Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Drum Arts Centre - July Listings

As Arts Champions for the Hall Green district, The Drum Arts Centre is promoting the p:Articipate scheme to residents of Hall Green, Sparkbrook, Springfield Moseley and Kings Heath

What is p:Articipate?
The p:Articipate scheme offers discounted tickets from as little as £3 for residents of Hall Green District. 

What do you need?
Photo ID and proof of address

How do I get my tickets?
Call The Drum’s Box Office team on 0121 333 2444 to check which events* offer reduced prices.  

Occasionally there will be opportunities to win free tickets when you register. So check with The Drum's Box office team when you register.

 *Terms and conditions apply, to selected events. Offer subject to availability

Below is our July 2013 Listings offering something for everyone...


The Drum in partnership with Perry Barr Arts Forum presents:
Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park
Sun 14 Jul, 12pm
Free Admission

Every year it keeps getting bigger and better! Now into its fourth year the open air music festival, Simmer Down, returns to the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth Park to celebrate Birmingham's rich heritage and cultural diversity. This year sees a host of live performances and workshops taking place across several stages, with fun activities for all the family, craft stalls and a range of cultural cuisines showcasing the wealth of talent that exists in our communities. Featuring live on stage: Internationally acclaimed Jamaican Reggae artist, Half Pint, plus Dancehall sensation, Stikki Tantafari and many more.

45 Shop Lock: Sound System Fridays
Fri 26 Jul, 11pm
Tickets: £10 OTD

The Drum's heavyweight residents Luv Injection are lining up some of the most pioneering and legendary sounds from across the UK and internationally for the summer season. These include Empire Sound, King Tubbys, Sufferer Sound, Saxon,Coxsone,Infinity, Stereo Phonic, Kebra Negus, Burn Down Sound from Japan and more. All sounds will enter the arena with their guest vocalists and selectors and play on their own systems, expect a mix of reggae styles and an ear-popping bass sound. Age Restriction 18+

Please note: Tickets will only be available to buy on the night.


Upfront Comedy presents: Summer Series July
Fri 5 Jul, 7pm
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50), £15 OTD

The Summer Series grand finale opens with the return of people's choice, Brixton bus driver comedian Slim, with international guest New Yorker, Sinck, from Comedy Central's The World Stands Up. Irish Jamaican grandma Josephine Lacey makes her Upfront debut. Hosted by Teletubbie turned comedian John Simmit. Suitable for audiences 18+

Literature & Spoken Word

Nubian Readers’ Book Club
Fri 26 Jul, 7:30pm
Tickets: £2

If you’re a fan of books written by African, African-Caribbean and African-American authors then join the Nubian Readers’ Book Club. The lively group meets on the last Friday of every month.

Visual Arts

Reggae Kinda Sweet: Photographs By Pogus Caesar Wed 3 Jul-Sat 31 Aug

Free Admission

The Drum, along with a consortium of partners including Sampad, is hosting a major exhibition of film posters as part of Bollywood 100 in Birmingham, the city-wide celebrations marking one hundred years of Indian cinema. A hundred years ago India's Dadasaheb Phalke, a pioneer in his own right, made a silent movie about a king who never lied; marking the beginning of Indian cinema. By the early 40's the industry had developed, based on a winning recipe which still contributes today to the fame and mass appeal of Indian cinema, namely; song, dance, drama and fantasy.

Young People
Grove School presents Handsworth Evolution Thu 18 Jul, 6.30pm Tickets: £3

As the streets descend into anarchy around them, for one family the show must go on ... A colourful family drama that brings together tangled tales from Handsworth's recent history. Handsworth Evolution celebrates the triumph of this vibrant community in the face of struggle and adversity. Devised, written and performed by ninety primary school children from Grove School in Handsworth, this production, including original pieces of music and dance, promises to be a family-friendly evening of entertainment.

Young Gifted Brum (YGB) is a programme of free weekly creative workshops for children and young people from 8-18 years of age. Workshops have an emphasis on developing practical skills whilst having fun.

Weekly YGB workshops
Starting Tue 16 Apr - Sat 20 Jul

Keyboards 5:30pm-6:30pm (Beginners) and 6:30pm-7:30pm (Improvers)

It’s Thursday club!!! (Drum roll…) 5:30pm-7:30pm

Dance & Drama 1pm-5pm (depending on your age and group)

The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU
Box Office: 0121 333 2444
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