Community News

New £3m Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity Appeal Announced To Transform Entrance

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity was joined by patient mum, Liz Hession, from Wellesbourne, today, at the launch of a new £3m appeal – It Starts Here –… Read more »

Art at HMP Grendon – Artist in Residence: Simon Harris

Ikon is pleased to announce the continuation of Art at HMP Grendon, its artist residency at HMP Grendon, Buckinghamshire, for another three years (2024 – 2026). The… Read more »

Plant a free Woodland Trust tree in the West Midlands for your school, sports club or community group and help fight the climate and nature crisis

All sorts of community groups in your patch (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire) have been taking advantage of the Woodland Trust’s free trees scheme.  With tree planting statistics only recently published… Read more »

Artists take over Solihull gallery for new exhibition

The Courtyard Gallery at The Core, Solihull will be ‘taken over’ by ten local artists from Monday 29 July to Saturday 10 August, as part of a new exhibition…. Read more »

RBSA Gallery to host exhibition of never before seen works by photorealist John Salt (1937 – 2021)

John Salt – Paintings will offer visitors to the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter a rare opportunity to see the remarkable work of distinguished Birmingham born and trained… Read more »

Local Businesses Compete in Dragon Boats to Raise Over £250,000 for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity

Forty-nine teams from businesses across the West Midlands took to the canal at Mailbox Birmingham last weekend (28-29 June) raising over £250,000 as part of Birmingham Women’s… Read more »

Brum ROCKED! Birmingham’s biggest band rocked out at Forum Birmingham 

Misfits Music Foundation’s 14month Brum Rocks project culminated in Birmingham’s biggest rock band on Sunday 14 July at Forum Birmingham with 400 musicians, singers, audience members coming… Read more »

Birmingham Comedy Festival line-up announcement! 

Birmingham Comedy Festival is back this autumn featuring some of the biggest names in stand-up alongside the cream of the West Midlands comedy scene. Running from Friday… Read more »

BIRMINGHAM JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE AN AMAZING NON STOP 40 YEARS

In the 10 days from July 19th to 28th The Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival will celebrate its 40th consecutive year of bringing the finest and most… Read more »

THE REP CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR NEW MUSICAL BECOMING NANCY – UK PREMIERE

Birmingham Repannounced casting for Becoming Nancy, the UK premiere of a new musical directed and choreographed by the Tony Award-winning Jerry Mitchell.  Performances begin on Wednesday 2 October 2024 – Saturday 2… Read more »

Birmingham Jewellery Quarter star shines at industry ‘Oscars’

A leading Birmingham jeweller has won one of the most prestigious national industry awards. Sonny’s Jewellers took home ‘Jewellery Retailer of the Year (five stores or fewer)’… Read more »

Dumpling Room by Blow Water is taking over Birmingham’s highest rooftop bar & private members club SAT 27th July

Dumpling Room Rooftop Edition II by Blow Water is taking over Birmingham’s highest rooftop bar & private members club @eighteenclubspace Blow Water are back this summer in Birmingham… Read more »

Postcards from the streets – supporting Birmingham’s most vulnerable people 

It’s a sad truth that while Christmas often inspires acts of kindness towards vulnerable people, the same cannot always be said for the months when the weather… Read more »

That was MOSTLY JAZZ FESTIVAL – pix from festival + Euros Fanzone 

Packed Birmingham festival enjoys crowd-pleasing sets from Kool & The Gang, Leftfield and more (despite the footy result). 2025 tickets on sale now – limited discount available.This… Read more »

Local Businesses Compete in Dragon Boats to Raise Over £250,000 for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity

Forty-nine teams from businesses across the West Midlands took to the canal at Mailbox Birmingham last weekend (28-29 June) raising over £250,000 as part of Birmingham Women’s… Read more »

Fever partners with Netflix to bring exclusive Bridgerton Candlelight Concert to Birmingham

Netflix, Shondaland, and Fever have partnered to bring an exclusive Bridgerton-themed Candlelight Concert series to Birmingham! This unique live multi-sensory musical experience will light up the Birmingham Cathedral with thousands… Read more »

Two weeks to go till the first Heath Comedy Fest!

It’s just two weeks until the first ever Comedy Festival comes to the vibrant community of Kings Heath, with events running from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July. This… Read more »

Friends in Love and War Oct 24 – Feb 25

2 OCTOBER 2024 – 23 FEBRUARY 2025IKON GALLERY, BRINDLEYPLACE, BIRMINGHAM B1 2HS Ikon and macLYON present works by over twenty artists from the British Council Collection and macLYON that explore the meaning… Read more »

Recognising Diversity and Achievement: Submit Your Nominations for the Third Be Inclusive Hospitality Awards

Be Inclusive Hospitality (BIH) is thrilled to announce that nominations are now open for the third BIH Spotlight Awards. Taking place on 21 October 2024 at M… Read more »

ROXY LANES OFFER £5 BOWLING FOR KIDS DURING SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Competitive gaming venue Roxy Lanes, located in Digbeth, will be offering £5 ten-pin or duck pin bowling for kids during the summer holidays. The offer will be available from 1st July to 15th September… Read more »

The Everything Digbeth Open Day brought 2,000+ People to the Creative District

On Saturday 22nd June, Zellig in partnership with Digbeth Art Space, Bread Birmingham and Back of the Bar helped bring in an influx of over 2,000 people… Read more »

Two-day family festival to mark licensees’ anniversary hailed success

Families and fun-seekers are being thanked by the hosts of a new two-day festival for helping them celebrate a special anniversary. Nick and Emma Woodhouse have hailed… Read more »

The Muppet Christmas Carol In Concert – Film with Live Orchestra UK Tour announced – December 2024

Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert Live to Film will be presented this winter on an 11-date UK wide tour, featuring a screening of the complete film with the… Read more »

Rastafarian movement celebrated in new release from rising contemporary reggae star

– Richie Culture’s authentic roots reggae track HAIL H.I.M. will be released on Tuesday 23 July 2024 to mark the birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie I, founder … Read more »

Jewellery Quarter Festival 2024 – full programme announced for Saturday 20th July

The eagerly awaited line-up for the beloved annual Jewellery Quarter Festival has been announced and the full programme is available to download, with print copies due to… Read more »

Birmingham Rep announces the launch of brand-new project: LGBTQTeeHee!

Birmingham Rep, in collaboration with Birmingham LGBT Centre are proud to present their brand-new project LGBTQTeeHee! This exciting new project, created by Birmingham Rep’s Creative Learning team,… Read more »

The countdown is on to Brum Rocks LIVE! 

The countdown is on to BRUM ROCKS LIVE! from Misfits Music Foundation, taking place on 14 July at Birmingham Forum. Budding rock-stars have under two weeks to… Read more »

The story of the first Black actor to play Othello in England – at The Crescent from 13th – 20th July

In 1833, acclaimed British actor Edmund Kean – performing in blackface – collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A Black actor named Ira Aldridge was asked to… Read more »

Future music business talent initiative launches at major city festival

Music business students and artists from four Birmingham higher education institutions are taking part in a pilot initiative ahead of Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival  –… Read more »

Sustainability – Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale Worth The Weight

As the cost living continues to rise and as purse strings remain perpetually tight, people are looking at more ways to be savvy this summer – that… Read more »

Taylor Swift-themed dance workshop coming to Birmingham

While Taylor Swift might not be bringing her tour to the second city, Swifities in Birmingham will be able to enjoy the ultimate Eras Tour experience with… Read more »

Brumbeat Live Music Guide – July 2024!

Here’s our take on the coolest original live music nights in Birmingham this July 2024. We search high and low to bring to you the best original and eclectic music Brum has… Read more »

Listen in on Birmingham’s Vote Count – from 9.30pm

As Britain goes to vote this Thursday (4 July 2024), The Commentators will be camped out at Birmingham’s ICC, where the city’s votes are counted, to offer… Read more »

Four Week Countdown To Van Gogh Spectacular In Birmingham

An exhilarating multimedia immersive show which celebrates the life and art of Vincent van Gogh is set to open in Birmingham next month. Beyond Van Gogh: The… Read more »

Nortons Bar to Host General Election Party in Digbeth, Birmingham on 4th July 2024

Nortons Bar, a lively local establishment in the heart of Digbeth, Birmingham, is excited to announce that it will be hosting a General Election Party on 4th… Read more »

Staffordshire community comes together to unveil new church window

Friday 28 June, rail industry leaders and local residents joined forces to unveil a new stained-glass window in St. Peter’s Church, Hixon, marking the Hixon rail disaster… Read more »

Solihull schools plant for Peace as 100th Pole is installed in UK

Two schools in the Solihull area are among the latest recipients of Peace Poles following a successful campaign introduced by Heart of England Rotary. The Poles have… Read more »

TWO WEEKS till MOSTLY JAZZ FUNK & SOUL – Leftfield Yussef Dayes, Kool & The Gang + more

It’s now just TWO WEEKS until Birmingham’s famed Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival 2024. Running from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July 2024 in the picturesque Moseley Park, Birmingham,… Read more »

The Queer Motherhood Project – share your stories and experiences

The Queer Motherhood Project is an arts and research project by Mobilise Arts in partnership with Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), DIVA, Shout Festival of Queer Arts and Culture,… Read more »

MIDLANDS BASED CROWD AND PUBLIC SAFETY TECH COMPANY ACHIEVES £10M VALUATION IN LATEST EQUITY FUNDING ROUND

Halo, the public safety and security software, which was used at the coronation for King Charles III and the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, has… Read more »

Calling Midlands chocolate lovers! Cadbury’s needs you

MondelēzInternational is recruiting 48 Sensory Panellist job roles at its historic Bournville site in Birmingham. The part-time roles, also known as chocolate tasters, will play a crucial… Read more »

EXODUS CROOKS WE NEED 2 TLK @ IKON Gallery

4 JULY – 2 NOVEMBEROPEN MONDAY-SATURDAY, 10AM-4PMTHE EXCHANGE, CENTENARY SQUARE, B1 2DR Ikon and University of Birmingham present We need 2 tlk, a new moving image installation by… Read more »

Birmingham Candlelight Concerts happening this summer

With the arrival of summer holidays, Candlelight Concerts, created by Fever to democratize the access to classical music, offer a unique live musical experience through a varied offer of programs… Read more »

DON’T MISS! THE HUNDRED’S

The Hundred is set to return to Birmingham this summer, kicking off at the iconic Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday 3 August, when Birmingham Phoenix takes on Southampton’s… Read more »

CBSO celebrate summer of sport at Hockley Social Club with ninth Symphonic Sessions

– 16 world-class musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) will perform some of the world’s greatest sporting anthems and themes – The evening of… Read more »

Northern Soul Orchestrated UK tour – new dates added due to demand!

Following the huge sell-out success of the Northern Soul Orchestrated UK tour earlier this year, brand new live dates have just been announced for November 2024 due… Read more »

Birmingham baby activity day to celebrate a year of the NSPCC’s Look, Say, Sing, Play

Free events for parents and carers of children under two will be held at The Library of Birmingham next week to celebrate 12 months of the NSPCC’s… Read more »

Local solicitor celebrates national business success award

Jas Thiara receives Professional Services Award from Tracy Evans of Pertemps Network Group. Photo: Everybody Smile Photography A senior solicitor from the West Midlands has been recognised… Read more »

Introducing Birmingham Rep’s 2024 Foundry Cohort

Since 2013, the Birmingham Rep’s Foundry – The Rep’s highly acclaimed artist development programme, has supported West Midlands artists and creatives from a wide range of artistic… Read more »

Legendary tour manager’s records on sale to benefit charity

A local charity is giving music fans the chance to buy a piece of history, as it sells the record collection of a legendary music promotor and… Read more »