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The Best of Birmingham - Winter 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Best of Birmingham - Winter 2018

There's much more to Birmingham at Christmas than the German Market.

Here are 6 of our top picks to see and do in the city this winter.

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Hare & Hounds, 6th Dec

Soweto Kinch is a jazz composer and arranger, alto saxophonist, and rapper. He was born in London in 1978, but brought up in Birmingham, where he is still based.

On graduating with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University, he joined Tomorrow's Warriors; and in 2001 made his recording debut (on the Jazz Jamaica album Massive), and formed his own trio.

His two albums to date, Conversations With The Unseen (2003) and A Life In The Day Of B19: Tales Of The Tower Block (2006) combine bebop-style jazz with elements of hip-hop, soundscapes and spoken dialogue.

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, until 31st Mar 19.

Marking a century since the first women won the right to vote, 'Women Power Protest' brings together modern and contemporary artworks from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s to celebrate female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work.

Inspired by the bold work of feminist artists and activists, Women Power Protest will raise awareness, provoke debate and ask just how much has changed for women?


NEC, 10th - 13th Jan

A must-attend event for both motorsport fans and industry professionals, Autosport International uniquely incorporates two trade-only days with two public days.

From Karting to Formula 1, visitors can get up close to iconic racecar displays and a host of motorsport stars. Thousands of visitors come to see an unmissable combination of cars, stars and action.

Show highlights include the UK’s largest indoor racing track – the Live Action Arena where thrill seekers can enjoy exhilarating precision driving, live wheel-to-wheel racing, and stunt drivers and the F1 Racing Display where fans can see modern F1 cars up close.

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NEC, 10th - 13th Jan The Custard Factory, 6th - 9th Dec

Seasonal Markets and The Old Crown are teaming up for the pop-up of the year in Brum, Digbeth Apres Ski.

The authentic Alpine lodge event here at the Custard Factory will feature an exciting full line-up of DJs, bands, entertainment, bars, street food, and off-piste shenanigans. Visitors can expect mulled wine (it is Christmas!), beers, wines, spirits, prosecco, mulled cider, cocktails, and rum hot chocolates.

The scrumptious food will come in the form of cheese fondue, cured meats, bread, pickles, smoked sausages, veggies & potatoes. Of course, there will also be a best-dressed competition for folks who fancy putting on some ski wear!



Boxxed, 104-105 Floodgate Street 1st Jan

The only NYD Ball you want to be part of! Last year was off the hook with hundreds enjoying street food, cocktails and brunch games!

Introducing a brand new idea when it comes to daytime Brunch clubbing, as 90s Hip Hop and R'n'B rises to greater heights, celebrating Hip Hop from the West Coast to South Coast, the biggest 90s Hip Hop Acts and the baddest Noughties producers and MC's - from past-to-present day.

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Hare & Hounds, 12th Feb

The Hot 8 Brass Band is a New Orleans based brass band that blends hip-hop, jazz and funk styles with a traditional New Orleans brass sounds.

It was formed in 1995 by tubist Bennie "Big Peter" Pete, merging two earlier bands, the Looney Tunes Brass Band and the High Steppers Brass Band.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Hot 8 Brass Band was propelled to wider prominence by an appearance in Spike Lee's 2006 documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.

BLOC Hotels Birmingham

The BLOC philosophy is new to the UK. The concept is called pared-down chic and is based on ideas we’ve adapted from the best designers around the world. By injecting a little British creativity, we have been pushing the boundaries of hotel design. From the build right down to the finishes in each room, we work with cutting-edge materials and innovative thinkers whose mantra really is, small is beautiful.

The idea is to build very cleverly using the very best materials whilst still making it as cost-effective as possible. And that means we can offer our guests really chic rooms in prime city centre locations at very, very good prices.

BLOC Hotels Birmingham

BLOC Magazine

BLOC Magazine Spring 19-1.jpg (1.06 MB)Winter is over, and it’s time to celebrate the arrival of spring. The concept of spring cleaning is essential to the ethos of BLOC: de-clutter, throw out all the things you don’t need and make room only for the stuff that matters.

It is the season of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. It is time to think about travel, exploring new places and investigate new business ideas.

BLOC is here to make those new experiences as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our 17th issue explores the ultimate short break destination of Copenhagen. A city full of amazing food, museums, theatres and plenty to keep kids enthralled.

We also profile Jamie Chadwick, who continues her winning ways on the race track.

Once again we hope that this magazine provides you with some insight and entertainment on your journey.

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

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

Your journey begins here.