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NEWS: New Year revamp for NIA

Last month the NEC Group sanctioned a feasibility study to ‘envisage and create a new look and feel’ for the National Indoor Arena (NIA). Spearheaded by international architects Broadway Malyan, a team of development/venue professionals will look at all aspects of the site from structure to catering, attempting to ascertain ways of improvement. Consumer experience […]

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NEWS: Festival funding submerged

As public sector spending cuts disseminate from Whitehall, the Birmingham Cultural Partnership (BCP) has announced the withdrawal of it’s recently instigated Emerging Festival Fund. In an email to the city’s arts communities and strategic partners, BCP manager Simon Bennett stated that in light of the government’s ongoing spending review, ‘projects that had not formally committed their […]

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IN BRIEF: A Unique Surprise

Local singer/songwriter Unique, aka Natasha Brown, has found a new platform to showcase local musicians and lyricists. Under the banner Let’s Not Pretend, Unique has organised unannounced jam sessions along various bus routes across the city. “We came up with the idea after coming back from playing at The Yardbird in town,” says Unique, “I […]

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NEWS: An institution reopens

The HMV Institute is open for business. Digbeth’s historical venue has hosted tea dances to techno and most things in between. But previously marred by management issues, crippling maintenance costs and an awkward layout to capacity ratio, the prominent Eastside venue has changed direction more than most in the city. Now with three bold new […]

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NEWS: Major music project shelved as AWM collapses

One of the region’s most ambitious music initiatives has been halted in the wake of AWM’s demise. Music Central, a development programme for music professionals in the West Midlands, was due to start in September this year. The two year scheme planned to establish an industry support network ranging from mentor programmes to operational infrastructure. […]

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