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15 things to do in Birmingham in March
Spring has sprung early in Birmingham this year but there’s still a whole six weeks before Easter appears, leaving March full of time for events and things to do across Birmingham.
First Bite Festival 2019 (2nd March)
MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
See samples and extracts of new works with First Bite Festival at MAC Birmingham.
Book tickets here: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/first-bite-festival-2019-afternoon-session
In Real Life (IRL) (8th to 25th March)
BOM (Birmingham Open Media), 1 Dudley Street, Birmingham, B5 4EG
Birmingham Open Media has regenerated itself, with its own Cafe which opens Monday to Saturday and a Gallery Space which is open Wednesday to Saturday. The Gallery features In Real Life from 8th to 25th March, exploring the blur between fiction and reality created and curated by cybertwee.
Find out more here: bom.org.uk/event/in-real-life-irl
Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing (8th March to 2nd June)
Lin Ke: Fly (8th March to 2nd June)
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Birmingham, B1 2HS
These two exhibitions arrive at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery on 8th March:
About Hew Locke via Ikon Gallery:
This is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by British artist Hew Locke. Involving a wide range of media – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, Locke explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power
The Ikon Gallery tower room is often home to unique art pieces, this video sees Lin Ke irritated by a computer mouse cursor.
Once Upon a Time in Birmingham: Women Who Dared To Dream (10th March)
Waterstones, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham B4 7SL
Via Waterstones Birmingham website:
To mark activities around International Women’s Day, Waterstones Birmingham is hosting a special event on Sunday, 10 March to celebrate the achievements of 30 inspiring women from the city.
Once Upon A Time In Birmingham: Women Who Dared To Dream is a new book created by Birmingham City Council in partnership with a local publisher (The Emma Press), author and illustrators – all of whom are women.
Tickets cost £3 which is redeemable against a purchase of the book. Find out more here: waterstones.com/events/women-who-dared-to-dream/birmingham
Kinky Boots (11th to 23rd March)
Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
Set in Northampton and London, Kinky Boots is a 2012 musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, and based on the 2005 film. Charlie Price is trying to save his families shoe factory business and he meets drag queen Lola who is in need of more sturdy high heel boots!
Strut your stuff at Birmingham Hippodrome here:birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/kinky-boots
Romeo & Juliet (13th to 16th March)
The Old Rep, 45 Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY
The National Production Company return to the stage where Shakespeare was first performed in modern clothing with their production of Romeo and Juliet.
Tom Gates Live on Stage (13th to 16 March)
The Alexandra, Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B5 4DS
Book tickets here: atgtickets.com/shows/tom-gates-live-on-stage/alexandra-theatre-birmingham
Bournville Book Fest (14th to 24th March)
Venues across Central and South Birmingham
Bournville Book Fest is one of the biggest children’s book festivals in the UK, and since 2014 has grown beyond the boundaries of Bournville to reach further into south Birmingham’s community. Most events are already sold out but there are still tickets to some things.
Find out more here: bournvillebookfest.com
Edmond De Bergerac (15th to 30th March)
Birmingham Rep, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Freddie Fox, Chizzy Akudolu, Henry Goodman and Josie Lawrence star in this hit comedy directed by Roxana Silbert.
Via Birmingham Rep website:
It’s Paris, 1895. Edmond (Freddie Fox) is a struggling playwright with writer’s block. His last play was a flop. He’s down on his luck. Until he helps his best friend Leo woo a girl called Jeanne by writing romantic letters to her as if from him…and has a brilliant idea for the plot of his brand new play, Cyrano de Bergerac.
Book tickets here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/edmond-de-bergerac.html
St Patrick’s Festival Parade (17th March)
The UK’s largest St Patrick’s Day Parade is actually on St Patrick’s Day itself this year so it is destined to be huge! Celebrate with the Birmingham Irish regardless of if you have Irish blood or not.
Discover your Irish roots here: stpatricksbirmingham.com
Lee Nelson (20th March)
The Glee Club, The Arcadian, 70 Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TD
Annoying Prime Ministers, sneaking into the England team, Lee Nelson has gatecrashed many events. Now it is time to see him for one night only in Birmingham.
Book tickets here: glee.co.uk/performer/lee-nelson
Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show with Discovery (22nd to 24th March)
The NEC, North Avenue, Birmingham B40 1NT
See 1000’s of restored cars and maybe even buy one in an auction, learn a new skill, take a dream ride with Sporting Bears, or see your favourite tv classic car show stars. The UK’s fastest growing classic car show returns to three huge halls at The NEC, Birmingham.
Get tickets here: necrestorationshow.com
Podfest Birmingham: Standard Issue (24th March)
THSH, Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
Founded by Sarah Millican, the Standard Issue Podcast is described as a magazine for your ears and this event comes to Birmingham with special guest Beverley Knight. This event is part of a two day Podfest Birmingham event.
Other events at Podfest Birmingham on 23rd and 24th March feature, Stuart Goldsmith, Richard Herring, No Such Thing a Fish, Secret Dinosaur Cult, Scummy Mummies, and Do the Right Thing with Special Guest, Joe Lycett.
9 to 5 The Musical (27th to 30th March)
Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St, Birmingham B18 6AD
The Blue Orange Theatre website says:
9 to 5 The Musical promises strong women, hilarious plot twists, a live band and showstopping song and dance routines.
This hilarious musical comedy is based on the cult film starring Dolly Parton and contains music and lyrics by Dolly herself.
Book tickets here: blueorangetheatre.co.uk/project/9-to-5-27th-march-30th-march
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