THSH Champions the Arts in Sutton Coldfield

Special events announce Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s Arts Champions residency

Residents in Sutton Coldfield are being invited to a day of special events on Sunday 21 September at Mere Green Community Centre to mark the start of Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham’s three-year residency as Arts Champions for the Sutton Coldfield District.

Activities start at 1pm with an engaging, two-hour circular walk In Search of the Four Oaks led by Still Walking’s Martin Collins who will take a look at the trees we encounter daily in our gardens, parklands and suburban streets.

At 3pm, Flatpack present Caravan of Film in association with MUBU Music, a fantastic opportunity to enjoy creating music and sound effects to accompany animations with the help of gypsy-folk outfit Trio Damba.

Caravan of Film is especially suitable for families and children who may not have had the opportunity to engage with this kind of activity before. Afterwards, there’s a chance to chat and make friends over tea and cakes with a social event to round off the afternoon.

Advance booking is required for the walk via Still Walking, which is for residents of Sutton Coldfield District. No booking is required for Caravan of Film, just turn up. All events are free.

Over the next three years, Town Hall and Symphony Hall will be working in partnership with Highbury Theatre Centre to support community arts as Birmingham City Council Arts Champions for the Sutton Coldfield District.

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1pm Still Walking presents In Search of the Four Oaks:
This summer, Martin Collins led two walks for the Still Walking Festival, exploring trees in the city centre and outer suburbs. Now Martin turns his attention – naturally – to the Four Oaks ward of Sutton Coldfield and considers our deeper understanding of the trees we encounter daily in our gardens, parkland and suburban streets. What do they provide for our C21st lives and what is our treatment of them? On this engaging two hour walk, Martin shares his outlook on trees and urban flora which has been shaped by a lifetime’s work in ecology. Surprises and many species will be revealed along the way.

This walk is circular and will return to Mere Green Community Centre in good time for the afternoon concert. Please wear robust shoes or boots for the walk, dress according to Autumnal weather and, if possible, bring binoculars.

The route is fully accessible and will involve several urban terrains on-and-off pavement, including some road crossings. Suggested age 12 and over; minors should be accompanied by an adult.

3pm Flatpack Presents: Caravan of Film, followed by refreshments
In association with MUBU Music
An interactive show and workshop from Flatpack. Three wandering minstrels have returned from adventuring across Eastern Europe and Russia with cartoons aplenty gathered on their travels – but the films’ soundtracks were lost on the way. Birmingham-based gypsy-folk outfit Trio Damba need help to create new musical accompaniment and sound effects for the animations.

After its successful debut performance at the Library of Birmingham as part of the 8th Flatpack Film Festival in March, the Caravan of Film continues its way across the city over the coming months, until October half term.

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 around 800 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).