CULTURE

Sometimes you have to claw deeper beneath the skin of this city to understand the people and places who help shape our scene – to embrace the weirdly, wonderfully, and woefully Brummie.

Read our CULTURE pages here, including broader features, interviews, investigations, and opinion articles.

Adjei Sun’s ‘Gifted and Black’ Project Comes To Moseley Exchange On 8 October 2022

Adjei Sun’s ‘Gifted and Black’ Project Comes To Moseley Exchange On 8 October 2022

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographer Maddie Cottam-Allan It’s 7:30pm on a Monday evening in the Custard Factory and there’s just a few punters chatting outside Auto-Brew. Apart from their gentle murmurs, poet, public speaker, and ...
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Reflections Of A Baby Gay At Birmingham Pride’s 25th Anniversary 23-25 September

Reflections Of A Baby Gay At Birmingham Pride’s 25th Anniversary 23-25 September

Writer Laura Mills / Photographer Maddie Cottam-Allan Now for me, this is my first Pride festival so I really went into it not exactly sure what to expect, but with open eyes awaiting the celebration ...
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Birmingham Pride 2022: Celebrating 25 Years Of Pride Party & Protest

Birmingham Pride 2022: Celebrating 25 Years Of Pride Party & Protest

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographer Maddie Cottom-Allan I’m wearing all black to this year's Birmingham Pride which marks “25 years of pride & protest” across our fair city. As fishy queens, fat queens, disabled queens, ...
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Is Strike Action Selfish?

Is Strike Action Selfish?

Writer Reece Greenfield / Photographer Maddie Cottom-Allan & Reece Greenfield We’re all no doubt feeling a lot of fear and uncertainty over rising energy bills, inflation, and economic uncertainty. We’ve no doubt heard (and likely ...
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Bio Arts Birmingham Gets Local Artistic Babs Thinking Big (And Really Small)

Bio Arts Birmingham Gets Local Artistic Babs Thinking Big (And Really Small)

Writer Emily Doyle / Photographers Mica Gray & Rob Lockley The first edition of Bio Arts Birmingham Laboratory (or ‘BAB Lab’ for short) brought together open-minded creatives from across the region to experiment with, play ...
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Global Detritus & Artistic Renewal: Abdulrazaq Awofeso OUT OF FRAME At Ikon

Global Detritus & Artistic Renewal: Abdulrazaq Awofeso OUT OF FRAME At Ikon

Writer Harry Croxford / Photographer Jessica Whitty Abdulrazaq Awofeso is a Nigerian artist and sculptor. He utilises the potential of a seemingly innocuous form of object intimately tied to globalised trade: the pallet. More precisely, ...
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Bassist Jamahl Augustine Speaks On Local Scene Development and Creative Wellbeing

Bassist Jamahl Augustine Speaks On Local Scene Development and Creative Wellbeing

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographer Daisy Richardson Speaking to Jamahl (Jam) Augustine in one of those healthy, overpriced cafés on a side road just off Pigeon Park, I’m curious to find out about his experiences ...
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Indigo Marshall To Sing At Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony On 28 July

Indigo Marshall To Sing At Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony On 28 July

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographers Paul Stringer, Golden Tie Birmingham based singer-songwriter Indigo Marshall, 25, will be stepping up to perform to hundreds of millions of people as part of the opening ceremony of the ...
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What Is ‘Bio Art’ And Who Gets To Make It? BAB Lab 2022 Has Some Ideas

What Is ‘Bio Art’ And Who Gets To Make It? BAB Lab 2022 Has Some Ideas

Writer Emily Doyle / Photographers Matt Gale & Cal Westbrook A new arts festival is coming to various independent venues around Birmingham next month. On 8 – 12 August, Bio Arts Birmingham will present BAB ...
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Exploring Fierce Festival’s Healing Gardens Of Bab With Duckie’s Princess Picnic Promenade

Exploring Fierce Festival’s Healing Gardens Of Bab With Duckie’s Princess Picnic Promenade

Writer Beth Exley / Photographer Connor Pope For their 25th anniversary festival, Fierce has pulled out all the stops. You may have walked past the New Street Station Key Exchange for their Key to the ...
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Not Just A Gentleman’s Club Brings Glamour To Missing Bar On 1 July

Not Just A Gentleman’s Club Brings Glamour To Missing Bar On 1 July

Writer Beth Exley / Photographer Sarah Maiden The upstairs room at Missing Bar is a small but sparkling gem in the heart of Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ community. A baroque style ceiling covered with cherubs and sunset-hued ...
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Navigating A Mixed Existence: Unapologetically Other Exhibits At MAC Until 14 August

Navigating A Mixed Existence: Unapologetically Other Exhibits At MAC Until 14 August

Writer Noah Lei Underwood / Photographer Jo Brown  TW: discussion of micro-aggressions and racial abuse Tucked away in a quiet gallery in the MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), I find myself choking up as I send ...
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Adjei Sun Talks Masculinity & Mental Health At The Moseley Hive On 27 May

Adjei Sun Talks Masculinity & Mental Health At The Moseley Hive On 27 May

Writer Jasmine Khan / Photographer Ryan Ridley I haven’t been to The Moseley Hive on Alcester Road before, so I’m particularly excited for I FEEL YOU with Adjei Sun on this sunny Friday evening. ‘Masculinity ...
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Suits in Hardhats: A Guide to Gentrification

Suits in Hardhats: A Guide to Gentrification

Writer Mark Roberts From Shoreditch, to Brixton, to Peckham, London is a great example of how gentrification moves in waves. This process, which uproots local creative scenes and more importantly prices out local communities, is ...
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Music Psychologists - Where Are You?

Music Psychologists – Where Are You?

Writer Mirab Kay / Photographer  How much does music affect you in everyday life? Whether the answer is “a lot” or “a bit”, if you’re reading this you’ll probably agree that music is a vital ...
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Elden Ring's Roderika: Gaming's Best Brummie

Elden Ring’s Roderika: Gaming’s Best Brummie

Writer Billy Beale  When I first met the armourer Yoana in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, I was shocked. This was the first midlands/brummie accent I'd come across in any video game and I was ...
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Digbeth’s Mockingbird Cinema Reopens With Fresh Interior and Second Screen

Digbeth’s Mockingbird Cinema Reopens With Fresh Interior and Second Screen

Writer Rachel Westwood / Photography supplied by Mockingbird Cinema Birmingham has long been home to some great cinema venues in the U.K., hosting a roster of iconic independent venues like The Electric, MAC, and Mockingbird ...
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Noisy Masters And Their Pastas At Muthers Studio

Noisy Masters And Their Pastas At Muthers Studio

Writer Billy Beale / Lead photographer Joe Parkes – further images supplied by Freshlicker Before attending the Fleshlicker show at Muthers in Digbeth, I had not seen a band play there before. Some live streamed ...
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Old Bort’s Mycophilia Residency At The Hive In JQ

Old Bort’s Mycophilia Residency At The Hive In JQ

Writer Beth Exley / Photographer Jessica Whitty Walking into The Hive in Jewellery Quarter I’m greeted by the smell of espresso, and a few quiet crafters. The space is light, airy and has that post-industrial ...
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Why 420 Is A Protest Not A Party

Why 420 Is A Protest Not A Party

Writer Jasmine Khan 1/5 people have smoked cannabis in their lifetime, that’s 20% of the population. And with cannabis being legalised in the land of (not so much) freedom and opportunity, as well as across ...
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Brighton Based Post-Punks DITZ Inspire Local Artist Lottie Canto

Brighton Based Post-Punks DITZ Inspire Local Artist Lottie Canto

Writer Emily Doyle / Photographer Jess Whitty We live in heavy times, and so heavy sounds are called for. You want squalling guitars? Sledgehammer drums? Acerbic vocals? A ludicrously noisy cover of Peaches’ opus, ‘Fuck ...
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Digbeth Community Garden Reopens With More Creative Green Projects

Digbeth Community Garden Reopens With More Creative Green Projects

Writer Reece Greenfield / Photographer Kalina Ciok Digbeth Community Garden is an elusive green space, tucked behind Digbeth’s Warehouse Café and Birmingham Friends of the Earth HQ. It’s the first time I’ve had a chance ...
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OPINION: When someone says rape…

OPINION: When someone says rape…

Words by Ed King / Lead image provided by Getty Images I want you to remember your best sexual experience. I want you to relive it, in every detail, the most pleasurable and safe experience ...
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Nora Virus at Birmingham Pride 26-7.05.18 / Eleanor Sutcliffe

FEATURE: Life’s a drag at Birmingham Pride

Words by Eleanor Sutcliffe & Ashleigh Goodwin / Pics by Eleanor Sutcliffe I am not a very social individual. Approaching strangers for a conversation has always been a fear of mine; the idea of forcing ...
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