The New Beat Generation

 

Birmingham is one of the youngest cities in Europe, with under 25s accounting for nearly 40% of its population. Copenhagen, Lille Métropole-Roubaix, Rotterdam and Stockholm join it with a high proportion of under 25s making up each city’s overall population.

Europe's Young Cities: A New Beat Generation? is a briefing compiled by Visit Birmingham which provides a mere snapshot into the creative life of each of these cities and illustrates how their young populations are making their mark by using culture – from music and dance to art and literature – to create a dynamism, vibrancy and drive that is shaping each cities’ future.

 

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Birmingham: A playground for young creativity

Ammo Talwar MBE introduces the New Beat Generation briefing by talking about how Birmingham is a playground for new talent.

Europe's Young Cities: A New Beat Generation?

A snapshot of the creative talent fuelling Europe's youngest cities. Birmingham, Copenhagen, Lille Métropole-Roubaix, Rotterdam and Stockholm.

Birmingham's New Beat Generation

Birmingham’s New Beat Generation is made up of many talented youngsters who are making waves in their field. Here are some of the names from the city to look out for this year.

The Changing Face of Culture

Research published by Visit Birmingham shows that music festivals and graffiti art are joining the likes of the opera and literature to be classed as culture.

The Influencers

Birmingham’s New Beat Generation has been inspired by a host of mentors and influential figures across the cultural spectrum.

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Upcoming festivals

Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival

10-12 July - see some of the best artists from the Jazz, Funk & Soul world.

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Vaisakhi

26 April - One of the world’s largest Vaisakhi celebrations returns to Handsworth Park.

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Birmingham Pride

23 & 24 May - The biggest two day LGBT party in the UK returns.

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BE Festival

22-28 June - celebrating the best of European theatre.

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Supersonic

11-14 June - one of the UK’s premier experimental music and arts festivals.

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Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival

3-12 July - bringing top drawer players from across the world.

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More festivals & events

More festivals & events coming soon.

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Culture

Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

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Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

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Music

A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

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Film

Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

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Dance

A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

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See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

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Shopping

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Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

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Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

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Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

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Markets

Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

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Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

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Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

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Sporting highlights

Harlem Globetrotters

21 April - Some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet.

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Premier League Darts

April 30 - Featuring ten superstars of the sport.

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The Main Event (Thai Boxing)

23 May - The UK's longest-standing and premier Thai Boxing promotion.

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Sainsbury's Summer Series

7 June & 3-5 July - The world’s best athletes come to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium/

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Birmingham will be playing a key role in the delivery of the Rugby World Cup...

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All sporting events

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

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