Entertaining Ideas: A weekend of talk, opinion and entertainment at Town Hall Birmingham in March 2014



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A two-day programme of inspiring talks from engaging speakers, including celebrations for International Women’s Day, will take place at Town Hall Birmingham on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March 2014.

Ruby Wax

Entertaining Ideas, a mini-series celebrating the Grade I listed landmark’s rich heritage of public speaking, begins at 3pm on Saturday 8 March with comedian, author, broadcaster and campaigner Ruby Wax, with a hard hitting insight into mental health and how to tame the mind in a frenetic world – the subject matter of her acclaimed book Sane New World.

Bridget Christie

The programme also includes a one-off evening of opinionated comedy marking IWD 2014 at 8pm on Saturday 8 March, curated by the 2013 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award winning feminist comedian Bridget Christie, and featuring the talents of Lucy Porter, Shazia Mirza, Grace Petrie …and a man called Fred MacAulay.

Jay Rayner

Observer restaurant critic, novelist and Masterchef regular Jay Rayner opens proceedings at midday on Sunday 9 March with Sunday Lunch Service – his views on how to feed an increasingly hungry world, combined with some of his worst restaurants reviews ever.

Monty Don

Green-fingered audience members are invited to join one of the UK’s best known TV gardeners, Monty Don at 3pm on Sunday 9 March, to hear about his life and passion for horticulture in Down To Earth, as well stories of gardens across the globe and behind the scenes of popular programmes such as Gardeners’ World, Real Gardens, and Around The World In 80 Gardens.

Jonathan Meades

Writer, journalist, essayist and film-maker Jonathan Meades brings Entertaining Ideas to a fitting close from 7pm on Sunday 9 March. On Birmingham will take an in-depth look at the city’s spirit, history and character, as well as its growth and urbanism – all elements which make this astonishing place so lovable, and so unique.

Town Hall Birmingham has a rich heritage of public speaking, having hosted readings by Dickens and speeches by David Lloyd-George, Joseph Chamberlain and Paul Robeson amongst many other persons of note during its 179-year history.

Tickets for all Entertaining Ideas events are on sale now here


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Ruby Wax – Sane New World
3pm Saturday 8 March 2014
Town Hall Birmingham

Bridget Christie, Lucy Porter, Shazia Mirza, Grace Petrie & Fred MacAulay
8pm Saturday 8 March 2014
Town Hall Birmingham

Jay Rayner’s Sunday Lunch Service
12pm Sunday 9 March 2014
Town Hall Birmingham

Monty Don – Down To Earth
3pm Sunday 9 March 2014
Town Hall Birmingham

Jonathan Meades: On Birmingham
7pm Sunday 9 March 2014
Town Hall Birmingham

*A £2.50 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings, except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box office. A further charge of £1 will be applied for postage if required.




Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Funded by Birmingham City Council
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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).

Media enquiries

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Issue date

Wednesday 5 February 2014