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BE FESTIVAL | 27 June - 6 July 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

BE FESTIVAL | 27 June - 6 July 2019

This summer, Birmingham European FESTIVAL is celebrating its 10th festival - bringing cutting edge dance, theatre, circus and visual arts to Birmingham.

From 27 June until 6 July BE FESTIVAL turns Birmingham Repertory Theatre on its head, transforming the rarely seen backstage areas into a lively festival hub, filled with artists from all over Europe, and beyond, enjoying performances, food, workshops, talks, and delicious Raspberry Mojitos. 

Birmingham, and the wider world, has changed exponentially since 2010. This year, the festival programme reflects on the past, and how to move forward, contribute and challenge the status quo society is building for the future.

To kick the celebrations off in style the festival in collaboration with Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents the UK premiere of Deadtown by the Forman Brothers Theatre from 27 - 29 June. Created by the sons of Oscar-winning Director of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Miloš Forman, this spectacular theatre piece brings together a cast of 20 acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians to perform an incredible Wild West tale. 

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The main programme takes place from 2 - 6 July; highlights include Mokhallad Rasem's Soul Seekers (Iraq/Belgium), a performance documentary following his and fellow refugees journey to asylum. German choreographer Paula Rosolen returns to BE FESTIVAL with her show PUNK ‽; a lively and energetic homage to punk and contemporary dance, complete with a live band and pogo sticks. In Silence, Catalan company Ça Marche explore a world of improvised chaos, with a cast of local children, fake snow and giant blow up monsters, that exists when parents aren’t watching.

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Other highlights include the award-winning Sotterraneo and their full-length show Dies Irae: 5 episodes around the end of the species (Italy). Tongue in cheek, uncanny and provocative this show explores how humans archive our 'collective' memory of our past, present and hypothetical future. In their show One Shot, Belgian duo Maxime Dautremont & Foucauld Falguerolles demonstrate amazing feats of acrobatics, axe throwing and Chinese pole technique, all set to a live rhythm and blues score. In A Land Full Of Heroes (UK, France, Spain) documentary theatre meets auto-fictional work, centring on Romanian writer Carmen-Francesca Banciu’s life to explore the evolution of post-socialist countries meeting occidental and liberal Europe.

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BE FESTIVAL alumni and creators of the critically acclaimed shows PALMYRA and EUROHOUSE Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas, return to perform The End (UK). Inspired by contemporary issues, it is a dance for the end of their relationship and the end of the world, but most importantly a celebration of our own mortality and of everything around us.

As in previous years, there is a free programme of live music and DJs to keep festival goers grooving into the early hours. From award-winning DJ and local legend Glyn Philips with his GlobalSoundClash, Brummie electric-pop trio Lycio and the funk, fiddle and jazz fusion sounds of Gathering Tides.

Tickets available here.

BLOC Hotel are proud sponsors of BE FESTIVAL. To celebrate, we're offering all guests an exclusive 15% off their stay. Use promo code "BEFESTIVAL15" when booking direct to redeem. *

* Subject to availability. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer can be withdrawn at any time without notice. 

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BLOC Magazine

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As summer draws to a close, the autumn issue of our magazine looks forward to some exciting events that are taking place in our nation's capital, London and second-city, Birmingham.

London is easily accessible from our Gatwick hotel and Birmingham is soon to be home of a second BLOC. Behind the scenes, we're working hard to add other locations where you can sample our affordable luxury.

At BLOC, we have distilled the finest ingredients into a package that provides perfect, yet affordable conditions for any overnight stay in prime locations. It's about no-nonsense style and function.

BLOC magazine embraces this theme. We've curated some of the favourite things we have discovered on our travels including the wonders of the Emerald Isle, Bentley's new concept, travel tech and apps as well as food and drink destinations.

You will also find details of BLOC's new VIP Guest List - don't forget to sign up to be eligible for free room upgrades, free coffee and be the first to hear about our blockbuster VIP competitions.

We hope that this magazine provides you with insight and entertainment on your journey.

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online FREE version of the magazine, here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

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