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Hundreds of volunteers led by Birmingham Repertory Theatre were part of a UK-wide event that took place on July 1, as a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.   Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the work was conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.

Nottingham is building on the success of last year's first-ever Nottingham October Festival month to offer an even bigger programme of events this year - with more major festivals and events in October than any other city in the UK. Nottingham City Council has joined forces with Experience Nottinghamshire, Galleries of Justice, Broadway, Hockley Hustle, GameCity and CAMRA, to name but a few, to bring the city alive in October.

The cast for a new production of ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest,’ directed by Nikolai Foster, has been announced.  Opening at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 9-24 September before completing its run at Leicester Curve from 11-29 October, the production will star BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated actress Cathy Tysonas the iconic Lady Bracknall in Foster’s stylish reimagining of Wilde’s much-loved comedy. Cathy is best known for her role in the multi-award winning film 'Mona Lisa,'classic ITV drama series ‘Band Of Gold’and her stage work with The RSC and The Liverpool Everyman.

WV Active is offering free activities for all the family at Super Sunday on July 10. From fitness classes to fun swimming pool sessions, children’s activities and a huge variety of sport, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy. All three City of Wolverhampton Council-owned WV Active centres at Aldersley, Bilston-Bert Williams and Central - are open from 10am to 4pm. Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: “Super Sunday is one of the final events on next month’s exciting Enjoy Wolverhampton programme.

Tottenham residents can enjoy a revamped library, with new books and state of the art IT,  as the Marcus Garvey Centre – Library  and Customer Services has opened its doors after a £3million refurbishment. The new-look library boasts a more spacious layout, modern furniture, more computers and 22,000 new books. While the facilities at the library are being tested, the refurbished library will be partially opened.

The Eden Project is facing its biggest-ever invasion of dinosaurs this summer. Dinosaur Uprising: Land, Sea and Air features an unprecedented array of beasts, from rampaging dinosaurs, to giant, majestic underwater Plesiosaurs and swooping, flying Pterosaurs, making it one of the biggest dinosaur attractions in the world. For the first time ever, Eden's summer dinosaur programme will boast an awe-inspiring underwater section, giving visitors the opportunity to dive into oceanic depths to “swim” with ancient aquatic creatures, including the majestic Plesiosaur.

In mid 2015, Jim Dunphy, owner of the Edmunds Bar and Grill as it was then called, was looking for an opportunity to refresh his Birmingham City centre pub and give it a point of difference over his competition. Acknowledging the growth in popularity of small batch beer, and the growing demand for local products, Jim started to look into options that would allow him to brew his own beer. He quickly realised however, that the space required for a traditional brewery set-up was more than his premises could accommodate. 

The twentieth anniversary of the St. Kitts Music Festival has been a stand-out hit, as crowds have come out in record numbers to see the stellar line-up that was created for the historic occasion. “In the past two decades that we have been producing the St. Kitts Music Festival, never has here been an attendance level like we have seen this year,” said the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry & Commerce.

Returning with a bang for its 19th edition, the World Creole Music Festival has raised its curtain on a programme packing more star power than ever before. Masterfully blending Caribbean culture, renowned talent and a symphony of musical styles, the headlines garnered high praise by attendees of the recent official launch, hosted at the Anchorage Hotel, Whale Watch and Dive Centre.

This summer, Edinburgh's five star attraction Dynamic Earth is taking visitors on an epic journey deep into the universe beyond the earth's atmosphere with a jam-packed programme of space-themed events and activities for budding astronauts. On selected days Dynamic Earth will be hosting a 360° immersive multi-media theatre experience, Cosmos Planetarium, which takes visitors on a virtual tour of the night sky where they will see all 88 constellations in the northern and southern hemisphere skies.

Are you missing Glastonbury already? Festival-goers are still in time to enjoy this summer's best music vibes in Lisbon! The Portuguese capital has an outstanding line-up of music events scheduled for the summer months that cater for all tastes, from pop and rock to jazz and classical, reggae and of course fado. Here are some of the highlights, featuring acts as diverse as Radiohead, Seal, Iggy Pop, Massive Attack and The Chemical Brothers:.

A great afternoon of rock 'n' roll inspired music organised by King's Heath Walk of Fame will take place at Fletchers Bar on Sunday 10 July. As well as commemorating the many famous musicians like Bill Haley, Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis who performed at the now burnt down Ritz Ballroom opposite Fletchers the session will also showcase Harry Jordan - an exciting new local talent.

The Grand Theatre is dishing out discounted tickets for two of its shows during next month’s Enjoy Wolverhampton programme. The Lichfield Street theatre receives a wide range of major touring productions including drama, musicals, ballet, dance, opera, variety, concerts, children's shows and one of the biggest pantomimes in the UK, with audiences from across the region and beyond taking advantage of excellent transport links to the town.

Wolverhampton residents have been getting a taste of army life as part of a unique programme to help improve their employment opportunities. City of Wolverhampton Council joined forces with Army Careers, City of Wolverhampton College and the Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) to put together a four-week army course. The aim was to help residents overcome barriers to employment and to get a feel for life in the British Regular & Reserved Armed Forces.

Five Birmingham City Council children’s libraries have been updated with new equipment and furniture, after receiving grant funding of £250,000 to make improvements. The funding boost – which enabled libraries in Balsall Heath, Druids Heath, Kings Norton, Kingstanding and Small Heath to make improvements and finance educational projects – was awarded by the Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in a wide range of fields, including education and the arts.

As Britain gears up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth and in the run-up to the launch of the film adaption of The BFG, VisitBritain is showcasing to the world what makes Britain a GIANT - and family-friendly - tourism destination. The national tourism organisation has launched an international ‘Where Giant Dreams come to Life’ film tourism campaign in its first-ever collaboration with Disney, producer of The BFG.