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May in Birmingham

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 04 MAY 2017
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Are you coming to Birmingham this May?

We’re here to let you know everything you can be getting up to over the next four weeks.

This including all the details you need to make sure any half term (29 May - 2 June) plans you have go off without a hitch!

Festivals

With summer rapidly approaching, festival season is starting to pick up pace. May's offering starts with the brand new Independant Birmingham Festival on 13 May. Spun out of the wildly successful Independent Birmingham scheme, which looks to promote the best in independent retailers in the area, the IB festival will take place in Digbeth. It's pop-up shop style will bring together the cities best restaurants, bars and designers, with an extensive live music programme too.

The following weekend from 19 to 21 May, the second annual B-Side Hip Hop Festival takes over the Hippodrome. This celebration of all things hip-hop will see local, national and international dancers and singers take to the stage for free performances on all three days. There are also £10 workshops to help you fine tune your skills as well.

You'll also have the unique chance to walk with dinosaurs from 20 May, when the Jurassic Kingdom tour comes to Birmingham Botanical Garden through to June 4! Equally out there is the Pint of Science series running between 15 to 17 May, wherein leading scientists from Birmingham and Beyond come to pubs to discuss their latest ideas and research. Our own Alex de Ruyter, head of the Centre for Brexit Studies, will be talking on Brexit on May 17 at the Gunmakers arms.

The first music festival of the year takes place on 27 May with Slam Dunk fest eminating from the Genting Arena and the NEC. Enter Shikari are headling this year, with Don Broco, Bowling For Soup, Neckdeep, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish and Deaf Havana joining them across the eight-stage all day festival.

Wrapping things up is one of the staples of the Birmingham social calendar, Birmingham Pride. The final weekend of the month (27 and 28 May) will see Birmingham's Gay Village play host to the largest two day LGBT festival in the UK, which last year attacted 75,000 visitors. Highlights include the massive Pride Parade, and the two day music festival, which this year will see the likes of Boney M, Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jamelia, and Birmingham City University's own Capital B!

Gigs and Shows

Here is a handy guide to a tonne of music, comedy and exhibition shows that you could check out in May.

Barclaycard Arena

Barclaycard Arena

DateEventTickets
12 May

Professor Brian Cox Live

Tickets
15 May

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone In Concert

Tickets
18 - 20 May

Mickey Flanagan

Tickets
21 May

Iron Maiden

Tickets
27 May

Gurdas Maan

Tickets
28 May

KISS

Tickets
Genting Arena

Genting Arena

DateEventTickets
5 - 6 May

Take That

Tickets
18 May

Ariana Grande

Tickets
19 May

The Vamps

Tickets
26 May

The Specials

Tickets
27 May

Slam Dunk 2017

Tickets
National Exhibition Centre

NEC

DateEventTickets
7 May

Toy Collectors Fair

Tickets
12 - 14 May

Bodypower Expo

Tickets
18 - 21 May

This Morning Live

Tickets
18 - 21 May

World Duty Free Birmingham Summer Sale

Tickets
19 - 21 May

The Baby Show

Tickets
21 - 22 May

Beauty UK

Tickets
21 - 22 May

Hair / Barber UK

Tickets
Symphony Hall and Town Hall

Symphony Hall and Town Hall

DateEventTickets
5 May

Omid Djalili

Tickets
7 May

A Fusion of Music and Dance

Tickets
11 May

The Sound of Musicals

Tickets
12 - 13 May

Adam Ant

Tickets
12 May

Urban Folk Night (Town Hall)

Tickets
19 May

Under the Sitars with Citizen Khan

Tickets
21 May

Simple Minds

Tickets
23 May

Tom Chaplin

Tickets
28 May

Anastacia

Tickets
Sport

Sport

DateEventTickets
7 May

Aston Villa vs. Brighton

Tickets
7 May

Warwickshire vs. Lancashire

Tickets
10 May

WWE Smackdown Live - Genting Arena

Tickets
12 May

BAMMA 29 - Genting Arena

Tickets
12 May

West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea

Tickets
12 May

Boxing - Barclaycard Arena

Tickets
14 May

Warwickshire vs Yorkshire

Tickets

Birmingham City University

Coming to the end of your degree, and starting to think about Graduate Jobs? On May 30, in the Curzon building, there is a workshop that may just be able to help you get ahead. The Applying for Graduate Jobs event is free for BCU students and alumni, and aims to help you:

  • Gain a better understanding of the types of graduate jobs that are available – from Graduate schemes in large organisations, to graduate level roles within SMEs (small to medium enterprises).
  • Understand the recruitment timeline for graduate jobs and graduate schemes.
  • Identify resources that will assist with your search.
  • Understand what to expect from the graduate recruitment process
  • Identify and plan your next steps to apply for graduate schemes.

Elsewhere this month, Julian Lloyd Webber will host the Birmingham Philharmonic Concerto Final, the culmination of a competition that 50 Conservatoire students took part in. And as we mentioned above, Alex de Ruyter from the Centre of Brexit Studies will be talking at the Pint of Sciences series on May 17.

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