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Ramblers Ball:  Blakesly Hall takeover
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Ramblers Ball: Blakesly Hall takeover

The Ramblers Ball is BACK this summer, and this time it is hitting the road! The popular open-mic poetry night created by Digbeth’s social enterprise café, Evolve, and friends, will return at 6pm on 11 July, taking over the stunning grounds of Blakesley Hall for one night only.



The Ramblers Ball will be bringing beats, eats, and treats with it, as well as three stellar headliners you will not want to miss. The stage will be set for three show-stopping main acts including Birmingham’s very own Casey Bailey; Hannah Swings, who you will recognise from Nationwide Building Society’s recent national advert; and ThinkWriteFly, aka Adrian B Earle.


Set against the beautiful backdrop of Blakesley Hall, the poetry event will bring together the history of Birmingham with the future of the UK’s spoken word scene. You will be able to enjoy one of the city’s most treasured sites, while taking in the unrivalled verse and even taking to the stage to give it a go for yourself.


The open-mic night is open to poetry amateurs and prose-fessionals alike, with pre-bookable spaces on the stage available for all (just email hattie@eastvillageagency.com for a slot!) as well as opportunities to sign up on the night. Whether its flash fiction, a short story, or poetry, this is the perfect platform to perform your work.


If you don't fancy taking to the stage, you can still join the fun as a spectator. Wood-fired, fresh pizza will be available, so grab a slice of the action and book your £5 ticket today. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to supporting the incredible work of Evolve, so your pizza and poetry will be completely guilt free.

@MrCaseyBailey

@HannahSwings

@Think_write_fly

++++ AND-you.

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Stirchley Speaks: Kamil Mahmood, Jemima Hughes & Leon Chatterton
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Stirchley Speaks: Kamil Mahmood, Jemima Hughes & Leon Chatterton

  • 1464 Pershore Road Birmingham, England, B30 2NT United Kingdom (map)
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Doors: 7pm
Start: 7:30pm
Open mic: Up to 5 minutes, slots are given out on the door
Entry: £3 - this gets split between the featured acts

Open mic-ers go freeeeeee (but are given out on the door ONLY, and on a first come, first served basis. spaces are limited so be quick!)

Stirchley Speaks and Artefact continue to invite all perspectives, experiences, and ways of telling them, through its doors. No censors. All we ask is you be mindful of any content which may be traumatic for others in the room. Merci bicoup- Stirchley Speaks

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Funkenteleky VI
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Funkenteleky VI

  • 79-81 Cheapside Birmingham, England, B12 0QH United Kingdom (map)
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As Poetry & Music collaboration night Funkenteleky returns home to The Edge, nothing is quite as it seems… While Funk was on a city break to Verve Festival, rumours have been spreading over Digbeth. Whispers of poems you can’t dance to, tunes allergic to words, and worst of all a prohibition of barely planned shit happening. There can be only one thing behind this… that’s right, we fear this is the work of… FUN-CAN’T-ELEKY!

So, if you fancy helping quash/pacify/empathise-with this newly infamous force (or just having a lovely evening) come on down to Funkenteleky! We’ve amazing Poets and out-of-this-world Musicians making new things together live on stage for one night only. We’ve a Poetry Slam beyond compare. And most of all we’ve you and your love for all this and more (don’t forget it!).

Featuring...

Chris Young

Chris Young is an alto saxophonist and composer based in Birmingham. He is one of the most in-demand players on the scene, fronting his own bands including Orbits, JACKED, and countless dazzling [insert number]-tets. He has played in the award-winning Beats and Pieces big band, and co-promotes Jazz at the Spotted Dog, one of the country’s most well-regarded gigs. Chris is one of the city’s brightest stars – we’re super hyped he’ll be laying it down at Funkenteleky VI! "Lyrical – a real tour-de-force.” London Jazz News

Malaika Kegode

Malaika Kegode is a poet, promoter and workshop facilitator based in Bristol. She has performed at celebrated events around the UK such as Tongue Fu, Out-Spoken at The 100 Club, WOMAD, Boomtown Festival and BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. She was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Poetry Award 2019 and has acted as tour support for Saul Williams. Malaika works as assistant producer for Blahblahblah at Bristol Old Vic, and is a founder and director of Milk Poetry, a poetry organisation that produces innovative spoken word events in a supportive environment. In 2018, Malaika was included in the The BME Power List, celebrating Bristol’s 100 most influential black & minority ethnic people. Her overall themes of family, mental health, addiction and love always have an undercurrent of optimism and strength. Her performance style has been described as “filmic” and “musical”. Malaika’s debut poetry collection Requite was published by Burning Eye Books in 2017.

Luke Kennard

Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist who lecturers at the University of Birmingham. His last collection, Cain (2016), was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and his first novel, The Transition, was published by 4th Estate in 2017. His latest pamphlet, Truffle Hound, was published by Verve Poetry Press last year. In collaboration with our musicians, Luke will be performing brand new material from a yet-to-be-released work...!

Wuzzamill [Wuzza Razz]

Wuzzamill is an influential poet, songwriter and rapper from Birmingham. He has performed with THSH, supported Suli Breaks on his first UK tour, influenced the Birmingham does Bhangra weekend with Selfridges, channeled his inner Raphaelite working with BMAG; a resident Poetry Jammer, Wuzzamill’s infectious energy has no end. Wuzzamill uses poetry and rhythm to explore the seven deadly sins, although rarely name dropped, it is a constant theme that everyone lives through and understands but only to the extent that they want to understand it. Welcome to Wuzzamillia: a place where you can unapologetically feel, a reminder of what is real.

Jess May Davies

Jess May Davies is an artist from Redditch, and now a part of Birmingham’s poetry community. Jess is the founder of Stirchley Speaks – a monthly spoken word night in Stirchley, a writer and a workshop facilitator. As a self confessed introvert, Jess uses poetry to explore their own identity in relation to mental health, environment and their sexuality.

squidheart

In a Funkenteleky first, Funk VI will feature improv comedy (in live collaboration with improvised music) from the acclaimed squidheart! A two-person improvised comedy show created and performed by Kate Knight and Suzie Evans. Inspired by a single word from the audience, they create an entire world featuring a range of hilarious characters and compelling stories. The result is a satisfying blend of offbeat comedy and genuine emotional connection. With every scene created moment to moment, each show is a thrilling and unique experience, never to be repeated. Previous audiences have described their show as ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’ and 'surreal genius’.

Andrew Woodhead

Andrew Woodhead is an award winning composer and musician working across a wide variety of contexts, taking in jazz, free improvisation, electronica, folk and new music. As well as performing around the UK and abroad with his own and other peoples’ projects, he also curates Fizzle, an Improvised Music concert series. Andrew is co-director of Ideas of Noise festival, which celebrates experimental sounds from the Midlands and beyond.

We think this might be one amazing lineup. Hopes you agree :)

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THE FUNKENTELEKY POETRY SLAM

A space for spoken experiments, a chance to try something new, a platform to push the poetry boat out in front of peeps who are already on-board.

If the Funkenteleky Slam is a Pokémon it has evolved… At Funkenteleky VI, there are five slam entries available. Each poet will perform in a live collaboration with one of our musicians, paired together in a live draw on the night. These duos will be ‘assessed’ ‘via’ the time-honoured ‘criteria’ of Jeapoardy, Wha!? and Funkenteleky + an yet to be discovered metric represented by this question mark: ?

Time limit = 5 mins… we chill so no scores docked for going a bit over, but duos dropping an Iliad should be aware they risk ejection from the stage via the Funkblaster Funkthousand (an actual thing).

So excited to announce that our Slam Judges will be: Emily Dickinson, John Coltrane, Maya Angelou & LK.

3 advance entries for poets are available till the day before gig & 2 more on the night. These entrants will be chosen at random if we are oversubscribed. If you’re a musician and want to get involved, get in touch – we may be able to pair you with a poet for a freewheeling wildcard duo.

NOTE – our slam is not an opportunity to take oneself too seriously (seriously) + all breaking of slam conventions is highly encouraged. The winner will receive the coveted Funkenteleky Slam Trophy, endless kudos, and the ultimate mystery prize!

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And, after all of the (amazing) above, stick around as Wolva Meme his soulful self spins vinyl floorfillers till whenever you stop dancing.

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Funkenteleky VI is at The Edge in Digbeth
Doors open at 7:30pm
Entry = £6 (includes a £Priceless Funkenteleky badge)
There is a bar, there will be snacks – both are cash only.

All door takings go to pay our performers for their mad skills - and this is our biggest ever lineup! If you’re super skint, though, no worries – we really can empathise with that – if you wouldn’t mind dropping us a message a day or two in advance to get PAYF entry :) All are welcome to the funk.

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SATELLITE COMMUNICATION RECEIVED: Please send help STOP Fun-Can’t-Teleky invasion STOP crept up on me when sleeping in sousaphone STOP it’s everywhere STOP it says it wants answers STOP says uncertainty has to STOP my collaboration systems are failing STOP magic 8 ball reads ‘unfunky’ STOP ability to get down fading STOP please arrive soon STOP or at least by May 4th STOP arrgghhh STOP All the best, STOP Funkenteleky

n.b. https://youtu.be/tBAF3NNYAW4

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A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn: Birmingham
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn: Birmingham

  • The Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre (map)
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When Jess joined the Labour Party at university in 2007 she doubled the number of members who met weekly in a Liverpool pub. Since then she’s stuck by the party through the downfall of Blair, the disappointment of Brown and the monolith of Miliband. Now, “after a decade of keeping her membership card firmly at the back of her wallet”, she’s fallen head over heels in love with Corbyn’s “raw socialist magnetism”. If only everyone else agreed...

A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn sees Jess ask how the party will ever win another general election when the left is so divided.

Following the success of her first poetry show, Burning Books which received 5* acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and on its national tour in 2015, Jess Green returns with a lyrical, powerful and humorous look at modern politics.

“I love the poetry. I love the spirit. I love the creativity. Fantastic” – Jeremy Corbyn

“Green’s voice is urgent, important and immensely enjoyable; she deserves to be heard” – Broadway Baby

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Out-Spoken @ Birmingham REP  on 12th Jan
Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

Out-Spoken @ Birmingham REP on 12th Jan

One of London's premier nights for poetry and live music, Out-Spoken is coming to The REP for a special one-off performance with an amazing line-up.
Hosted by Joelle Taylor, the night will feature poetry from Anthony Anaxagorou ( @Anthony1983 ) and Malika Booker ( @Malikabooker ) two of the best-known names in UK poetry; having toured nationally and internationally over the last decade. They are joined by Nafeesa Hamid ( @NafeesaHamid ) whose debut collection Besharam has recently been published by Birmingham's own Verve Poetry Press. 

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Poetry Jam 6th Birthday Special @ Town Hall on 7th Feb
Jan
2
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Jam 6th Birthday Special @ Town Hall on 7th Feb

We're making Poetry Jam history again. On Thursday 7th February, Town Hall is opening it's doors to mark Beatfreeks' 6th birthday with a massive Poetry Jam, an open mic night like no other - bringing together people from all over the city to jam, perform and support one another. Unfiltered, unapologetic and united. The night is a beautiful combination of first timers and established poets. Everyone is welcome.

You can expect:
• Open mic performances
• A resident DJ
• Cypher to bring the celebration late into the night
• A few surprises
• Plenty of vibes throughout the night

This is a night for all of us. Celebrating the people behind the journey, the movement, the legacy of Poetry Jam.

Open mic sign-up available: 5:45 - 6:15pm (meet in the foyer of Town Hall)
Doors open: 6:30pm
Start: 7pm - late



BSL Interpreted
We don't audit or alter the artistic work so be prepared and be aware that sensitive topics and explicit words may be used. Nibbles and drinks available to purchase from the cash bar. Film and photography will be taking place. Poetry Jam 6th Birthday Special is proudly presented by the Beatfreeks Collective and in association with THSH. More information: beatfreeks.com/poetry-jam

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Mixtape with Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson @BhamLitFest
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Mixtape with Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson @BhamLitFest

Dub poetry stars Roger Robinson & Nick Makoha present Mixtape – a unique evening of poetry and music mosaics.

With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities.

Poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems… all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.

Through a heartfelt, humorous and honest exploration of two individual lives, Mixtape will inspire audiences to compile the definitive track list of their own experiences.

This event will also include performances from local poets Casey Bailey and Jasmine Gardosi.

'Mixtape is a sonic CV … the closest thing to understanding how we put words together'

Roger Robinson and Nick Makoha

Produced by Speaking Volumes,funded by Arts Council England.

 Tickets: £8.00, £6.40 conc

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Birmingham Literature Festival 2018
Oct
4
to Oct 14

Birmingham Literature Festival 2018

Welcome to the October 2018 Birmingham Literature Festival!

@BhamLitFest are delighted to present 10 days of inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining events in venues across Birmingham city centre, which not only showcase great books and writers from the UK and abroad, but also create space to bring people together for great conversation and ideas.

Our programme is packed with events celebrating words, books and ideas in many forms. We've sought out the most exciting up-and-coming writers alongside well-established names, with events including panel discussions, author talks and new book launches, writing workshops, nature walks and a trip on-board a narrowboat. Performance also plays a huge part in this year’s festival, with shows that fuse theatre, music and storytelling, and others that combine poetry and even live cooking on stage. 

As part of this year’s festival, it has also been a joy to work with journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera who has curated some very special events with key writers from the West Midlands, about which you can see more below.
We hope you feel as excited by this programme as we are, and we look forward to seeing you in October.
 

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Festival Of Audacity: The Tour by Free Radical
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Festival Of Audacity: The Tour by Free Radical

  • New Street Station Birmingham B2 4PX (map)
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Festival Of Audacity is a multidisciplinary festival of activist art making all of Birmingham its stage from Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th September.

Festival of Audacity exists because for art to have a real impact, it needs to be bold.

We want to make space for young creators to take risks and reach people beyond traditional arts venues. After almost a year of planning, over 100 applications, and an unfathomable amount of meetings, we are so excited to introduce you to the programme. Enjoy. Share. Most importantly, have fun exploring new spaces, discovering new art, and seeing the city differently.

Festival Of Audacity spans three days; kicking off on Thursday with Pass The Mic and HEADSPVCE X BLAB, followed by a selection of artists performing throughout the city centre, disrupting traditional spaces and making the city their stage on Friday and Saturday.

The Tour:

The primary way to take everything is to join us on The Tour - a guided walking trip through Birmingham with stops at each festival act. The tour is led by BAIT*, with exclusive performances in between stops and plenty of time to pause and rest when needed.

Please note: We will begin at New Street Station, and end on Moat Lane in Digbeth. You can join the tour at the halfway mark or stick around for the whole journey. There will be access support during the whole tour.

Artists:

The tour will feature work from Duncan Robertson, DYSPLA, James George Monaghan, Edalia Day, Lanre Malaolu, Liz Ord, louise and kia yee, Sarah Maple, SHADE, Maconchy String Quartet and BAIT*.

Find out more about the artists here and what's on here.

*Birmingham Artivists In Training: a group of multi disciplinary art activists from Birmingham. They will be guiding you on the tour as well as providing ‘entertainment’, or provocations, as they like to call it through different ways.

Don’t forget to tell us what you think using #FestivalOfAudacity and @FreeRadicalUK.

To find out more visit: www.beatfreeks.com/festival-of-audacity

 

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Enchanted (spoken word and more) @ Cafephilia
Aug
14
8:00 PM20:00

Enchanted (spoken word and more) @ Cafephilia

Be captivated, be charmed, be delighted, be dazzled, entranced, and enthralled, bewitched, spellbound, hypnotised, and mesmerised! 

let us inspire each other! 

Come join me at Cafephilia for a night filled with an eclectic mix of writers, poets, musicians, magicians, storey-tellers and more! 

£4 on the door
£2 if you are performing

If you would like to perform or are a little bit curious about performing? This is a safe and happy environment to test the water or just come along to join us in a world of magical talents. There will be a few open mic spots available on the night or book your slot now by contacting me via facebook or contacting me on this number.

Mia 07453984660

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Spoken Word, Music, Comedy and More At The Ort.
Aug
10
7:15 PM19:15

Spoken Word, Music, Comedy and More At The Ort.

Come and be a part of the Spoken Word, muisc , comedy and more @ Ort ....
Let's make this evening, one to remember with laughter, Birmingham's hottest local talent. A wonderful event bursting with spoken word, poetry, stories, comedy and just a little bit of music ;) suggested a donation of £4

Have you ever fancied performing? This is a safe happy environment to test the water. or just come along and be entertained.
Autumn 07455757144

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