Something for the weekend?

Each week the Marketing Birmingham digital team pick the one thing they would do in Birmingham and the region this weekend. Here are their selections for the weekend 20-22 March -  hopefully you'll see something that inspires you, and if not, well there's always next week...


Paul's Picks -  Response 243, Cucina Rustica, Flatpack

The more discerning amongst you may notice from this page that the team is a ‘man down! man down!’, (Ellie, we wish you well). So to boost your available options I have taken one for the team, and am this week suggesting - ah-not one, ah-not two - but thre...(actually let’s not get carried away) - two things you can do this forthcoming weekend.

I love looking at art, I love old churches and I love the Jewellery Quarter, so imagine my absolute delight when I stumbled across Response 243. This art exhibition/installation is situated within St. Paul’s Church and is so named because a) it is a responsive art exhibition and b) the Church is 243 years old. Three curators have embedded art into the building in what promises to be an immersive experience ‘through sound, visual and installation works’. Other than this snippet dear blog reader I know very little, but am excited to discover more on Saturday from 1-3pm.

So, I'll be in the Jewellery Quarter and figure I may as well stick within the ‘hood - I’m guessing, given the hour, I’ll be feeling a bit peckish, so my plan is to go and treat myself at Cucina Rustica. Italian food is one of my all time favourites and this restaurant has never disappointed; I’m actually looking at the menu right now and my heart rate has accelerated. So that’s my second choice, go for some authentic Italian food at Cucina Rustica  - I don't really have anything else to say on the matter - the food will speak for itself.


Actually no! Come back! Here's a third option for you - Flatpack! How could I have let this gem slip through the net?- It's one of my favourite festivals and is all about my specialist subject films!  It starts on Thursday and runs until Sunday 29th.  On Friday there's the Edwardian Horror Show which will offer you the rare chance to wander through Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery after hours and watch some early spooky shorts. That's it I'm done.  Louise?

How could I have forgotten Flatpack? *mumbling indistinctly to self*



Louise's Pick  - Holi Rave and Indian Street Food Feast-IVAL

So this weekend I’ll be moving away from my usual haunts and getting colourful at the Holi Rave and Indian Street Food Feast-IVAL. As you might have guessed this is not usually my thing but as soon as I saw the pictures I was converted. The Holi festival is an Indian festival celebrating love and light and is a huge part of Indian culture. Thankfully this amazing event has travelled over the seas to our lovely city.

Holi is already a pretty popular festival in the capital and is starting to make a name for itself in Birmingham with acts such as My Panda Shall Fly performing. As much as I am looking forward to getting covered in colourful powder and jumping around like a lunatic, food is never far from my mind. There promises to be a great selection of Indian street food vendors offering tasty snacks, as well as some of the Brum’s very own restaurants setting up pop-up food stalls.



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