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.


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.

Dub Qalandar to close the Birmingham Weekender

The Drum are pleased to be part of the Birmingham Weekender, taking place place across the City Centre from 25 – 27 September.

Birmingham Weekender is a whole weekend of free indoor and outdoor performance for all ages to enjoy.

Dub Qalandar is a spectacular inter-cultural multi art form which has been specially created as a key signature commission to close the Birmingham Weekender festival. An ensemble of master musicians, vocalists, poets and dancers come together in a spiritually uplifting tapestry which pays tribute to Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity.

Sufi mystic music meets roots reggae in a deep spiritual dub mix, from village clay pitchers, intricate sitars rifts, rhythmic Qawwali clapping, punctuating dholki beats, reverberating bass lines, skanking guitars to nyabinghi drummers. This new inter-cultural orchestra is musically directed by the award winning composer Simon Duggal and created and directed by Mukhtar Dar.

Dub Qalander at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Sunday 27 September at 6.30pm.

This unique experience is a free ticketed event. Tickets need to be booked in advance and can be only booked via the THSH Box Office by calling 0121 345 0600. For more information on ticket please click here.

To find more about Birmingham Weekender, visit www.birminghamweekender.com



Glowing review by Birmingham Mail “…Simmer Down is the ultimate uplifting and family-friendly event.”

Simmer Down Festival is over for another year.

As the fastest growing and most diverse festival in Birmingham, the Simmer Down Festival in 2015 attracted a massive crowd to the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth Park.

The free family fun-day festival which celebrates Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity by paying tribute to the centrality of reggae and other musical genres that make it such a city of culture.

There was a wide range of performances from local musicians and dancers on our second stage to reggae-bhangra fusion, lover’s rock and global reggae superstar, Maxi Priest on our Main Stage.

Off stage, there was plenty of fun activities for all the family including workshops, face painting, bouncy castles and slides for the kids, a community cricket match. There was also a showcase of Birmingham’s diverse cuisine at the various stalls.

We have an overwhelming response on social media as well as a glowing review by Birmingham Mail who said “…Simmer Down is the ultimate uplifting and family-friendly event.” Click here to read the full article.

Now into its sixth year Simmer Down has certainly established itself as part of the city’s festivals calendar.

Young Drum starts this Saturday!

Young Drum had an awesome few months in the autumn. From hosting weekly sessions and end of term sharings to delivering summer school activity for Perry Beeches Academies, taking part in Black History Month and Afrovibes and attending a week-long arts and heritage residential at Ingestre Hall in the October half-term.  It was a busy but brilliant time and now we’re back, with our Dance & Drama Sessions starting this Saturday, from 12pm!

Drama & Dance Sessions on Saturdays, inc. Bugsy Malone, 12-4.30pm term-time

Every term we engage 60+ children and young people in drama and street dance sessions. Take part in beginners and advanced drama and dance sessions and join our Bugsy Malone production which will be followed by creating a devised performance. If you have mad crazy dance skills you may like to audition for Dance Elite and showcase your talents across the city.

Saturday Schedule

12-1pm: Beginners Dance and Advanced Drama

1-2pm: Advanced Drama and Beginners Drama

2-2.30pm: Break & Briefing

2.30-4pm: Dance Elite and Bugsy Malone Rehearsals

Weekdays include:

  • Music on Monday Nights (linked to monthly open mic night), 5-6.30pm
  • Spoken Word on Tuesday Nights (linked to open mic night), 6-7.30pm
  • Open Mic Nights on the First Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm
  • Film & Photography on Thursday Nights, (with monthly film nights and summer 2015 exhibition), 5-6.30pm
  • Film night on 2nd Monday of the month, from 6-8pm

Join us, for Bugsy Malone!

Join Young Drum for our production of Bugsy Malone by Alan Parker. “A world of would-be gangsters, showgirls and dreamers… except there are no adults in the cast, only children…” Alan Parker. Join our 40 strong cast of young people and be entertained by this classic whilst being served drinks and canapés by the Young Drum artistic team. What’s not to love?! The Performances will be, Wed 25th FebThurs 26th Feb, and Fri 27th Feb, at 7pm, on Sat 28th Feb there will be two showings, a matinee at 2pm and another performance at 7pm. Tickets £3 (£2 concession).

  • Bugsy Malone Intensive rehearsals: Feb half term, Mon 16th Feb – Fri 20th Feb: 11-4pm.
  • Bugsy Malone Production Week: Sat 21st Feb (get-in) to Sun 1st March (get-out).

Arts Awards Drop in Sessions

We are committed to offering young people the chance to achieve an accreditation though working with us and offer a drop-in Arts Award session one hour before Mon, Tues, Thurs and Sat activity commences (Arts Award is available between 11-4pm on Saturdays). This is free and open to all Young Drum members.

Arts Award Club is run term time in café area at The Drum on:

  • Mondays 4-5pm
  • Tuesdays 5-6pm
  • Thursdays 5-6pm
  • Saturdays  11-4pm

Young Drum programme is open to children and young people aged from 7-25yrs.

Membership is just £30 per term or pay as you go at £3 per week.

Tickets available at Box Office: 0121 333 2444.

For more information, contact The Drum’s Head of Learning: r.richardson@the-drum.org.uk / 0121 333 2431.

Happy Holidays From The Drum

Dear Friends

The Drum Team would like to wish you all a fantastic festive break and happy New Year, and also thank you for all your support over the past year…

We will be closed from Wed 24 Dec until Mon 5 Jan 2015 due to the festive period:

You can still buy tickets for shows in Spring 2015, and take a look at our new Spring 2015 Brochure, which includes our Christmas Cracker Offers, available until Sun 18 Jan 2015!

We look forward to seeing you again soon…

Best wishes,
The Drum Team

Only three days until Uncle Bens Festive Block Party!

Uncle Ben, his family and friends are all coming to The Drum, for an amazing and hilarious Block Party starting on Thu 18 Dec! We would love to see you there and enjoy the festive season with us and celebrating in style, with lots of laughs and lots of fun!

We have some special VIP on the guest list, such as Peter Spence, as well as,  DJ Country Man who’s bringing his own sound system and playing  some big tunes! All that’s needed now for the party to be completed is you! With an amazing line-up of actors from Birmingham and the West Midlands, this festive show cannot to be missed! So what are you waiting for!

Tickets are just £12.50 and you can get your family tickets for just £40, by going to www.the-drum.org.uk or calling our box office team on 0121 333 2444.

(Please note that the Family ticket entitles either two adults and two children or one adult and three children to attend)

Uncle Bens Block Party Guest List

There’s just 3 weeks to go until Uncle Bens Block Party comes to The Drum, and we are very excited. We know that Christmas is a special time for family and friends to get together and be merry together, but it doesn’t always go that way for Uncle Ben! He decided it’s time to make amends so he’s throwing a party, he’s bought the party hats, crackers, booked a local sound system and stocked up on a few bottles of Rum…

So let’s go and meet the rest of his guests; the first person we’ll meet today is Robert’s mother Valerie, a single mother from Jamaica working hard to make ends meet. She is flirtatious with Ben and is on a mission to get him on her side. Robert and his mother don’t always seem to see things the same way!

Next is the ghost of Vivian, Collet’s mother, who sadly passed away shortly after having her youngest child Ryan. She was a very humble, calm, wise and gentle lady who loved her family. Collet has struggled with her mother’s death growing up and tries not to talk or think about it.

Last, but not least on the guest list is Simon, Collet’s first love! He used to live down the road from Uncle Ben’s family. Over the years he has grown up into a very successful businessman, setting up his own insurance company, which is now worth multi-millions. He’s been out of touch with the neighbourhood, but now he’s now back… and ready to re-kindle things with Collet!

Make sure you join us and get into the Christmas spirit, with our early bird offer only available until 5pm, Sunday 30 November, tickets to the party are priced only £10.50 (£8.50) and a Family Ticket for just £37.50*. To get your tickets to the party by calling The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visiting www.the-drum.org.uk

* Please note that the family ticket entitles either, two adults and two children or one adult and three children to attend.