BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s European festival of performing arts is taking place at the REP this 4 – 8 July

BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s European festival of performing arts is taking place at the REP this 4 – 8 July. It’s a week-long celebration of international culture and creative collaboration that unites audience, artists, makers, musicians, and friends from across the continent.

It’s our eighth year this year and as ever, we are immensely excited to give our artists travelling from across the UK and Europe a big Birmingham welcome. We are very proud of and grateful to the Birmingham residents who host the visiting artists, help out as volunteers and support us as audience members.

As we gear up towards the 2017 edition, we would be very grateful for any help you or your organisation could offer in helping us to promote BE FESTIVAL. Whether that’s a quick tweet, or post on Facebook, a small mention in a newsletter or maybe a space to pop our flyer or poster, we’d appreciate any support you could give.

For more information follow the link.

IKON – Information Assistant (temporary), Salary £7.90 per hour

Ikon, one of the UK’s leading international contemporary art galleries, seeks dynamic and creative individuals to work during our forthcoming exhibitions by artists Sidney Nolan, Sheela Gowda, Käthe Kollwitz and Sofia Hultén in the post of:

Information Assistant (temporary), Salary £7.90 per hour

The successful candidate will have an outgoing personality, an interest in contemporary visual arts, be reliable and well organised with excellent attention to detail. They will be confident in providing an informative and friendly welcome to all visitors to Ikon alongside exhibition invigilation, duty person responsibilities, maintaining the security of exhibitions and undertaking reception duties. The postholder will be required to work on a shift/rota basis (including weekends and occasional evenings), averaging 29 hours per week. This is an exhibition-based contract (June 2017 – November 2017).

Ikon has a long-standing commitment to diversity in its programming, producing, staffing and community engagement.  We actively seek applications from the widest range of applicants.

Application deadline: Tuesday 25 April 2017, noon

Interviews: Friday 5 May 2017

Start date: Monday 5 June 2017


For a full Job Description and details of how to apply please visit: or call 0121 248 0708

Ikon is committed to Equal Opportunities and positively welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. Ikon Gallery Limited trading as Ikon, registered charity no. 528892. Ikon is funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council.

Getting to know you – Our big survey! – Birmingham Hippodrome

We want to ensure that everyone feels welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome. As the single most popular theatre in the UK (welcoming on average 500,000 people every year), we already work hard to stage a huge variety of events and performances appealing to a variety of audiences. Now we want to find out how we can work even harder to reach our many different communities.

This means we need your help! Whether you come and see every show here, or have never really thought the Hippodrome was for you, we’d like to find out what you really think. So – we’ve put together this little survey, Getting to know you, which delves a bit deeper.

I would be very grateful if you could take a few moments to complete the survey and share it with your friends, family and other networks. In doing so, you’ll be making a direct impact on helping us plan our future.

With thanks in advance, and looking forward to seeing you at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Megaphone Seminar – London Book Fair 2017, on March 14th 2017

For the past year, the Megaphone Writer Development Scheme has supported five new writers from BAME backgrounds to write their first novel for children and young adults.. As we come towards the end of the year-long project, which was funded primarily by Arts Council England and The Publishers’ Association, I’m delighted to say that five powerful novels for children and teenagers are close to completion.
If you would like to hear more about these novels and meet their authors, a chance is coming up.  Megaphone will be presenting a seminar at the London Book Fair 2017, on March 14th 2017 .
We’d love you to be there!

Here are the details:

At the seminar, there will be an introductory talk about the scheme – the idea behind it and how it has run in practice. All five participants (Danielle Jawando, Nafisa Muhtadi, Joyce Efia Harmer, Avantika Taneja and Tina Freeth) will then read excerpts from their novels. This will be followed by brief panel discussion about their experience on the programme, before questions are invited from the audience. I very much hope you will be able to attend and I look forward to a lively audience discussion. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the participants. They are five incredibly talented and hardworking writers and I am excited about all five novels!

Please note that unless you have already bought a ticket, you will need to buy a visitor ticket to attend the seminar, however this pass will give you access to the rest of the fair and the seminars (excluding the specialist trade areas). I can say from personal experience that it is excellent value.

You can buy a pass here:

The Great British Spring Clean

Kicks off this weekend and Birmingham groups are coming out in force all over our parks and green spaces.
Come along and join in with one nearest to you:

Thursday 2nd March
*   King George V Playing Fields, meet by the notice board at the entrance 10am to midday with the Friends Group.

Friday 3rd March
*   Kings Norton Park from  10am to midday, meeting on the playing field with the Friends Group
*   Frankley Street Champions from 9am to 3pm, meeting at Frogmill Walk (New Street end)
*   Woodgate Valley, Bartley Green  10am to 1pm, meeting 79-81 Gravel Bank
*   Handsworth Wood U3A River Tame bank clear-up, from 10am to 1pm, meet at the River Tame Bridge nearest to Hamstead Station
*   Henry Barber Park 9am to 11.30am

Saturday 4th March
* Turves Green Dingle from 10am to midday, meeting at The Gully, Edgehill Road
*   Friends of Senneleys Park meet in the car park from 11am to 1pm
*   Friends of Billesley Common in Yardley Wood/Moseley, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, meet at top car park
*   Sutton Park from 10am to 1pm, meet at  Streetly Gate, Streetly Lane Sutton Coldfield B74 3EW with the Friends Group
*   Brandwood End Cemetery, meet at the Lodge on the main drive from 10am to 11.30am with the Friends Group
*   Acocks Green Recreation Ground, from 10am to midday. Meet at the Children’s Play area Westley Road/Fox Hollies Road with the Friends Group
*   Perry Hall Park, meet at the Park Keepers Shed, from 10am to 11.30am with the Friends Group
*   Ward End Park, meet in the car park, from 10.30am to 12.30pm with the Friends Group
*   Brookvale Park, from 10am to midday, meet at park keepers office at main entrance with the Friends Group
*   Old Yardley Park 10.30am to 12.30pm, meet at St Edburghas Church

Sunday 5th March
*   Bournville Park, meet at the car park, from 2pm to 4pm with the Friends Group
*   Woodgate Valley, meet at Adams Hill/Bartley Woods End of Broadhidley Woods, from 10am to 11.30am
*   Rookery Park, meet at play area, from 2pm to 4pm with the Friends Group
*   Sheldon Country Park, from 10am to 1pm, meet at car park on Ragley Drive with the Friends Group
*   Calthorpe Park & Eastwood Road, from 2.15pm to 5pm, meet corner of Eastwood Road Opposite Calthorpe Park
*   Handsworth Park, from 2pm to 4pm, meet outside leisure center, with the Friends Group
*   Hamstead Pavilion and playing fields, meet at car park, from 2pm to 3pm
*   Ward End Park at Sladefield Road side, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Tuesday 7th March
*   Digby Park Clean up on Mansell Road in partnership with Quadron /Ideverde, 9am to 11.30am

Thursday 9th March
*   Heybarnes Recreation Ground Clean up in partnership with Ideverde and Waterside care, 9am to 11.30am

Sunday 12th March
*   Northfield Town Centre, from 10am to midday, meeting at Prices Square

Saturday 18th March
*   Lickey Hills at 10am, meet at Visitor Centre with the Lickey Hills Society