As we say a fond farewell to Summer for yet another year, there’s plenty to look forward to in Birmingham this Autumn.
INDEPENDENT BIRMINGHAM FESTIVAL
Aston Hall, 17th Sept
The Independent Birmingham Festival will take place on Sunday 17 September (12pm – 7pm) at the iconic Aston Hall.
Showcasing the best of Birmingham’s independent businesses, you can enjoy: restaurant pop-ups, street food, cocktails, craft beer, local artists, designers and retailers showing off the cream of the second city’s independent culture throughout the day. There will also be a full programme of live music and workshops.
Various Locations, 16-22 Oct
Held at venues across Birmingham, Fierce will present a programme of live art, theatre, dance and music.
Exploring themes as diverse as the rituals of clubbing, mental health, “fandom” and fan art, activism, queer culture and climate change the 2017 programme contains fifty events with five World Premieres, twelve UK premieres with artists hailing from ten countries across four continents. The first festival under the artistic direction of Aaron Wright will feature six world premieres and twelve UK premieres.
BIRMINGHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL
Various Locations, 6-15th Oct
The annual 10-day city-wide mirth-filled extravaganza that mixes big comedy names with emerging talent.
This year’s festival sees over 60 performances including Greg Davies, Doctor Who and Little Britain star Matt Lucas, Brian Pern (aka Simon Day), Henning Wehn, and Monty Python musical Spamalot!
Plus look out for appearances from Simon Amstell, Mrs Barbara Nice, Phill Jupitus, Comedy Central’s Impractical Jokers and two chances to catch Joe Lycett.
CHEESE FEST BIRMINGHAM
The Custard Factory, Digbeth, 18th Nov
This November join Cheese Fest UK for the first time in Birmingham and experience some of the cheesiest cheeses in the world.
With melted raclette, cheese wheels, gooey mozzarella sticks and a whole host of cheesetastic tastes from the UK’s best cheese traders!
From traditional cheeses to mozzarella sticks, halloumi fries and the most amazing mac and cheese expect to learn about all types of cheese, wines and the best beers that go long with those cheeses at a day that will melt you into a deep love of all things cheese.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
The Rainbow Venues, 18th Nov
A club concept like no other, merging a spectrum of astounding lights, lanterns, effects and live performances to an epic sound track.
Music Genres include: house, garage, techno, bass.
3D projection mapped stage set, mesmerising lantern installations, laser shows, parades through the venue, fire performances, huge UV displays, light costumes, indoor fireworks, psychedelic body paint dips, professional face & body painters.
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FRANKFURT CHRISTMAS MARKET
16th Nov – 24 Dec
The largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market offers a large range of traditional good and gifts and a selection of tempting food and drink. Pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts, and roasted almonds will tempt your tastebuds, all of which can be washed down with gluhwein, weissbeer (wheat beer), or tasty hot chocolate.
Birmingham comes alive every winter with the arrival of the Market, a clear sign that Christmas is just around the corner. With over 120 stalls there is something for everyone.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE AND HUNDREDS OF OTHER BIRMINGHAM EVENTS, VISIT: WWW.GRAPEVINEBIRMINGHAM.COM
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.