100 of Birmingham's advertising billboards have been taken over by artists from today until April 29th.
48Sheet, a project by EC Arts, is an artistic intervention aiming to transform the city of Birmingham and parts of the region into a unique gallery. The billboards will exhibit work by regional and national artists including work by internationally renowned artists MadeIn (Shanghai) and Raqs Media Collective (Delhi).
The project aims to create an urban gallery for people to explore throughout the month of April. There is an online map identifying 48Sheet billboard locations. There are recommended cycling and walking routes to encourage people to enjoy, discover and rediscover Birmingham's canals and back streets and the Cultural Quarter of Digbeth. All recommended routes start from the 48Sheet project space based at The Mailbox which will be open from 2 April, Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.
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Guests staying at the Rotunda are in for a special treat this Easter. Complementary Cadbury Creme Eggs will be found in every serviced apartment on check in from March 20th to April 8th, 2012.
Two seriously cool arts festivals are coming up in Birmingham.
Cinema lovers should check out Flatpack Festival. Described by The Independent as, "The country's most creatively curated film festival" it's a wonderful, eclectic festival. Flatpack runs from 14th-18th March.
Fierce, the city's international festival of live art and performance, runs from March 29th-April 8th. We're intrigued by some of the pieces exploring the highs and lows of love; embark on an emotional Berlin Love Tour on the streets of Birmingham or take part in Uninvited Guests' Love Letters Straight From Your Heart (fresh from a sell-out run at London's Southbank Centre) in which love song dedications from the audience are woven into the performance.
On Birmingham itself, Visit England says, "While thousands whizz straight past Britain's second city every hour, on their way north or south, they're missing out on some fabulous shopping, delicious food - and cutting edge contemporary art."
We couldn't agree more!
Congratulations to Tamalyn Roberts and Ed Keep who each won a Brownie Extravaganza gift box in our Cocoa Loco competition. They'll be with you soon.
We have two Chocolate Brownie Extravaganza gift boxes to give away. They come courtesy of Cocoa Loco, an award-winning, artisan company.
The Chocolate Brownie Extravaganza boxes contain a dozen brownies. We can verify that they are seriously delicious.
To enter, simply email email@example.com using 'Cocoa Loco' as the header and tell us which county Cocoa Loco is based in.
A winner will be drawn at random. The competition ends on Sunday, February 26th 2012 at 9pm. Prize delivered in mainland UK only.
Guests at the Rotunda can enjoy a special exhibition of drawings by Leonarda da Vinci until March 25th, 2012.
The free exhibition at the nearby Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is part of the Royal Collection. It is touring five UK galleries as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Birmingham is the first.
Staying Cool's Rotunda apartments are featured in a Sunday's Times article on self-catering accommodation offering "affordable luxury and added extras".
The piece, by Susan d'Arcy, was published on February 19th and said, "The New York Times recently named our second city as one of the hottest destinations for 2012. (It has more miles of canal than Venice, apparently, although fewer palazzi.) The article waxed lyrical about the culinary scene and the famous balti belt. Its favourite place to stay? Staying Cool's apartments atop the Rotunda, which have bespoke sofas, Macs and Poggenpohl kitchens with espresso machines."
The transformation of Birmingham's New Street rail station continues apace. The curvy, reflective steel facade should look especially wonderful from Staying Cool's apartmentsat the top of the Rotunda.
Many of our guests travel by train and the new ' fly through' video from Network Rail shows that they'll soon be able to arrive here in style.
"Someone has put a lot of thought into making the stay a wonderful experience for guests, and it shows." Made for Mums
"I liked the fact that all the food products were fairtrade/organic (excellent!). The flat was lovely, wish I had somewhere like that in London.." Kate Cater, Life & Style Editor, The Guardian
""The Week's Best Deals: Birmingham's Staying Cool at the Rotunda is enticing 'time flexible' guests to its chic, 60s-inspired self-catering apartments with discounted stays on Monday and Sunday nights..." " The Observer Magazine