Creative Event Round Up – July

Last Updated: Wednesday 5th July, 2017 at 1:11 pm

Once again here’s our monthly break down of creative events happening across the city that we think you might enjoy. If you think we’ve missed anything off, shoot us an email to

Creative Cafe with Katy Tromans & LOWLFE

Friday 7th July, 8:30am to 10am – Urban Coffee Company

Creative cafe is your chance to start the day right with talks, drinks and breakfast once a month on a Friday at Urban Coffee Company. For our second cafe instalment in 2017 we’re all about miniature stories.

We have three immensely talented crafters speaking, with jeweller Katy Tromans discussing the making of her beautiful narrative based pieces and Key Powell & Tam Bernard who form the collective LOWLFE talking through the amusing miniature world they’ve been creating – as featured in I Choose Birmingham.

Get tickets and more info here

Be Festival

4th – 8th July

Taking place between July 4-8, BE FESTIVAL is a cross-pollinating and boundary smashing explosion of theatre, dance, circus, comedy, music, visual and performing arts giving audiences the opportunity to explore and enjoy the backstage areas of The REP where the Construction Workshop acts as a Hub to the festival.

Find out more here

Family pinhole camera workshop

8th July – Birmingham Open Media

Use recycled materials to make your own camera, produce and develop analogue negative images.

£3. Suitable for children age 7+ and families

Register here

The Big Sluth

From 10th July throughout Summer – across the city

Repeating The Big Hoot’s multi-award-winning formula, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art are teaming up to present The Big Sleuth.

To most people, the word ‘sleuth’ means a private detective, but it’s also the collective noun for a group of bears! Bizarre but true.

Birmingham will bring both definitions together in the summer of the 2017 and the Sun Bear, the world’s smallest species of bear (now threatened with extinction) is the inspiration for a brand-new sculpture for this event.

These incredible creatures are sure to inspire creativity and generate plenty of fun for all you sleuth spotters on the trail! After which, the bears will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Find out more here

Nine Arches Summer Poetry Party

Jul 19th – Waterstones

Join Nine Arches at Waterstones Birmingham to celebrate a busy spring and summer at Nine Arches Press, with poetry highlights from their publishing year so far.

Special guest poets: Rishi Dastidar, Angela France, and Tania Hershman, with compere Gregory Leadbetter.

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Badego – Thursday Informal

20th July, 6.30pm – Purecraft bar & kitchen

Our usual meet up of like minded creative types having a casual chat and a few drinks, with the option of food.

Anyone’s welcome from designers to dj’s, architects to actors, painters to photographers, jewellers to joiners, writers to… well you get the idea.

There’s no agenda, just come along at any point from 6.30pm, grab a drink and slide in with the rest of the crowd.

RSVP here

Robin Williams Party. Mrs Doubtfire and Good Morning Vietnam

22nd July – Mockingbird Cinema

On the 11th August 2014 the world lost one of the greatest comedic actors in the world when Robin Williams sadly passed away.

Join the Mocking Bird Cinema and Kitchen in Digbeth on the 22nd July in celebrating our favourite comedy actor, on what would be the day after his 66th Birthday.

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Shock and Gore festival

28th July to 6th August – Electric Cinema

Shock & Gore is the twisted offspring of The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, one of the country’s leading independent cinemas, and follows The Electric’s own objective since it was relaunched in 2004 – namely to offer the kind of screenings and events you just can’t get anywhere else.

While a large part of the festival focuses on horror in all its shapes and forms, that’s not what we’re solely interested in. We’re looking to celebrate the weird, the wonderful and the fantastic, which includes science fiction, fantasy and the kind of narrative dramas that take human experiences to the extreme.

More info here

Art For Social Good

Sunday July 30th – Thimblemill Library

In this workshop with illustrator Louise Byng we’ll practise the art of being kind to ourselves and each other by making up crafty care packages including badges, zines and temporary tattoos. These little care packages can be given out to people, kept for yourself or created as random acts of kindness and left someplace to cheer up someone’s day.

Suitable for 7 yrs+

Register here