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February 25, 2016


Flatpack Film Festival


19-24 April 2016, city wide


Flatpack is a film gathering like no other which takes over Birmingham every Spring.

2016 will see a more concentrated buzz in Southside, celebrating cinema in all its forms.

One of the most atypical and inventive events in the UK’s cultural and film calendar, Flatpack Film Festival provides a stimulating array of experiential cinematic treats that its growing legion of fans has come to expect.

Mixing brand new talent with forgotten classics and the usual dose of eccentricity, Flatpack film festival-goers can expect live scores, late night parties along with various contraptions and surprises all while exploring some of Birmingham’s more unusual venues and locales


Midlands Whisky Festival


1 & 2 April 2016




The Countries largest Whisky Festival outside of London


This festival is perfect for any whisky lover! At the festival you will be able to find over 200 drams with a first class selection of exceptional “Dream Drams”. You can learn all about Whisky from the masters by watching one of their fascinating masterclasses


Friday Standard – £35
*Includes all standard drams on taste
*Entry from 6:00 pm. Last pour 9:10 pm Show closes 9:30 pm.

Saturday Standard – £43 
*Includes all standard drams on taste + ONE Dream Dram token.
*Entry from 12:00 pm. Last pour 4:30 pm. Show closes 5:00 pm

Saturday Premium (John Campbell Laphroaig Masterclass) – £78
*Premium Masterclass included with Laphroaig’s distillery manager, John Campbell
*Includes all standard drams on taste + TWO Dream Dram tokens,
*Early entry from 10:45 am. Last pour 4:30 pm. Show closes 5:00 pm

Saturday Premium (Colin Dunn Masterclass) – £78
*Premium Masterclass included with Colin Dunn
*Includes all standard drams on taste + TWO Dream Dram tokens,
*Early entry from 10:45 am. Last pour 4:30 pm. Show closes 5:00 pm

Saturday Devotee (Richard Paterson: Dalmore Masterclass) – £155 
*Exclusive Dalmore Devotee Masterclass with Richard Paterson
*Includes all standard drams on taste + THREE Dream Dram tokens
*Boxed selection of Dream Drams to take home.
*Early entry from 10:45 am. Last pour 4:30 pm. Show closes 5:00 pm

Weekend Devotee (Richard Paterson: Dalmore Masterclass) £170 – EARLYBIRD OFFER – SAVE £20
*Exclusive Devotee Masterclass with Richard Paterson on Saturday
*Includes all standard drams on taste + THREE Dream Dram tokens,
*Boxed selection of Dream Drams to take home.
*Standard entry on Friday from 6:00 pm. Last pour 9:10 pm Show closes 9:30 pm
*Early entry on Saturday from 10:45 am. Last pour 4:30 pm. Show closes 5:00 pm

Extra Dream Dram tokens may be purchased from the Festival shop for £5 each.
Ticket holders must be over 18 years of age and abide by the Festival’s etiquette code





Sunday 24 April 2016 Handsworth Park


One of the world’s largest Vaisakhi celebrations will be returning to Handsworth Park to mark the Sikh nation’s collective birthday.

Vaisakhi open air celebrations in Handsworth Park is a free family event open to all members of the community and includes Sikh cultural activities, children’s inflatable play area, arts and crafts exhibitions and sports and entertainment

There is a Langar area (marquee in which free food is served) which is an important part of the Sikh faith with food being prepared by the various Gurdwaras (places of worship) from across Birmingham and the Black Country.  There is also an area for worship (Darbar) which is an important focal point, this is open to all communities to visit and understand the Sikh faith.


The event celebrates the birth of Sikh Khalsa. On this day in April 1699, The Tenth and last Guru Ji handed over his spiritual authority to a body of his followers.


The event is based on pillars of the Sikh faith

  • Celebrating honest hard work
  • Sikhs sharing with their brothers and sisters from around the world the almighty spirit’s bounty.
  • The oneness of creation and its joyful celebration through hymns and prayers

The event also showcases a sizable part of thirds sector work in the region, from health projects to energy saving. They also partner with companies that want to promote ethical products and services. Vaisakhi celebrations are cigarette and alcohol free.

  • The largest Asian Festival in Europe
  • Strong community values
  • Celebrating Community Cohesion
  • Welcoming up to 100,000 people on the day
  • Reaching up to 500,000 through official event brochure, radio and TV coverage by media partnerships.
  • Not for profit









International Dance Festival Birmingham


Sunday 1 –  Sunday 22 May 2016  




The award-winning International Dance Festival Birmingham, every other year, takes over the streets and squares of Birmingham with four consecutive weeks of dance

This biennial event, co-produced by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome,  features an eclectic and jam-packed programme bursting with world-class performers, unique international collaborations, premieres, new commissions and a range of participatory opportunities  in venues across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Three weeks of dance in May 2016 will reinforce the festival’s international reputation, with a hugely varied programme of dance performances from some of the most acclaimed international artists and exciting opportunities for the public to get involved

rom intimate to large scale, on established stages to unusual and outdoor spaces, IDFB 2016 promises to get Birmingham dancing again! The programme will present an amazing variety of dance styles from contemporary, classical, hip hop, and flamenco, to a special three days South Asian dance focused programme.

2016 highlights include international dance companies on Birmingham Hippodrome’s main stage, DanceXchange’s Patrick Centre, The Crescent Theatre, The Birmingham Rep and Warwick Arts Centre.

The festival’s headline outdoor presentation for 2016 will be The Machine Show, a dance-circus spectacular with live music by French rock dance band Rinôçérôse, Salah (France) and Melanie Lomoff (France).



City of Colours Street Art


18 June 2016




City of Colours Street Art Festival is one of the UK’s largest celebrations of graffiti, street art and urban culture. This multi-cultural, award-winning event, brings together communities from across the city and wider, transforming the area into one of the world’s largest outdoor art galleries, and what’s more it’s FREE!

They have invited over 120 street artists to join them to paint, draw and exhibit their work on as many walls and other canvases as they can find! The event will be a platform for promoting emerging talent alongside more established artists.

An event for all the family, the festival will be spread over 15 venues, with ten music stages, a large range of exciting performances and participatory activities, huge market hall and a range of tasty street food. Everyone will have the chance to get involved.

They will be bringing you ten music stages, hosted by some of Birmingham’s biggest promoters. There will be a diverse range of DJ’s and bands featuring live hip-hop, reggae, dub, jungle to jazz, funk, soul, drum n bass and much more

There will be a huge range of exciting performances from beat-boxers, b-boys and spoken word artists to rap battles and artists painting in live graffiti and illustration battles.

Cinema screenings, workshops in graffiti art, break-dance, DJing, spoken word, retro gaming, screen-printing, and our huge doodle wall will be available throughout the weekend for everyone to get involved in.

The market hall will be returning with local independents selling their creations, and our huge affordable art sale will ensure you can take a piece of City of Colours 2016 home with you.

The festival will reflect the vibrancy of its people and its places, bringing together different communities, family and friends of all ages to enjoy the electric atmosphere that is City of Colours!



Birmingham Caribbean Festival


June 2016 dates TBC



The Caribbean festival treats thousands of visitors to great food, taste-tingling rum punch and fresh tropical fruits and juices. – See more at: http://visitbirmingham.com/what-to-do/festivals-events/annual-events/june/birmingham-caribbean-festival/#sthash.RrcGZeK1.dpuf

Steel pans, drumming and zumba style Caribbean workshops, painting and photographic exhibitions and exotic cooking demonstrations, stimulating the full creative palate.

A mention of the Caribbean usually conjures up images of white soft sandy beaches and pristine waters. What this will bring you is Jamaican Jerk, Bajan Rum Punch, Trinidad & Tobago steel pans, reggae music, arts and crafts and an explosion of colours and exuberance.


Brindleyplace Dragonboat Festival


18 June 2016




The festival is regarded by many as the fundraising event for the business community in Birmingham 

The highly-competitive race involves up to 22 teams racing head to head. It takes place on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal at Brindleyplace, with rowers competing in a series of heats in traditional Chinese longboats from Pitcher and Piano, The Water’s Edge to the winning post at The NIA.

Now in its 17th year, the event promises to be bigger & better than ever as we aim to raise even more than in 2015, where we donated nearly £65,000 to Cure Leukaemia.

This highly-competitive event will take place on Saturday 18th June with 20 teams competing in the ultimate battle to become the best dragonboat paddlers in Birmingham – all whilst being in fancy dress.

In addition to the action along the canal, there will also be plenty of family-friendly entertainment for spectators and supporters to enjoy in Central Square & Oozells Square – all details to be announced very soon!

Have you got the best team in Brum? Enter here!



Brindleyplace Outdoor Film Festival


July 2016 dates tbc


The Brindleyplace Film Festival is back each July.Open to everyone, the Outdoor Film Festival showcases films suitable for family viewing, with the evening films screened at 6pm and two films shown on both Saturday and Sunday, the first at 11am and the second at 2pm.

A limited number of seat pads and blankets are available, provided by Brindleyplace. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own picnic blankets and arrive early to secure the best seating places.

The take-away menu for the Film Festival includes mini hotdogs from Café Opus, burritos, nachos and tortilla chips and dips from Chillacas, burgers from Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Thai green curry, satay chicken and spring rolls from Thai Edge.

Everyone attending the Film Festival is encouraged to check the schedule and film ratings before attending the event, to avoid disappointment and ensure suitability.



Birmingham Chilli Festival


September 2016 date: tbc


This free family event features a variety of stalls selling chilli-inspired food, along with live music, street entertainment and cooking demonstrations from Brindleyplace restaurants.






Black International Film Festival


25 -31 October 2016





The Birmingham Black International Film Festival (BIF Festival), celebrates music, live arts and education and provides a platform for practitioners and film makers to exhibit their creative talents.


The festival, is a one week infusion of industry parties, showcases, networking events, educational seminars and screenings as well as the star studded “MViSAs” Movie Video and Screen Awards. This Festival is unique as it is the only event of its kind in the UK.
Over the last 8 years the festival has grown into a well know established event in the city’s social calendar which continues to attract celebrities and individuals from across the UK and the world.  The Birmingham Black International Film Festival makes use of centrally located venues around the city, for ease of access. Most venues are situated within walking distance of New street train station or a short cab ride away. Apart from being perfectly located for accessibility, there is a selection of hotel accommodation to suit everyone’s taste, from 5 star to bed and breakfast. So why not stay at one of our partner hotels and receive up to 40% off accommodation.  Whilst you are here why not take advantage of the city’s diverse culture from great restaurants to historical monuments. Birmingham is indeed a beautiful city so come visit us at our festival and enjoy our City.





The Birmingham Literature Festival


6 – 15 October 2016


The Birmingham Literature Festival, formerly the Birmingham Book Festival, returns each autumn. The festival’s home, The Library of Birmingham brings an exciting programme to the masses.





Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair


Victoria Square, New Street & Centenary Square


Mid November – 22 December 2016(TBC)


he largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria and the centrepiece of the city’s festive event calendar returns to Birmingham each year in mid November for 5 weeks. Explore over 180 stalls selling gifts, jewellery, decorations, handmade toys, delicious German fare and of course the ever popular Glühwein!


Adjacent to the Frankfurt Christmas Market, the Christmas Craft Fair extends into Chamberlain Square where Birmingham’s own traders offer their own selection of beautifully hand-crafted items, created by local artisans.

Together these events bring a fabulous atmosphere to the city and an even better aroma!


10 things to do at the market

  1. Eat a German Bratwurst & Brezel
    German Bratwurst (white or red sausage) and Brezel are traditional German foods and are famous throughout the world. How the Bratwurst is served varies by region, but it is commonly served with a Brötchen (roll). The Brezel is type of bread and is particularly famous in South Germany and Austria. German speakers also call it “Laugenbrezel” (lyle pretzel).


  1. Have a hot Glühwein (mulled wine)
    Glühwein is a traditional and loved hot acoholic Christmas drink which is usually made of white and red wine and various spices such as cinnamon, cloves, lemon slices and aniseed. It is the perfect drink for a cold winter night.


  1. Indulge yourself with chocolaty Crêpes
    Although Crêpes are a traditional French dessert, they are one of the various food highlights of the German Christmas market. Topped with hot chocolate sauce or filled with banana, they are a must-do.


  1. Sing along with the singing moose
    Over the years, Birmingham’s singing Christmas moose (Chris Moose) has become a Christmas attraction in his own right. Located directly in front of the Council House entrance, the singing moose (Chris to his mates) guarantees a Christmassy atmosphere and a lot of fun for young and old.


  1. Get traditional Christmas decorations
    The traditional Christmas Craft Fair offers Christmas decorations and handcrafts. A wide range of candles, jewellery, Christmas tree decorations, tea, Christmas cards and much more – make it easy to find the right Christmas present for the one you love.


  1. Listen to traditional Carols & Christmas songs
    Carols in the City as well as daily bands on the Christmas market stage will create a romantic Christmas atmosphere. Enjoy a hot mug of Glühwein while listening to traditional Christmas song or great Jazz music.


  1. Drink a crisp German beer
    Enjoy a crisp German Beer with your Bratwurst, but please drink responsibly!


  1. Take a ride on the Carousel
    Take a one horse ride through the German Market on the fantastic ornate carousel. Hopefully you’ll be having so much fun you’ll be laughing as you go – Ho Ho Ho.


  1. Get a lovely wooly hat with bobbles
    “If the weather outside is frightful” get your mits on a delightful wooly hat from the market stalls.


  1. Soak up the Christmassy atmosphere
    There’s nothing more festive than the Frankfurt Market.  Soak up the yuletide spirit, goodwill to all men and joy to the world!



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