About Town – video installation by national and international artists

This week Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with Ikon present a unique event showcasing video installations from local, national and international artists.    Called About Town visitors to Southside can visit various places in and around the Hippodrome including the popular National Trust Back to Backs in Inge.   Installations include a compelling piece ‘Broad Street’ by the award winning  Gillian Wearing in Gallon Car Park (opposite The Village in Hurst St)  and the very witty ‘Just Like That’ from talented local artist Dean Kelland  upstairs in the Back to Backs – specially commissioned for this event.

DSC_2663The installations can be viewed over the next three nights (Fri, Sat and Sun from 4pm-10pm) and are entirely FREE.  So if you’re coming for a quick drink in Southside, enjoying a meal in one of the many restaurants or coming to see Slava’s Snow Show don’t miss About Town.

For more information and to view gallery   CLICK HERE

You can also pick up a leaflet in the theatre foyer.

Breathing life into ice…

Deep in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside district, hidden in an old warehouse behind a public house something extraordinary is taking place…

Every day teams of volunteers arrive at the warehouse to assist in the creation of a poignant spectacle set to take to the steps of Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square on 2 August presented by Birmingham Hippodrome.

12 freezer-fridges are slowly becoming home to over 5,000 ice figures which are carefully created by the team of volunteers by freezing water into male and female moulds which are then removed from their casing and chizzled into a final form in time for them to be re-frozen once again ahead of the event in Chamberlain Square.

Minimum Monument a major exhibition by the award winning Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo. On the day members of the public will be invited to place the beautifully crafted sculptures on the steps of the city’s Chamberlain Square where they can watch as the sea of ice figures melt.

The British premiere in Birmingham features the largest ever number of ice sculptures Néle has produced and is part of Birmingham City Council’s World War One Commemorations. To find out more about this FREE event click here.

Take a look at some images of the creation process below…

FREE Summer Fun this August!

Roll up, roll up for more free Summer fun in the sun this August with another action-packed series of weekends from Summer in Southside!

This year promises to be bigger and better than ever before featuring over thirty companies and over 100 local, regional, national and international artists.We are promised a variety of spectacular and innovative performances from comedy, drama, contemporary dance, physical theatre, aerial dance, puppetry, hip hop, and audience participation.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Summer in Southside offers free performances over three weekends in Birmingham’s increasingly vibrant Southside. The programme promises unique and ambitious productions, from Coventry based Talking Birds theatre company to the internationally acclaimed Wired Aerial Theatre, I’m sure there’ll be something everyone will enjoy.”

Summer in Southside FREE events take place on Saturday 9 August; Saturday 16 August and Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August between 1pm-7pm with a late night performance at 10pm on Saturday 23 August.

SUMMER IN SOUTHSIDE is supported by Southside BID, LCP (owners of the Arcadian), Without Walls, Arts Connect, Birmingham City Council Festivals Fund, and National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts scheme.

For more info head to www.summerinsouthside.com