Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Birmingham's Cultural Heritage

In 2007, the Cabinet Minister for Leisure Sport and Culture introduced the Birmingham City Council Heritage Strategy in order to show people how rich its heritage really is. Libraries, public art, natural habitats and many other heritage assets have created an impressive track record of major projects over the last 20 years.
However, many issues still face Birmingham's unique heritage sites and the strategy was brought into place to recommend practical solutions to address some of these issues.
So if you are a self-proclaimed culture vulture or if indeed your travel buddies are, then look no further than Birmingham's world class art galleries, museums and collections to quench your thirst for knowledge...


If you are a lover of theatre, The Alexandra's Edwardian setting stages a range of musicals, concerts and comedies. This summer you will be able to see the famous Legally Blonde the Musical and catch an evening in the company of Jonathan Creek's Alan Davis brilliant stand up in September.


Birmingham also has a thriving music scene. Symphony Hall is often regarded as one of the finest in Europe and its stunning auditorium is the perfect place to enjoy your favourite jazz, folk, pop and world music.
It is also home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, so be sure to check out their tour dates before you plan your trip.


If you are a ballet lover, the Birmingham Hippodrome is the place to be. This year has seen extraordinary performances from the Royal Ballet Company, including Coppelia, Aladdin, Swan Lake and this Christmas, Cinderella, so be sure to book your tickets in advance to make sure you don’t miss out.


There is something for art lovers of every taste in Birmingham. The Barber Institute of Fine Art has an elaborate collection of traditional Old Masters including Rossetti, Monet, Degas and Rubens.
If you prefer more all-inclusive forms of art, you can get to know the artist's themselves at The Custard Factory- Birmingham's revolutionary new arts and media quarter. This unique district is comprised of a collection of multi-functional offices and studio space and from Birmingham Bead shop to the Sara Preisler Gallery, vintage clothing stores to the Ideal Skate Shop, it is an art lover's paradise.
Slightly further afield in West Bromwich, is The Public, a creative new community showcasing some of Birmingham's freshest new talent in entertainment. You can take in some comedy, try out a music workshop or see a movie all under one roof at this interactive exhibit.
There are many Hotels in Birmingham close to the city centre, which provide reasonably priced and comfortable surroundings for you to stay in whilst enjoying all Birmingham's culture scene has to offer.
Relax and enjoy a glass of wine in the bar after a long day of exploring, or order room service and plan tomorrow's adventures!
What are your favourite cultural activities in Birmingham?

Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a range of subjects. This article links back to

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