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Search is on for the urban dance superstars of the future

An X-Factor-style dance-off competition for street dance groups is on the lookout for the Midlands’ top urban dance…

Share your NIA memories!

Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena is asking the general public to share their memories of the venue during its…

Festival Of Imagineers Makes Its Debut

Visionaries from the world of design, technology and engineering this month come together for a day of performance and activities…

Were You Ska'd For Life?

Three Minute Heroes, the smash-hit 2 Tone musical is to make its long awaited return to Coventry for three weeks this autumn…

The Bodyguard on its way to Wolverhampton

Thea Sharrock's hit production The Bodyguard is to stop off in Wolverhampton as part of its first national tour. Based…
until Sat 11 Oct

Featuring handmade textural ceramics, described by Usha as ‘3D paintings’ and inspired by the Canadian Rockies and Australia.

4 Brook St, St Paul's, Birmingham
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until Sat 06 Sep

An eclectic mix of work by accomplished artists.

4 Brook St, St Paul's, Birmingham
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until Sun 31 Aug

(87 mins) Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. Michael O'Hara, against his better judgement, joins the crew of Arthur…

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
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until Sun 31 Aug

2014 line-up includes; Caribou, Darkside, Roy Ayers, Jon Hopkins, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald Present Boderland, Underground Resistance Present Timeline, Gilles Peterson, Metro Area,…

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until Sat 06 Sep

Anybody who remembers the various film versions of John Buchan's classic spy thriller will be hard-pressed to call any of them 'humorous' - so it's a bit weird, to say the least, to think of this stage version having…

118 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham
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until Sat 30 Aug

With Comedy Carousel, Andy Robinson plus comic tbc (Thurs). Simon Clayton, Chris McCausland plus comic tbc (Fri & Sat)

Hurst St, Birmingham
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On General Release From Thu 28 Aug

(113 mins) The Grand Seduction is a Canadian remake of a French-Canadian 2003 comedy called Seducing Doctor Lewis (aka La Grande séduction), which won seven French-Canadian Oscars. The story of a remote fishing…

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Fri 29 Aug - Sat 30 Aug

Stellar vocal harmony is blended with excellent musicianship to make Up 4 The Downstroke the UKs premier band playing RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and more.

3 - 5 St Paul's Square, Birmingham
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Fri 29 Aug - Sun 31 Aug

Renowned guitarists and songwriters Johnny Marr and Richard Thompson and Scottish folk rockers The Waterboys headline this genre-crossing festival, which features both professional and unsigned bands in its eclectic…

Sailsbury Road, Birmingham
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Fri 29 Aug - Sun 31 Aug

2014 line-up includes; Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Katy B, Chase & Status, John Newman, Clean Bandit, Zane Lowe, MK, BrEaCh, Sam Divine, Andy C, Wilkinson, Neon Jungle, Calyx Teebee and many more to be announced...

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Fri 29 Aug - Sun 31 Aug

2014 line-up includes; 10CC, Squeeze, The Feeling, Eddie And The Hot Rods, King King, The Orb, Chas & Dave, Big Country, Ian Anderson & friends, Kokomo, The Undertones, Deborah Bonham, Jo Harman, Catballou, New…

Reeds Road, Farnham
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Fri 29 Aug - Sun 31 Aug

2014 line-up includes; The Flaming Lips, Wild Beasts, The Gene Clark No Other Band, Black Lips, 9 Bach, Adult Jazz, Alexis Taylor, All We Are, Andrew Combs, The Barr Brothers, Benjamin Clementine, Bird Courage, British…

, Tollard Royal
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Wed 24 Sep - Sat 11 Oct

Acclaimed West End drama based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo.

35/37 Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent
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Wed 05 Nov
Bickenhill Rd, Birmingham
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Thu 11 Dec

Eagerly anticipated concert from the acclaimed tenor and West End star.

Bickenhill Rd, Birmingham
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Fri 07 Nov - Sun 09 Nov

John's brand new show SUPERSONIC will be smashing through comedy MACH 3. Get ready for a comic boom of guffaws all the way from Plymouth to Glasgow via Dublin and back again.  

King Edward Rd, Birmingham
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On General Release From Fri 01 Aug

(86 mins) Review: Considering how the bar of animation has been elevated in recent years, it’s always bit of a shock to encounter a mutant gene. No doubt attempting to evoke the spirit of the Looney Tunes and…

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On General Release From Fri 22 Aug

(102 mins) Review: For those who adore the dark, noir-ish sadism of Frank Miller’s comic books, this 3D adaptation will be the closest thing to a wet dream. For others, though, it might come as a damp squib. A…

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The 2 Tone Musical at The Belgrade
John Godber classic comes to Coventry
Peter James' crime thriller at The New Alexandra Theatre
Sian Phillips stars on Oscar Wilde's witty masterpiece
Harper Lee's American classic comes to Brum
The Mousetrap returns to Birmingham
Tony Award-winning musical in the Midlands
Dreamboats And Miniskirts at The New Alexandra Theatre
The best of soul in Wolverhampton
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