Festival of Lights @FargoVillage

Coventry’s new creative quarter Fargo Village buzzes with specialist shops, markets, studios, music and art. This weekend they’re hosting a cultural feast to celebrate Diwali – music, food and entertainment with an eastern flavour.FestivaLights_Poster_v01-1-212x300

Saturday 25th October
10.00- 6.00 Diwa pot and Garland making will take place in Allsorts, Unit 10.
10.00 – 6.00 Market stalls
10.00 – 6.00 Rangoli
11.00- 5.00 Toral Mendhi
11.00, 2.00 and 5.00 Bollywood Films
12.00 and 4.30 Juggy Rihal and Masterclass – Indian Dhol Drumming…have a go yourself.
11.00 – 8.00 DJ Deesh providing the sounds

11.00 – 4.00pm The Petite Booth Company and their unique open air photo booth will be bringing along culturally inspired dress up clothing and props, share your photos with your mates for a donation of £2.00 – all money will be donated to Zoë’s Place, Coventry – a haven for children aged 0-5yrs with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, offering palliative, respite and end of life care.

Sunday 26th October
10.00- 5.00 Diwa pot and Garland making will take place in Allsorts, Unit 10.
10.00 – 5.00 Market stalls
10.00 – 5.00 Rangoli
12.00- 5.00 Toral Mendhi
10.30 and 1.30 Bollywood films
11.00 and 2.30 Juggy Rihal and Masterclass – Indian Dhol Drumming…have a go yourself.
10.00 – 5.30 DJ Deesh providing the sounds.

And of course the mouth watering Scoff Street Food, this week bringing you glorious grub from fine pop-up purveyors 63 Islands, Spectacular Goat and Canoodle. It’s guaranteed to be a spectacular weekend – don’t miss it!


Innovation Lab // 4 November @innobham

Innovation Lab

This innovation lab, running 4 November at Innovation Birmingham, will help creative and digital businesses sell their products and services into the growing Low Carbon and Sustainability markets.

The lab will feature challenges from three of the West Midlands largest public organisations: Birmingham City Council, University Hospitals Birmingham, and Heart of England Foundation Trust. It will use an innovative and practical approach to turn these challenges into a range of potential commercial solutions, with the possibility for delegates to join consortia to take ideas further after the lab has finished.

The Low Carbon economy is worth £4 trillion globally and growing fast. It provides a significant business opportunity for a wide range of creative and digital businesses. The innovation lab will take delegates through a unique innovation process, helping them understand where the commercial opportunities are for them in these new markets.

Businesses attending the workshop will

  • Have face-to-face time with leading organisations engaged in Low carbon challenges
  • Collaborate with organisations to kick start the innovation process
  • Gain insights into the low carbon aspects of NHS and council services

In partnership with Innovation Birmingham, the lab will be an opportunity for digital SMEs to understand the challenges facing health and public sector organisations, giving them the chance to explore the innovation process and the journey that organisations must take in order to develop an idea through collaboration.

Click here to book your free place and learn more about the featured speakers and the ways this event will help you grow your business.


Marketing your business online – tips from @DigitiseThisUK @E_M_J

Following on from our well-populated Marketing for Creatives seminar this week at Newhampton Arts Centre, we thought this article courtesy of the founder of Digitise this. and the folks at IdeasTap might be useful. Click here to take a peep.



SELFIES @BirminghamRep 8pm Monday 24 November & Monday 15 December

Selfie: a self-portrait, often in extreme close-up. BOLDtext Playwrights return to Open Door at The REP with a series of self-portraits exposing what it’s really like to be a working playwright in the region today. The results, like all good selfies, promise to be entertaining, diverse, occasionally comedic, and sometimes downright bizarre.

Monday 24th November 8pm – Directed by Ola Animashawun

Off His Trolley by Stephen Jackson // Dark Matters by Nicola Jones // Lowering My Voice by Helen Kelly // The Other Me by Vanessa Oakes

Monday 15th December 8pm – Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

In Search Of The Unhappy Ending by Liz John // And Breathe by Sayan Kent // Quake by Tim Stimpson // Getting Started And Getting On With It by Julia Wright

To be part of their invited audience please book your seat/s by calling 0121 236 4455 or click here for more information and to buy tickets online.

While both events are FREE to attend BOLDtext suggest a cash donation of £3 on the night (or more) if you like what you see. To avoid disappointment please book your seat/s in advance.


£750,000 competition announced to help students with clever ideas

Enterprising university students will bid for £750,000, in a new competition designed to encourage the practical use of intellectual property (IP) in their business ideas.

Launched this week, the StudentshIP Enterprise Awards will provide funding, ranging from £10,000 up to £100,000, for university projects that bring enterprising students, businesses, and their local community together to work on innovative projects. In-house projects or collaborations with other universities or businesses that create, manage or exploit intellectual property will all be considered.

Award winners will increase their understanding of the value and use of intellectual property, so the next generation of graduates are better equipped to enter the world of modern business and make the most of their unique ideas.

Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, a former business leader said:

The UK invests more in ideas and knowledge than machinery or buildings, so it is vital that the next generation of business-people and entrepreneurs really understand the value of intellectual property and how it can help them make the most of their creativity.

This new competition will encourage enterprising students and academics to collaborate, so that their ideas for creating and exploiting intellectual property can be turned into reality and business opportunities. This is our chance to spot, support and develop the skills of the people who will be fuelling our future economy.

The competition will run until 12 December 2014, with finalists announced in January and the winners in March 2015.

For more information and to apply, click here



Longbridge Light Festival // Saturday 25 October

Longbridge Light Festival






Tenor Bursary Opportunity with Birmingham Bach Choir

Birmingham Bach Choir has secured funding for two bursaries to support both the development of the choir and the development of promising student tenors.

The tenors will have the opportunity to work with Birmingham’s leading large chamber choir and benefit from the training given by internationally renowned conductor, tutor, composer and author Paul Spicer.

The bursaries are open to tenors under the age of 30 who have student status. They run from October 2014 – July 2015 and are for £500 each. Successful applicants will be required to participate in the choir’s major concerts, which are on Saturdays 29 November, 28 March, 27 June and 4 July, and will also be required to attend a minimum of 75% of regular Wednesday evening rehearsals (in Birmingham), to include the final rehearsal prior to a major concert, and additionally the preconcert rehearsal on performance day.

Bursary students will be expected to fund, from their bursary payments, purchase of necessary music for each concert programme and any other incidental items such as choir folders and concert dress, together with necessary travel costs and similar.

For more details on the choir, take a look at their website

To apply, please forward details of your singing experience, your age and student status, and your particular interest in singing with the Birmingham Bach Choir to info@birmingham.bachchoir.com

Final Deadline: 10am, 31 October 2014



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