suki10c Presents The Virtual Festival

Suki10c Presents The Virtual Festival

Over the course of 8th, 9th and 10th May Birmingham venue Suki10c has pulled together more than 80 performing artists to livestream a total of 11 rooms in… Read more »

Limited Edition Isolate Zine calls on creatives to capture life in Isolation

Limited Edition Isolate Zine calls on creatives to capture life in Isolation

A new Zine, launched by three UK based creatives (Adison Clark, Birmingham UK, Ray Phan, London UK and David Brown, London UK), have called upon amateur and… Read more »

Altern 8 Remix and Release Hit Single For NHS Charity

Altern 8 Remix and Release Hit Single For NHS Charity

Midland’s most iconic label Network Records has long been hailed as a launchpad for many now legendary songs and artists from both Techno and House scenes. Thankfully… Read more »