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FESTIVE EDI TION

THE SOUTHSIDE FESTIVE GUIDE:

The best places to drink, dine and celebrate in Southside

FOR THE FOODIES: Discover Chef Brad Carter’s favourite hotspots

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WELCOME

Julia Robinson Manager of Southside BID

Welcome back to the latest issue of Spotlight, the magazine specifically for Southside district businesses, residents and visitors. With the festive season fast approaching, we’ll be featuring the very best places to celebrate with friends, family and colleagues. Whether you’re dancing the night away, tucking into a feast with friends or experiencing the magic of theatre at one of our many wonderful arts venues, there’s something for everyone this season in Southside. We’ll be hearing from Birmingham Hippodrome’s Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Fiona Allan, about the exciting events to look forward to, including this year’s unmissable pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We’ll also be getting the lowdown on Rozu, the glamorous new Pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail lounge set to open its doors in The Arcadian. And, if this wasn’t enough, Michelin star chef Brad Carter will also be revealing his favourite restaurants to visit in Chinatown, and the ways in which the local area has influenced his own dishes. There’s all this and plenty more to feast your eyes on - enjoy the issue!

Julia Robinson, Manager of Southside BID

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第3页 标题:前言 欢迎来到最新一期的聚光灯(Spotlight),一份专门为 南区(Southside)的企业、居民和游客发行的杂志。 随着假日季节的临近,我们将为您提供一期特别介绍, 让您找到可以与朋友、家人和同事一起庆祝的最佳场 所,不论什么场合,您都可以在我们丰富的夜场中度 过美好的夜晚,与家人共进盛宴或在我们众多精彩的 艺术场所中体验剧院的魔力,在南区(Southside)的 每个人这个假期的季节都可以找到适合自己的东西。 我们有伯明翰剧院的艺术总监兼首席执行官菲奥娜·艾 伦(Fiona Allan)介绍令人期待的激动人心的活动, 包括今年不可错过的哑剧《白雪公主和七个小矮人》 。我们也期盼着迷人的新泛亚餐厅和鸡尾酒廊Rozu即 将在Arcadian开业。 而且,锦上添花的是,米其林星级厨师布拉德·卡特 (Brad Carter)还将展示他最喜欢的唐人街餐厅,以 及如何将本地元素融入他的菜式。 这一切,还有更多让您大饱眼福的乐趣 – 尽在本期! Julia Robinson, 南区商务发展区经理

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GET IN TOUCH:

Our offices are open from 9am until 5pm from Monday to Friday - we would love to hear from you!

WANT MORE? For comments, suggestions or to be included, please email information@southsidebid.co.uk

Call us: 0121 643 3720 Write to us: Southside Business District Ltd, First Floor, Wynner House, 143 Bromsgrove Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 6RG Follow us: @EnjoySouthside @BIDSouthside @SouthsideBID

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20 28 MEET OUR BOARD James Wong, Chairman of BID – Chung Ying Vincent Garrington, Vice Chairman of BID – Holiday Inn Charles Gillett – Pennycuick Collins Lawrence Barton – GB Training  Wei Du – Birmingham Chinatown Lions   Lakh Dhillon – Subway, Sunflower Lounge and Simply Local Peter Evans – Birmingham Hippodrome Jo Kinsella – Arcadian   Jo Salmon – Custard Factory Ian Green – West Midlands Police Cllr Sharon Thompson – Birmingham City Council  Karen Newman – Birmingham Open Media Julie Eden – Genting Casino

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5. In the news: Stay up to date with everything going on in the district 6-7. Creating a safer environment for all: A day in the life of a Southside street warden 9. A restaurant like no other: Say hello to Rozu, the latest addition to The Arcadian 10-11. At the heart of the action: Birmingham Hippodrome’s Fiona Allan gives us the cultural lowdown on what to look forward to this Christmas 12-13. The hidden gems of Chinatown Birmingham: Michelin star chef, Brad Carter, reveals his favourite local hotspots 14-15. Rest your head: There’s an overnight stay for every occasion in Southside 16-17. Recycling made practical: Tips and tricks to make your household more eco-friendly 18-19. Southside welcomes new LGBTQ+ wellbeing network: Everything you need to know about The Circle 20-21. Time to celebrate: The best places to raise a glass in style during party season! 23. 50 years of The ‘Gale: The iconic Birmingham club has reached half a decade, and it needs you! 24-25. Meet the man behind Snobs: What does it take to run one of the city’s most-loved venues? 26. An employer’s guide to Christmas: The do’s and don’ts of the annual Christmas party 27. Fix up, look sharp: Switch up your look for the festive season with Aceface Barbers 28-29. The Southside festive guide: From ballet to comedy, take a look at our busy calendar of events 30. Everything to look forward to in 2020: Keep your eyes peeled for these exciting developments and events

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NEWS

Inspired by the Birmingham-based street gang which has become a global BBC phenomenon, the expert Bourne & Co. cocktails team have created a Peaky Blinders cocktail menu with the Shelby family, friends and enemies in mind. Whether you’re opting for the ‘Tommy Shelby’ or the ‘Polly Gray’, each drink has been carefully curated with a fine blend of rare premium spirits and complex ingredients to personify the characters.

NEWS IN BRIEF Stay up to date with everything going on in the BID.

SCARESIDE SUCCESS

Hippodrome Square got a spooky makeover during the Halloween period with six days of frighteningly fun activities for the whole family. Featuring a hair-raising terror maze, pumpkin patch and fairground rides, Scareside successfully attracted 2,600 visitors into the district, with a variety of local businesses getting involved in the pumpkin carving competition for the chance to win £100.

GET READY FOR SANTASIDE Keep up to date with everything going on in Southside by following @EnjoySouthside on Twitter!

From 7th - 24th December, Hippodrome Square will be transformed into a Christmas extravaganza, complete with Santa’s grotto, live street entertainment, children’s rides and plenty more! Experience the magic of Christmas and receive a gift and photo with Santa for £10 per child.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Birmingham Hippodrome recently unveiled a new sculpture commission entitled The Tower of Varieties as part of the venue’s 120th birthday celebrations. In partnership with Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre, the new sculpture created by Rachael Champion was commissioned to mark the Hippodrome’s origins as The Tower of Varieties circus in 1899. The sculpture itself is a stunning 11 metres and is comprised of twelve rings, representing the twelve decades of the Hippodrome. The spectacular design features photography of iconic buildings realised in the last 120 years including the Rotunda, Moseley Road Swimming Baths and even Spaghetti Junction. www.enjoysouthside.co.uk

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Chinese New Year celebrations will be taking place from 25th - 26th January 2020. Whether you’re celebrating the Year of the Rat with family or friends, come along and watch a lion dance, with food and entertainment throughout the day. 5


ISSUE 4

CREATING A SAFER ENVIRONME FOR ALL

From street management to first aid assistance, no two days are ever the same for a Southside street warden. racy and her team of wardens are patrolling the streets every day to ensure the safety of those within Southside BID. Not only do dedicated Southside street wardens offer support, customer service and general visitor information, they also provide early intervention support in order to try and prevent situations from escalating. Tracy explains how her role is important for creating a harmonious environment for businesses, visitors and residents: “Our aim is to make the Southside area a friendly and inviting place for everyone. We act as ambassadors to provide a highly-visible representation of Southside BID. My role is varied and demanding with an element of excitement – if I could describe my job in three words it would be: enhancing, gratifying and challenging. I like the fact that I’m making a difference to people’s lives. Everything I do is to make Southside better.”

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EVERYTHING I DO IS TO MAKE SOUTHSIDE BET TER and Severn Trent to ensure everything in the area is running smoothly. “When I applied for the role, I was looking for a fresh challenge. Since my time here, I can honestly say that I have seen Southside

change for the better. We’ve introduced increased patrols which have subsequently led to an overall safer environment, alongside cleaner streets and floral enhancements. Both the street wardens and the board members are passionate about enhancing the area, which is why we’re working tirelessly to promote a more environmentally friendly area, whilst always maintaining safety.” Outside of work, Tracy also spends time at a few local Southside hotspots - after some food at The Loft or Ming Moon, you’ll probably find her in Missing Bar enjoying a G&T. “Southside is a beautifully unique community – I don’t think there’s anywhere quite like it. We’re spoilt for choice in terms of bars, clubs, restaurants, shops and venues.” For more information, please contact Southside BID on 0121 643 3720 or email information@southsidebid.co.uk www.enjoysouthside.co.uk


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• Customer service • Tackling crime • Reporting hazards • Evacuations • First aid • Anti-social behaviour • Offering directions • Street management • Business visits

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CHRISTMAS AT THE MOST ICONIC

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Karaoke available on request, available on a first come first serve basis.


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A RESTAURANT LIKE NO OTHER With an ever-evolving dining scene, Birmingham is set to open its doors to a brand new Pan-Asian restaurant in the next few weeks. We spoke to Rory May, of Rozu, about his excitement at bringing his ‘Instagrammable’ venue concept to Southside. aving spent most of his younger years enjoying Southside’s vibrant nightlife, before going on to host events at a variety of international venues and gaining years of experience in restaurant management, Rory May quickly became inspired to bring a high-end restaurant to Birmingham. This experience, combined with passion, determination and hard work has resulted in Rory’s new venture, Rozu, which will be launching in The Arcadian in the next few weeks. Inspired by the internationally-acclaimed steakhouse STK, with 21 venues around the world which blur the boundaries between club and restaurant, Rory’s initial vision was to create an environment where guests can drink and dine with a luxe feel and party atmosphere, as he explains: “I wanted to create an ‘Instagrammable’ restaurant with a unique atmosphere, alongside quirky interiors and amazing Pan-Asian cuisine. Rozu, which means rose in Japanese, will become Birmingham’s entertainment restaurant, with the most unique décor in the city.” Since working in the industry, Rory has witnessed an increasing demand for more than just a sit-down meal, particularly in Birmingham. “It’s such a diverse and creative city. With so much changing at the moment, the dining scene is gradually adjusting to cater to people who want more from their restaurant experiences. Southside, in particular, offers such a variety to people of all ages and crowds, which is why we’re excited to be a part of it.” Stay up to date with the opening, by following @rozurestaurant on Instagram.

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CULTURE

AT THE HEART OF THE ACTION With Birmingham’s cultural scene booming, Artistic Director and CEO of Birmingham Hippodrome, Fiona Allan, reveals the reasons why Southside is set to become the hub of all the action. Hi Fiona! Tell us a little bit about your career in the arts so far. I’ve spent most of my career working in the arts. I have done some work in business consultancy and the film industry, but I’m always drawn back to performing arts. The opening of Sydney Opera House was the moment I became intrigued by the performing arts - I remember watching the opening ceremony on television. I saw my first performance there just months afterwards. It was Cinderella performed by the Australian Ballet, and my six year old self thought it was magical. What does your average day involve? I have to balance my left side of my brain with my right side a lot, meaning I spend my day switching between looking at numbers on 10

How have you seen the arts landscape change over the years? There’s more of a focus on workplace inclusivity and making sure that people from all backgrounds can have access to careers in the arts. In light of recent events within the industry, such as the #MeToo movement, there’s definitely more focus on dignity at work and ensuring an inclusive culture.

What are your main aspirations for Birmingham Hippodrome? Between now and the Commonwealth Games in 2022, we want to take Birmingham Hippodrome through a transformative development which allows us to be a cultural visitor attraction for the city and region. Our vision for the future is clear, to broaden our story and create a ‘living room’ for the city – a place where everyone goes. This will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of Southside, with positive effects for our neighbours.

What do you think is the most important thing when managing a company? Getting enough sleep! One of the most important things when working at a senior level – or any level – is self-care.

What can we look forward to at Birmingham Hippodrome in the coming months? During the festive season, we have the wonderful Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker and our annual pantomime – this year it’s Snow

spreadsheets one moment to choosing wonderful new productions to come to our theatre the next!

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White and the Seven Dwarfs. If you want something a little different, we have Unfortunate: The Untold Story, in our Patrick Studio. This is a musical parody and the untold story of Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid. What do you think the region offers visitors from further afield? There’s a fantastic culture offering in Southside and we are proud to be a part of this. As well as being neighbours to the lively Gay Village and Chinatown, there’s such a variety of bars and restaurants, along with world-class arts and culture. What made you want to work in Birmingham? It was Birmingham Hippodrome that made me want to work here. I came here for this job and this www.enjoysouthside.co.uk

theatre is nationally known as one of the very best! What I admired about the city is its multiculturalism and diversity. It’s such a young city - you can feel its vibrancy. There’s so much happening here. This city has everything: culture, heritage, food and drink, sport, leisure and retail - everything we need to be a vibrant destination for domestic and international tourism. What are your favourite things about Southside? The location is great, we’re in close proximity to transport links, shopping and restaurants but just far enough away so people can come to our Coffee Bar – which is open all day – to relax and work, away from the hustle and bustle. And popping out to Mr Egg at lunchtime for a Mung Bean Wrap of course!

Where are your favourite local hotspots to spend time? There are a lot of independents in Southside, and I like that. I’ve visited a lot of the restaurants, but I don’t think I could pick just one, there’s such an amazing choice – and 18/81 is a lovely place for a fabulous cocktail. What excites you about the future of Southside? The redevelopment of Hippodrome Square excites me. Birmingham Hippodrome really wants to encourage a mixed community use of that as an outdoor space to enrich the cultural offering in the city. To find out more about Birmingham Hippodrome, head to birminghamhippodrome.com 11


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THE HIDDEN GEMS OF CHINATOWN BIRMINGHAM

Michelin star chef, Brad Carter, reveals his love for Chinatown Birmingham, and the traditional dishes that have influenced his own cooking along the way.

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cultures, with Chinatown Birmingham being one of his favourite places to explore: “I just love the food. I love the skill and textures, and I always find new flavours which I haven’t had or seen before. It’s very different to what I create, so it inspires me. Chinatown has definitely influenced my cooking. Although, I wouldn’t just do a dim sum as such. Eating Cantonese food has made me question the different tastes and how I deliver my food. I think it’s cool to be influenced by things you love.” Since his time working in the industry, Brad highlights how the dining scene in Birmingham has changed drastically, and continues to get bigger and better. “Back when I left college in 2001 you could count on one hand the places that had nice food in the Midlands. Now, we have everything from street food to five Michelin stars. Not only is it good for consumers, it’s also great for young people breaking into the industry, as there’s far more choice.” The debut book STAFF by Chef Brad Carter is currently available to purchase online at cartersofmoseley.co.uk

BRAD CARTER’S TOP CHINATOWN PICKS Ken Ho, Hurst Street “Best Dim Sum in my opinion, amazing ingredients - this is my favourite restaurant in Birmingham.”

Peach Garden & Look In, both Ladywell Walk “Best Cantonese roast meats. The duck & suckling pig with rice is pound-for-pound the best plate of food in Brum!”

Dezhou Style Braised Chicken, The Arcadian “I love the hand pulled noodles & the passion from the husband & wife team their cold braised five-spice chicken is a speciality.” www.enjoysouthside.co.uk


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STAY

REST YOUR HEAD Whether you’re looking for a fuss-free overnight stay after a long day of shopping, or a relaxing weekend break, there’s plenty of room at the inn around Southside.

1. RADISSON BLU, HOLLOWAY CIRCUS If you’re after a stylish city break, make Radisson Blu your next hotel destination. With floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning city views, enjoy Birmingham’s incredible skyline from the comfort of your own room. Just a stone’s throw from a variety of the city’s most-loved venues, including Birmingham Hippodrome, The Old Rep and The Electric, this elegant hotel is the perfect place to unwind. During your stay, head to the hotel’s Collage restaurant to experience a modern twist on classic British dining, or enjoy a tipple in the hotel bar. Call 0121 654 6000 to find out more. 14

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2. PREMIER SUITES BIRMINGHAM SERVICED APARTMENTS, UPPER DEAN STREET

Spending time away from home during the hectic Christmas period has never been easier, thanks to PREMIER SUITES Birmingham Serviced Apartments. With your own fully equipped kitchen, open plan lounge & dining room space, you’ll have everything you need in one place - as well as free WiFi, there’s even rice cookers available on request. And if you’re looking to dine out, you’ll be spoilt for choice amongst a variety of restaurants offering tasty cuisines from all over the world, as well as Las Iguanas Arcadian Centre, where guests can also receive 20% off the food bill (Monday-Thursday for up to 4 diners). Just ask the PREMIER SUITES team to get hold of a discount card. Call 0121 666 4444 to book your stay, or email info@premiersuitesbirmingham.com.

3. STAYCITY APARTHOTELS, THE ARCADIAN

Located in the heart of the action, Staycity Aparthotels offers a blend of home comforts with hotel facilities. Perfect for longer stays, the 79-room aparthotel offers a range of spacious one and two-bedroom apartments and boasts facilities including a fully equipped kitchen, living, dining and work space, flatscreen TV, complimentary high-speed WiFi, fresh towels and bed linen, on-site guest laundry, cleaning, and 24-hour reception. Call 0121 260 1859 to find out more.

4. IBIS BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET, LADYWELL WALK Staying out late this festive season? Book an overnight stay at Ibis Birmingham New Street to take the stress out of getting home. Situated in close proximity to the Gay Village, The Arcadian and O2 Birmingham, this fuss-free option saves you the hassle of booking a taxi, particularly if you’re celebrating with friends. With an online check-in process, all you need to do is collect your room number, drop your bags off and you’re good to go! Call 0121 619 9000 to find out more.

5. HOLIDAY INN, SMALLBROOK QUEENSWAY Whether you’ve visited the theatre or enjoyed a day of Christmas shopping, kick back in comfort at Holiday Inn, just a stone’s throw away from Birmingham New Street Station. In the morning, tuck in to a delicious buffet made up of freshly cooked pastries, cereals, toast, homemade granola & yoghurt pots, smoothie shots, juice bottles, fresh fruit and coffee. Holiday Inn also offers its very own cocktail and street food bar, The Lobby on Hill Street, where you can enjoy afternoon tea, a delicious bite to eat or a tipple or two. Call 0121 634 6200 to find out more. www.enjoysouthside.co.uk

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ENVIRONMENT

RECYCLING MADE PRACTICAL

Reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfill sites is our collective responsibility, but are we really doing all we can? Nin Rehal, from Northwood Property, highlights the easy steps to ensure your home is as eco-friendly as possible.

2. Have a policy Having a recycling policy isn’t just for businesses, and there’s no reason why you can’t create one at home. Start the process by ensuring everyone in the household is aware of what can be recycled, and where it can be disposed. 3. Opt for refillables The House of Commons recently reported that around five million tonnes of plastic is used every year in the UK alone, nearly half of which is packaging, and demand is rising. With single-use plastics acting as one of the biggest causes of pollution in our oceans today, it’s important for individuals to make small gradual changes such

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as opting for refillable pouches for purchases, like coffee and washing products, when you visit the supermarket. 4. Re-use where you can Whether you’re clearing out unwanted clothes, electrical equipment or books, donating to charity shops is a fuss-free way to repurpose items from your home. If you’re replacing your fridge, freezer or mattress, the company you are buying from may also offer to pick up and recycle your old product. 5. Think ahead Try to anticipate times when your recycling activity may increase, such as Christmas. Consider the amount of wrapping paper you may be putting into your bins, and whether a trip to your local recycling centre may be a better way to keep your home tidy. Northwood Property is an Estate Agency and Property Management service in Southside. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent, the team at Northwood are on hand to help, just drop in at 70 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham, B5 6NU or call 0121 622 5066 to find out more.

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1. Identify what can be recycled First things first, you need to make sure that you know exactly what can be recycled in your area. This varies across the UK, depending on your local council, so finding out about the facilities near your home is key, particularly if you’ve just moved somewhere new. And, if your local council doesn’t offer the service you’re after, it’s worth checking local supermarkets or community centres too.

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WELLBEING

SOUTHSIDE WELCOMES NEW LGBTQ+ WELLBEING NETWORK et up to tackle the increasing number of mental health issues in the LGBTQ+ community, The Circle is a sober social meet-up hosted at The Loft on the last Sunday of each month. As well as getting the chance to speak to people who have experienced similar issues, each session is attended by an occupational therapist and quiet spaces are available for those who may be struggling with anxiety. There are also social activities for people of all ages such as gaming and Lego. In addition, the organisers are working closely with local people to offer free-of-charge hobby taster sessions at the socials, teach-

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ing new skills and encouraging members to interact with each other. Currently, sessions are planned in photography and Photoshop, sign language, DJ mixing, knitting, meditation and foreign languages. The group is also looking to host ad-hoc socials at venues across the city, in order to enable people to comfortably explore all that Birmingham has to offer. The first social saw Lego Discovery World donate 70 tickets to The Circle, where the Lego professionals made bespoke builds for the network. Southside is home to the most diverse population in Birmingham and venues across the district strive to be inclusive and accepting to all.

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A new LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing network, The Circle, has launched at bar and restaurant, The Loft, encouraging people in the community to participate in activities as well as offering a support system for those who need it. More than 50 people, aged between eight and 60 made their way to The Loft for the latest session, with the space being offered for free by GB Training for the foreseeable future. Scott Gethings, founder of The Circle, said: “There are some amazing socials in the city for the LGBTQ+ community, but very few focus on the serious issue of wellbeing, and the rise in mental health cases that are reported daily. “We wanted to create a space where people can talk about what they’re going through – the chances are that someone else in the room has had similar experiences. Not only do we want this network to offer support, we want visitors to

have fun and create memories without the need to go to a bar. We’ve received excellent feedback so far, and we’re looking forward to seeing more new faces at our next event.” Julia Robinson, manager at Southside Business Improvement District, said: “We are proud to be home to Birmingham’s Gay Village and innovative projects like The Circle. Scott and his team will help countless people when they need it most and they should be immensely proud of their work.” The next Circle event will held on Sunday 27th October and is open to visitors of all ages. To keep up date with The Circle, please visit www.facebook.com/ CircleLGBTQ.

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CELEBRATE

TIME TO CELEBRATE! From stylish Christmas gatherings to after-work socials, make the most of Southside’s buzzing venues, as we take a look at some of the best places to raise a glass (or two) with friends this festive period.

FOR THE FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA

From 25th November – 6th January 2020, The Lobby on Hill Street will be offering the ultimate festive afternoon tea, all for £40 for two. You can enjoy an array of delectable handmade sandwiches, alongside warm spiced scones and an assortment of sweet cakes and delicate pastries. And if that’s not enough, it will all be accompanied by your choice of cocktail, including Hot Christmas Negroni, Red Nose Shimmer or White Christmas Mojito – all for £40 for two. And, if you like the sound of shaking your own cocktails, why not get a group together for a cocktail masterclass? You’ll be joined by a mixologist to help you create your very own tipples, for £25pp. To book, call 0121 624 6211 or email laura.juhas@thebcec.co.uk.

FOR THE LUNCHTIME CELEBRATION

Alongside a traditional evening package, Birmingham Hippodrome will be offering a lunchtime celebration option, ideal for those working in the city centre. Whether you’re celebrating with colleagues or friends, sip on a welcome glass of prosecco before enjoying a threecourse meal or informal bowl food dining, specially created by Head Chef Melissa Menns. To book, and for more details, contact the Hippodrome Events Team on 0844 338 6500 or events@ birminghamhippodrome.com.

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CELEBRATE Radisson Blu Birmingham

FOR THE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Whether you’re hosting a lavish gala dinner, or an intimate get-together, Radisson Blu has all the ingredients for an unforgettable Christmas celebration, with a variety of different festive packages to bring your vision to life. Set in a prime city centre location, the venue offers a selection of spaces, from the Collage Restaurant to the Lunar Suite, depending on the size of your party. Call 0121 654 6000 to find out more.

FOR THE KARAOKE

What better way to spend a night with friends than singing your hearts out at karaoke? Offering a variety of different themed private rooms, including Bollywood, Gatsby and Thai, Ming Moon on Wrottesley Street has everything in one place, with options that allow you to tailor your booking exactly to the needs of your party. To book, call 0121 622 5588.

FOR THE COCKTAILS

Get the weekend started early with 2-4-1 cocktails and canapés from 5pm – 10pm every Thursday and Friday at Olivia’s Townhouse. Perfectly placed in the heart of the district, the popular bar boasts an ambient vibe, making it the perfect place to enjoy a tipple with friends in stylish surroundings. Choose from an extensive list of both classic and signature drinks, and if you’re looking for something extra special, why not book a VIP booth? To book, call 0121 622 1494 or visit oliviastownhouse.com.

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50 YEARS OF THE ‘GALE

Southside is home to one of the UK’s most well-known gay bars, and this year The Nightingale marks an incredible 50 years of celebrating LGBTQ+ culture. In honour of reaching the half-century milestone since its doors first opened, a new documentary about the iconic venue is in the works, due to premiere to the city at Pride 2020. The documentary is part of Nightingale50, a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and sees The Nightingale collaborating with city charity Birmingham LGBT. Archiving and preserving 50 years of local heritage by mapping the history of Birmingham’s oldest gay bar, the project will uncover the story of how the venue was founded, its journey in the city and the role it has played for the LGBTQ+ community since opening in 1969. The filmmakers want to hear from Southside residents and visitors, and between now and March 2020 will be speaking to the people who have made the bar so special over the years. They’ll also be collecting images, videos, posters and flyers to feature in the nostalgic documentary. To kick off the new project, two intricate murals depicting the history of The Nightingale were unveiled during this year’s Shout Festival at the bar itself. David Nash, club director at The Nightingale, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved and working closely with Birmingham LGBT on this project. Lots of hard work, effort and preparation has been put in to bringing this project to fruition and we’re excited to see where this journey takes us. The Nightingale is one of the most iconic LGBTQ+ spaces in the UK, and it’s so important that its place in our history is being documented in this way.” To get involved with Nightingale50, please email Adam Carver on adamcarver@blgbt.org. www.enjoysouthside.co.uk

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NIGHTLIFE

MEET THE MAN BEHIND SNOBS Having been in the industry for 18 years, we spoke to Snobs nightclub owner, Wayne Tracey, about what it’s like to maintain the reputation of one of Birmingham’s most-loved venues.

Hi Wayne – tell us a little bit about yourself. I first started out in business when I owned my first shop back in 1992. In 2001, a new business venture came along and it went from there. I knew what I was taking on with Snobs being one of the oldest institutes in Birmingham, and I wanted to continue to build on its iconic reputation within the night time economy.

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How did you manage to create such a buzz around Snobs? Our first aim was to create consistently busy & regular nights. Our second aim was to continually evolve alongside social patterns.

You’ve also got other nightclubs under your belt, including Sobar in The Arcadian and the newlyopened Theatrix on Colmore Row, how do the venues differ from each other? In a lot of ways our ethics stand the same, we want people to enjoy their night. Our aim is to create a fun, friendly and, most importantly, safe environment. Each venue offers a different experience for a different type of clientele, but you can always expect a good range of drinks and music. Snobs originally opened in 1972, and we’re now home to several regular big nights which cover various music genres across different floors.

What does your role involve? Day-to-day, my job is to manage the full operation of the business, and over the years this has continually grown with the expansion of the business & its new venues.

How has the industry changed over the years? I’d say that people go out much later nowadays, and we also rely heavily on social media promotion, which never existed years ago.

What do you like most about Birmingham? Birmingham is a vibrant, multicultural city with 40% of the population made up of under 25’s. We’re lucky enough to have a variety of universities within the city, including University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston University, which provide a great audience for night time venues. Southside, in particular, acts as a night time hub – it’s an amazing place that provides a diverse offering right in the city centre, packed with theatre, comedy clubs, bars and restaurants for all. When you’re not at one of your venues, where else do you enjoy spending time in Southside? Sidewalk, The Village & Medusa. To find out more about Snobs, head to www.snobsnightclub. co.uk or follow @snobsnightclub on Instagram. www.enjoysouthside.co.uk


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CHRISTMAS

AN EMPLOYER’S GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS What could possibly go wrong amidst all the revelry, tinsel and mince pies? Southside lawyer, Ian Henery, breaks down why the workplace jolly might not be the best place for an official performance review.

hristmas can be a minefield. Amongst all the fun, office parties can quickly become a particularly big issue for employment lawyers, with many companies having to decide how to ensure employees behave appropriately and how to deal with worse-for-wear workers. The informal atmosphere can occasionally lead to inappropriate behaviour at the Christmas party, meaning employers need to be aware of the legal issues. Drinking alcohol, pulling Christmas crackers and disco dancing to Christmas

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songs from the 70s is not everybody’s idea of fun. Staff, due to their religion and values, may object to attending events where alcohol is consumed, so it is inappropriate to insist that all employees attend, and employees can actually lawfully decline on the grounds relative to their own religion or beliefs. For this reason, employers should consider having other kinds of company social events during the year so that those who do not attend Christmas parties do not feel excluded or discriminated against.

Considerations should be given to those with childcare responsibilities, dietary needs, and religious commitments, as well as those who may require special arrangements or disabled access. Equality laws are wide-ranging and the duty not to discriminate does not stop at the workplace. If employers or employees have any issues facing employment law during the festive period please contact Ian Henery Solicitors Ltd at the Latitude Branch, 155 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham. For more details call 0121 693 4588.

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GROOMING

FIX UP, LOOK SHARP Situated in a listed building on Bristol Street, Aceface Barbers is the place to go if you’re looking to achieve a classic cut.

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estled alongside some of the city’s most loved independent retailers is Aceface Barbers, a vintage-style salon led by owner and barber, Craig Millard. Championing all things old school, you’ll find walls adorned with mod posters and memorabilia, as Craig and his team create a range of different looks daily, from skin fades to traditional mod styles. But in a world of ever-changing trends, Craig explains how some looks will never go out of fashion: “Since I started barbering in the 80s, I’ve seen styles come and go - from quiffs to skinheads. We get a lot of guys looking for that retro mod look which has been worn by the likes of Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher. But a style that has stood the test of time, is the Steve McQueen classic side parting, it’s a timeless style that looks good with a suit, or more casually with a scooter or motorcycle”. And as with all hair styles, maintenance is key, as Craig recommends regular visits depending on your hairstyle: “A weekly visit to the barbers is normal but, realistically, it’s about how often your style needs it. Hair grows about one inch every month so if you’ve opted for a skin fade, it will require a regular cut to keep that style looking sharp.” But with so many products in the market, it’s important to keep your hair care routine as simple as possible, and tailored exactly to your needs. It’s always worth checking with your barber what products they would recommend on your type of hair. “Remember that cheap isn’t always best as you’ll need a good product if you want your style to last the full day. Invest in a quality pomade – at Aceface, we really like Squire and Uppercut.” Visit Aceface Barbers at 92 Bristol Street, visit www.acefacebarbers.co.uk to find out more.

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WHAT’S ON

You’ll be spoilt for choice with our busy calendar of events this Christmas.

Laurent-Perrier’s iconic range, before tucking into a delicious four-course meal, which has been created especially for the evening.

The Little Prince by Luca Silverstrini’s Protein

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THE SNOW QUEEN 16TH NOVEMBER- 30TH DECEMBER THE OLD REP Bringing a seasonal adventure for the entire family, with an epic original score, spellbinding storytelling, and more than a pinch of Christmas magic, this thrilling re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable promises to be a fairy tale you won’t want to miss.

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FESTIVAL OF CHAMPAGNE TASTING DINNER WITH LAURENT-PERRIER 21ST NOVEMBER BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Enjoy the finer things in life with an exclusive evening of Laurent-Perrier Champagne tasting and dinner at Birmingham Hippodrome’s award-winning Circle Restaurant. Throughout the evening you’ll sample five fizzy tipples from

THE NUTCRACKER 22ND NOVEMBER - 14TH DECEMBER BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Having remained a timeless city tradition since 1990, The Nutcracker returns to Birmingham Hippodrome with an enchanting production comprised of lavish costumes, gigantic sets, 60 dancers and a full orchestra. The perfect festive treat for the whole family, this world-famous production by Sir Peter Wright, with exquisite designs by John Macfarlane, is highlyacclaimed, and not to be missed. THE LITTLE PRINCE BY LUCA SILVERSTRINI’S PROTEIN 29TH NOVEMBER - 30TH NOVEMBER DANCEXCHANGE, PATRICK STUDIO Based on the world-famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the incredible story of The Little Prince  is brought to life using Protein’s award winning mix of dance, humour and spoken word. Join the adventure as the prince leaves behind his home on Asteroid B-612 and journeys through the universe encountering all sorts of unenlightened grown-ups along the way.

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E V I T S E E F GUI

WHAT’S ON

CHRISTMAS COMEDY SPECIALS 4TH DECEMBER - 22ND DECEMBER GLEE CLUB If you’re looking for a Christmas celebration with a twist, head to the Glee Club throughout December to enjoy an evening showcase of four top comedians a night, accompanied by a festive menu and an after party to keep the celebration going. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, WITH WINE TASTING 15TH DECEMBER THE ELECTRIC CINEMA Head to the UK’s oldest working cinema to watch Frank Capra’s timeless classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, accompanied by five delectable wines from the comfort of your own seat. In association with the Wine Events Company, the enchanting Christmas movie will be paused at appropriate moments to pour you a glass of festive cheer. What’s not to love?

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

THUNDER XMAS SHOW 20TH DECEMBER 02 ACADEMY Legendary rock and rollers, Thunder, will be digging out their tackiest decorations for a good old Christmas knees up. The show will be split in two parts in keeping with the band’s now traditional festive format – there will be a sit-down acoustic performance followed by a full rip-roaring electric set.

London Palladium production in 2018, the annual Birmingham Hippodrome pantomime extravaganza will welcome the likes of Lesley Joseph, Joe McElderry, Faye Brookes and Doreen Tipton to the stage for an unforgettable theatrical experience. And, if this star-studded cast wasn’t enough, the city’s much-loved panto favourite, Matt Slack will return for the seventh consecutive year, bringing his trademark comedy and chaos.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS DECEMBER 21ST - 2ND FEBRUARY 2020 THE CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Featuring stunning costumes and sets alongside outstanding special effects, direct from the sold-out

SLADE - THE ROCKIN’ HOME FOR CHRISTMAS TOUR 2019 22ND DECEMBER O2 ACADEMY Let’s face it – it wouldn’t be Christmas without Slade. The iconic band will be playing their muchloved hits at the O2 Academy for one night only. Don’t miss out!

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NEW YEAR

EVERYTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020 As we wave goodbye to 2019, here’s everything you can expect for a new year…

BIRMINGHAM PRIDE

CHINESE NEW YEAR From 25th-26th January 2020, Birmingham’s Chinese New Year celebrations will be taking place in Southside. Expect traditional performances, a lion dance, and other festivities throughout the weekend to celebrate the Year of the Rat. Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements!

Having recently confirmed that next year’s festival will see the introduction of a brand new ‘Street Party Only’ ticket for just £15, Birmingham Pride is set to be bigger, better and more inclusive for 2020. Well known as one of the biggest events in the city’s calendar, the more affordable ticket option will give visitors access to the street party in the heart of the Gay Village, whilst the parade will remain free. Full festival tickets will also be available to buy online.

HIPPODROME SQUARE Due to start works later in the year, Hippodrome Square, the new-look area on Hurst Street will aim to transform the heart of the Southside district in front of Birmingham Hippodrome into a vibrant public square. Having played host to an outdoor cinema over summer, as well as an immersive Halloween fun fair, the planned Hippodrome Square development be regarded as one of the most diverse areas in the city, connecting Birmingham’s thriving theatres with Chinatown, the Gay Village and the upcoming Smithfield regeneration to transform the region. 30

B-SIDE HIP HOP FESTIVAL Featuring dance battles, live music, graffiti, spoken word and hip-hop theatre amongst much more, Birmingham Hippodrome’s annual B-side Hip Hop Festival is set to return in 2020 for its fifth year. With a jam-packed programme featuring a wide range of exciting masterclasses, workshops and performances, this is an event not to be missed.

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We will have staff from the City Pastors, St Johns Ambulance and Southside BID on site to offer help.


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Christmas 2019

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