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.

Essentials

Maps & Guides

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Festivals & events

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Upcoming highlights

Avenue Q

16-20 Sep - The West End smash-hit musical Avenue Q is coming to the New Alex!

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City of Colours Street Art

6 September - Over 100 street artists will transform Digbeth, into one of the UKs...

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Fierce Festival

2-12 October - Returning with adistinctive programme of live art, performance and projects across Birmingham.

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CATS

9-27 September -Andrew Lloyd-Webber's smash-hit musical returns to the Birmingham Hippodrome.

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More festivals & events

More festivals & events coming soon.

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Featured Itineraries

Shopping

Shoppinginbirmingham.com

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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Culture

Art Galleries

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

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Theatre

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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Sporting highlights

Cricket

Edgbaston: synonymous with world class international cricket.

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Football

With five top clubs there’s real football choice here.

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Golf

Birmingham offers some outstanding golf courses.

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All sporting events

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

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