After a ridiculously long summer, it is finally September. This means the return of thousands of students to Birmingham, as well as the fresh faces of freshers. If your home town is anything like mine, you will be desperate to get stuck back into busy city life, and this month, as always, Brum has not let us down. So here are my top things to do in Birmingham this September:
Thursday 4th September – Poetry Jam at Urban Coffee Company
Being an English with Creative Writing student it was only a matter of time before I tried to make you lot go to a poetry evening. For those of you that have never been to one before, wipe from your mind the images of bearded men droning on about nature, because poetry, I kid you not, can be edgy. It can also be a laugh, and a gasp and yes, maybe sometimes a tear. And where better to enjoy a poetry jam than at Urban Coffee Company on Church Street (have a read of how great I think this place is here) with its chilled atmosphere, fab drinks and, most importantly, cake. The evening begins at 6pm on the 4th of September, and the mic is open for anyone if you fancy yourself as a bit of a poet!
Saturday 6th September – Ben Norris: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family
Ben Norris has just graduated from The University of Birmingham and has received funding to stage his own one man show at The Mac in Canon Hill Park (just by Edgbaston Cricket Ground). By hitchhiking down the M1, the show explores Ben’s relationship (or lack of) with his father, and promises to be funny, touching and there will also be, as ben claims, ‘an over 50% chance of not falling asleep’, which is always good to know. Tickets are only £5 and can be booked on the Mac Birmingham Website.
Saturday 13th September – Birmingham Independent Food Fair
Birmingham is famous for its fantastic food scene, and no, I’m not talking about the Nando’s and the Five Guys. The Birmingham Independent Food Fair is a chance to explore and sample the huge range of independent restaurants, bars, cafes and street vendors that Birmingham has to offer, all for a mere £7.50! I for one am gutted that I will be working that day, as I know it is a highlight of the year for many people in Brum. So make sure you get yourself to Millennium point on the 13th of September and support the independents in Birmingham whilst filling your boots: it’s a win win situation.
Saturday 20th September – 24 Hour Rave Experiment at the Rainbow Venues
Now this might not be the event for everyone (I’m a little too fond of sleep), but if you’re more hardcore, this is a chance to get involved with something super exciting – and it’s all for charity! The Rave will last from 12 noon on Saturday 20th to 12 noon on Sunday 21st, and anyone caught sleeping will be ejected from the venue. If you think you can handle it, then tickets are £24 (proceeds go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital) and all the rules and details can be found on the Rainbow Venues website. Good luck you mad people!