‘Epstein’s ‘Lucifer’. This is one of the first things you’ll see’

Events coinciding with home games in February
20-23 Verve Poetry & Spoken Word Festival
6-8 7th Wave Festival of Electronic Music
7 Whisky Birmingham
8/9/17 St Patrick’s Festival (incl Parade 17)
18/19 Festival of the Middle Way
2/3 Brum Wing Fest

to 28 Feb Culture: Czech Innovation
to 15 Mar History: A Tale of Two Empires: Rome & Persia
to 24 May Society: Images of Motherhood
to 1 Jun Leanne O’Connor
to 4 Sep Fashion: Dressed to the Nines
to 4 Sep Society: Birmingham Revolutions
7 Feb (to 7 Jun) Fine Art: Cezanne & the Modern French Print
19 Feb (to 17 May) Modernism: Cornwall as Crucible

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Birmingham’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Visit Birmingham. For more events coming up go to Birmingham What’s On or Live Brum.

Comment and colour
Birmingham “The city was the crucible of the Industrial Revolution, and three times as many patents originate in Birmingham as in Manchester; I doubt you’ll find as many Michelin-starred restaurants anywhere else; and then there’s the collection of Pre-Raphaelite art (in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery>), the Jewellery Quarter , the canals and some magnificent Georgian and Victorian architecture. This is a vibrant modern city.”
The Lobotomist’s Chair “I thought you might want to keep the discussion away from architecture. Wasn’t Sir Herbert Manzoni, the man chiefly responsible for the post-war reconstruction of Birmingham, uncompromisingly modern? ‘I have never been very certain as to the value of tangible links with the past. They are often more sentimental than valuable… As to Birmingham’s buildings, there is little of real worth in our architecture. Its replacement should be an improvement.'”
B “But we have the best of both worlds: fine classical buildings and sensational modern ones. Have you seen the Library of Birmingham, on Centenary Square?”
TLC “Is that the one Prince Charles said looked like somewhere books would be burnt?”
B “If that’s what an incinerator looks like, there isn’t a Green Belt, Woodland Trust or Site of Special Scientific Interest in the country that wouldn’t want one.”

(This is an extract from Towns of Two Halves. To read more on Birmingham and 91 other places, order the book for £8 from

Other Birmingham links:
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Birmingham Back-to-Backs
Birmingham Cathedral
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair

‘Christmas Market runs from mid-November to just before Christmas and its stalls stretch from New Street to Centenary Square’

Coffin Works
The Electric Cinema
Hall of Memory

National Sea Life Centre

National Sea Life Centre
Pen Museum
St Chad’s Cathedral
Symphony Hall
Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum