Things to do in Birmingham this week

From dumpling festivals to new exhibit openings, here’s our pick of the best things to do to make the most of your week.

Polly Apfelbaum Exhibition

Ikon Gallery – 19th September-18th November
Polly Apfelbaum, Basic Division (Wavy Gravies) (2012). Marker pen on paper, courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London © Polly Apfelbaum

If you’re looking for some culture this weekend, internationally renowned New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s exhibition is unveiled to the public on the 19th at Ikon. Titled ‘Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)’ it features large-scale colourful installations of textiles, ceramics and drawings. Entry is completely free and is the perfect way to spend an autumnal afternoon, for more information, click here.

Birmingham Dumpling Festival

Taste & Liquor – 22nd September

Birmingham’s first ever dumpling festival hits Taste and Liquor in Digbeth this weekend. Be it sweet, savoury, stewed or boiled they’ve got you covered for whatever is your favourite. If you fancy trying a world cuisine this weekend, this is the place to be. With Taste and Liquor also serving drinks, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon before an evening out. Tickets cost £7. To find out more information and to buy tickets, click here.

‘Eastern Bloc Songs: Party, Pop and Politics’ Exhibition

Centrala – 7th September-20th October

Another exciting exhibition you can visit this weekend is Wayne Burrow’s ‘Eastern Bloc Songs: Party, Pop and Politics’ at Centrala in Digbeth. The exhibition explores the history and development of popular music from former Eastern Bloc Communist states during 1963-1988 and features photographs, posters, music art, TV footage and promotional films. Entry to the exhibit is completely free and on Saturday 22nd there is a beginners guide to the art of resistance, which delves deeper into Burrow’s work, to get tickets and find out more information, click here.

Rhythms Del Toro

The Cuban Embassy at Bulls Head – 21st September

Looking for something to do on your Friday night? The Cuban Embassy at Bulls Head have you covered with Rhythms Del Toro taking over the bar until the early hours. Dance to the mix of Latin fusion, Reggaeton and Salsa music with a glass of the bar’s famous rum punch and it’ll almost be like you’re on holiday, especially with free entry. To find out more information, click here.

Yoga Nidra & Sound Bath

The Birmingham Buddhist Centre – 23rd September

Having trouble sleeping? Yoga Nidra is the answer. The Birmingham Buddhist Centre is putting on a two hour Yoga Nidra and Sound Bath afternoon on Sunday. The benefits of this type of yoga include: clearing your mind, unleashing your creativity and relaxing your body, and apparently just 20 minutes of this yoga can equal to 2 hours worth of sleep. Afterwards you should feel like you’ve been on a mini holiday, we have no complaints with that. Tickets are £12 for one session, and £20 for both. To find out more information, click here.

Music Bingo

The Botanist – 23rd September

Avoid the Sunday blues by attending The Botanist’s Music Bingo. Imagine regular bingo, but a live musician is playing some of the best songs around instead of someone calling out numbers. There’s a range of prizes up for grabs and with a Botanist signature cocktail in your hand it’s the perfect way to escape on a Sunday night. Entry is free but you need to reserve a table online. To book a table online and to find out more information, click here.

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