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Fifteen Things to do in
Birmingham in February 2020
From FREE events to comedic theatre and introductions to classical music.
The Influence Project (18th January to 22nd March)
Midlands Arts Centre, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH
The collection celebrates the impact that leading Black musicians and features portraits of over 100 artists. plus a selection of photographs shown publicly for the first time ever.
The influence project includes strong Birmingham connections such as MOBO Award-winner Laura Mvula, Walsall-born, Soul singer/songwriter Jorja Smith, plus celebrated Jazz musician Soweto Kinch, The Influence Project chronicles musical pioneers from the mid-to-late 20th century.
Find out more about this FREE exhibition here: macbirmingham.co.uk/exhibition/the-influence-project
Webster and Horsfall: 300 years of Innovation (30th January to 4th October)
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH
The free exhibition tells the story of the local family business, based in Hay Mills, which has been at the heart of steel wire and rope manufacturing in Birmingham since 1720. The history of the company is told through Webster and Horsfall archival material and a selection of Birmingham’s collection of watercolours by Arthur Lockwood.
Lockwood was renowned for his industrial watercolours of Birmingham and the Black Country. He documented the changing city through his work and depicted vivid scenes from local factories, including that of Webster and Horsfall.
NYE Re-run at Nightingale Club (1st February)
Nightingale Club, 18 Kent Street, Birmingham B5 6RD
Repeating New Years Eve with none of the stress, The New Year’s Eve rerun at the Birmingham’s legendary club Nightingale has marked the end of January for the best part of twenty years. This year’s rerun features Alexandra Burke hours after the final night of her role in The Bodyguard musical at The Alexandra theatre. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Happy New Year! Again!
Book advance tickets here: nightingaleclub.co.uk
The Big Splash (1st and 2nd February)
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice says:
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is urging swimming enthusiasts to take on ‘The Big Splash’ this February – a new swimming challenge which will see people go the distance for crucial hospice care.
Taking place on Saturday 1st February at Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre and Sunday 2nd February at Northfield Leisure Centre, The Big Splash will see swimmers take on a 1k or 2k swim-a-thon, with every stroke raising funds for the charity.
Get swimming here: birminghamhospice.org.uk/Pages/Events/Category/swimming
Great British Beer Festival Winter (4th to 8th February)
The New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley Circus Birmingham, B18 5PP
The festival website says:
Not to be confused with a festival for winter beers alone, beers of every style and shade will be available, served in cask, KeyKeg and bottle – from dark to ruby brown and golden ales, plus world beers, real ciders, gins and more!
Get the beers in: winter.gbbf.org.uk/tickets
Rough Works (9th February)
The Glee Club, The Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD
Help both local and national comics and comedians test out their new work with this regular irregular comedy night.
Book tickets here: glee.co.uk/performer/rough-works/?location=1
In PurSUEt (10th to 15th February)
Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham B18 6AD
An obsession with Sue Perkins is turned into a LGBT comedy drama.
Get tickets here: blueorangetheatre.co.uk/project/in-pursuet-10th-15th-february
Peppa Pig: My First Concert (15th and 16th February)
THSH Birmingham, Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
Discover what all about orchestras with Peppa Pig at her first concert.
Tickets here: thsh.co.uk/event/peppa-pig-my-first-concert
Peter Pan Goes Wrong (18th to 22nd February)
The Alexandra, Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS
Mischief Theatre are back with another play within a play. This time drama group at the fictional polytechnic take on Peter Pan.
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Swan Lake (18th to 29th February)
Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
Tchaikovsky’s music played by Royal Ballet Sinfonia combined with world-class dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/brb-swan-lake-2
Hot Chocolate (19th February)
The Jam House, 3-5 St Paul’s Square, Birmingham B3 1QU
Hot Chocolate turn 50 in 2020 and now fronted by Kennie Simon head to the Jam House to bring an evening full of hit 1970s music.
Book tickets here: thejamhouse.com/event/hot-chocolate
Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody (18th February to 1st March)
The Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham B2 5NY
From the team behind Thrones! The Musical comes the story behind he who must not be named.. when he was called Tom Riddle!
Book tickets here: oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-on/voldemort
Verve Poetry Festival (20th to 23rd February)
Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
Four days of poetry, spoken word and workshops at Birmingham Hippodrome. Expect the unexpected.
Find out more here: vervepoetryfestival.com
The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (25th to 29th February)
Birmingham Rep, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Birmingham Rep says:
Playing fast and loose with the facts and with an original piano score composed by Mercury Award Nominee Zoe Rahman played live each night, The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel is no nostalgic bio-drama, but a hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.
Jekyll and Hyde (26th to 28th February)
The Old Rep, 45 Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY
Set around the 2020 US Elections the story of Jekyll and Hyde takes on a brand-new twist with Arrows and Traps Theatre.
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