Category Archives: What’s On

Festive Images of Centenary Square

OD4A9554Twice this week I ventured out in the cold and when darkness was falling to capture the festive scene in Centenary Square. But it was worth it, I think.

The new Library of Birmingham really comes to life in the dark, with superb external illumination that cycles through a series of four colours and the transitions creating a further four. Continue reading

Christmas is coming!

Building the merry-go-round for the Frankfurt Market 2012

Building the carousel for the Frankfurt Market 2012

With the building of the Merry-go-round in Victoria Square this evening, it’s starting to feel like the Christmas Market is nearly here! This Saturday at 5:30 is the start of the Christmas Parade and light switch-on. See the route and timings here. Last year was pretty good – all the kids seemed to be enjoying it too! Here is a video showing some excerpts.

The Frankfurt Christmas Market (Victoria Square and New Street) and the Craft Market (Centenary Square and Chamberlain Square) will open on Thursday 15th November, and stay until the 22nd December. They are open from 10am to 9pm each day.

 

Karen Caine

Birmingham Made Me Design Expo 15-22 June Mailbox

“From jewellery designers to JCB from Aga to Acme Whistles, Birmingham Made Me showcases the finest creativity from the Original Design City” say the organisers.  This looks like a really super series of exhibits and events with something for everyone. It’s incredible what we can manufacture in Birmingham and nearby – we still excel in design and production expertise.  I believe the Jaguar £750k C-X75 supercar will be on show!

It’s free to visit everything and most of the events are open to all without booking in advance.

The expo is open Monday – Saturday 11am – 7pm Sunday 11am – 4pm. It’s all on at the Mailbox. You can see examples of some of the exhibits and delve into what the expo is here.

Next Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery 3rd April 17:30-19:00

Social Media Surgeries siteVolunteers are offering free social media help to voluntary organisations, community groups, charities, clubs and societies in a relaxed, informal setting.

No boring speeches, no jargon.

Tools like blogs, podcasts, video and social networks can give a real boost to campaigning organisations, often for no or little cost. So these experts (and I) are offering you approachable one-to-one help and support because we believe it can help. You might just want to see what is possible and go away and think about it. You might be itching to set up a blog and start using it. Perhaps you think video might help you tell your story but don’t know where to start? All is possible.

There’ll be no lectures, just people with knowledge, ideas and a passion to help you make best use of the internet for your group or organisation.

Let us know if you can come here: http://socialmediasurgery.com/surgeries/central-birmingham

Karen Caine

Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery 6th March 5:30-7pm

Social Media Surgeries are events where non-profit organisations can get free advice on using social media like blogs, twitter, facebook, etc. You can read more about them here.

If you are involved in a non-profit organisation and would like to get help using social media, please come along to the next Central Birmingham surgery on
Tuesday 6 March 2012 5:30pm – 7:00pm.  If you don’t need help yourself, maybe you could tell someone you know about it?

Karen Caine

Bug counts and worm surveys – free diversity event midday 6th March.

Free talk at Birmingham University’s Winterbourne Gardens midday tomorrow Tuesday 06 March 2012.

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2012/03/02Mar-Nature-comes-to-life-at-Winterbourne-House-and-Garden.aspx

Continuing the historic house’s series of free events about biodiversity, the talk will focus on resources that the OPAL project can provide to those interested in wildlife and their local green spaces. OPAL is a national initiative designed to involve and inspire a new generation of nature-lovers, it aims to encourage people from all walks of life to see themselves as nature detectives. The talk will explain practical tips for helping the environment and monitoring nature in your local area.

Congratulations to Social Media Surgeries on Big Society Award!

Social Media Surgeries siteCongratulations go to Nick Booth and everyone involved in the Social Media Surgeries today as they win a Big Society Award!

You may have noticed we often advertise upcoming Central Birmingham Social Media Surgeries in this blog, events where non-profit organisations can get free advice on using social media like blogs, twitter, facebook, etc. We also explained back on our 250th post how they helped us get started with this site, and thanked them.

You can read more about the award here, and about the Social Media Surgeries .

I hope this award helps the Social Media Surgeries to grow. If you are involved in a non-profit organisation and would like to get help using social media, perhaps you would like to come along to the next Central Birmingham surgery on
Tuesday 6 March 2012 5:30pm – 7:00pm

I hope to meet you there (as nowadays I volunteer as a ‘surgeon’). If you don’t need help yourself, maybe you could tell someone you know about it?

Karen Caine

Three new Ikon exhibitions open today, including free opening event this evening

For an early look, with a glass of wine thrown in, you could pop along to this evenings free opening between 6pm and 8pm.

Additionally, between 4pm and 5pm in the Ikon Cafe, the curators of the  Postcards From Japan exhibition will lead an informal discussion about the exhibition and their personal experiences and observations on the effect of the Japanese tsunami. They will also be signing copies of the catalogue.

The exhibitions are:

Sarah Browne: How to Use Fool’s Gold

Hamish Fulton

Postcards From Japan – A Message From Tohoku Artists

In case you haven’t been before, the Ikon Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS.

Birmingham’s Christmas Parade

Birmingham started getting ready for Christmas today with the Christmas Parade and Lights Switch On. Here is my video of the parade, and some of the entertainment in Brindleyplace – its not very polished, but hopefully you will get the gist!

The atmosphere was great – the kids were loving it – and the crowds seemed huge. The police are apparently estimating 40,000 along the route. Now the parade is finished the Frankfurt Christmas Market stalls can be built in Victoria Square and New Street ready for the opening on Thursday 17th (the Craft Fair is already being built in Chamberlain Square). This will be the 10th Frankfurt Christmas Market!

Karen Caine

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Learn more about plans for the city centre – and perhaps even get involved!

The Birmingham City Centre Neighbourhood Forum is holding a (free) public meeting, 14th November 2011 at 6:45pm in the Museum and Art Gallery Learning Zone. There will be talks by the Police Chief Inspector and by Birmingham Council on city centre developments. Continue reading

Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery, Today – Mon 3 Oct

Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery on Mon 3 Oct. 5:30 – 7pm

 

Volunteers are offering social media help to any voluntary and community groups in the Birmingham area in a relaxed, informal setting.

It doesn’t matter if you are the head of communications at a major charity or an active citizen in your neighbourhood. If you’re at all curious come along:

The Studio 7 Cannon Street,  Birmingham B2 5EP

No boring speeches, no jargon.

 

Our 250th Post – thanks to Social Media Surgeries!

This is our 250th BrumCityCentre blog post!

It seems like a good opportunity to say thank you to Nick Booth and all the other Social Media Surgery volunteers. Nick Booth from Podnosh organised the first social media surgery in Birmingham in October 2008. Nowadays volunteers in a variety of places help many people to learn how to use social media to help their community groups and local charities, or otherwise increase their effectiveness as local active citizens, at free and friendly meetings.

Social Media Surgeries site

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TUC Protest March – Sunday September 18

TUC is taking the opportunity of the Lib Dem Autumn conference in Birmingham to stage an organised protest through the city centre on Sunday 18. West Midlands Police have issued a statement. Click here to see it.

The police statement details the route and times of the march, which will help you either to join or avoid the event according to your preference!

David Foster

Parking at the United Birmingham Peace event

Access to Gillott Road and Summerfield Crescent is being restricted to residents only. Limited free parking is available at the Ladywood Leisure Centre. There is also free parking on the car park at Edgbaston Reservoir. Police are asking that people remember this is a residential area and residents need access. A high volume of traffic is anticipated and parking will be limited.

Peace Event – Summerfield Park, Dudley Road, 3pm Sunday 14th August

On Sunday there will be a Peace rally in response to this weeks disorder and the tragic loss of life of Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir. This is intended to be a peaceful, and multicultural, event and police are properly aware of it (it is mentioned on their web site). Organisers are suggesting that anyone who wants to gather with others to show their feelings against the riots and deaths does so at this event organised by a number of community groups, and with cross-community support. They are hoping many people will join them.

The event is planned for 3pm Sunday 14th August at Summerfield Park (Dudley Road).

Participants are asked to share a sense of unity and respect for the occasion.

Nigel Mansell and a Midlands Motoring event, Broad Street on Sunday 14th

Starting at 12 noon on Sunday you can enjoy an afternoon centred on Midlands Motoring with displays of both modern and vintage motoring greats, and interactive driving activities. At around 2:20pm Nigel Mansell will join the Broad Street Walk of Stars, followed by a question and answer session. There will also be live music and food offers available.

Find out more on the Broad Street site.

Colmore Business District Food Festival (with music)

The Lord Mayor being shown round

Sample taster from CBD Food Festival

Sample 'taster' from CBD Food Festival - this one is from The Old Contemptibles in Edmund Street

The Food Festival is on today in Victoria Square. Some jazz playing at the moment, and a nice atmosphere. Various Colmore Business District food-related businesses have stalls and are cooking ‘tasters’ for around £3 each. Its here until 7pm. To learn more go to: http://www.colmorebusinessdistrict.com/index.aspx?id=36

 

 

Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery on Thu 9 Jun

Volunteers are offering social media help to any voluntary and community groups in the Birmingham area in a relaxed, informal setting.It doesnt matter if you are the head of communications at a major charity or an active citizen in your neighbourhood. If youre at all curious come along.No boring speeches, no jargon.Tools like blogs, podcasts, video and social networks can give a real boost to campaigning organisations, often for no or little cost. So these experts are offering you approachable one-to-one help and support because they believe it can help. You might just want to see what is possible and go away and think about it. You might be itching to set up a blog and start using it. Perhaps you think video might help you tell your story but dont know where to start? All is possible.Therell be no lectures, just people%

via Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery on Thu 9 Jun.

Made in Birmingham – pre-war cars

Birmingham Drive It day was on 17th April 2010. Read more at the Drive It Day site . The cars were very popular with lots of people looking round – even the Lord Mayor – and many photographs being taken. The owners were friendly and keen to talk. The cars should be back on Sunday 22 April 2012 – so make a note in your diary if you regret missing them this time!

Community Volunteering Event Monday 7th March

A free Community Volunteering Evening is taking place this Monday 7th March evening from 7pm at Birmingham Council House Committee Rooms 3 & 4 featuring three local organisations. The speakers will be:

Brenda Lawrence for Dojo Community Project

– http://dojoproject.wordpress.com/

Darren Cannan on behalf of Guide Dogs For The Blind

Margaret Walsh on behalf of St Chad’s Sanctuary

– http://www.stchadssanctuary.com/

This event  is open to all and is particularly relevant for Birmingham city centre residents.

Although this event is hosted by Ladywood Conservative Party, none of the above organisations are connected to the Conservative Party and there will be no political content to the evening. So whatever your age, background or capabilities, feel free to come along to this event to find out more about helping out locally. If you need more information, please mail ladywoodconservatives@gmail.com