Just the fab creative / design / tech / media / arts / academic stuff…

Producer groups with regular meet-ups, usually monthly:— Multipack (web designers) | Social Media Surgery Birmingham (social media developers) | WordPress Birmingham | West Midlands PHP User Group | Brum Girl Geeks Meetup | Producer’s Forum Birmingham (film-makers) | Animation Forum (2D and 3D animators) | TIGA Midlands (large game developers) | Creative Networks (general with a film focus, Millennium Point) | Serious Games Institute, Coventry | Brewcamp (tech in local government) |

Regular meetings of ideas people:— Birmingham SF Group (literary science fiction) | The Birmingham Salon | BM&AG Talks | BIAD Research Talks Series | BCU Research Talks | and the Typographic Hub talks at BIAD.



Updated: 3rd June 2016.


24th-25th February 2016.
Packaging Innovations. NEC, Birmingham.

March-May 2016.
ADM Type Talks. Creative typography talks series. Birmingham City University.

2nd-3rd March 2016.
JISC Digital Festival, ICC, Birmingham city centre.

10th March 2016.
Glug Birmingham #4 ‘Craft & Graft’. Digbeth gathering of creative makers.

14th-20th March 2016.
Arts and Science Festival 2016 at the University of Birmingham.

16th March 2016.
Music Interaction Design (MiXD) 2016. Music’s role in interactive technology. Birmingham Conservatoire, city centre.

16th March 2016.
#RethinkMedia 2016.

19th March 2016.
Coding Brum Hack Weekend. A “coding challenge for under-19s”.

19th-20th March 2016.
Capture Birmingham. Various events related to photography in Birmingham and the Black Country, inc. Solihull.

19th-22nd March 2016.
The Photography Show. NEC, Birmingham.

31st March 2016.
Develop3D live. Warwick Arts Centre, near Coventry.

13th April 2016.
How To Get Indie Documentary Films Made And Distributed. One day Masterclass at Birmingham City University.

14th April 2016.
Launch Conference. A major ‘future gaming’ event for emerging videogames makers.

14th-17th April 2016.
Rhythm Changes Conference. Academic conference on jazz. (Preceeded by the Birmingham International Piano Festival which will have a partial focus on jazz piano).

19th-21st April 2016.
Sign & Digital UK 2016. NEC, Birmingham.

27th-28th April 2016.
Internet Retailing. NEC, Birmingham.

17th May 2016.
Creative Commissioning for Better Outcomes, Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Afternoon of talks on how the NHS might work with arts and cultural organisations.

3rd-5th June 2016.
UK Games Expo 2016. Major trade & public expo for tabletop game makers and players.

6th-7th June 2016.
Tourism Symposium 2016: “What are the new drivers for tourism today?”. Birmingham.

7th June 2016.
Terrorism and Cultural Freedom?. Academic conference at Birmingham City University.

10th June 2016.
Random String Symposium, Warwick Arts Centre (on the edge of Coventry). “Hear from cutting-edge artists and technologists from across the UK and overseas, have frank conversations about the practicalities of using technology in your work and explore works-in-progress projects from the Random String fellows.”

15th June 2016.
Icon Conference 2016: Turn and Face the Change. Conference of museum and archive conservation professionals.

16th June 2016.
New Thinking, Essential Change in the Creative Industries. Birmingham City University, Birmingham city centre.

Summer 2016?
Shout: Queer Arts and Culture festival. Birmingham.

Summer 2016.
Gallery 37 Youth Arts Training Programme. Birmingham city centre.

14th July 2016.
Comms Camp 16. Event for public sector communications workers. Birmingham.

16th July 2016.
National Writing Conference. University of Birmingham.

31st July – 6th August 2016.
World Shakespeare Congress, Stratford-upon-Avon.

2nd August 2016.
International Dance Teacher Conference, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

10th September 2016.
The Community Media Conference 2016 Birmingham city centre.

11th September 2016.
Comics Uncovered. Seminars, workshops, demos and masterclasses on making comics. Birmingham city centre.

2nd-5th October 2016.
Conservative Party Conference 2016. ICC, Birmingham. Likely to have fringe events on aspects of media and arts policy.

7th-9th October 2016.
Destination: Star Trek Europe. Major European convention to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. NEC in Birmingham. William Shatner will be the guest of honour.