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YouTubers Syndicate, Yogscast and MumboJumbo join Birmingham Insomnia60 line-up

In Events, News, What's On on 04/09/2017 at 13:30
YouTube and Twitch star Syndicate poses with a fan at Insomnia 57 in Birmingham (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

YouTube and Twitch star Syndicate poses with a fan at Insomnia 57 in Birmingham (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Insomnia60, the UK’s largest gaming festival, which runs over the Easter bank holiday weekend, will see the most star-studded lineup in its 17-year history grace the stage at the NEC in Birmingham, as YouTube superstars Syndicate, Yogscast and MumboJumbo, with a combined fanbase of nearly 20 million people, will be meeting fans and enjoying the countless gaming features and events on offer.

This follows the news that on the Saturday evening there will be music from Years and Years, Chase & Status, Wretch 32, Disciples and Jaguar Skills. These new music acts add to Insomnia60’s status as a truly fantastic day and evening out for the whole family. Read the rest of this entry »

Birmingham mosque responds to EDL with “Best of British” tea party

In Events, News, What's On on 04/07/2017 at 17:05
The Birmingham Central Mosque in Highgate on Friday, April 7 (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

The Birmingham Central Mosque in Highgate on Friday, April 7 (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

When members of the Birmingham Central Mosque heard the English Defence League was coming to their beloved city to very likely moan about Muslims not integrating enough, they could think of no better way to respond to such divisive rhetoric than to host a Great British Tea Party.

Complete with ‘Union Jack’ bunting, tea and cakes, the early afternoon get-together has been timed to coincide with the far right outfits demonstration in the city centre tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

Birmingham residents to feed homeless during EDL visit to city

In Charity, Events, News, What's On on 04/07/2017 at 13:01
Hairdressers will be giving free haircuts during the Birmingham Food Drive event (Photograph: Birmingham Food Drive)

Hairdressers will be giving free haircuts during the Birmingham Food Drive event (Photograph: Birmingham Food Drive)

Residents from across Birmingham will be uniting  on Saturday for a show of community spirit, providing food, clothes, live music and free haircuts for the homeless in the city.

On the day the far-right English Defence League (EDL) demonstrate in the city centre, members of Birmingham’s diverse communities are pledging to come together to show a city united for good and standing against hate and disharmony. Read the rest of this entry »

Birmingham Zombie Walk 2017 postponed

In Charity, Events, News, What's On on 04/06/2017 at 20:39
Birmingham Zombie Walk founder Jamie Chapman joins a previous 2.8 Hours Later urban survival game in Birmingham (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Birmingham’s Zombie Walk founder Jamie Chapman with blood-covered ‘zombies’ (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Birmingham’s annual Zombie Walk has been postponed for 2017, for the first time since it began, to make way for the Big Sleuth art trail.

A firm favourite in the city’s summer events calendar, the fundraising gore-fest has been put on hold to allow for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital to focus on its spectacular sequel to 2015’s Big Hoot project. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Lives Matter author is bringing book tour to Birmingham

In Events, News, What's On on 03/27/2017 at 12:15
American author Angie Thomas will be in Birmingham to discuss her book THUG (Photograph: Anissa Photography)

American author Angie Thomas will be in Birmingham to discuss her book THUG (Photograph: Anissa Photography)

Impact Hub Birmingham is hosting an evening of topical discussion and film around the Black Lives Matter movement, featuring US author Angie Thomas.

With a screening of 50 Shades of Melanin followed by a discussion with film director Naomi Grant and Siana Bangura, the ‘Art Against The Grain’ evening will launch itself straight into the heart of the subject matter; being black and being a young person in America and the UK today. Read the rest of this entry »

58 photos capturing the beautiful diversity of St Paddy’s Day celebrations in Brum

In Events, Gallery, News, What's On on 03/17/2017 at 10:35
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Birmingham are attended by thousands of people from all backgrounds (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Birmingham are attended by thousands of people from all backgrounds (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Birmingham is home to several high-profile annual community celebrations and parades, from Chinese New Year festivities and Birmingham Pride to the Birmingham Mela and Birmingham Carnival, but if there was ever one event that seems to bring everyone together – regardless of age, background or heritage – it would have to be St Patrick’s Day.

Among the sea of green and gold banners, balloons, flags and floats are an even wider array of colours, cultures and identities; as St Patrick’s Day joy attracts city residents and visitors from all walks of life. Unlike the somewhat largely shunned St George’s Day celebrations, a cross spectrum of Brummies identify with the city’s Irish community, in unity, solidarity and spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

OPINION | Vimal Korpal | Birmingham’s female ‘Voices of Experience’

In Blog, Column, Events, What's On on 03/13/2017 at 16:32
'Voices of Experience' participants (L-R):, Novelist Abda Khan, Tamanna Abdul Karim, Diya Sen and Rushnara Mahamud at the mac Birmingham's Hexagon Theatre (Photograph: Vimal Korpal)

‘Voices of Experience’ participants (L-R):, Novelist Abda Khan, Tamanna Abdul Karim, Diya Sen and Rushnara Mahamud at the mac Birmingham’s Hexagon Theatre (Photograph: Vimal Korpal)

Okay, so these aren’t all of the Voices of Experience in Brum but are some of the ‘Voices of Brum’, and they need to be heard, especially Asian women’s voices as we never hear enough about their creative work.

Luckily, Sampad (South Asian Music Performance and Dance) provide this platform in Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry »

Thousands line Brum’s Emerald Mile for St Patrick’s Day parade

In Events, News, What's On on 03/13/2017 at 16:10
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Carl Rice grabs a photo from the top of a double decker bus during the St patrick's Day parade (Photograph: Rangzeb Hussain)

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Carl Rice grabs a photo from the top of a double decker bus during the St patrick’s Day parade (Photograph: Rangzeb Hussain)

Thousands of people came out to marvel at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Birmingham yesterday.

Digbeth High Street was awash with green and gold as festivities launched early in the morning with bright costumes and colour, clearly starting as they meant to go on. Read the rest of this entry »

Brummies celebrate Holi, the Festival of Love and Colours

In Events, What's On on 03/13/2017 at 13:40
Holi is a two-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists (Photograph: Partho72)

Holi is a two-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists (Photograph: Partho72)

Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists across Birmingham are celebrating Holi today, with festivities involving a lot of colourful chaos taking place across the city.

Many began celebrations of the ‘Festival of Colours’ over the weekend in temples, homes and community centres across the Midlands; getting together to share love and joyful spiritual expressions of unity and forgiveness.
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OPINION | Vimal Korpal | Holi, the ‘Festival of Love’

In Blog, Column, Events, Videos, What's On on 03/13/2017 at 12:51
Holi, the festival of colours and love, being celebrated at the Shree Geeta Bhavan Mandir in Birmingham (Photograph: Vimal Korpal)

Holi, the festival of colours and love, being celebrated at the Shree Geeta Bhavan Mandir in Birmingham (Photograph: Vimal Korpal)

Happy Holi, also known as Festival of Love.

It’s the month of  March and what a busy month already, we’ve shared the love with International Women’s Day, we’ve shared the love with a pint of Guinness for the early celebrations for St Patrick’s Day, and now we’re sharing the love with the ‘Festival of  Love’ for Holi. Read the rest of this entry »