Staying Cool reaches Creative Heights in Birmingham
Celebrating ten years at Rotunda through arts & culture
Staying Cool is celebrating a decade of our apartment hotel at the Rotunda with ten unique arts and culture events - Creative Heights - over the next year. The programme will feature ground-breaking music, art, food, performance and cinema experiences in our dramatic penthouse apartment.
We like to be both creative and innovative, plus we’re a big supporter of the creative industries locally, so bringing Birmingham’s talent to the top of our iconic skyscraper made perfect sense.
Columbo with Silver Screen Suppers
16th September 2018
A kitsch Columbo-themed evening with regular guest, Jenny Hammerton of Silver Screen Suppers, where attendees will enjoy food and drink loved by the famous TV sleuth aka actor Peter Falk. Jenny hosts regular Silver Screen Sunday events making movie related grand feasts for her guests accompanied by a classic from the big screen. A keen blogger and author, Jenny has published a number of star themed cookbooks including "Cooking with Columbo: Suppers With The Shambling Sleuth" and "Cooking with Joan Crawford: Recipes from the kitchen of Hollywood's greatest star". With Rotunda and Lieutenant Columbo both originating in the swinging sixties, we thought a salute to the Golden Globe Award winning detective was quite fitting.
Further events will take place later in the year, including:
Songs in the Sky with Songwall
18 October 2018
Showcasing local musical talent from in and around Birmingham. Songwall Founded by singer/songwriter (and good friend of Staying Cool) Brendan Poynton, Songwall is both an online and live platform showcasing original songs by unsigned artists with a fair trade music philosophy at it’s heart.
Reuben Colley Fine Art
24th January 2019
An event in partnership with Birmingham's own Reuben Colley Fine Art, the independent gallery based on Colmore Row, the artists represented by RCFA work in a wide range of genres, from abstraction to hyper-realism. RCFA presents work of outstanding quality in a relaxed and welcoming gallery space and we're very excited to be working with them for this exciting collaboration.
Launch event with artist Amrit Singh
24th May 2018
The first event takes place on 24th May with the creation of an original piece of art by Birmingham artist Amrit Singh. Amrit will use one of our huge penthouse windows as his canvas to capture the cultural vibrancy of the city. He’ll also broadcast a time-lapse video, so that people all over the world will be able to see how his artwork is created from the first stroke of the brush to the last. Amrit Singh is a multi-disciplined award-winning creative director, artist, content creator, live streamer and inspirational public speaker. One of today’s most inspired artists, Amrit creates intricate ink art under the InkANIMA brand and has exhibited his artwork multiple times in San Francisco, London and Birmingham. We're very excited to be welcoming Amrit back to Rotunda for our first event in this exciting series.
Private dining with Alex Claridge
21st June 2018
Our second event is a culinary treat from Birmingham’s own genius-chef and owner of The Wilderness - Alex Claridge. Following a successful run of private dining experiences in our top floor penthouses during early 2018, Alex and his team are back to offer a dining experience like no other for just ten lucky attendees. Our ten competition winners will enjoy one of Alex’s brilliantly creative menus against the backdrop of the cityscape on one of the longest nights of the year on 21st June. The competition is now live and closes on the 15th June. Here's how to enter.
High Rise screening with Electric Cinema
2nd August 2018
Then on 2nd August, Birmingham’s independent Electric cinema will transform a 20th-floor penthouse into an exclusive venue for a screening of (former Staying Cool guest) director Ben Wheatley’s cult movie High Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston. The pop-up cinema will also be a highlight of the Electric’s annual Shock and Gore festival, which programmes a number of special screenings and events all year round. More details coming soon.
Want to help us to celebrate?
Tickets for the public events at Rotunda will be available through Eventbrite. To register your interest please email using the title Creative Heights. We will neither use your details for any other purpose nor share them with any other organisation. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.