Spring 2019 in Brum
Friday February 1, 2019
Lead image: Spring at IKON Gallery courtesy of Verity Milligan
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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... ).
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.”
Photo credit: Matt Crockett
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Guest artists include
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.
Image: Swingamajig in former Digbeth location by Alex Avery Photography
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.
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.
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!
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.
Three days of all-things fitness at Birmingham’s NEC. Be inspired by expert advice on training, nutrition, grooming and health.
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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