1.Flatpack Film Festival (No.12) 13 -22 April 2018
The fantastic Flatpack Film Festival returns for it's 12th outing and its bigger and better than ever.
Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).
With so much going on throughout the festival it's a bit tricky trying to give you our highlights, but if you are only human and can't get a long to everything then we suggest the following.
Haxan at Birmingham Town Hall on Tuesday 17th April
'Brace yourself for a voyage into the underworld, as Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Inside No.9) and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Horne (a regular star turn at previous Flatpacks) team up to create a live score for a supernatural oddity from cinema’s early years'
The Lodger at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Saturday 21st April
Hitchcock's silent chiller hits the big screen at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a new live score from the Meg Morley Trio.
Solar Walk at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Saturday 21st April
The UK premiere of Hungarian animator Réka Bucsi's 45 minute mind-melting film exploring the cosmos with a live score performed by 17-piece jazz big band. Preceding the film will be Réka's exquisite multi-award-winning short, Love.
*Culture Card holders can purchase tickets to see The Lodger and Solar Walkfor just £5 check your Culture Card newsletter for details
2.Distant: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen
The Electric Cinema - Thursday 12th and Sunday 15th April
Recorded at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017, Distant Sky captures an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Performing new album Skeleton Tree’s exquisite compositions alongside their essential catalogue, the band’s first shows in 3 years provoked an ecstatic response in fans, critics and band alike, renewing a profound and intimate relationship wherever they played.
*Culture Card holders are entitled to concession rate at the Electric Cinema Sunday through to Thursday
3.Macbeth at the Old Rep Theatre
Tuesday 10th - Saturday 14th April
The National Production Company bring to the stage William Shakespeare's Macbeth. A warworn Macbeth is told by three sisters that he is fated to become King of Scotland so beginning a series of events that lead to the destruction of Kings, friends, and souls as he, and his Lady, try to cling to the tainted crown.
There will be a post-show Q&A after the Wednesday 1.30pm performance.
*Culture Card holders can purchase 2 for 1 tickets for the Tuesday 10th April and Thursday 12th performances
4.Uncanny Theatre: Outrage at MAC
Friday 6th April
Welcome to the age of Outrage. Your favourite internet-eries feed you with the tastiest righteous indignation every day, but what if you’re still not satisfied yet? Uncanny are here to help; they’ll provide you with the most offensive content that money can buy that will have you taking to the streets – or at least posting a strongly worded response on a forum then signing an online petition. Rage absolutely guaranteed.
Grab your tickets here*
* Culture Card holders are entitled to £5 tickets for this performance
5.Birmingham Civic Society present: Uncovering 10,000 years of Birmingham’s Past
Birmingham Council House on Saturday 21st April
Discover the fascinating archaeological history of Birmingham from the depths of pre-history onwards with prominent archaeologist Mike Hodder. Join Mike after the talk on a visit and introduction to the Birmingham History Galleries at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Tickets £5 available from here
On the Radar
The ever so marvellous Independent Birmingham have announced details of their Summer Festival at Aston Hall (21-22nd July). Tickets sold fast for this last year so don't hang about, get yours now by clicking here.
It's only 98 days until Birmingham Cocktail Weekend, so you better get your wristbands toot sweet from here.
Dippy the Diplodocus arrives in Birmingham on May 26th. It's free, but you need to book and you need to book quickly as it's filling up. Get your free tickets now by clicking here.