If you’re as passionate about the creative industries as I am, you’ll know the exciting yet often exhausting process of searching for upcoming arts events near you. Hours go past and before you know it, you’re on page 22 of your Google search results (that’s when you know). Somehow, though, you feel like there’s still some events that you might miss out on. They might just be exactly your kind of thing; and we all know how irritating it is when you find out about an exhibition or performance you would absolutely love to go to…
…that finished its run last night.
In the hope that I can save you time, google-search-results-page-scrolling and make sure you don’t miss out on an arts event you’re keen to attend, I’ve curated a list of ten upcoming events across the West Midlands that are taking place this Summer (June/July – I shall do an August post separately if I find enough events), along with their own copy, so you can gauge their vibe (don’t worry, it’s in chronological order).
Click on any photo to be redirected to the event’s website!
BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL, 1 – 24 JUNE
Inspired by themes of imagination, body, mindfulness, and digital art, BIDF is showcasing great choreography and opening up new and surprising ways for you to experience dance.
They’ll be getting the city moving with a host of events and activities – including an early morning rave, social dance, mass participation events, family-friendly activities, freestyle fusion, and immersive Virtual Reality experiences. There are more ways than ever for you to get involved!
100 YEARS, SO WHAT? 6 JUNE – 28 JULY
Centrala presents a group exhibition 100 Years, So What? by Polish multimedia artists: Małgorzata Dawidek, Iwona Demko, Dorota Hadrian, Zofia Krawiec, Katarzyna Perlak, Alicja Rogalska and SIKSA.
‘…today’s world needs transgression from the growing level of inequality and injustice. The centenary of women’s emancipatory work in Poland, since obtaining the rights for voting, is the centenary that mirrors the ability of humanity to get rid of one of these injustices, the gender inequality, perhaps get rid of gender in general.’ (Urszula (Ulla) Chowaniec)
BIRMINGHAM DESIGN FESTIVAL, 7 – 10 JUNE
The Summer of 2018 will see the launch of the Birmingham Design Festival – an ambitious celebration of the dynamic design industry, held over four packed days and hosted in our own backyard.
Whether you’re a seasoned professional, design student or someone who just enjoys a casual critique of the modern world, we’ll offer you the opportunity to engage with a broad range of disciplines and top practitioners from the UK and beyond – not to mention exciting local talent.
URBAN CULTURE COVENTRY, 9 – 10 JUNE
Spraystation are bringing you a weekend of amazing urban street art in a celebration of Urban Culture taking place at sites across the city. See world class local and national street artists creating fresh work on walls and boards around the city centre, outside the Herbert and at Fargo.
THE EVERYDAY AND EXTRAORDINARY, 9 JUNE – 9 NOVEMBER
The Everyday and Extraordinary explores the potential of objects to be transformed and seen in new and insightful ways. Showcasing over seventy modern and contemporary artworks, this exhibition celebrates the wonder of physical objects in a pre-dominantly digital age where artistic creativity helps us all to see the world in extraordinary ways.
THE MIGRANT FESTIVAL, 14 – 17 JUNE
A four day festival, curated by fashion designer Osman Yousefzada, fusing themes of migration, fashion, art and music. Events include a screening of The True Cost (2015) with an introduction by Executive Producer Livia Firth; fashion illustration workshops with illustrator Gregory Mark Lewis; Osman Yousefzada in conversation with Claudia Croft, Contributing Editor, British Vogue and much more.
BE FESTIVAL, 3 – 7 JULY
BE FESTIVAL turns the notion of conventional theatre upside down. It crosses borders, creative disciplines and blurs the boundary between audience and artist.
BE FESTIVAL (shortened from Birmingham European Festival) takes place annually in June at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Each year a daring and innovative programme of boundary pushing theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts takes place turning the theatre’s rarely seen backstages into a den of creativity, discovery and exchange where diverse cultures are celebrated.
DIGBETH FIRST FRIDAY, 6 JULY
Digbeth comes alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more.
With different things to see and do each month anything could happen on a First Friday night out.
MOSTLY JAZZ, FUNK & SOUL FESTIVAL, 6 – 8 JULY
“With the emphasis on funky good times… this event has bloomed”
Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul is part of the Moonshine Collective along with Moseley Folk and Lunar Festival. We are a fiercely independent team dedicated to producing world class music events.
BRINDLEY PLACE FILM FESTIVAL, 16 – 22 JULY
The popular (and completely free) Brindleyplace Film Festival returns to Birmingham between the 16th – 22nd July 2018.
Now in its 7th year, the outdoor festival will see our big screen arrive back in Central Square, showcasing a wide selection of fantastic movies. This year’s festival will be held in conjunction with one of our four charity partners, the Royal Society for Blind Children.