February – August 2016

Theatre | Comedy | Spoken Word | Music|  Dance | Exhibitions | Music

The Drum is putting out a call for submissions for productions and performances for its Spring & Summer 2016 programme which launches in February – August 2016. We’re interested in hearing from artists, promoters, producers, production companies, musicians and performers, who have product or tours that they would like to submit for consideration for this period.

All submissions/proposals need to be received by Monday 12 October 2015 and must include the following supporting information:
·Name, contact details of company or artist(s)
·Biographical details of artist(s) and company
· Synopsis of the piece / gig
· Running Time
· High quality colour and, if available, black and white images
(min 300 dpi at 10cm square, ideally a file size of 1MB or over.)
· Press reviews of previous shows/events (if available)
. Audience feedback from previous or current show (if available)
· Tour Schedule (if applicable)
· Any product, CDs, books, tapes, web and social media links etc
· Any additional special information

The Drum is the UK’s premier intercultural arts centre dedicated to the development, presentation and celebration of arts and cultural activities.

Please address all submissions/proposals to Jennie Gentles, Interim Head of Marketing & Arts and email to j.gentles@the-drum.org.uk or send them to The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU. 

somewhereto_Exhibit Grand Unveiling

somewhereto_Exhibit Grand Unveiling
Thursday 17 September, 6pm

Next Thursday we are excited to be hosting the unveiling of the unique designs of young rising talents in partnership with somewhereto_WM.

The exhibition will see our tables in the Café Bar being transformed with the remarkable designs of young artists: Ayesha Jones, Tom Xiao Ji, Idriss Assoumanous, Zara Skyes and Cassandra Wiggan.

The featured designs were selected as the best of all the submissions to somewhereto_WM. Expect to see each artist’s stories reflected in their designs, which we are sure, will spark conversations.

somewhereto_  works across the UK to link free events and urban spaces to give young creative minds the opportunity to fulfill their passions. Working countrywide, somewhereto_ have a wide range of spaces which have been donated for the use of creative individuals and aim to match the right space to each individual’s needs, in their local area. For more information on somewhereto_ visit  somewhereto.com/

Featured artist, Zara Sykes commented on her experience ‘somewhereto_WM has really given me a boost in acknowledging and supporting me not only as a music artist but as an Artist’s champion I strive to encourage and support where I can. The Drum has been supportive over the years and it’s such an honour to have my art work displayed there.’

Pop into our Café Bar for a cuppa or a bite to eat and check out this exhibition which will be a permanent fixture at The Drum.

For more information, please contact our Box Office  on 0121 333 2444.


Upfront Comedy … Angie goes down a storm

After a short break for the summer, last Friday night we welcomed the return of Upfront Comedy.  Keeping it in the family were comedy duo Angie Le Mar and her son Travis, with their show aptly titled Mother & Son Standing Up.  As always Angie delivered a heavyweight set.   She stole the show and had everyone in stitches.

We’ve still got three Upfront Comedy shows left for the autumn season so check out the list below.  You won’t want to miss out, so book your tickets now!

Saturday 3 October
Saturday Night Laugh Fever
A full Saturday night special featuring Brixton’s brutal Felicity Ethnic, mixing it up with exciting afrocentric newcomer Athena Kugblenu, and variety in the form of laddish humour from  award winning comics Kevin J and Axel Blake.

Friday 6 November
Big hitters galore on November’s line up, which sees comedy’s duchess Glenda Jaxson, teaming up with veteran rude boy Rudi Lickwood and south Londoner gagster Junior Booker for laughs aplenty.

Friday 4 December
Slick Real McCoy veterans Jefferson & Whitfield head up December’s show with their smooth blend of jokes, musical interludes and bedroom banter; contrasting with the whirlwind that is Annette Fagon, and the urbane wit of Jason Patterson.

Doors open: 7pm
Advance tickets: £13.50 (£11.50 for concessions)
OTD: £16.50
Season ticket: £40

Food available on the night.


Black History Month 2015

The countdown to the official launch of Birmingham Black History Month is on. With just over three weeks to go, The Drum in partnership with Birmingham City Council, have organised a month long programme of events. Our events will celebrate the achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people.

The theme for this year’s programme is the 50th anniversary of both Malcolm X’s significant visit to Smethwick and the passing of the Race Relations Act 1965 – the first legislation to address racial discrimination.

The launch will take place on:

Fri 2 Oct, 6 – 9.30pm
The Drum Arts Centre
144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU

The Black History Month 2015 launch programme will consist of a drinks reception followed by the opening of the RACE 50 exhibition. Our guest speaker Dr Kehinde Andrews will discuss Malcolm X’s visit. He will also discuss how attitudes to racial discrimination have changed in Birmingham and the rest of the UK since the Act was introduced. ‘Celebrating the Light’ is a specially commissioned piece by young musicians who are part of the Arts Champions Scheme.  Also featured in this year’s line up are members of Young Drum – The Drum’s Performing Arts Academy for young people aged 7 – 25 years. They will be presenting a multi-artform piece based on the theme of Malcolm X.

If you would like to attend the launch please RSVP by visiting www.bhmbrumlaunch2015.eventbrite.co.uk or contact The Drum Box Office on 0121 333 2444. Alternatively, email Paulette Francis-Green p-officer@the-drum.org.uk by 5pm on Wed 30 Sep. You are able to bring along a maximum of two guests. Please note this event is very popular and due to capacity and catering requirements, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Mykal Rose, Etana and Cold Fever in Concert Cancelled

 Mykal Rose, Etana and Cold Fever in Concert Cancelled

The Drum regret to announce that the Mykal Rose, Etana and Cold Fever concert due to take place on Friday 11 September has been cancelled. The agency who organised the concert has confirmed that the UK tour will no longer be taking place. This cancellation is no fault of the venues on the tour or the artists.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Our Box Office will be touch to arrange refunds to those who have booked.

Young Drum is back this Autumn 2015!

Young Drum is back this Autumn 2015!

Are you aged between 7 – 25 years and looking for opportunities is arts, heritage and culture?
Do you want to take part, watch, create and lead the way?
Join Young Drum and begin your creative journey!

Membership is just £30 per term or  £3 per week. For new members we have a one-off fee for only £10.
This term we will be focusing on Black arts, history and culture to celebrate Black History Month. All groups will work towards delivering an end of term showcase event on Saturday 19 December. Work will be shared with friends, family and the general public.

Autumn Term Activity

Term time activity runs from Mon 7 Sepember until Sat 19 December. No sessions during October half term (Sat 24 – Sun 1 Nov)

 6 – 7.30pm

Spoken Word, Poetry & Storytelling
 6 – 7.30pm

Film & Photography
 6 – 7.30pm

Arts Award
 11am – 4pm (Sat 5 Sep to Sat 17 Oct)
Beginners Dance 12 – 1pm
Advanced Drama 12 – 1pm
Beginners Drama 1 – 2.30pm
Advanced Dance 1 – 2.30pm
*Young Drum Dance Elite Troupe 3 – 4.30pm
*Young Drum Drama Academy 3 – 4.30pm
Visual Arts 3 – 4.30pm

*Opened to young people aged 14+

Book you place today by calling our Box Office on 0121 333 2444