ViDERE DIVES INTO 2020 WITH THE UNVEILING OF ITS SECOND LIFE GALLERY

ViDERE aquariums

ViDERE, the Birmingham-based specialist aquarium design and installation company, is set to make a splash at The Senator Group this month with the launch of its second Life Gallery. The one-week exhibition will take a deep-dive into nature aquariums and natural art at the Jewellery Quarter venue from 9 – 14 March.  Linking nature, interiors and wellbeing, the one-week event has been curated to inspire and showcase how aquariums can incorporate nature into your business and homes. Each piece is entirely unique and brings together aspects of architecture, horticulture and interior design all in the form of an aquarium.  ViDERE will also be hosting a

THE RAMBLERS BALL STAGE WELCOMES SPOKEN WORD STARS FOR 2020 RETURN

Ollie O’Neill, Evolve Cafe, The Ramblers Ball

The Ramblers Ball is back and, to celebrate, it’s bringing famous faces from the spoken word scene to Brum. Returning to its Digbeth roots on 4 March, the poetry event will take over Evolve once more and will welcome back the Midlands’ favourite, Casey Bailey. Sharing the limelight, Casey will pass the mic to two unmissable spoken-word masters: Ollie O’Neill and Saili Katebe.  Since his last performance at The Ramblers Ball, Casey Bailey has taken the UK by storm, performing across the country and – perhaps most notably – featuring on BBC One’s official trailer for Peaky Blinders. Now, taking

FESTIVAL SERVES UP GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR WINE LOVERS

Sassicaia 2016, Birmingham Wine Weekend

An award-winning wine is taking centre stage at this year’s Birmingham Wine Weekend, with the launch of a golden ticket opportunity that will give wristband wearers the chance to sample one of Italy’s finest. The first 100/100 point wine since 1985, Sassicaia 2016 is a much-loved vintage and a limited amount of samples will be served up at the city centre festival, which is taking place from 24-26 April 2020.  Recognised as Italy’s most famous wine, Sassicaia 2016 is one of the original ‘Super Tuscans’ and retails for a whopping £350+ per bottle online. Birmingham Wine Weekend has partnered with

ACCESS ALL AREAS: INSOMNIA GAMING FESTIVAL LEADS THE WAY FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Insomnia Gaming Festival

Having brought gaming fanatics together in one place since 1999, Insomnia Gaming Festival has levelled up its accessibility policy to ensure that no gamer is left behind. Welcoming over 45,000 players each year, Insomnia has created a hugely diverse community hailing from all walks of life, ages and abilities. Seeing first-hand the haven that online forums can provide those with additional needs, Insomnia’s organisers have created an entirely accessible four-day extravaganza IRL.  Every aspect of accessibility has been taken into account: from removing physical barriers to making mental health provisions. Whether it’s ensuring that there are wheelchair-accessible stages, so stairs

POP-UP FOR POSITIVITY: LIVING WELL UK LAUNCHES FIRST WELLBEING SPACE IN CITY

Living Well UK

From feeling under pressure to careering out of control, studies reveal that we need to get in tune with our mental health. In the latest report from Mind, research shows that poor mental health in the workplace is increasingly costing UK employers, to the tune of more than £43bn in 2018. Eager to address this, the West Midlands’ leading mental health consortium, Living Well UK, is launching the nation’s first ever wellbeing pop-up shop in a bid to give people the help they need. Opening its doors from 6 February to 4 March 2020, the Living Well UK pop-up space

ENCORE FOR BIRMINGHAM’S BUSKING BATTLES

City Social, Busking Battles

Following on from Birmingham’s Busking Battles’ introductory airing this summer, which amassed a reach of 1.5 million impressions on social media, the crowd has gone wild for another round and the bar has been set high. Partnering with City Social, the alternative Christmas market located under the Mailbox underpass, hopefuls will battle it out again this festive season.  Acclaimed for bringing music to the streets of the city and crowning Brum’s best busker, Busking Battles took place earlier this year – in partnership with Birmingham Updates – and saw talented musicians go head-to-head in a live performance competition. The concept

LOCAL RISING STAR FIRES UP THE STAGE AT THE BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW

This week, the BBC Good Food Show returns for Winter and this year Maribel’s head chef, Harvey Perttola will be taking to the stage. Aged just 24, Harvey is one of the youngest head chefs in the city and will join the impressive line-up of celebrity chefs and cookery experts headlining 2019’s show.   This week the BBC Good Food Show will take over the NEC for the Winter show; four days filled with fabulous food, delicious cooking and opportunities to meet world-famous chefs from across the globe. Taking to the Festive Kitchen stage next Thursday, Harvey will be serving up a game-inspired

THE FESTIVE MARKET SHOWCASING CITY’S INDEPENDENTS

City Social, Roastie Toastie, Birmingham Christmas Markets

Wild and chaotic, Christmas shopping is not for the faint-hearted. Tis’ the season for the high street to be hectic with festive shoppers; the big retailers going all out with Christmas cut-price deals and the online giants making all your festive favourites just a click away, but where are the independents? Meet the festive market proving that big isn’t always best, shining a light on Birmingham’s thriving independent retailers.  Birmingham’s very own festive hangout is back for 2019, City Social will transform Suffolk St Queensway underpass into a winter wonderland filled with festive cheer. With not a single bratwurst in sight,

ROASTIE TOASTIE SET FOR A TASTY RETURN AFTER LAST YEARS SUCCESS

City Social, Roastie Toastier

After a very successful debut last year, Roastie Toastie is returning to the City Social this winter. A traditional Sunday lunch upgraded to be enjoyed every single day, the Roastie Toastie is your nan’s roast slapped between two slices of toast.  Combining the nation’s most-loved dinner with everyone’s favourite quick dish, the Roastie Toastie became a City Social staple in 2018: a hit amongst many, the debut saw the team serve up 150 litres of Little Nan’s special gravy and over 1,000 roast potatoes! Complete with all the traditional veg and stuffing, this mouth-watering mountain is toasted a beautiful golden

CITY SOCIAL SET TO SHAKE UP THE CITY THIS CHRISTMAS

City Social Birmingham, Mailbox

Back and bigger than ever before, Birmingham’s favourite festive hang-out is preparing to take the city by storm this Christmas. Transforming Suffolk St Queensway underpass, City Social will bring together local independent traders, festive food, bars and live music, as well as a of festive cheer to the heart of the city centre.  Back for the third year running, City Social returns on 28 November and will run for five weeks until 21 December. The ultimate alternative to the traditional Christmas markets, the event will take up residence in the underpass located in front of the Mailbox, transforming the space with wooden