by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Things to do in Birmingham in June
May is already sooo last month.
Dippy on Tour (until 9th September)
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square,B3 3DH
As previewed last month, Dippy, the iconic Diplodocus cast from the Natural History Museum, has arrived in Birmingham for a summer visit. Follow the dino tracks from the Museum entrance to the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
For any smaller people who have never seen anything like this up close its a pretty amazing experience especially if they don’t know what they are going to see.
Do book ahead even though tickets are free, you can turn up and wait until the ticketed people for each session have gone in, BUT there’s a chance it might be a long wait.
Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018 (1st-24th June)
From a three day weekend jam packed with events in Victoria Square, Birmingham to a shipping container at Tesco Aston Lane in Witton, it’s safe to say that the Birmingham International Dance Festival embraces exactly what it suggests, demonstrating the massive world of dance poured into over fifty events.
Check out the full programme here: bidf.co.uk
Wholesale Memory: Everything Must Go (30th May-3rd June)
Birmingham Wholesale Market, 73-75 Pershore Street, Birmingham B5 6UN
This live theatre event is set across the space twice the size of the of the main concourse at Birmingham New Street Station and celebrates the history of this amazing space that has played home to to the markets of Birmingham from its days as a village to town to city over a span of 800 years.
Created by Friction Arts this is a chance to see the space in a truly unique light.
Book tickets here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/wholesale-memory-everything-must-go-tickets-45581797383
Crash the Rocks with Brum Radio (7th June)
Natural Bar And Kitchen, Orion Building, 24 Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B1 1LT
Brum Radio has been going from strength to strength championing local talent, and creating an alternate voice for our great city of Birmingham.
Crash the Rocks takes full advantage of the new bar from Natural Healthy Foods team with night out featuring Birmingham Music Award winning Felix Shepherd (Rising Star Winner supported by Town Hall & Symphony Hall no less!) and R John Webb of Rhino and the Ranters plus BEARmusic (Faye & Gordon) with Brum Radio’s very own Kali Louise providing her own unique style of music.
Courtney Act – Under The Covers (8th June)
O2 Institute Birmingham 78 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DY
From winning Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, to being an Aussie on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Courtney is a very very busy Drag Superstar. Informing, educating and entertaining, just like the BBC, Courtney isn’t letting you judge her as one thing or another.
Balls to Cancer at Be at One Birmingham (14th June)
Be at One Birmingham, Piccadilly Arcade, Birmingham B2 4BJ
The UK Pleasureboys are home in Birmingham for their charity night to support Balls To Cancer, and any ladies and gents are invited to support this fun night out with guest David Lundy.
Book tickets here: theticketsellers.co.uk/buy-tickets/balls-to-cancer/10046550
BBC Good Food Show Summer and BBC Gardeners’ World Live (14th-17th June)
The NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT
From Food and Drink innovators all over the UK to famous TV chefs, the BBC Good Food Show has been a staple event of The NEC for many years with BBC Gardners’ World Live landing each summer.
Brummie chefs featured at the event include Brad Carter, Lap-fai Lee, Aktar Islam, and Glynn Purnell. Look out for more about both of these events on the #BrumHour blog and #BrumHour Brum Radio show in June.
Woyzeck (15th-23rd June)
Birmingham Rep, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP
“Set in the present day, Woyzeck is the story of a young soldier who just can’t get a break. He’s stuck living in military barracks. He’s forced to shave his condescending commanding officer everyday. His wages are pitiful. His girlfriend might be having an affair. And now he is hearing voices. Maybe he is starting to crack? Or maybe it’s just because his doctor is trialling a pea-only diet on him? It’s far from ideal but his doctor’s poking and prodding comes with the reward of some extra money. It’s the chance for a better life if Woyzeck can just hold on that little bit longer.
An exciting collaboration between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018, 100 local performers will breathe new life into Woyzeck, one of the most influential plays ever written.”
Find out more about Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck from Birmingham based dance staging directors Roxana Silbert and Rosie Kay, and writer Leo Butler on the Birmingham Rep website: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/woyzeck.html
Sheryl Crow (19th June)
Symphony Hall, The ICC, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA
“All I wanna do is have some fun, I’ve got a feelin. I’m not the only one.” Nine time Grammy Award winning Sheryl Crow returns to Birmingham.
Limited tickets left here: thsh.co.uk/event/sheryl-crow
Birmingham Indian Film Festival (22nd June-1st July)
Various Birmingham Cinema venues
Supported by the BFI’s National Lottery Audience Fund, the Birmingham Indian Film Festival returns with a brand new programme of events for 2018. The festival is presented by the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival.
Find out more details here: birminghamindianfilmfestival.co.uk/film-program/birmingham-indian-film-festival-at-a-glance-2018
Foodies Festival 2018 (22nd-24th June)
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B29 7EN
Back for 2018, The Foodies Festival is bigger than ever before featuring Birmingham’s own Michelin starred chefs Glynn Purnell and Brad Carter plus Sophie Faldo 2017 winner of the Great British Bake Off and MasterChef Winner 2018 Kenny Tutt.
See what happened when high street name Greggs went undercover as Gregory and Gregory at a Foodies Festival in May.
There’s also over 30 street food stalls, competitions, chocolate making and cake decorating to enjoy. And Foodies Festival also features music from Toploader and The Hoosiers on Friday 22nd June and Dodgy Saturday 23rd June.
Check out the Foodies Festival website here: foodiesfestival.com/birmingham
Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang (26th-30th June)
New Alexandra Theatre, Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS
Birmingham’s BMOS Musical Theatre Company is back with Ian Flemming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, featuring Hushabye Mountain, The Roses of Success and of course the title song Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang.
Mischief Movie Night (26th June-1st July)
Birmingham Hippodrome, Patrick Studio, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
For #BrumHour I’ve been lucky enough to see The Play That Goes Wrong three times! And I can’t wait to see what the team behind that great show has to offer. A different movie improvised every night.
Get tickets while you can: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/mischief-movie-night
Caitlin Moran – How To Be Famous (28th June)
Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
When she’s not kissing books for promo shoots, Caitlin Moran is being terribly talented everywhere else. Check out this Birmingham date of Caitlin Moran’s UK book tour.
Tickets include a copy of the book How to Be Famous. Book your tickets here here: thsh.co.uk/event/caitlin-moran-how-to-be-famous
The Flapper (Until 30th June)
The Flapper, Kingston Row, Cambrian Wharf, Birmingham B1 2NU
Ahh The Flapper or The Flapper and Firkin (if you are old like me), or the Longboat (If you are even older), there was a time when Birmingham was just full of music venues, so people say.. I was drinking bottles of K Cider and avoiding Newcastle Brown, Or was it bottles of Becks or Metz, one of the girls I was with threw someones flip-flops into the canal and we were all asked to leave.
It was the 90s or the 00s, it was freezing cold or boiling hot, it was Sunday afternoon or 1am on a Friday into Saturday, The music was loud and the toilets were terrible, we all had our standard Birmingham unimpressed faces, our hands in our pockets, pretending that we weren’t enjoying ourselves THAT much.
But like Edwards Number 8 and Snobs, when the party’s over and the lights come up, the buildings been compulsory purchased and you need to go home.
The Flapper has a huge amount of June events to say bye bye. so check them out here: theflapper.co.uk
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