FOOD & DRiNK SPECiAl WEEkEND WiTH... of populAR VISuAl CulTuRE 13-15 November
Eye Candy Weekend of popular visual Culture P 4 - 18
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Boxxed, 104 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SR eyecandyfestival.co.uk | @EyeCandyFest Thursday 13 â€“ Saturday 15 November 2014 Area and Fused Magazineâ€™s very own annual celebration of illustration, artists and photographers returns to Birmingham in November and this year we are setting up camp in Digbeth, the creative hub of the city. The free event, that takes place over one evening and two days, celebrates the best of visual pop culture with one-off installations, street art, workshops, talks and performance.
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Daisy de Villeneuve talk and masterclass at Boxxed
For 2014 weâ€™ve invited fashionista favourite, Daisy de Villeneuve, whoâ€™ll be leading an illustration masterclass using one-off designs created exclusively for Eye Candy. The London-born artist has made a name for herself with funky felt-tip illustrations for clients including Top Shop, LVMH, Nike, Zac Posen and Vogue.
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fafi live draw & Masterclass at boxxed
Paris-based artist Fafi makes a rare visit to Birmingham, where she will make a bespoke wall-based mural for Eye Candy. Influenced by Japanese pop culture, Fafi creates illustrations of women which upset the stereotypical image of femininity. Her work has been used by big names such as Adidas and M.A.C. cosmetics, as well as music artists M.I.A, Lily Allen and Mark Ronson.
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miss led large-scale live draw boxxed
A welcome return to Eye Candy is Miss Led who produced her first major mural on a car park wall at last yearâ€™s event (pictured above). She is joined by Anna Garforth, who produced the stunning wooden Geo-Fox which is still on the side wall of Southsideâ€™s Loft Lounge bar. Both artists will create new large-scale works for the 2014 festival.
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Sam pierpoint 3d sculptures 13-15 october at Boxxed
Eye Candy 2014 includes installation and 3D design. The Guatemalanbased artist Muxxi will create a 1.8m tall fibreglass model, while 3D paper engineer Sam Pierpoint (pictured) brings large paper models of bugs to the walls of Boxxed. 09
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felt mistress 3d textile character 13-15 october at Boxxed
Much in demand textile artist Felt Mistress, whose latest collaboration with Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) and Monsterism creator Pete Fowler saw her character creation ‘John Evans’ star in Rhys’ latest video Lost Tribes, brings The Great Advisor; a three-metre tall character made of felt who can answer your deepest (or most trivial) problems.
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pymca street style photography 13-15 October at Boxxed A photography exhibition of streetstyle will give new insight into youth culture, presented in association with the photographic agency PYMCA.
Images by Paul Hartnett courtesy of PYMCA
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Brothers of the stripe large-scale mural and workshops 13-15 october at Boxxed
Visitors can witness the live creation of a large-scale mural over two days with Brothers of the Stripe, an all-male collective of illustrators and image makers, and there will be plenty of chances to have-a-go at creating your own artworks and prints alongside the group of 12.
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Over the 3 days visitors will get the chance to produce their own work, screen prints, photography and more with a selection of immersive and engaging workshops, talks and interventions with Girls Who Draw, Cachetejack, Camera Obscura, Column and Cut it Up. Eye Candy is curated by Fused and Area magazines. Co-curator Kerry O’Coy commented, “Eye Candy is about celebrating and giving due credit to the amazing skill and creativity of popular visual culture, be it illustration, graphic design, fashion, installation or street art. It is testament to the vibrant urban scene of Birmingham that we can attract artists from across the world, who will be creating one-off pieces for the weekend.” Image: Brothers of the Stripe at Eye Candy 12 by Claire Hartley
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camera obscura workshops 15 October at Boxxed Jenny and Pete of Birmingham Camera Obscura will be around to present their hands-on fun workshop that focuses on the basics of photography; teaching participants about the mechanics of cameras in a fun and interactive way. They provide the materials for you to make your own kit. bhamobscura.com
The Culture Cart Print workshops 14-15 october at Boxxed If youâ€™d like to have a go at printing then The Culture Cart will be around for two days to help you make your own piece of art to take away. For Eye Candy they are building a temporary print workshop with largescale woodblock printing. Theyâ€™ll also be bringing their print bike (a very cute mobile unit) that gives you the opportunity to make a small print really quickly and easily. No need to get too messy - unless you want to! theculturecart.co.uk
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cachetejack Tattoo workshops 14-15 october at Boxxed Nuria and Raquel of Cachetejack are heading to Birmingham with colour and fun on their minds and they’ll need YOU to be willing participants. The duo will be looking for arms and hands (or whatever else you are willing to give up) for their handpainted tattoo studio set up. Using paints and fresh designs you’ll get to choose what you’d like to adorn your person for a temporary inking. cachetejack.com
column photo workshops 14-15 october at Boxxed Column Arts Agency bring together their pool of talent to present a unique exhibition combining photography and live illustration. The team will be creating one-of-a-kind portraits of dancers which they will then turn in to pieces of art with each artist manipulating the image with their individual illustration style. The team will also be turning their hands to visitor portraits by setting up a photo booth with a difference: get your picture taken and then see what the artists do to turn it in to a personalised one-off piece to take away. columnartsagency.co.uk
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EYE CANDY WORKSHOPS 13-15 october at Boxxed Throughout the event Eye Candy will be hosting a series of fun workshops and interventions. Lewis Moran will present a photo booth with a difference - join him for a unique portrait that you won’t get the opportunity to have again.
girls who draw print workshops 13-15 october at Boxxed Girls Who Draw present ‘Marine Life’ exploring life above and under the sea with a series of screen printing activities and drawing workshops. For their drop-in workshop on Friday you’ll get to use hand cut stencils to experiment with screen print layers of different colours to produce a piece of your own marine inspired art. On Saturday they will create a series of marine habitats with colourful coral reefs, kelp forests and sea grass meadows. Then throughout the day they will be drawing the inhabitants such as exotic fish, flying sea birds, swimming sea mammals, quirky crustaceans and scaly reptiles. Come and add sea creatures of your own or do some large scale colouring and help bring the scenes to life. girlswhodraw.wordpress.com 018
Hayley Warnham and Laura Gottlieb will be inviting you to ‘Cut It Up’ with their Saturday workshop inspired by Matisse. Strange sounds will be heard via Dazeray’s 3D monsters who will be having ‘A Friendly Conversation’ throughout the entire event. Live music and art will collide with artist Patrick Simkins and French music producer MiM who will invite you to take part in an interactive collaborative performance which explores how technology has become a barrier between an event and how we experience it. For more information about times and schedules for Eye Candy please visit eyecandyfestival.co.uk
Black Country Echoes Festival
blackcountryechoes.org.uk | @BCechoes Until January 2015 27 exhibitions and 87 events in over 25 Black Country Venues make up the fourmonth Black Country Echoes Festival. As a region that is still home to the highest density of manufacturing output in the UK, the Black Country has been responsible for the production of some of the world’s most ubiquitous products. Exploring how this industrial heritage has shaped the built, social, cultural and economic landscape to create the distinctive character of the Black Country, the festival brings to life this globally influential region and its communities, through a programme of arts and photography exhibitions, heritage days, tours and canal boat trips, film screenings, live music, vintage events and classic car weekends and much more besides. Taking in venues across Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley the varied and diverse programme looks at links between the Black Country’s industrial landscape and Tolkien’s fantasy fiction at Wolverhampton Art Gallery with ‘The Making of Mordor’. Examples of Tolkien’s drawings and fictional visions will be presented alongside contemporary works by Olafur Eliasson, Richard Billingham, Euripides Altintzoglou, Brian Griffin and Tolkien and Game of Thrones illustrator Ted Nasmith, together with the earlier industrial visions of fantasy author Mervyn Peake, best known for his Gormenghast trilogy, but who also painted the glassblowers of Smethwick’s Chance Bros. factory; and 20th century artists Edward Wadsworth, Edwin Butler Bayliss, Clive Arthur Gardiner and Michael Ayrton.
The New Art Gallery Walsall will present ‘Black Country Stories’ by Magnum Photographer Martin Parr while the Light House will present large-scale projections of the region’s extraordinarily rich photography archive, including rarely seen work by Nick Hedges, John Bulmer, Peter Donnelly and Water colour Artist Arthur Lockwood. A region-wide film and cinema programme will also take place from until December, featuring films such as Ken Loach’s Spirit of ‘45; archive footage of everything from manufacturing processes inside the region’s major factories; news reels documenting visits to the Black Country by the Queen; and cinematic blockbusters including The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Emerging filmmaker Billy Dosange’s Year Zero: Black Country examines contemporary immigration in the Black Country, in particularly focusing on Smethwick’s South East Asian communities. The legacy of pollution and ‘re-greening’ of the Black Country will also be explored through an artist-led project by the collective MADE In their project focusing on the history of the River Tame. The festival will also see a special series of weekend events, including classic car shows, bringing together a host of rare, classic and collectible cars, motorbikes and buses manufactured in the Black Country; Dress Up Decades vintage events celebrating the local fashions, music and entertainment of the 40s to the 70s, art trails and history tours. 021
Voices of War
BIRMINGHAM PEOPLE 1914-19 The Gallery, Library of Birmingham libraryofbirmingham.com | @LibraryofBham Until 31 December 2014 Showing how the First World War was experienced by the people of Birmingham the Library’s latest season draws on its own rich archive, photography and special collections. Focusing on the stories of local men, women and children, the exhibition explores a number of themes including the experiences of men on the Front, the war’s impact on children and families, the contribution of black and Asian soldiers, the role of women on the Home Front, Birmingham’s industrial support for the war effort, and debates around patriotism and pacifism in the city. The exhibition will be complemented by a programme of talks and events, online resources, and an accompanying book. Poetry and conflict with Beatfreeks 28 October, 2pm-5pm Half day poetry writing workshop for young people. Foreign Fields with The Play House 31 October, 2pm -4pm Theatre in education participatory performance on the First World War for children aged 8-11. Voices of War Family Craft Workshops 28 October and 29 November, 11am-1pm With craft activities on the theme of the First World War. 023
Norman Soper (best pot leek), Sandwell Show ÂŠ Martin Parr / Magnum Photos. Black Country Stories 2010 to 2014, commissioned by Multistory.
Martin Parr Black Country Stories New Art Gallery Walsall thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk | @newartgallery 4 October - 11 January 2015
Over the last four years documentary photographer, Martin Parr, has created a unique photographic portrait and archive of life in the Black Country through photography, film and oral histories. Making visits to Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley and meeting a wide range of local people Parr has taken in shops and markets, places of worship, football grounds, factories, pubs and clubs, dances and parties, cafés and restaurants, dog training classes, summer fêtes and street parties celebrating the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee. Four specially commissioned films offer a fascinating insight into Teddy Gray’s Sweet Factory in Dudley; the world of Black Country pigeon fancying; Stourbridge’s Tudor Crystal and the coach holiday company JR Holyhead, based in Willenhall. Commissioned by Multistory, working in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Parr captured both the traditional and modern aspects of life in the Black Country photographing tanneries, leather and spring factories, drop forge and ironmongery factories and made portraits of the people that keep these industries alive. Combining the rich diverse cultures, images in the archive include the vibrant social scene in pubs, working men’s clubs and nightclubs; traditional Black Country foods from gray peas to faggots, and the many curry restaurants. A publication published by Dewi Lewis accompanies the exhibition priced £30. 025
Lloyd Austins, Ions Determine, acrylic, spray paint, collage, gold leaf, oil and oil stick on canvas, 150x140cm, 2012 Determine ÂŠ Lloyd Austins
West Midlands Open
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery bmag.org.uk | @BM_AG 25 October – 15 February 2015
Long has Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery celebrated the diversity of its cultural landscape. The turn of the season finds no exception, with an exhibition of the region’s finest emerging and established artists, hosted at sister venue The Gas Hall. Boasting a selection of 81 works, including sculpture, film, printmaking, drawing and painting, West Midlands Open, a competition presented biennially and in partnership with Wolverhampton Art Gallery, promises to either delight or disappoint, depending on your personal tastes and exposing great art to people across the Midlands and beyond. The event is free – there’s one great reason to turn up and get involved. Another is the opportunity to purchase affordable, original art, and house it within your very own walls. The wonderful thing about art is that it speaks to us, and when it does, it always has something new to say, no matter how long it stays with you. Since establishing itself as an independent, city wide trust, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has had the freedom to strengthen its commitment to not only supporting regional artists, but fostering a love within the community for art itself. While the exhibition is sure to house a rabble of subjective controversy and conflict (and so it should) it is nevertheless a unique opportunity for both artists, those who love art – and for those who have very little to do with it – to become immersed in the world of vision, canvas, and colour. The event comes round every other year, and yet every time it’s unique. For this reason alone, it seems worth going along to. HC
Longbridge Light Festival longbridgelightfestival.co.uk 24-25 October
The theme for the first ever Longbridge Light Festival is ‘Back to the Future’, and probably not because it will include lots of hover-boards and bullying in the 1950s (it might though, artists are weird). When Longbridge was a centre of industry and some of the actual car manufacturing was done in the UK, it was a thriving part of Birmingham. So many locals worked there; like Cadbury and Bournville, it felt like a central part of Birmingham, an integral part of the mechanism that made the city move, even if sometimes it lurched in an erratic manner, but of course then it was sold to some global multi-national corporation with lots of shareholders who saw it only as numbers in a column. And even more of course, when it was sold the city didn’t implode, or worse fizzle out, and become a wasteland with the doors still swinging on their hinges after everyone made a mad dash to London.
Longbridge is still going and there’s more desire than ever to turn it into an area that is known for more than just the ghost of its manufacturing past.
As part of the Longbridge Public Art Project, the Light Festival, which takes place over Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October, is a symbol of the regeneration that is hoped for in Longbridge. Artists Chris Poolman and Elizabeth Rowe are curating the Light Festival, which is an attempt to make Longbridge a destination – the inaugural festival is hoped to be the first of many. With a quirky and family friendly theme, this festival should really capture the spirit of regeneration. Looking back at the same time as forward means the community of the area won’t be lost in a haze of arty ‘happenings’ and the festival intends to welcome everyone to reclaim their Longbridge from depressing headlines and job losses. With loads of activities suitable for children, the people who are set to be the real future of the area will be getting involved with the regeneration at a grass roots level. There are a number of events across the project to take part in on Saturday 25 October, starting from 5pm.
Science Fiction River Rea Valley cycle route, 5-7pm Northfield (Mill Lane) to Longbridge (Tessall Lane) Part of the Rea Valley cycle route will be illuminated in lo-fi style by art work created by students from local schools and community groups. You can walk or cycle the route to take in the exciting and very special effects. Lantern Parade, 6pm Bournville College Conference Centre to Austin Park The Longbridge Light Festival Lantern Parade has been created by artist Ruth Claxton in collaboration with students from Turves Green Girls School. As if by the magic, the lantern sculptures appear unlit until an outside source – like a torch or the flash of your phone’s camera – lights them up. Students from the school will also be wearing a range of ‘wearable lanterns’ they’ve created in the run up to the festival. Remember our future?, 7pm & 8:30pm Greenlands Social Club & Longbridge town centre The strongest man in Longbridge will be conducting a vision of our future in this event, which takes place at two different times to allow as many people as possible to get involved. Artist Allie Rutherford will be asking the audience to help create this vision and it doesn’t matter what your memory’s like.
Window display competition, 6-10pm Longbridge town centre & around the area If you want to get involved with this one you’ll need to start planning as soon as possible. For cash prizes, people will be interpreting the Back to the Future theme in their own front windows. Whether it’s all about the film for you, or more local to Longbridge, get your creative juices flowing and start planning your design. Community groups will also be getting involved and the town centre will be awash with futuristic and sci-fi themed creations in the windows of local businesses. Making workshops, 6-9pm Bournville College, ‘The Street’ There will also be a load of workshops aimed at all the family, so you can get creative and involved in the festival. All the workshops are free and suitable for all ages. Who needs hover-boards anyway? SWJ
The OxjamBrum Takeover Festival oxjambrum.org.uk | @OxjamBrum 18 October
The sixth annual Oxjam Birmingham music festival takes over venues throughout the city with over 60 acts playing14 hours of live music. The festival, which is part of a national initiative conducted by renowned international charity Oxfam, is run entirely by volunteers. Priding itself on putting on the most exciting new talent in some of the best venues the city has to offer this year’s line-up includes: Curb, Byron Hare, Modern Minds, Jet Pack, Iris, The Mighty Young, Steady Hands, Establishment, Haze, Abel Gray, Dantanna, Lauren Pryke and Alex Moir (pictured). This year’s venues are: The Flapper, The Sunflower Lounge, The Oobleck, Talk, 6/8 Kafe and Island Bar. In addition to this, secret sets will also be held on the Frederick Canal Barge and in Left For Dead Records at the Custard Factory. After parties will take place at both The Flapper and Island Bar featuring DJ sets from Kerrang’s Johnny Doom, Victories at Sea and Dantics. Since 2009, over £50,000 has been raised for Oxfam’s life saving campaign, emergency and development work through the OxjamBrum Takeover Festival and supporting events. 033
The Institute mamacolive.com/theinstitute 24 October It’s just under 10 years since Annie Clark decided to call time on her membership in Polyphonic Spree, move on tour with multi-instrumentalist indie darling Sufjan Stevens and create alter ego St. Vincent. Walking on stage to support Sufjan Stevens all those years ago – a slight figure and hugging a guitar three quarters her size – it seemed unlikely that the music unleashed would be enough to collectively punch the crowd in the face. St. Vincent’s set has grown since then; a full band, a host of instruments to sonically push the boundaries of your aggressively funky bits and a bold collection of futuristic clothing contribute to the change. There has also been four solo albums and one collaborative effort with Talking Heads’s David Byrne. Each has been more progressive and exciting than its predecessor. Stating with 2007s pleasantly indie Marry Me, Clark worked through to 2011s accomplished, mature, passionately desperate and oddly funky Strange Mercy then fizzed into this year’s St. Vincent. This latest effort is described by Clark as: “A party record you could play at a funeral.” It’s been one hell of a rise; from Polyphonic Spree to headlining festivals across the world, grabbing rave reviews and front page inches. However, for the moment Annie Clark hasn’t found herself besieged in the UK as in her US homeland. And that is a great thing for getting tickets to this sonic, diminutive, futuristic funk machine. But oh Annie Clark, how far you’ve come. IS 035
BONFIRE NIGHT For a brief period of my life I was bored of fireworks. Can you imagine that? The sheer perverse cynicism at shrugging off a sky of coloured fire and sparkles with a world weary ‘meh’? It’s not my fault I had no desire to attain such hipster heights – I worked as a security guard for a week in Victoria Square while Peugeot launched a car, every night would end with a massive firework display and, by repetition, I got jaded. It didn’t help it was my job to stop the public from using the roped off launch area as an explody short-cut, which a surprising amount of people did 036want to do.
The only people who wouldn’t and don’t get bored of seeing fireworks every night are the technicians, and every single one of them are loon pyrobugs that dance with glee whenever they spark a lighter, let alone thousands of pounds worth of explosives. Of course now I enjoy the fireworks and find nothing more appropriate than celebrating the capture and torture of a catholic terrorist over four hundred years ago than to set huge fires alight and watch the night sky glitter and bang. Bonfire night is more than that though, it’s a connection to our primal selves, the part of us that fears the winter and even though we know we can’t scare it away, we can make as much noise and fire as we can, tell it we’re not scared. We’re ready. Here you have three real options... Get High Not like that, well, that’s none of our business. But we mean physically not chemically. Head to somewhere like the Lickey Hills, Clent Hills or any other big hills, with a bottle of wine and a couple of blankets, settle into a quiet spot and watch the landscape fizz and burn. Pros: Cheap and romantic. Cons: A small chance of meeting drugs dealers or doggers in the more remote spots (tip: doggers and dealers are like spiders, their more scared of you than you are of them scoop them up in a glass with a bit of card over the top and walk away.) DIY Find a friend with the least flammable garden, pool your money and buy as many explosives as you can afford, find someone relatively sober, and watch from behind your fingers as they inevitably break every single rule you learnt watching horrific PSA ads from the eighties. Pros: Exciting, convenient, and appeals to the loon pyrobug inside all of us. Cons: Expensive, inevitably dangerous, and can annoy your neighbours. Go Out Find an organised display. They vary in degrees of quality but the bigger professional ones are worth the money, and its more satisfying to do you ‘ooooh’ing and ‘ahhhhh’ing with a crowd right? Pros: More bang for your buck, no cleaning up, being with members of your community. Cons: Boringly safe and mixing with the public. DS 037
Organised Fireworks and bonfire events... 1 November Fireworks, Tamworth Castle Fireworks spectacular in the grounds at 8pm. Free entrance to the grounds for fireworks display paid entry to prefireworks Castle events 1 November Solihull Round Table Fireworks Display Tudor Grange Park, B91 3LU Display starts 6.30pm roundtablefireworks.org.uk 1 November Blists Hill Fireworks, Shropshire Gates open 6pm. Fireworks at 7.30pm Tickets: £9.50 adults, £6.25 children aged 3-15 years and £29 for a family of 4. 1 November Moseley Sparks in the Dark and funfair, Birmingham Wheelers Lane, Billesley, B13 0ST 5-10pm. Fireworks 7pm Tickets: £5 adult; £2 child and £10 family of 4
1 & 2 November Fireworks Extravaganza, Drayton Manor Park and rides open from 9.30am; Fireworks spectacular set to music over the lake at 7pm Tickets Adults and children over 12 £25; child 4-11years £20; child aged 2-3 £5 and under 2 free. 5 November Pype Hayes Park, Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham 5pm to 10pm Free entry 5 November No Bangs traditional Bonfire Night, Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove Gates open at 6.30pm. Bonfire lit at7pm Tickets: Adults & Children £4 8 November Bonfire & Fireworks at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire Time: Gates open 4.30pm; bonfire lit 70m. Event ends 9pm. 8 November Himley Bonfire & Fireworks , Himley Hall, Dudley Gates open at 4.30pm, Bonfire lit 7.45pm, Fireworks 8.30pm
Tis the season to be gruesome what with Halloween, Dia de los Muertos and BonďŹ re Night all hot on our tails. And what better way to celebrate than with some disgustingly good drinks?
The most obvious cocktail for this season is perhaps the Zombie. Invented by Don the beachcomber back in the 1930s, this drink is legendary as rumour is it was created for a hungover customer, which turned him into a zombie-like state for several days. Due to its infamy and ingredients that include several different kinds of rum, many bars will claim to limit the number of these cocktails to customers. Given the Zombie was said to kick start the Tiki movement, it comes as no surprise the best places to sample this heady rum concoction are the Tiki-tastic Island bar on Suffolk St and the Prince of wales’ Mo-Tiki bar (Moseley), which will even flame your drink.
The Victoria on John Bright St is always a great place for a party and with plenty of festive drinks already on the menu, including the Evil Monkey - a delicious mix of Monkey Shoulder whisky stirred with apricot and peach bitters, Death by Jack, Lucifer’s Cherry and Violet Tendencies, it’ll be worth getting your fancy dress ready and ear to the ground for what they’ve got up their sleeves.
If the living dead isn’t for you, then perhaps celebrating Mexico’s Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is more up your street. Kicking off with a threeday celebration, Peel & Stone on Water Street will be hosting a four-course traditional Mexican informal dinner on Thursday 30 October. Meanwhile, The Church on Great Hampton St will be hosting a Bring Your Own Pumpkin night with a competition for the best carving and plenty of pumpkin themed cocktails. They’ll be following up with a Halloween party hosted by Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45) with support from Carl Finn (Soul Food Soundsystem); it’ll be a night to dress to kill with trick or treat and tequila specials.
Bitters and Twisted’s Latin American bar, bodega, will be another place to be on the Day of the Dead. With killer parties in previous years and aptly named tequila-laden drinks like Dia De Los Murtos, El Diablo and Lady killer already on the menu, this is bound to be a great night out.
If Bonfire Night is more your thing then Birmingham positively sparkles with fizz cocktails. Lost & Found on Bennetts Hill has a range of sparkling cocktails, with the Pear affair’s mix of pear liqueur, orange bitters, sugar and champagne being a particular favourite. Of course, if you’re looking for somewhere up high to enjoy the sights of the city and any fireworks on displays, then perhaps enjoying a glass of bubbly at Laurent Perrier Champagne bar in the Marco Pierre White Bar and Grill, situated on the 25th floor of the Cube is the way to go.
However, if you’re planning your own shindig at home, there are a few simple tricks to provide plenty of treats for your Halloween themed drinks. Create eyeball garnishes using peeled lychees stuffed with blueberries, perfect for a lychee martini. Soaking gummy bears or worms in vodka for around 3 – 5 days make a naughty but fun addition to fruit punches. If you’re looking for something to decorate your drinks glasses, then running the rim of glasses through grenadine followed by granulated sugar will make for a ghoulishly fun garnish. Happy Halloween / Dia de los Muertos / Bonfire Night! FTTb
october events Friday 3 October ART 6.00pm Digbeth First Friday Eastside Projects, A3 Projects, Grand Union and surrounding galleries
Birmingham Literature Festival 2014 2 - 11 October 2014 Library of Birmingham The Birmingham Literature Festival is back with a ten day take-over of the fabulous Library of Birmingham. Launching on National Poetry Day (2 October) poet and novelist Jackie Kay will kick off the festival in style. This year’s stellar line-up includes Meera Syal, Owen Jones, Sathnam Sanghera, Jackie Kay, Roger McGough, Stephen Knight, Janet Suzman, Sophie Hannah and many more. The festival also promises a Shakespeare flash-mob, ghost stories after dark and an evening re-telling the tales of Chaucer. 044
Fierce Festival 2014 2 – 12 October Various Locations wearefierce.org Fierce Festival returns with a programme of live art, performance and projects across Birmingham that will include the works of local, national and international artists to challenge expectations and presumptions. Croatian artist Dina Rončević leads Car Deconstructions at Eastside Projects in Digbeth, in which seven local girls aged 10-12 will learn basic car mechanics. In Eat the Street, a group of local 12-year-olds will become restaurant critics, inviting you to dine with them whilst they offer up brutally honest opinions on food & service.
SPOKEN WORD 6.00pm Wake Up Happy with Stephen May Library of Birmingham SPOKEN WORD 6.00pm Dannan Swanton Book Launch The Old Library COMEDY 7.00pm 3 Course Comedy Le Truc Cafe LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Johnny Foreigner The Flapper
Saturday 4 October
Sunday 5 October
FASHION 11.00am The Vintage Kilo Sale The Custard Factory
ART 11.00am Craft Market mac
SPOKEN WORD 2.00pm Letters to the Midwife Library of Birmingham
Monday 6 October
COMEDY 8.00pm Mark Watson: Flaws mac
SPOKEN WORD 6.00pm Steven Knight: Writing Peaky Blinders Library of Birmingham
Wednesday 8 October
SPOKEN WORD 7.30pm The Urban Sermon: Owen Jones Birmingham Cathedral Friday 10 October
COMEDY 8.00pm Tommy Tiernan Town Hall SPOKEN WORD 8.00pm Roger McGough with Liz Berry : As Far As I Know Library of Birmingham
LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Jake Bugg Civic Hall & 7/10 Tuesday 7 October COMEDY 7.00pm David Oâ€™Doherty Glee Club
COMEDY 7.00pm Al Murray the Pub Landlord: One Man, One Guvnor Civic Hall 045
october events Saturday 11 October WORKSHOP 10.00am Intro to Printmaking Birmingham Printmakers WORKSHOP 10.00am Birmingham Record Fair The Custard Factory Sunday 12 October EVENT 11.00am Wedding Fayre Highbury Hall SPOKEN WORD 4.00pm Book Launch: Double Exposures Ikon Gallery Monday 13 October THEATRE 7.00pm The Best Of BE Festival Birmingham Rep Tuesday 14 October LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Lady Gaga, The NIA 046
COMEDY 7.00pm Tom Stade Glee Club Thursday 16 October
LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Johnny Marr Civic Hall
EVENT 4.00pm Birmingham Oktoberfest Cannon Hill Park
COMEDY 8.00pm Miranda Hart The NIA
COMEDY 7.00pm Comedy Carousel: Andy Robinson, Mark Olver, Carl Donnelly Glee Club Friday 17 October
Saturday 18 October WORKSHOP 10.00am Summer & Autumn Screen Printing Birmingham Printmakers
EVENT 4.00pm Birmingham Oktoberfest Suitable for under 18s Cannon Hill Park
WORKSHOP 10.00am Fabric Manipulation Winterbourne House & Garden
EVENT 10.00am Autumn Bulb Display Botanical Gardens
LIVE MUSIC 7.30pm BCMG - Field Notes CBSO Centre
EVENT 2.00pm Birmingham Oktoberfest Cannon Hill Park
Thursday 23 October
Sunday 19 October FASHION 12.00pm Vintage Fair Wulfrun Hall EVENT 2.00pm Birmingham Oktoberfest Cannon Hill Park
COMEDY 7.00pm Mark Steel’s Back in Town Wulfrun Hall SPOKEN WORD 7.30pm John Cooper Clarke Town Hall Friday 24 October
MUSIC 5.00pm Come Vinyl With Me Fletchers
COMEDY 7.00pm Robert Newman´s New Theory of Evolution Slade Rooms
Saturday 25 October DANCE 1.00pm UK B-Boy Championships 2014 Knock Out Jam O2 Academy 2 ART 6.00pm Longbridge Light Festival Bournville College COMEDY 7.00pm Roger Monkhouse, Paul Myrehaug, Geoff Norcott Jongleurs Comedy Club LIVE MUSIC 7.30pm Misty’s Big Adventure, Kate Goes The Actress & Bishop Sunday 26 October
LIVE MUSIC 6.30pm St Vincent The Institute
EVENT 10.30am Food Market mac Indulge your culinary desires as mac birmingham continues to celebrate the art of food with a monthly 047
october events food market, featuring a host of local artisan producers covering coffee to chocolate and cheese to chutneys. Also 20 Nov & 21 Dec DANCE 3.00pm UK B-Boy Championships 2014 World Final O2 Academy 2 COMEDY 6.45pm Shappi Khorsandi Glee Club LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Black Lips, Plague Vendor, The Castillians The Oobleck at Alfie Birds
COMEDY 7.30pm Jon Richardson: Nidiot Birmingham Hippodrome 048
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Workshops Birmingham Rep
HALLOWEEN WORKSHOP 10.00am & 1pm & 3pm Halloween Make Up Workshops Birmingham Rep
LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Nerina Pallot Glee Club
HALLOWEEN EVENT 10.00am Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins Selly Manor LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Jungle The Institute Tuesday 28 OctobeR WORKSHOP 10.00am Dream Lantern Workshops Wednesday 29 October
COMEDY 7.15pm Milton Jones Artrix Thursday 30 October HALLOWEEN EVENT 9.30am Halloween Kitchen Beckett’s Farm WORKSHOP 10.00am Dream Lantern Workshops Birmingham Rep HALLOWEEN EVENT 10.30am Halloween Art Workshop Solihull Arts Complex
HALLOWEEN EVENT 9.30am Halloween Kitchen Beckett’s Farm
EVENT 10.30am & 12.30 Big Fun - Town Hall History Hunt Town Hall
HALLOWEEN EVENT 10.00am & 1pm & 3pm Halloween Make Up
HALLOWEEN EVENT 11.00am
Halloween Funday Botanical Gardens WORKSHOP 1.00pm Big Fun - Shlomo Beatbox Workshop Suitable for under 18s Symphony Hall HALLOWEEN EVENT 1.30pm Halloween Dance Session Solihull Arts Complex WORKSHOP 2.00pm Dream Lantern Workshops Suitable for under 18s Birmingham Rep SPOKEN WORD 5.00pm Book Club Urban Coffee Company
FILM 7.30pm International Ocean Film Festival Suitable for under 18s Crescent Theatre Friday 31 October HALLOWEEN EVENT 9.30am Halloween Kitchen Beckett’s Farm HALLOWEEN EVENT 12.00pm Freaky Friday Aston Hall FILM 12.00pm Caravan of Film Suitable for under 18s mac HALLOWEEN EVENT 6.00pm Halloween Story Night Martineau Gardens
COMEDY An Evening With Noel Fielding Wolverhampton Civic Hall wolvescivic.co.uk Fielding’s kitsch and warped take on comedy has seen him perform in venues all over the world, win numerous awards and appear on TV shows but it is surely his weird, wonderful and wacky world of The Mighty Boosh and Luxury Comedy that showcase his full crazy talent. So thank goodness that he’ll be supported with the loose stylings of Mike Fielding (Naboo/ Smooth) and the physical lunacy of Tom Meeton (The Mighty Boosh/ Oram & Meeton) to make sure a touch of the magic is brought to the live stage. HALLOWEEN EVENT 7.00pm Ghost Stories by M R James and Halloween Disco Highbury Hall
COMEDY 7.00pm Rich Hall’s Hoedown Wulfrun Hall
HALLOWEEN EVENT 7.00pm Halloween Crown Punks
Reunion! Adam And Eve
PERFORMANCE 9.30pm Dressing Up and Going HALLOWEEN EVENT Out with Miss Pearl & 7.30pm Miss Mac Halloween Silent Movie: A3 Project Space The Cat and the Canary Saturday 1 Town Hall This 1927 American November silent black comedy gets a screening alongside live WORKSHOP organ accompaniment 10.00am & 2.00pm from Nigel Ogden for the Dream Lantern Town Hall’s spooky but Workshops fun annual Halloween Suitable for under 18s Birmingham Rep offering. LIVE MUSIC 7.30pm Superfood, Honeyblood The Oobleck at Alfie Birds
WORKSHOP 10.00am Silk Screen & Textile Printing Birmingham Printmakers
THEATRE 7.45pm Frankenstein The Blue Orange Theatre
LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Klaxons O2 Academy 2
COMEDY 8.00pm Ross Noble: Tangentleman New Alexandra Theatre HALLOWEEN EVENT 8.00pm Halloween Fancy Dress Party The Flapper
COMEDY 8.00pm Ross Noble: Tangentleman New Alexandra Theatre
Sunday 2 November EVENT 11.00am Craft Market mac FILM 2.00pm Film Club: Matilda Library of Birmingham
Monday 3 November COMEDY 6.45pm Rich Hall’s Hoedown Glee Club Wednesday 5 November
LIVE MUSIC 7.30pm Paolo Nutini LG Arena Thursday 6 November EVENT 9.30am Crafts for Christmas & 051
november events Hobbycrafts The NEC LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Band of Skulls, Bo Ningen The Institute LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Motรถrhead The NIA COMEDY 7.00pm Comedy Carousel: Andy Robinson, Michael Legge, Gary Delaney Glee Club Friday 7 November
COMEDY 8.00pm John Bishop The NIA Saturday 8 November WORKSHOP 10.00am Introduction to 052
Reduction Lino Printing Birmingham Printmakers
JQ Comedy Night Rose Villa Tavern Wednesday 12 November COMEDY 7.30pm Laughing Cows Kitchen Garden Cafe
LIVE MUSIC 6.30pm La Roux The Institute
Thursday 13 November
LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Neville Staple Band The Oobleck at Alfie Birds COMEDY 7.00pm Paul Myrehaug, Harriet Dyer, Michael Legge, Gary Delaney Glee Club Monday 10 November LIVE MUSIC 7.30pm Paloma Faith Symphony Hall Tuesday 11 November COMEDY, 8.00pm
Eye Candy (Pic: Felt Mistress) 13-15 November Venues throughout Southside and Boxxed, Floodgate St, Digbeth eyecandyfestival.co.uk Back for a third year Eye Candy lightens and brightens the streets of Southside with a programme of
events including live art, installation, workshops, new commissions and more. The programme will be available online soon but expect to see beautiful artworks in unusual places from renowned illustrators and photographers that span the globe. THEATRE 10.00am & 1.30pm Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre THEATRE 2.00pm & 7pm Othello Birmingham Rep COMEDY 7.00pm Comedy Carousel: Andy Robinson, Rob Deering, Damian Clark Glee Club LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Jamie T O2 Academy 2 About Town 13 – 16 November, 4pm - 10pm daily Multiple venues around Hurst Street, Southside,
Birmingham Free birminghamhippodrome. com/AboutTown About Town is an exhibition of international video art in Birmingham’s Southside district that will showcase a wide variety of free night-screenings by artists from the UK and abroad, in unusual urban spaces. New commissions inspired by their location, alongside pieces from Ikon’s recent programme, will explore everyday city life and reflect on how we shape and are shaped by our surroundings. About Town audiences will intersperse their artistic experiences with short walks through streets brimming with local interest. Friday 14 NovembeR
Little, Susan Murray, Gordon Southern Jongleurs Comedy Club
THEATRE 10.00am & 1.30pm Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre
SPOKEN WORD 10.00am Love Letters & Lehman Brothers Library of Birmingham
COMEDY 7.00pm Alex Boardman, Gary
COMEDY 7.00pm John Moloney, Andy White, Rob Deering, Damian Clark Glee Club THEATRE 7.30pm Othello Birmingham Rep Saturday 15 November WORKSHOP 10.00am Silver Ring Jewellery Workshop Museum of the Jewellery Quarter WORKSHOP 10.00am Introduction to Etching with Copper Birmingham Printmakers
november events Vintage and Craft Fayre and Bournville Farmers’ Market Rowheath Pavilion Sunday 16 November
Tuesday 18 November
EVENT 11.00am Craft Fair & Carols Botanical Gardens
Wednesday 19 November THEATRE 10.00am Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre
EVENT 11.00am Sutton Vintage & Arts Fair Sutton Coldfield Town Hall EVENT 5.00pm Highbury Hall by Candlelight Highbury Hall
THEATRE 10.00am & 1.30pm Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre
Thursday 20 November THEATRE 10.00am Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre
MUSIC 5.00pm Come Vinyl With Me Fletchers Monday 17 November THEATRE 10.00am & 1.30pm Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre
LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm The Computers Sunflower Lounge COMEDY 7.00pm Paul Thorne, Owen
O’Neill, Robin Morgan, Matthew Osborn Glee Club LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Courteeners O2 Academy 2 LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm The Specials Civic Hall Coventry legends THE SPECIALS 2014 tour sees them celebrate five years since they first reformed. Since getting back together in 2009, the band have travelled all over the world and played to hundreds of thousands of people, uniting old fans and new at their incredible live gigs. COMEDY 8.00pm Noel Fielding Symphony Hall Friday 21 November THEATRE 10.00am Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre
Highbury Hall WORKSHOP 11.00am & 1.30pm Make your own Advent Calendars (ages 4 to 8) Suitable for under 18s The Barber Institute LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Robert Plant Civic Hall
FASHION 12pm Vintage Fair Wulfrun Hall
Saturday 22 November
Monday 24 November
EVENT 11.00am Christmas Craft Fayre Weekend Highbury Hall
THEATRE 10.00am Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre
Tuesday 25 November THEATRE 10.00am Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Pulled Apart by Horses The Institute Wednesday 26 November THEATRE 10.00am Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre
EVENT 11.00am Christmas Craft Fair Suitable for under 18s Selly Manor THEATRE 2.30pm Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre Sunday 23 November EVENT 11.00am Christmas Craft Fayre Weekend
COMEDY 8.00pm Dave Gorman Gets Straight to the Point* (*The Powerpoint) Symphony Hall
COMEDY 7.00pm Hal Cruttenden Glee Club LIVE MUSIC 7.00pm Lily Allen O2 Academy 2 055
november events Thursday 27 November THEATRE 10.00am Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre COMEDY 7.00pm Sean Meo, Jo Caulfield, Ola, Fern Brady Glee Club COMEDY 7.30pm Lee Mack LG Arena Friday 28 November THEATRE 10.00am Horrible Christmas The Old Rep Theatre DANCE 2.00pm BRB: The Nutcracker Birmingham Hippodrome COMEDY 6.45pm Dave Spikey Wulfrun Hall COMEDY 7.00pm 056
Mark Olver, Carl Hutchinson, Mickey Sharma, Jimmy McGhie Jongleurs Comedy Club COMEDY 7.00pm Sean Meo, Jo Caulfield, Ola Glee Club DANCE 7.30pm BRB: The Nutcracker Birmingham Hippodrom Saturday 29 November EVENT 11.00am Highbury Christmas Fayre Highbury Little Theatre COMEDY 7.00pm Mark Olver, Carl Hutchinson, Mickey Sharma, Jimmy McGhie Jongleurs Comedy Club
COMEDY 7.00pm Sean Meo, Jo Caulfield (pictured), Ola, Clint Edwards Glee Club DANCE 7.30pm BRB: The Nutcracker Birmingham Hippodrome
WIN: What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Chasing The Sun Edition
The follow-up to Oasis’ 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? was recorded between May and June 1995 in Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire, with Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher producing. Released on October 2nd 1995, it sold a record-breaking (at the time) 347,000 copies in its first week, and became the band’s breakthrough album in the US, where it sold 4 million copies. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? features many of groups biggest hit singles, including Don’t Look Back In Anger, Wonderwall, Some Might Say, and Roll With It winning Best Album at the 1996 Brit Awards, with Oasis also taking the Best British Group and Best Video awards. To celebrate the release we are giving away 2 promo sets consisting of: What’s The Story deluxe 3 x CD, 1 x Leather bound Promo Notebook, 1 x Beermats, 1 x Badge Set, 1 x Sticker Set To be in for a chance of winning just tell us the forenames of the Oasis brothers pictured. Send your answer along with your name, address and date of birth to email@example.com. Deadline for entry is 31/10/14.
BAlTIC Cruising If there is anything more relaxing than sitting in a hot tub with a Gin & Tonic, watching a movie on a huge screen, underneath beautiful blue sky, whilst sailing past the Norwegian Fjords then I’m yet to find it. My biggest choices over 11 exciting days on my inaugural cruise were what to choose from the menu, how to avoid eating too much Gelato or freshly baked cakes, and which excursion might take my fancy. As a cruise virgin I’d packed for every eventuality (or at least one that required a dress and heels). I’d read-up on cruise etiquette. I’d studied the itinerary but I was yet to work out starboard and port side – but figured that was the captain’s job and not really mine to worry about. What I hadn’t taken into account was the pure magnificence of our accommodation; The Royal Princess. A ship of huge proportion (it was easiest the biggest ship at any port we visited) it was lucky we were given a fold out map to navigate our way around. Tastefully designed with the full on five star treatment the ship is stunning. Launched by The Duchess of Cambridge just over a year ago it also starred in its own documentary (imaginatively titled The Cruise Ship) on ITV. If you thought cruising was just for the retired then think again; with amazing food, great cities to visit and onboard luxury we’re total converts.
Our trip started in wonderful wonderful Copenhagen. We can take a trip around the city but we’re far too excited to leave the ship now that we’re onboard. And anyway; what if we lose track of time and it sails off without us? We’ve found our stateroom (all sparkling clean with neutral decor, a double bed, shower-bathroom, flat screen TV, and most importantly: a balcony with loungers) through the maze of corridors. We can’t unpack just yet as our luggage hasn’t been delivered so we go for an explore. The main hub of the ship is the central atrium section set over three levels where all the entertainment happens. From listening to George the crooner or Kory the singing pianist to the striking musicians that make up the string quartet, you can sit with cocktails, get your photo taken on one of the two ‘formal’ nights that take place, eat, drink and enjoy the ambiance. We’re spoilt for choice and it’s hard to know what to choose from. We make it our aim to eat in every
restaurant, drink in every bar, and be entertained in every corner of the ship before we disembark. Our handy cruise card acts as ID for leaving and getting back on the ship; credit card for drink and spa purchases (more of that later); and stateroom key. Its colour, Blue, tells the staff we’re first time cruisers – I think this gives them an extra level of patience when we hand it over looking slightly confused or bemused. Swimming pools, a gym, loungers and a huge cinema screen (no matter how sunny it gets you can still see it perfectly) are all at the top of the ship. It’s official we’ve decided we never want to get off. After a great sleep we awake in Oslo. We’re so central it is literally a two minute walk to the city centre from the port but we’re booked on to an excursion so after a quick pastry and coffee we’re off the ship and on to a coach to head to the Hadeland Glassverk in Jevnaker.
We pass the most idyllic scenery which is a stunning backdrop for our 60 minute journey. Once there we’re try a touch of glass blowing and make our own tumbler. A slightly quirky excursion but well worth it for the scenery alone. We get dropped off just opposite the ship and have two hours to spend in Oslo itself. It is bustling in the central area and we join a crowd outside the Grand Hotel where we’re told the Rolling Stones are about to emerge. After 10 minutes of no show we decide to move on to explore further. Back onboard our dinner reservation that evening is in the Crown Grill. This is one of the extra pay ‘speciality’ restaurants where for just $25 a head you get a stunning 3-course aged-steak or lobster dinner. After taking in the historical Viking town of Aarhus; Denmark’s second city, and the quaint German seaside town of Warnemunde we’re getting close to halfway through the trip; it’s a whirlwind to wake up in a different country each day. For day 5 we have an indulgent day at sea. The entertainment schedule is packed with Bridge playing in the library, Texas hold ‘em poker tournaments in the casino, cooking demonstrations in the theatre, 060
croquet challenges on the top deck, dance classes in the atrium, and more. But that all seems like way too much activity for us so we’ve booked ourselves in to The Enclave. Part of the spa, The Enclave, is the ships ‘thermal suite’ which include the Hammam (a Turkish-style steam room), the Caldarium (an herbal steam room), the Laconium (a dry heat sauna) and the line’s first-ever hydro-therapy pool. It’s dark and tranquil in here. The perfect place for some relaxing, chilled out time. The spa itself has everything on board you’d expect from a five star resort. We begin to feel like we have really hit the Baltic states once we have arrived in the pelting rain of Tallinn. The walled Old Town has remained virtually unchanged for 600 years and is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. There are stunning monuments, churches and architecture at every turn. We head to the confides of dryness and warmth inside the delightful Chocolaterie Pierre for one of their famous hot chocolates. The decor is somewhere between a junk shop and your gran’s house from the 70s’ – all chintzy with lace table clothes, frilly lights and a mishmash of rugs. However it is St Petersburg for many that is the jewel in the cruise crown. The weather in still horrible
by the time we arrive in this large and sprawling city and our first view of it is via boat through the rivers and canals. On the evening we head to truly opulent Catherine’s Palace for an evening of canapés, champagne, classical music and baroque overload. The following day we go all out for art exploring the Hermitage, the stunning architecture at The Church of Savior on the Spilled Blood, and even fit in a coffee break at the beautiful Art Deco Russian tea room at the Kupetz Eliseevs Food Hall. We fail terribly at trying to find two contemporary art spaces so opt for a couple of beers (with complimentary vodkas thrown in) at Dostoevsky’s old hangout The Idiot. In contrast, both in weather and architecture, for day 9 we arrive in thoroughly cosmopolitan Helsinki; sparklingly cleansed and with an abundance of saunas Helsinki is certainly a highlight of the trip. Design shops are scattered everywhere and filled with cool scandi-chic furniture. The flagship Marimekko design store is right in the centre and is where we want to buy everything. Our penultimate stop is Stockholm. We take a tour to Gamla Stan; the 061
old town part of the city. Like many of the places we’ve visited on our trip it is beautiful. Mainly pedestrianised is the nearby island of Djurgården which is filled with places to visit. The ABBA museum, Nordic and Vasa (Maritime) museums, Skansen openair museum and lush-parkland are all here meaning you can easily spend a day picnic-ing and site-seeing. On our final day at sea we keep hearing the ships horn sounding and a look outside tells us why: It is really foggy today. This isn’t an ideal scenario as we’re supposed to be meeting the Captain today as part of our Ultimate Tour of the ship and guessing by the weather he’s going to be a little too busy. We’re met by Cruise Director and allround entertainment manager Sam. She’ll be our guide for the next hour and takes us on a back stage tour of the theatre, we get to see the engine room, the huge anchors, the staff quarters, the galleys and the laundry room. With 1,300 staff on board it is remarkable to see what goes on behind the scenes. The fog has cleared and the sky is blue as we pass through the Norwegian Fjords but the captain is too busy so we never do get to see the bridge. To console ourselves we take a dip in one of the hot tubs on the top deck and top it off with a G&T. 062
Suitably wrinkled of finger we drag ourselves to get ready for out final onboard dinner. Tonight we are treated to Sabatini’s Italian Restaurant. While I feel another morsel shouldn’t really pass my lips it is hard to ignore the seafood linguine on offer and true to form it is delicious. A final cocktail and visit to Kory on his piano in the atrium and our night is complete. BOOKING YOUR TRIP Our trip was onboard the Royal Princess. The Scandinavia & Russia sailing roundtrip from Copenhagen was 11nights. Prices from £1,428 per person (based on two adults sharing an inside stateroom). Fare includes all accommodation, all main meals and on board entertainment, excludes flights. All offers are subject to availability. For more information or to book visit www.princess.com/holiday, contact your local travel agent or call 0843 374 2403. Excursions: The Princess organised excursions available to your trip will be online to read about and book before you embark. Read up on the areas; some ports are far out of town, some places you may need a visa to disembark and for others you can just stroll in to the main city yourself. 063
Fashion collection Bass Buds £44.95 - Selfridges
Heritage Backpack £225 - pittardsonline.com
October & November must haves
DAB Radio £199.99 - tedbaker.com
Stag Coasters £7.45 - cherithharrison.com
Socks, £16 peperharowlondon.com Chemistry Shot Glasses £14.95 prezzybox.com
Squirrel Mug £10.95 - cherithharrison.com
Eley Kishimoto hand-printed wallpaper £160 per roll eleykishimoto.com
Kurt Cobain - The last Session (released 10/10/14) £28- thamesandhudson.com
Nordic Scarf £27.50 - White Stuff
Building Better £35 - shop.gestalten.com
Venue Directory ART VENUES A3 Project Space
THE HERBERT Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP 024 7683 2386 theherbert.org
Oozells Square, B1 2HS 0121 248 0708 ikon-gallery.co.uk | @ikongallery
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome. com
Unit A3 2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 0SA | @A3projectSpace Ikon Gallery A3projectspace.org Barber Institute Univeristy of Birmingham Edgbaston, B15 2TS 0121 414 7333 barber.org.uk Bilston Craft Gallery
Mt Pleasant, Bilston, WV14 7LU wolverhamptonart. org.uk BM&G Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH bmag.org.uk | @BM_AG CUSTARD FACTORY Gibb Street, B9 4AA custardfactory.co.uk EASTSIDE PROJECTS 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR, 0121 771 1778 eastsideprojects.org | @eprjcts Grand Union Fazeley Street Birmingham B5 5RS grand-union.org.uk | @grandunionltd
The Lighthouse The Chubb Building Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT 01902 716 055 light-house.co.uk MAC Cannon Hill Park macarts.co.uk
AE HARRIS 110 Northwood Street Birmingham, B3 1SZ aeharrisvenue.co.uk
BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE Broad St, Birmingham, B1 2EP 0121 236 4455
VIVID PROJECTS Minerva Works, 16 Fazeley St, B5 5RT
RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB
WARWICK ARTS CENTRE University of Warwick Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL 024 7652 4524 warwickartscentre.co.uk
Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield St, WV1 1DU 01902 552055 wolverhamptonart.org.uk
LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM Broad St, B1 2EP
libraryofbirmingham.com MILLENNIUM POINT Curzon Street, B4 7XG SYMPHONY HALL Broad St, B1 2EA
Published on Oct 3, 2014
This is the October / November edition of Area Culture Guide that features Eye Candy Festival of Popular Visual Culture.