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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 is a short stay hotel designed to give you the very best of everything needed to sleep, shower and step out fresh into a new day, right in the heart of the action.

Its short-term staying designed around you. Lightspeed wifi, to keep you connected when you’re on. High-powered showers, sound-proof walls and big, comfy beds for when you’re not.

It’s everything you need, and none of what you don’t. No bells, no whistles, just pure rest and relaxation. And even better, it’s right at the centre of the action, so you can step right out into it when morning comes, and step right back in when the day is done.

Looking for some staycation inspiration? Check out Things to do in Birmingham and start planning your next adventure with Bloc.

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Bloc magazine.


Welcome to the spring 2020 issue of Bloc magazine, where we have collated a wealth of diverse features to enjoy on your travels.

In this issue we explore New Zealand, a country with hugely diverse regions offering incredible scenery, world-class wines and exciting ecotourism.

There's also an update on Jamie Chadwick, who we are very proud to sponsor as she makes her way up the motor racing grid.

There are the usual features; Meeting the Bloc team, our favourite shows to stream and the pick of Bloc's social media.

Don't forget to sign up to Bloc's VIP Guest List, which makes you 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 some insight and entertainment on your journey.