Christmas still feels like yesterday and yet here we are, officially entering March! Bring on Summer! Until then though, get involved with some more amazing events coming up this week.
#IWD 2020 International Women’s Day In Conversation With Your Purpose
When? Saturday 7th March 12pm – 6pm
Where? Old Library Custard Factory, B9 4AT
How? Ride with Ola
Price? £28 (Ticket price includes entry to the venue access to all the talks and workshops, afternoon tea and more.)
Come along for a fantastic event for International Women’s Day! This event boasts a journey of self-discovery through the medium of motivational spoken word, songs and inspirational talks. There will be several guests speakers throughout the day who will enable you to reach deep into yourself and bring forth an open heart and mind. This event provides a safe and secure environment for women to come together and use their own personal experiences as the starting point for an array of important conversations. Your ticket price also includes afternoon tea, rum punch and a goodie bag to take home with you. This promises to be a truly meaningful and significant event so be sure to book your ticket today.
World Book Day Launch and Celebration
When? Thursday 5th March 4pm-7pm
Where? Ibis Styles, Hagley Road, B16 9LQ
How? Ride with Ola
Price? Free entry (for a small donation families can enjoy a bouncing castle and soft play area, several games and entertainment stations, face painting, food and the opportunity to meet, greet and have books signed by the author.
We simply love World Book Day and what better way to celebrate than by coming along to a free book launch! On Thursday 5th March, the brand new book ‘The Checkup’, from the My Friend Jen series will be launched at The Ibis Styles. The ‘My Friend Jen’ collection by author and blogger Jenica Leah aims to raise awareness for those affected by the sickle cell condition. Leah is dedicated to bringing young children with the condition peace of mind, whilst educating people on sickle cell.
The event will have a variety of fun activities for the whole family to get involved with, and for a small donation, there are plenty of things to keep everyone entertained whilst knowing you’re helping out an incredible cause. In true World Book Day tradition, there’s even a prize for best-dressed characters! Be sure not to miss this free fun family day out.
PopUp Painting: Paint Van Gogh!
Ever considered yourself a bit of a wizard with a paintbrush? Or have you never put brush to paper before? Either way, for this event it doesn’t matter, no experience is needed! Pop Up Painting proudly presents ‘Paint Van Gogh!’, unleash your creativity whilst sipping on a glass of wine and truly embrace your inner artist! The event is themed around Van Gogh’s famous ‘Olive Trees’ painting which demonstrates the artist’s bold and expressive patterns. This will give you the perfect chance to play around with art and create something wonderful!
The experience includes:
- All art supplies – including paint, brushes, canvas and apron
- Guidance from a practising artist – but feel free to go off-piste!
- A themed playlist to immerse you in your experience
- Drinks available for purchase from the bar
- Your canvas is yours to keep
This is the perfect way to relax on a Friday evening after the hustle and bustle of a busy week, so get your tickets booked and brushes at the ready!
Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement
Another important event comes to The MAC! The Disability Arts Movement were a civil rights group made up of artists and activists. Their aim was to fight the marginalisation of disabled people. Through their work, the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act was passed in 1995.
The exhibition will show you some of the artwork done by these incredible pioneers, and gives you an insight into how important their activism was for the rights of disabled people. The event has been curated by artist Anna Berry, who has worked closely with the MAC in order to create the best exhibition possible that will do justice to the remarkable efforts of this group of people. This event is free and runs from 9am – 9pm, so there is plenty of opportunity to come along.
Birmingham Walking Tour: Migration Stories from the Stratford Road
Come and celebrate the diverse and dynamic heritage of Birmingham’s Stratford Road with this free walking tour. You’ll be given the chance to immerse in the stories and history of some of the abandoned buildings which have now been transformed into fabric shops and many more!
As you make your way past the bakeries offering Arabian treats, enjoy freshly made Yemen bread and learn all about the ways in which the Stratford Road has changed over time and how it boasts diversity and acceptance. Said to be ‘enlightening’ and ‘inspiring’, this walk, led by friendly walk leaders will offer you an insight into the memories of all those who have lived on this street. It’s even rounded off with a cup of hot Karak Chai in a characteristic chai cafe which overlooks the Stratford Road. Walk a mile in the shoes of those that have come before us, and pave the way for those who will come after.
Starting point: The Bordesley Centre, Stratford Rd, Birmingham B11 1AR
(Under Camphill Bridge, next to the ‘Welcome to Sparkbrook’ sign. It is next to the Bordesley Centre and Mohammed Ali Graffiti).
Ending point: Chai Shaii, 789 Stratford Road, Birmingham, B11 4DG
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