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175 TODAY! TOWN HALL CELEBRATES MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY WITH FREE BIRTHDAY CARNIVAL OPEN DAY

SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER 2009, 11AM-4PM
TOWNHALL, BIRMINGHAM
ADMISSIONFREE

On Sunday 4 October, Town Hall Birmingham celebrates its 175th anniversary by throwing open its doors for 175 Today! Birthday Carnival Open Day. This FREE fun-packed day of music, dance and crafts for all the family includes performances by The Notebenders and the Infusion Ensemble, mask making and craft activities, dance workshops and even a visit from The Gruffalo! The carnival day is part of a weekend heralding the start of a special series of events which runs until December to mark the 175th anniversary of Town Hall Birmingham, one of the oldest concert halls in the world.

On Town Hall?s stage there will be performances from the world-music inspired Infusion Ensemble, the trailblazing Soweto Kinch Ensemble and jazz favourites The Notebenders. There will also be a chance to try out the dance moves for nutkhut?s Bollywood Steps created by Simmy Gupta, which forms the centrepiece of the Town Hall?s anniversary celebrations (9 & 10 October).

A variety of craft-making activities will be on offer on the foyers including mask making, wind socks and garlands, as well as traditional mehndi hand painting. The Tourist Ensemble?s alien tourists will wander through the crowds as will The Gruffalo and stilt walkers, creating a real carnival atmosphere.

Town Hall Birmingham is one of the oldest concert halls in the world. At the centre of British musical life since the day it opened in October 1834, the much-loved venue marks its milestone 175TH anniversary with a special series of events including concerts, talks, dances, films and more, running from October to December. The series celebrates Town Hall?s unique and continuing heritage with events from traditional to contemporary, reflecting the wide range of performance the hall has always presented. From Tea Dances to talks, Salsa to Silent Movie, A Christmas Carol to a Carnival Open Day, there?s sure to be something for everyone. The opening weekend begins with the official 175th Birthday Concert: Handel?s Messiah on Saturday 3 October, performed by The Sixteen and conducted by Harry Christophers with a classic line-up of British soloists. Other series highlights include three of Birmingham?s best-loved bohemian bands – The Old Dance School, The Toy Hearts & The Destroyers (11 October). The centrepiece of the anniversary series is three free performances (9 & 10 October) of nutkhut?s Bollywood Steps created by Simmy Gupta. This outdoor dance spectacle features dazzling dance numbers, stunning architectural lighting of Town Hall, fireworks, colourful costumes and water effects, hundreds of local schoolchildren, youth dancers and dhol drummers, and a moment of mass participation for the entire audience during a magnificent wedding scene.

175 Today! Birthday Carnival Open Day is at Town Hall Birmingham on Sunday 4 October. Admission free. For further details of Town Hall?s 175th anniversary series visit www.thsh.co.uk/175th or phone the box office on 0121 780 3333.

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Note to Editors
Town Hall & Symphony Hall website: www.thsh.co.uk
Town Hall 175th anniversary: www.thsh.co.uk/175th
nutkhut?s Bollywood Steps, 9 & 10 October: www.bollywoodstepsbirmingham.co.uk

RELATEDPRESSRELEASES
Town Hall 175th anniversary series press release http://www.thsh.co.uk/page/contact-us/press-office/town-hall-celebrates-175th-anniversary/
nutkhut?s Bollywood Steps media pack http://www.thsh.co.uk/page/contact-us/press-office/bollywood-steps-media-pack/

SERIESEVENTLISTINGS
Thu 1 Oct, 11.30am & 3pm
TOWNHALLDANCES with the Garry Allcock All-Stars Band

Sat 3 Oct, 7pm
TOWNHALL 175TH BIRTHDAYCONCERT: HANDEL?S MESSIAH
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen

Sun 4 Oct, 11am-4pm
175 TODAY! BIRTHDAYCARNIVALOPENDAY

Mon 5 Oct, 7.30pm
175TH BIRTHDAYORGANCONCERT: THOMASTROTTER

Fri 9 Oct, 8pm (learn the steps from 7.30pm)
Sat 10 Oct, 3pm (learn the steps from 2.30pm), Sat 10 Oct, 8pm (learn the steps from 7.30pm)
Victoria Square, Birmingham
nutkhut?s BOLLYWOODSTEPS created by Simmy Gupta
Introduced by Bobby Friction
Part of the People Dancing programme, part of the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012. Bollywood Steps has been awarded the Inspire Mark which recognises innovative and exceptional projects directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Part of Birmingham?s Light Night on Saturday 10 October.

Sun 11 Oct, 7pm
THEOLDDANCESCHOOL, THETOYHEARTS & THEDESTROYERS

Mon 12 Oct, 3.30pm
A HALLFORALLSEASONS: 175 YEARS OF CLASSICALMUSIC
Illustrated talk by Lyndon Jenkins and Beresford King-Smith

Wed 21 Oct, 7.30pm
A HANSOMBUILDING: TOWNHALL, ANCIENTANDMODERN
Talk by Barry Adams and Anthony Peers

Sat 24 Oct, 7pm-2am
175TH BIRTHDAYSALSABALL: GRUPO X ALL-STARS IN A TRIBUTE TO TITOPUENTE
Compere Rohan Brown

Sat 31 Oct, 7.30pm
HALLOWEENSILENTMOVIESPECIAL: PHANTOM OF THEOPERA (1925)
Improvised organ accompaniment by Nigel Ogden

Mon 2 Nov, 2.30pm & 6.30pm
TOWNHALL, BIRMINGHAMANDWORLDWAR II
Talk by Professor Carl Chinn with live music from Garry Allcock and his All-Stars Band

Sun 15 Nov, 3pm
CELEBRATINGDARWIN: IS HUMANEVOLUTIONOVER?
Talk by Professor Steve Jones

Sat 21 Nov, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
ALAAP, HEERAANDMONA: 175TH BIRTHDAYBHANGRABASH

Fri 27 Nov, 8pm
STEELEYESPAN – 40TH ANNIVERSARYTOUR

Sat 28 Nov, 7.30pm
Sun 29 Nov, 4pm
ELGAR?S THEDREAM OF GERONTIUS
With Ex Cathedra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Wed 2 Dec, 7.30pm
CAPSULE 10TH BIRTHDAYCONCERT

Mon 7 Dec, 7.30pm
A CHRISTMASCAROL BY CHARLESDICKENS, PERFORMED BY CLIVEFRANCIS

Wed 9 Dec, 7.30-m
SIRWILLARDWHITE: ROBESON RE-EXPLORED
Sponsored by Jamaica National Building Society

WEBLINKS
Town Hall: http://www.thsh.co.uk/page/town-hall-birmingham/
Town Hall history: http://www.thsh.co.uk/page/town-hall-birmingham/history/

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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TOWNHALLSYMPHONYHALLBOXOFFICE 0121 780 3333
ON-LINEBOOKING www.thsh.co.uk
(£2 fee per transaction is charged on all bookings
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Fiona Fraser/Lyle Bignon
Press & PR Manager/Asst Press & PR Manager
E Fiona.fraser@thsh.co.uk / lyle.bignon@thsh.co.uk
T 0121 644 5008 / 0121 644 6028

Issue date: 16 September 2009