Where possible, we rerun the events and the details will appear here. Dates may extend beyond the festival.
Solemn Expectans - An Alchemical Walk - Ana Cordeiro Reis
Sun 25 Sept | 3pm | 150 mins | £5
Meet: Pelican Works, on the corner of Great Hampton Street and Hockley Street B3 1UE
Ana leads a journey of fabulous discovery through the streets of the Jewellery Quarter, city centre and Digbeth, interpreting symbols, their multiplicity of forms and meanings, and how they interconnect to form an alchemical blueprint within the city of Birmingham. Be prepared for an epic afternoon’s walk, in search of the Philosopher’s stone. Ana will also connect the locations and themes to an alchemical story set in Birmingham that she is currently writing.
'From Jewellery Quarter to Digbeth, we find different spots and landmarks where history left its traces but also its hidden meanings. Those hidden meanings we lift and analyse at the light of Alchemical language and, why not, a poetic approach, which permits to bring an extra sense (or the fifth essence?) to our journey. To bring the Soul of the city back to its life and glory’.
Urban Safari // Ally Standing
Sat 8 Oct |1pm | 90mins |£5
Meet: The Floozie in the Jacuzzi, Victoria Square B1 1BD
With the advent of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, it seems everyone is hunting strange creatures. In the city centre this activity is especially prevalent - St. Philip’s Place is a particularly favoured location for Pokémon hunters in Birmingham. However, Pokémon are not the only kind of magical creature to inhabit this particular area.
Late Victorian architecture, of which we have some stunning city-centre examples, is notorious for its animal ornamentation. Bring your binoculars and join Ally Standing on a family-friendly safari of Colmore Business District and other city centre locations, and discover the lions of New Street, the seahorses of Victoria Square, the headless cranes of Colmore Row, and many other bizarre and wondrous creatures which inhabit the streets around us.