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Netflix have launches ten short documentaries created by recipients of the Documentary Talent Fund. The filmmakers from across the UK, received £40,000 in financing to create their own documentary short film, answering the brief: ‘Britain’s Not Boring And Here’s a Story’. The films were showcased at a premiere event in London and will be live streamed in the UK’s first ever TikTok Live Line-Up, available to Netflix’s 21.9million TikTok followers. 

Multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies are finally making it to the UK this March for their long awaited UK tour.

Over the course of 33 years, the beloved quartet has sold 15 million records worldwide and built up an arsenal of hits such as 'If I Had $1,000,000', 'One Week', 'Pinch Me', and The Big Bang Theory Theme.

It has been announced that Indian music composer Bappi Lahiri, who was known for his groovy disco tunes and eye-catching fashion style, has died. Having recovered from Covid-19 last year, Lahiri, was in hospital for the past month before passing.

His funky, foot-stomping music had Indians fall in love with disco and had an entire country dancing to his tunes.

The Rep’s ground-breaking collaboration with Sky Studios comes to fruition this March as audiences are invited to be amongst the first to enjoy the work of the comedy writing stars of the future.

Sky Comedy Rep will host its first-ever festival of new comedic short plays at Birmingham Rep from 3-5 March 2022.

Rugby fans, it’s time to get lined up as England heroes James Haskell and Mike Tindall take to the road with the world’s most popular rugby podcast – The Good, The Bad And The Rugby.

The live tour is the first ever outing for the hit podcast which, since launching in summer 2020, has grown to become the UK’s top sporting podcast, with more than 3million listeners and 20million-plus viewers online. Joining James and Mike will be their podcast co-host former Sky Sports’ rugby presenter Alex Payne.

George Cosby poetically explores the varied fortunes of romance through a widescreen lens. Applying a modern pop elegance to this everlasting emotion enamoured an expanding fanbase with his debut EP ‘We Stand Alone’.  Its title track was B-listed at Radio 2, while further airplay for the project came from BBC Introducing, Jo Whiley at Radio 2 and Laura Whitmore at Radio 5. Now George celebrates Valentine’s Day by sharing ‘Lonely Heartbeats’, his first single of 2022.

A major new photographic exhibition, featuring 1,000’s of images of people from the Commonwealth who settled in Birmingham will open at the iconic Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square from Friday 18 March-Sunday 18 June 2022.

Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Produced by Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage, ‘From City Of Empire To City Of Diversity: A Visual Journey,’ has been created from The Dyche Collection, one of the most important photographic collections within Birmingham Archives and acquired by Birmingham Central Library in 1990.

Grammy-nominated South African DJ, producer and songwriter Black Coffee ensured the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) Arena was the place to be with a sensational set that transported party-goers to Ibiza.

Black Coffee – real name Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo – followed opening sets by Frederick Stone and Paul Svenson with a constant backbeat of synths and drums to compel the crowd to carry on dancing until the small hours of the morning.

A new series of free creative sessions created by and for young people will launch at Birmingham Hippodrome this month, with the first sessions taking place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 February.

The Young Community Drop In Sessions have been developed by Birmingham Hippodrome’s Young Advocates. The Young Advocates programme launched in January 2021 with a group of young people aged 14-22 who are working with the Hippodrome to shape the future of the venue’s participation work for young people.

Global home textiles company Bedsure releases fun and engaging star sign videos for customers across the UK and US in time for Valentine’s Day.
 

2022 marks the first time Bedsure has created a Valentine’s Day videos for its customers. Inspired by the coziness of relationships, Bedsure’s Valentine’s Day video stories give customers a taste of different personalities through Star Signs.

Ties between British and Indian musicians were boosted this week with a visit by four classical music superstars to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - who told the audience that ‘music has the power to change your life in a way you couldn’t even imagine’.

Tabla supremo Zakir Hussain, acclaimed singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan, leading flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, and legendary keyboardist and producer Louiz Banks met staff, students, diplomats, MPs and business leaders including the Indian Consul General of India Dr Shashank Vikram and Preet Kaur Gill MP at the world-renowned centre of music, based at Birmingham City University.

St. Croix is the place to be over President’s Day weekend with live music taking centre stage amidst a stellar line-up of top local and regional artistes.

“So long I ain’t see you,” crooned Division of Festivals Director Ian Turnbull as he announced that “Fête.Vibe.Soca” will be headlined by Trinidad and Tobago soca sensation Nadia Batson and her all-female band, well known for hit songs including “So Long” and “Catching Feelings”.

The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, returns to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham later this month from 22 – 27 February 2022, with the largest start of season showcase of leisure vehicles in the country. Advance ticket sales for the show have rocketed, already exceeding previous years and set to hit over 100,000 this weekend.

In an effort to manage overcrowding, tickets for the event have been limited each day to help spread attendance across the week. Tuesday 22nd, Thursday 24th and Saturday 26th February are now fully sold out, but there is still limited availability for the rest of the week.

Viewers online can't seem to get enough of the popular series ‘Jamaicans to the World’, which recently surpassed a combined 3 million views on YouTube and Facebook. In the series, expatriate Jamaicans were asked; "What is it like to live ‘there’ as a Jamaican?” Posing that vital and timely question is Xavier Murphy, the founder of the Jamaicans.com platform, who launched the unique docu-series on YouTube and Facebook in 2021.