There are many undiscovered gems in Birmingham waiting to be found.
The city has the youngest population in Europe and is arguably home to a new breed of beatniks. Birmingham is leading the way in developing new underground arts, ground-breaking music and a spontaneous culture scene.
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Birmingham is home to a number of small independent galleries with the city’s creatives thriving in Fazeley Studios and the Custard Factory. Eastside Projects offers free exhibition space where art is created by the general public, whilst TROVE, based in the engine room of the old Science and Industry Museum, only exhibits new artists whose work reflects trends as they happen.
Upcoming bands are making their mark at city venues dedicated to discovering the latest sounds. At Rainbow, Spotlight Bar and Hare and Hounds the music policy varies from Funk, Soul, Jazz, Hip-hop, House and Indie. You can hear some of the best underground DJs alongside local talent resulting in an eclectic atmosphere.
Birmingham is home to The Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the UK and the centre of Birmingham’s film scene. Owner Tom Lawes has recently made the film ‘The Last Projectionist’ focusing on independent cinemas, which premiered in Cannes.
The city is famed for the Bullring and Mailbox, but new talent is leading the way in the style scene. Mr. Bird’s Emporium is a twist on the traditional department store, housing 13 permanent traders within one space. It also runs The Custard Cream, a new vintage market for independent traders to book pitches week by week. Meanwhile, Stitches and Hos is a monthly knitting night at the Hare and Hounds. The aim is to make knitting cool!
As well as its Michelin-stars, Birmingham’s food scene is making its mark through pop-up restaurants, urban food gardens, foraging workshops and unique food markets. Loaf is a food-based social enterprise running cookery schools focused on forgotten food skills. There is also Companis, the artist group, who combine eating with performance to create a whole new dining experience.
Throughout the year the arts scene in Birmingham plays host to a number of unique festivals. From Fierce to Flatpack, and Supersonic to the Birmingham Book festival, there are many opportunities for like-minded people to meet and collaborate on ground-breaking projects.
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