I dislike groupings of things, I like to be able to pick an choose my own stuff – be that food from a buffet, items from a website via RSS feeds, or cultural events. Festivals work well when they’re curated by someone with a clear vision, not when they do a land grab and pull anything vaguely related that might have been happening anyway under their cloak. Flatpack doesn’t attempt to include the new Spiderwoman film at the ODEON in their programme, Supersonic doesn’t list every metal gig in the Midlands as part of the fest. That works. The idea of having a “London 2012 Open Weekend” where things unrelated to sport, or to London, or to each other are on doesn’t for me. Especially as they may well have been happening anyway. That sort of annoys me, because individually they’re all interesting things.
So here they are, don’t let Sebastian Coe and Boris Johnson put you off:
Made in Birmingham: 24 – 26 July 2009 – all day.
Exhibition exploring Birmingham’s Victorian manufacturing heritage.
Venue: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B3 3HQ.
Tickets: Free Admission.
Amplifying the Map : 25 July 2009, 11am – 1pm.
Rediscover familiar places and explore new ones. (This looks a super project, I hope it gets enough contributions.)
Venue: mac, Birmingham Nature Centre, Cannon Hill Park Birmingham, B12 9QH.
Tickets: Free but book at www.macartists.co.uk or 0121 452 8870.
I’m One of Obama’s People: 25July 2009, 11am-4pm. 26 July 2009, 1-4pm.
Add yourself to Obama’s administration team by having your portrait created as part of this exhibition.
Venue: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square,
Birmingham, B3 3DH.
Tickets: Free but need to book 10 minute slot on 0121 773 7889.
Artwalk: 24-26 July 2009, 10am-10pm.
An arts festival in Handsworth including visual arts, live music, street performers and children’s activities.
Venue: various venues in Handsworth, B21.
Tickets: www.comeunityarts.org/ 0121 678 8849.
Handsworth Park Family Day: 25 July 2009, 12noon – 5pm
A day of music, dance, workshops and activities for all the family. Come and join in and try something new.
Venue: Handsworth Park, Holly Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B20 2BY
Tickets: Free admission
Youth Today Rocks: 24 – 26 July
Young People will be playing music.
Venue: Pheonix Business Academy, 104 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8SU
Tickets: £5 per person. Visit www.pheonixbusinessacademy.org for more info and info on timings.
You don’t need reminding that Supersonic is on, you may want to see what other artsy stuff is on this weekend (courtesy of More Canals…) and you may need a reminder of all the stuff going on at the museums, libraries and parks.