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Dear Councillors Huxtable, Sealey, Walkling, McKay, Quinn, and Hartley, and Steve McCabe MP, I’m emailing you today to draw your attention to the recent serious drop in performance of London Midland trains, especially on the Cross City line between Kings Norton and New Street. After the highly publicised poor performance last autumn, punctuality and reliability […]

In Birmingham the principal topic of the week has, of course, been the opening of the first half of the new New Street station. Needless to say not least because the station people have been playing their cards very close to their chest as regards what it’s actually going to be like – despite lots […]

One of the things which is often spoken about of Birmingham is that the city has more canals than Venice. It’s always annoyed me, especially so when it’s used as a marketing tagline. Whilst in a technical sense – that of how many miles of canal there is in Birmingham compared to Venice – the […]

Library of Birmingham ‘Discovery’ opening season Capsule are curating and producing an opening season for Birmingham’s new library, it will run from the opening on Tuesday 3rd September until 31st December. Taking its inspiration from the Library’s internationally-important archives and special collections, the Discovery Season will include: Playground of Discovery – a specially-commissioned Cabinet of Curiosities created […]

The Crescent Theatre Company presents Through a Glass Darkly adapted for the stage by Jenny Worton from the 1961 Ingmar Bergman film. Sat 6 – Sat 13 April 7.45pm | Mat: Sun 7 & Sat 13 April 2.45pm Karin is a young wife, an older sister and an only daughter. In her kaleidoscopic internal world the boundaries […]

From Capsule’s latest press release: We have announced two call outs for artists to produce exciting work for the Library of Birmingham opening season, curated by Capsule. We are looking for artists/organisations to take on week long residencies within an exciting space designed by Studio Myerscough, and we will also commission an artist/illustrator to create new work […]

As a former student and staff member of Birmingham Conservatoire, I’ve been taking an interest in its future in the context of the planned demolition of Paradise Circus. The plans and rumours have been floating around for a few years with nothing concrete, but it seems there are now finally some concrete proposals which are […]

From their latest press release: We’ve announced some great new additions to the festival line up, broadening the scope of what you can expect from this year’s Supersonic with special one off commissions, panel discussions, unique collaborations and opportunities to creatively get involved. One such performance we are proud to present is Oxbow Orchestra. Expect strings, […]

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