As we wave goodbye to cold winter months, Birmingham is starting to bloom again with amazing events and festival coming to the city.
We catch up with Grapevine Birmingham to discuss what not-to-miss in the city this Spring.
ART AND SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2017
Various Locations, 13th – 19th Mar
The University of Birmingham’s Art & Science Festival returns 13-19 March 2017 for a week-long celebration of research, culture and collaboration across campus and beyond. This year the festival traverses land and water and brings together leading artists, academics and adventurers for a programme of concerts, exhibitions, screenings, talks and workshops.
Arts & Science Festival is an opportunity for curious minds to delve into new thinking from leading academics. The festival overlooks the traditional division between arts and science; each discipline can inform the other, sparking debate and new understanding about the rich world in which we live.
FLATPACK FILM FESTIVAL
Various Locations, 4th – 9th Mar
Birmingham’s world renowned Flatpack Film Festival returns from 4-9 April 2017. Famed for its diverse and eclectic programme, the second city’s largest and most adventurous film festival prides itself on creating unique and memorable experiences for audiences of all ages.
Now in its 11th year, Flatpack attracts over 14,000 attendees annually and will screen over 200 films across the 6 days. The festival’s boundary-defying cinematic fun and games will span Birmingham’s city centre, with a focus on the Southside district this year.
THE BIG BIRMINGHAM SOUL NIGHT
Birmingham Town Hall, 15th April
The Big Birmingham Soul Night will emulate the classic soul nights of the 60s and 70s in Town Hall’s beautiful listed building, boasting a giant wooden floor, perfect for Northern Soul and Mod style dancing. Confirmed to head up this evening is legendary DJ Colin Curtis. A night not to be missed.
BIRMINGHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Various Locations, 21st – 23rd Apr
Birmingham Literature Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the launch of a Spring Edition, in addition to its traditional October programme.
The Spring Edition, from 21st – 23rd April, incorporates canoes, bicycles and walks, a variety of venues across the city, and a host of writers from Birmingham and further afield, including Romania, Poland and the US.
Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, will be talking about her startling new memoir Everywoman: a defiant call to stand up, speak out and be counted.
Lower Trinity Street, 30th April
Take a stroll under the railway arches of Digbeth and discover an immersive, seven stage wonderland of vintage sights and sounds. Produced by the team behind Shambala Festival and curated by Birmingham’s own Electric Swing Circus, this is a chance to party hard against a stunning backdrop that harks back to Birmingham’s industrial past.
Expect visual installations, provocative street art and stage sets that turn these historical factory buildings into a show like no other. The diverse musical line up reflects the cultural melting pot of the city itself, from gypsy jazz to Balkan beats, jungle DJs to tropical rhythms and of course a healthy dose of traditional and electro swing.
Birmingham Town Hall, 12th – 14th May
Imagined Isle is BACK and better than ever! Featuring a specially curated line-up of nationally and internationally renowned artists, alongside profiling local and emerging talents, Imagined Isle celebrates the unique voices and sounds of folk, set against the iconic backdrop of Birmingham’s historic Town Hall.
Enjoy the all-folk extravaganza on Friday’s Urban Folk Night, the plethora of blazing tunes from Rabscallion, the brilliant Fairport Convention and the compelling Jon Boden.
BLOC Hotel Birmingham
The BLOC philosophy is new to the UK. The concept is called pared-down chic and is based on ideas we’ve adapted from the best designers around the world. By injecting a little British creativity, we have been pushing the boundaries of hotel design. From the build right down to the finishes in each room, we work with cutting-edge materials and innovative thinkers whose mantra really is, small is beautiful.
The idea is to build very cleverly using the very best materials whilst still making it as cost-effective as possible. And that means we can offer our guests really chic rooms in prime city centre locations at very, very good prices.