BCMG family pre-concert activies

Birmingham half-term events for all the family

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With half-term fast approaching we thought it would be useful to pull together a list of free and paid for family arts events taking place in and around Birmingham to help parents plan an action-packed week come rain or shine. The following list is far from comprehensive, it’s merely a few highlights that we’ve selected – including BCMG’s half-term events – to make sure there is at least one recommended event per day. For more information on family arts events taking place next week, visit the Get Creative Family Arts Festival website: familyartsfestival.com

Every Picture Tells a Story

Saturday 24 October, 11am – 4pm
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

Free – but booking is required for the various events throughout the day

The Barber present a day of family fun celebrating the Big Draw and Bournville Children’s Book Festival. Delve into the magical world of Children’s book illustration. Join renowned author and illustrator James Mayhew and internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Alexander Aradov in a Live Paint along to Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’. Meet award winning author & illustrator Simon James. Enjoy Annamation Storytellers and create your own artwork in an artist-led workshop: barber.org.uk/every-picture-tells-story

Aliens Love Underpants

Sunday 25 October, 1pm & 3.30pm
Monday 26 October, 11am & 1pm
Town Hall, Birmingham

Tickets – £12.50 each, plus transaction fee*

This zany and hilarious show based on the best-selling children’s book has been wonderfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!) this fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family: thsh.co.uk/event/aliens-love-underpants


Monday 26 October 2015, 1 – 3pm
South Yardley Library, Birmingham

Free – no booking required, drop-in and stay for as long as you like

Have you ever thought how you might draw the sound of a grand cello melody or what the dark honk of a saxophone might look like? Have you ever wanted to share sounds in your imagination but not been able to use traditional music notation? BCMG collaborates with Ikon Gallery in an afternoon of ‘drawing with sound’ designed for the whole family. Make your own graphic score for musicians to perform and make live drawings to music: bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/workshops-2015-16/musicadoodle-do

Polka Theatre: Error 404

Monday 26 October 2015, 2pm & 7pm
mac, Birmingham

Tickets – £8 each, family ticket (up to 4 people – max. 2 adults ) £28

There’s a boy. No more than ten years old. You know someone just like him – except that his best friend is a robot. Don’t hold that against him, though. He lost his best friend in a terrible accident and when his mum brings home an unusual parcel, things start getting weirder and weirder. Join him on a roller coaster of laughter, tears, music and games – you might even change the ending. Recommended for ages 8+, this funny, engaging and unusual show asks you to look again at everything you thought you knew: macbirmingham.co.uk/event/error-404

Whisper, Chatter, Draw

Tuesday 27 October, 1 – 4pm
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Free – no booking required, drop-in and stay for as long as you like

The voice is the most extraordinary and versatile musical instrument. Not only can it sing in many styles, it can whisper, wail, chatter, cackle, gurgle and roar. Explore how you can make music from these unique sounds in this free drop-in workshop for the whole family – a BCMG and Ikon Gallery collaboration for the Family Arts Festival and as part of The Big Draw. Discover how could you communicate the sounds of words through the way it is drawn to create a musical score: bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/workshops-2015-16/whisper-chatter-draw

Family Music Maze

Wednesday 28 October, 10am – 2.30pm
mac, Birmingham

Free – but places must be booked in advance

BCMG’s Music Maze is an exciting series of fun, creative, participatory workshops for children age 8-11 inclusive that we run 8 times per season. October’s Music Maze is a Family Music Maze where young people can bring an adult family member or carer to take part alongside them. Participants will create music together based around The Comedy of Change by Julian Anderson, which BCMG performs in our November concert at CBSO Centre: bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/workshops-2015-16/family-music-maze

Help us to Remember

Monday 26, Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 October, 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Free – no booking required

Lantern-making sessions, led by professional visual artist Sophie Handy, that are connected to Birmingham Hippodrome and Metro-Boulot-Dodo’s large scale illumination event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz. 2,241 Reasons to Remember takes place from 19 – 21 November 2015 and honours the 2,241 people known to have lost their lives during the Birmingham Blitz. Come along and learn how to make a lantern and become part of a truly significant Birmingham event: birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/lantern-making

The Amazing Bubble Man

Friday 30 October, 11am
Town Hall, Birmingham

Tickets – £12 (adults), £10 (under 16s) each, plus transaction fee*

Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubble Man, visits Birmingham with his unique show for ages 3+ that has been delighting audiences of all ages around the world for thirty years. The world’s leading ‘Bubbleologist’ explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised: thsh.co.uk/event/the-amazing-bubble-man

First Stages – Rummage

Saturday 31 October, 11.30am & 2pm
The Birmingham REP

Tickets – Adults £9, Children £6, Babes-In-Arms £2

There’s a rubbish dump on the edge of town. Each day, as the last lorry rumbles away, a solitary figure picks her way through the discarded junk. To her, the dump is a treasure trove, a place of beauty and usefulness, full of things waiting to be given a new life. Recommended for ages 5+, Rummage uses creative storytelling and puppetry to explore the imaginative possibilities of the things we throw away every day: birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/first-stages-rummage

Hubbub, A Musical Adventure

Sunday 1 November, 1pm & 3.30pm
CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Tickets – £5 each (no charge for children under 3 years of age), plus transaction fee*. Buy three tickets and the fourth family member gets in for free

‘An imaginative romp, demonstrating the versatility of music and its power to narrate, engage and entertain.’ Mumsnet Nottingham

MishMash Productions hosted by BCMG, presents two performances for children aged 4 + and their families featuring original live music. Hubbub – A Musical Adventure is an enchanting story told by four musicians from the celebrated Aurora Orchestra and a, temporarily mute, narrator. Come along on a magical, musical journey as five friends follow the trail of the mysterious blue beetle in the quest for a lost voice: bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/recommended-non-bcmg-events/hubbub-a-musical-adventure

Half-Term Myths and Fables

Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November
Black Country Living Museum

Free – suggested donation £2

Ikon’s Black Country Voyages is touring to the Black Country Living Museum to join a trail of activities for their Half-Term Myths and Fables events. Discover the world of apothecary – sample the wares on board, drop in for creative workshops with the Ikon Youth Programme and at special times receive a one-to-one consultation with artist Jacques Nimki, the Black Apothecary: ikon-gallery.org/event/black-country-living-museum-half-term-myths-and-fables

* £3 transaction fee, plus £1 (optional) postage, will be charged on all bookings except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box office.

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