Spring 2019 in Brum

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Lead image: Spring at IKON Gallery courtesy of Verity Milligan

Spring will come! During the winter, it’s always good to hatch some plans and decide what to do when the weather warms up.  As Britain’s second city, Birmingham has an enormous number of things to do. We’ve selected 21 of the coolest events in Birmingham this spring 2019. There really is something for everyone.

1) Too Cute! until May 26th

Curator Rachel Mclean has brought together works from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham to reveal objects that are sweet and simultaneously sinister. This exhibition opened in January at BMAG (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) and has received rave reviews online and in the press.

Staying Cool serviced apartments Birmingham Too Cute! at BMAG

2) Da Vinci Feb 1st until 6th May

While you are at BMAG seeing Too Cute! make sure that you take in work by Leonardo Da Vinci. Twelve drawings are on show at BMAG until early May to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of renaissance genius

3)National Wedding Show March 1st-3rd

The UK’s biggest wedding show comes to Birmingham’s NEC right at the start of March. It offers everything you could possibly need for your big day, including an Eclectic Boutique for an alternative wedding.

4) Dirty Vegan Curry Night March 1st

Dirty Vegan pop up events at The Mac (Midlands Arts Centre) are a regular event and this curry-themed night looks especially tempting. £22.50 buys you a drink on arrival, unlimited samosas and bhajis(!), a selection of vegan curries and entry to Mac’s live music event. Marvellous.

5) Crufts March 7th-10th

Dog person? Come to the world's greatest dog show and totally indulge yourself! We have a special soft spot for the joy of the agility competition (and schnauzers...and dachshunds...and golden cocker spaniels...and... ).

6) Kinky Boots March 11th-March 23rd

Inspired by the true story of a failing shoe factory that found a niche market, Kinky Boots stomps into the Birmingham Hippodrome. With songs by Cyndi Lauper, The Times calls this “an absolute hoot of a show.”

Kinky Boots photo credit: Matt Crockett

Photo credit: Matt Crockett

7) Creative Craft Show March 14th-17th

Craft was once considered so uncool, but now it’s back with a vengeance. This show is heaven if you’re into knitting, cross stitch, paper crafting, jewellery making or dressmaking.

8) Photography Show March 16th-19th

This show is another pearl from the NEC with highlights such as a Super Stage featuring photography greats such as Lindsay Adler, Martin Parr, Gordon Buchanan, Chris Burkard, Pete Souza, Annie Griffiths and Moose Peterson. NB: We’re very popular with photographers here at Rotunda thanks to our rather stunning views and swanky interiors, so staying with us when you visit the show could work well.

9) Birmingham Wine Weekend March 22nd-24th

Buying a wristband gives you access to events at 23 different locations in Birmingham. A great excuse to have a weekend away in the Second City.

Staying Cool serviced apartments Birmingham Wine Weekend 2019

10) Gymnastics World Cup March 23rd

Let’s face it, gymnastics is one of the most watchable sports. We always love watching it when The Olympics come around. This year the Gymnastics World Cup takes place at Birmingham’s Genting Arena. Watch 18 top-class gymnasts battle it out, with the men’s competition followed by the women’s events.

11) Source wine dinner at Opus restaurant Friday, March 29th

Birmingham’s Opus restaurant is justifiably proud of its commitment to using the best seasonal ingredients (and its two AA rosettes). They run regular themed events and March 29th brings the Source Wine Dinner featuring Tomàs of Tomàs Cusiné Wines near Barcelona. A five-course dinner with matching wines is £80 pp.

Staying Cool serviced apartments Birmingham Opus restaurant

12) Les Miserables April 2nd-11th May

Ten years after the last sell-out UK tour, Les Mis is on the road again around the UK and there’s nowhere better to see it than in Brum at the glorious Hippodrome. Availability is already very limited for this run, but the Hippodrome website has a cunning feature that allows you to check the view from available seats before you buy!  

13) Insomnia Gaming Show April 19th-20th

Easter brings the UK’s biggest gaming festival to Birmingham. Immerse yourself in the latest games, interactive zones, VR and see the world's biggest gaming Youtubers.

14) Beast Feast May 2nd-4th

With arguably the best event name EVER, Beast Feast at the University of Birmingham brings together composers and lovers of electronic music for three days of music, meetings and ideas.

 

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15) A Thousand Splendid Suns May 2nd-18th

This stage adaptation at Birmingham Rep is based on the much-loved novel by Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns is set in Afghanistan in the early nineties. We follow the fortunes of orphaned Laila who is taken by her neighbour as his second wife. As the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle and the two wives become allies.

Staying Cool serviced apartments Birmingham Swingamajig by Alex Avery Photography

Image: Swingamajig in former Digbeth location by Alex Avery Photography

16) Digbeth Dining Club

On all year, but recommended for you this spring if you are less than hardy! Digbeth Dining Club is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and is the pearl of Brum’s thriving alternative food scene.

17) Flatpack Festival April 30th-May 5th

Flatpack has been described as “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent), “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out) and “joyously inventive” (the Guardian). We don’t think we can beat that! Back this year over May Bank Holiday weekend.

18) Swingamajig May 5th

Swingamajig has found a new home at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens for 2019. Dive into a world of music, dance and cabaret inspired by the sights and sounds of the 1920s. It’s an experience like no other!

Staying Cool serviced apartments Birmingham Swingamajig Credit: Alex Avery Photography

19) The Kingdom Choir May 10th

Perhaps best known for their performance of ‘Stand By Me’ at the marriage of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, the Kingdom Choir bring their glorious gospel music to the Symphony Hall this spring.

20) BodyPower Experience May 10th-12th

Three days of all-things fitness at Birmingham’s NEC. Be inspired by expert advice on training, nutrition, grooming and health.

21) Birmingham Pride May 25th-26th

One of the UK’s biggest LBTGQ+ festivals covering three days. Birmingham Pride features a carnival parade plus music stages, a dance arena, a women’s area and a cabaret marquee. The Human League have already been confirmed for the main stage at Pride this year.

We’ve really only scratched the surface here of what’s on in Birmingham this spring! Check out Visit Birmingham for even more.

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