Creative Event Round Up – April

Last Updated: Wednesday 5th April, 2017 at 9:45 am

There’s so much happening this month that it’s difficult to keep track. It’s going to be a fab month,we’ll get our events out of the way first, then onto matters further afield.

As always we’ll try and keep this list updated with anything new that pops up, if we’ve missed anything feel free to email us at

Small Talk 2017

Thursday 27th April

A few years ago we put on our first Small Talk event, this year it’s back for round two. We’ve got some outstanding speakers and best of all the event is free. There may be some other things planned for the night too, we’ll keep you updated.

The event has sold out now, but you can add yourself to the waiting list and we’ll send you one out if and when it becomes available.

We’re also looking for sponsors, please get in touch if you can help.

Also this month:

Badego Does…BCU Type Talks with Neville Brody
Badego @ Flatpack (more on this below)

A new university, for a new Birmingham.

Saturday 8th April @ Fazeley Studios

On Saturday 8th April (11am to 1pm), an exciting free-of-charge event (with food and drink provided, as well as live entertainment!) takes place at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, where plans for an innovative new university in Birmingham will be publicly unveiled for the first time.

The Academy of Life is a new kind of university for students, creatives, entrepreneurs and innovators. Based in Digbeth, Birmingham’s Creative Quarter, it focuses on personal development, creativity and social innovation.

Students learn by doing, working on important local challenges in collaboration with companies and organisations. Each student also spends 4 months working in India as part of a two-year undergraduate degree – the world’s first in Creativity & Innovation.

This will be a fun, relaxed event for people from all walks of life to come together to explore how a new university for our city, and a new mayor for our region, can be best used to fully unleash our great collective potential.

More details and register here

Swingamjig 2017

30th April @ Digbeth Triangle

Swingamajig is the UK’s first one day urban festival dedicated to Electro Swing, Gypsy Folk and vintage mayhem! Swingamajig takes the sounds and styles from the 1920′s and brings them up to date with a modern twist bringing together several thousand of the best dressed ladies and gents to party like it is 1929.

More details and tickets here

Create in Brum – Meet the Professionals

Monday 3rd April – 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Head down to Impact Hub on Monday for talks from three women who are bossing our creative industry for Create in Brum’s first event. Gutted to be missing this one as we’ll be at Type Talks, but best of luck and I hope everyone attending enjoys.

The tickets on Eventbrite have sold out, but you are welcome to still turn up on the night (according to their Facebook).

Confirmed speakers: Lisa Hassell, Sarah Seaton

More details available here

Made in the Middle

6th March – 29th April – Parkside Gallery

Missed this one last month. Made in the Middle is an touring exhibition which showcases and sells some of the best contemporary craft and applied art from across the Midlands.

The current exhibition is the eighth in the ongoing series which has been developed over the last thirty years.

It promotes the best of recent craft from makers with a regional connection and  is popular with audiences, galleries and collectors.

More details here

Fuckup Nights Birmingham Volume 1

Monday 10th April @ Impact Hub

Let’s get real: we’ve all fucked up at some point. What’s important is that we see fuckups as an opportunity to improve, to iterate and to evolve our ideas and ourselves. The beauty of the fuckup is that it is uniquely yours – yours to own, yours to play with and yours to share with the world.

Fuckup Nights (FUN) is a casual arena to do this in. Every month they’ll be bringing together 3 or 4 speakers, a (hopefully) empathy-filled crowd and a safe space at Impact Hub Birmingham for people to share what they’ve learned from a business or project failure that they personally experienced.

Tickets available here

Open Art Night

Thursday 27th April – 5pm – 10pm @ Eagle & Tun

TheArt4 & Project Birmingham collaborate together to bring you a new all inclusive event. Open Art Night is an immersive experience of Art, Music, Poetry, Performance and all other creative mediums from fashion to photography.

It’s simply an Open Mic Night for all the Arts. Just like any Open Mic Night, anyone can come along, show, present or perform their work.

More details here

Flatpack 11

4th – 9th April across the city

Flatpack is here once more and will be taking over the city for six days with screenings, talks and events. It’s a special time to be in Birmingham, make sure you can get to as much as possible. Here’s a few things I’ll be looking forward to:

Badego @ Flatpack – Territory Studio: Designing Future Technologies For Film

Wednesday 5th March – 7pm

We’re delighted to be involved in Flatpack for a second year with this amazing opportunity to hear from the motion graphics involved with Ex_Machina, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost in the Shall and more.

Once again this free event is sold out, however you can put your name down on the waiting list in case some become available. There will also be a limited number of walk up places available on the night.

Find our more here


Saturday 8th April – 7.30pm @ The Electric

This synopsis of this one made me laugh.

Mindhorn is a long-forgotten 80s detective drama about a private detective on the Isle of Man with a bionic eye-patch – a role which turned out to be the high point for washed-up actor Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt). But now a real-life Mindhorn-obsessed serial killer is on the loose, and only one man can foil him…

More details

The Giant w/ Q & A

Saturday April 8th @ Everyman

Rikard faces an extraordinary struggle in very ordinary surroundings. Born with autism and a facial deformity that limits his ability to communicate, he longs to be both part of a community and independent. Although his verbal communication is limited, Rikard’s imagination is boundless: in his mind he is a giant, able to overcome all obstacles as he searches for his birth mother and attempts to conquer the world at his chosen sport of boules.

More details here

My Life as a courgette

Sunday 9th April @ The Electric

Courgette is a young boy experiencing life in a foster home after the unexpected death of his alcoholic mother – his only souvenir of her is an empty beer can. All of his fellow residents are also reeling from some kind of childhood trauma, but in spite of the dark subjects it explores My Life As A Courgette is ultimately life-affirming and very funny.

More details here