Flatpack Film Festival runs all week with free screenings and events happening pretty much daily at its hub on Smallbrook Queensway and venues across the city. See below for details and our Top 10 Flatpack picks are here.
Stirchley Community Market at Stirchley Baths
We love Stirchley community market, every month they bring us the best in street food, crafts, artisan food and warm friendly faces. The collective vibe is always a pleasure and this time is no different as the event continues to expand to its biggest size yet with 25 stalls. New vendors include the Middle Feast and their range of delicious kebabs, the creative genius of Frilly industries, but most exciting for us is the debut of Jam vs Custard; rhubarb, orange and ginger doughnuts? Yes please.
Tue 4 Apr 4pm at Bournville Lane, Birmingham B30 2JT stirchleycommunitymarket.co.uk/
Psychologist in The Pub at the Gunmakers Arms
Avoid the cod philosophy of bar room drunks by enjoying the company of Leoni Koutsou from the British Psychological Society for an enlightening discussion on the role of alcohol in British culture. If your irony alarms are going wild then please be advised that these evenings are incredibly fascinating and offer prescient insights into popular culture. A Q&A follows.
Tue 4 Apr 6.30pm at the Gunmakers Arms, Bath Street, Birmingham B4 6HG www.facebook.com
Journey Film Club presents Red Eye (dir: Wes Craven, 2005, cert 12A)
An oft overlooked chiller from horror maestro Wes Craven, ‘Red Eye’ stars a cold Cillian Murphy as terrorist Jackson Rippner stalking an excellent Rachel McAdams on a flight to Miami. The claustrophobic tension is unbearable as a relentless and confusing battle of wills unfolds. A convoluted and complicated assassination plot means nothing against a well placed whack from a hockey stick, take note bad guys.
Tue 4 Apr 7.30pm at Birmingham LGBT, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham B1 1EQ www.journeyfilmclub.co.uk
Jewellery and Modernism at Ikon Gallery
Writer Simon Bliss discusses the representation of jewellery during the 1920’s and 1940’s with reference to the current exhibition of modernist and surrealist Jean Painlevé’s photography. A wonderful exhibition of film, photography and jewellery that is really worth a visit. Drop into the new branch of the Yorks Bakery Cafe while you’re there.
Tue 4 Apr 5pm at Ikon Gallery, Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS ikon-gallery.org
Mellow Yellow 4 at Island Bar
Those lovely Mellow Yellow people bring us another showcase of local music in the chilled out out confines of the Island Bar, grab a cocktail whilst you’re there. This evening has an acoustic feel with singer songwriter’s Jim Hudson, Lucy Rose-Garnish and Tehillah Henry performing. Wolverhampton’s indie rockers Velvet Riot are also on hand to lift the volume levels.
Wed 5 Apr 7pm at Island Bar, 14-16 Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B1 1LT www.facebook.com
RMS Titanic: Made in the Midlands discussion with author Andrew Lound at Waterstones
A subject that is endlessly fascinating is the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic, but did you know that a large part of the ship’s interiors was manufactured right here in the Midlands? Local historian Andrew Lound has spent thirty years studying the Titanic’s links to the region and will be discussing his new book exploring the subject.
Wed 5 Apr 6.30pm at Waterstones, 24 – 26 High Street Birmingham B4 7SL www.waterstones.com
Freegan food boxes, screenings + PAYF Pop-up cafes with TFJFP
Thrift kings and local anti-waste pioneers The Real Junkfood Project have all sorts of exciting happenings on hand this (and every) week. Alongside the usual Pay-As-You-Feel pop ups and cafes, join them for a free screening of Just Eat It at the Flatpack Film Festival (see below and here). Delving deep into our obsession with expiry dates and perfect bananas, two Vancouver-based filmmakers live entirely on discarded food for a year (and survive).
Thu 6 Apr 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Flatpack Hub 97 Smallbrook Queensway Birmingham B5 4JL See our full feature here.
Muzikstan Extra at Ort Cafe
Muzikstan’s carefully curated events, this time by Ricardo Santos Rocha, are always an imaginatively eclectic joy and luckily for us they have arranged an extra date in April. The evening is a celebration of Portugal’s bloodless 1974 Carnation Revolution, go look it up. A special lineup includes the classically trained Haitian musician Germa Adan whose compositions marry a sweet soulful voice with expressive violin to haunting effect. Muzikstan events are always infused with a lovely familial charm, home cooked vegetarian food.
Thu 6 Apr 7pm at Ort Cafe, 500-504 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH www.facebook.com
Harry & The Howlers at the Blue Piano
Birmingham’s greatest rockabilly rebel rousers Harry & the Howlers come stomping to the sultry surrounds of the Blue Piano this week. Energetic live performances fizz along at a frantic pace and you may just find your beetle crushers uncontrollably tapping away as spiky front woman Harry Jordan leads her Howlers through songs such as ‘Devil in a Push Up Bra’. Great fun live.
Fri 7 Apr 7pm at the Blue Piano, 26 Harborne Rd, Birmingham B15 3AA www.facebook.com
Flatpack Floating Cinema Shorts at Brindley Place
We’re all over Flatpack this week, see our top ten guide here. We love the quirky screenings in unusual venues and this may just be our favourite. Attach your sea (canal) legs and board the Ikon Gallery’s canal boat for viewings of surrealist Jean Painlevé’s short experimental films. No booking required just drop in.
Sat 8 Apr 2pm at Brewmaster Bridge, Brindley Place, Birmingham B1 2JS ikon-gallery.org
Kings Heath Street Food Market
The market is always a great family day out especially if the sun is shining so fingers crossed. A wide variety of the best street food vendors will be on hand to satisfy your gastronomic urges including the award winning Buddha Belly’s delicious Thai food, Birmingham Brewing Company will be serving their great local brews ‘Pale Brummie’ and ‘Bitter Brummie’. With live music and events for the kids that’s your Saturday afternoon sorted.
Sat 8 Apr 11am at Village Square, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7RA www.facebook.com
Malarkey at the Dark Horse
Birmingham’s noisy dancehall punks bring their riotous blend of reggae and ska infused mayhem to the Dark Horse this evening. These boys know how to get a party started so bring your dancing feet and expect plenty of laughs to complement your moon stomping shenanigans. Jam Jah favourite DJ Robidon will be mixing up a storm to keep the good vibes flowing.
Sat 8 Apr 10pm at the Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8JP www.darkhorsemoseley.co.uk
Dead Pixels at Mama Roux’s
How does an evening of retro gaming, tasty street food, live music and DJ’s sound? Yes we can’t wait either. Dead Pixels events are a blast and best of all you won’t need a pocketful of change to partake in the gaming. This evening is themed on the wickedly subversive game Bioshock so don your diving suits Big Daddies and look out for those Little Sisters. We can’t confirm rumours there is an ADAM street food vendor onsite.
Sat 8 Apr 5.30pm at Mama Roux’s, 23 Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG www.facebook.com
Digbeth Dining Club Kings Heath Street Closure
Happy days folks the Digbeth Dining Club takeover of Kings Heath is back. We love these events, a raft of the finest gourmet street food, market stalls full of funky stuff and all played out to the deliciously laid back tunes of the Leftfoot DJ’s. A mini street festival if you will centred around the Hare and Hounds with a gloriously relaxed vibe. When the sun shines there really is no better way to spend an afternoon.
Sun 9 Apr 11am at Hare and Hounds, 106 High St, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7JZ hareandhoundskingsheath.skiddletickets.com
White Rabbit Easter Hippy Vintage Fair at the Prince of Wales
There’s a distinct Woodstock vibe to the ever excellent vintage fair at the Prince of Wales this weekend. Stock up on all your vintage clothing needs, browse the quality craft stalls, chow down on a wide range of street food and listen to the hippy inspired music of Cate Shanks. Far out man.
Sun 9 Apr 12pm at Prince of Wales, 118 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8EE www.facebook.com
Published on: Sat 4 Mar 2017