Foodies Fest offer for Birmingham Wire Readers
Have a Friday Foodie Fest FREEBIE with up to 3 friends on us, simply turn up to the festival at Cannon Hill Park, quote ‘Birmingham Wire Guest List’ and enjoy some of this entirely free:
Michelin starred Chefs Brad Carter, Richard Turner and Nathan Eades cooking their signature recipes in the Stoves Chefs Theatre, Great British Bake Off and Masterchef stars, Feast in the Street Food Avenue, learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre, enjoy afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent, taste wine, champagne and craft beer in the Drinks Theatre, enjoy free yoga classes with yogahaven, buy from local producers in the Artisan Market, kids enjoy the Childrens Cookery Theatre, live music on the Unsigned Music Stage, enter the Chilli Eating Competition, refreshing cocktails from the Bar Bus and Pimms Teapot.
The festival continues all weekend. Use code SUMMER241 to get 2 tickets for £14.
Fri 23 Jun – Sun 25 Jun 11am – 7pm (6pm Sunday) at Cannon Hill Park. More details here Dig in!

Birmingham Fashion Festival at The Custard Factory Market Hall
Popping-up fashionably all over the place expect fashionable boutiques, exhibitions from rising designers & models, trunk shows and parties as BFF platforms many of the industry’s finest emerging & established designers, accessories and fashion brands over 4 days of bustling festival atmosphere. Most of the free creative Pop-up events/shopping experiences are happening at the Custard Factory.
Thu 22 Jun – Sat 24 Jun, 10am-8pm & Sun 25 Jun, 11am-5pm at various venues.

Lucifer’s Birthday Tea Party at BMAG
Come along and enjoy specially created winged cup cakes whilst listening to informed talks from experts to celebrate of the work of sculptor Jacob Epstein, ‘Lucifer’ Statue – one of the most popular exhibits at BMAG. Part of
Fri 23 Jun 3.30pm at BMAG, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH

For-Wards presents Sweet Selly: Live Performance (Bobbie Gardner & Leap Ensemble) at Bournville Junior School
The for-Wards project aims to create a cultural sound map of Birmingham with an original piece of music being composed for each of the ten city districts. Step forward Selly Oak and Birmingham composer Bobbie-Jane Gardner for the next episode in this fascinating musical project. Free but you must register.
Fri 23 Jun 6pm at Bournville Junior School, Linden Road, Birmingham B30 1JY

360 Live at The Dark Horse
These boys have got some brass. Riotous live energy guaranteed to whip up an atmosphere, 360’s blend of punk ska mayhem is the perfect party sound. They describe themselves as “Skafunkapunkreggaerockers” and we can’t improve on that.
Fri 23 Jun 9pm at The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8JP

The Dragonboat Race at Brindley Place (& kids mini race at IKON)
Chinese Lion dancing and floating dragons, let battle commence canalside as local traders and companies compete to become the best (fancy dressed) Dragonboat racers in town. A festival atmosphere with funky food & drinks + crafts market, involvement from local cafes and bars and children’s entertainment including a build your own dragonboat workshop, hosted by Ikon Gallery.

Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism at Artefact
Can we escape Capitalism? In Fisher’s text ‘Capitalist Realism’ the k-punk posited that the behaviour of society reinforces Capitalism as the only viable political system – significantly through contemporary popular culture. This exciting, adventurous work speaks hugely to our current situation and the subtle ‘brainwashing of the masses’. Earlier this year the great political theorist and writer sadly took his own life, Fisher’s friend Keir Milburn will be giving the talk.
Sat 24 Jun 5pm at Artefact 1464 Pershore Rd, Birmingham B30 2NT

Children of Men (dir: Alfonso Cuarón, 2006, cert 15) screening, refugee discussion and iftar
Cuarón’s film is not only a technological marvel, some of the long takes are breathtaking in their execution, but a scarily prescient view of a United Kingdom where immigrants are subject to scorn, hatred and institutionalised violence. As a cinematic spectacle it is unparalleled and we can’t recommend it highly enough. Following the screening there will be a discussion with refugees chaired by Salman Mirza from Migrant Voice and a chance to share in iftar.
Sat 24 Jun 7pm at Centrala, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, Digbeth B5 5RS

Rhino & the Ranters Ryan Webb at The Brown Lion
The Rhino and the Ranters energetic front man brings his one man show to The Brown Lion for an up close and personal set of acoustic brilliance and sartorial perfection. Perfect excuse to check out one of the JQ’s thriving bars.
Sat 24 Jun 10pm at The Brown Lion, 18 Hall St, Birmingham B18 6BS

Heducation at The Dark Horse
We’re really looking forward to this, the groovers from Heducation really know how to throw a party and tonight they’ve signed up the eclectic beats master Richard March from Bentley Rhythm Ace. There’s nothing BRA don’t know about pumping funky tunes, we still rate their FSUK3 mix as one the greatest dance releases ever. Check it out, you won’t regret it. There’s top support from hip-hop funkster DJ Mylz.
Sat 24 Jun 10pm at The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8JP

Vegan Vybes at Kings Heath Community Market
Rescheduled from last week and this is what we had to say then: the healthy living exponents Vegan Vybes return for a second bout of awareness-raising and a tasty cruelty-free food fest. A relaxed friendly, community atmosphere with delicious food. Raw sprouted hummus veggie burger with nettle pesto followed by sponge and ice cream anyone?
Sun 25 Jun 4pm at Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Rd, Birmingham B14 7DB

Sunday Xpress Revolution at Centrala
Viva la revolution. The Sunday Xpress squad return with the usual cultural smorgasbord of local talent and this time they have managed to recruit the most hated band in Birmingham with Shaun Gambol Walsh and the Plagarists making their Xpress bow. Come and see what all the fuss isn’t about. Yin and yang cultural equilibrium we’re assured will be achieved by the appearance of one the best bands in Birmingham The Crooked Hooks and local treasure and amiable geezer Matthew Edwards. Plenty more art, visuals, spoken word and open mic.
Sun 25 Jun 5pm at Centrala, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, Digbeth B5 5RS

Fri 23 Jun - Sun 25 Jun
Giles Logan
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Thu 1 Jun 2017