Museums and galleries of Birmingham celebrate night festival


Three museums and galleries in Birmingham will host a series of events at night this week as part of a nationwide festival.

Museums at Night is a festival organised by Culture 24 that aims to highlight culture and art in the United Kingdom. For this edition all the events will take place after 5 pm from Thursday 25th to 27th.

In Birmingham, the festival will consist of two guided tours through the Museum & Art Gallery of Birmingham and Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works, and an Algorave performance by Vivid Projects.

Coffin works: a candlelit tour

The first event of the programme is Second City Executions and a Candlelit Tour by Coffin Works on Thursday.

The museum decided to participate in the festival as a way to offer a new approach to their tours. Josie Wall, Volunteer & Operations Assistant, said:

“We are part of the festival for a few years already and it’s been a big success.

“There is a big interest in visiting the museums in unusual schedules.”

The visit will consist in a Candlelit Tour of the Coffin Works Factory, followed by a talk about Second City Executions by David and Pam Humphries.

The tickets are already sold out and the Museum is preparing new tours.

“Even when the festival has finished we want to continue with the tours”

Algorave: a different party

Photo by Mohammed Bukhari

The festival will hold this year a new event. The Algorave performance will be celebrated in the Vivid Project Gallery on Saturday.

Algorave is a combination of ‘algorithms’ and ‘rave’. The party is using live coding to modify the music and visuals during the night. Antonio Roberts, event organiser and performer, said:

“It is a movement that is growing up very fast.

“Some Algorave DJs are already doing performances throughout Europe and Asia.”

The collaboration between the gallery and the festival is based on the search for new focus on arts and culture.

“The role of museums and galleries is changing and we want to show that”.

Algorave will also be the closing event of Mediafest, a one month exhibition about new media artworks by UK artists.

Tickets are available here.

Artworks after hours

Also on Saturday 27th October Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has organised an event based on three separate tours with dinners in the Edwardian Tearooms.

The dinner will be accompanied by live music and the possibility of visiting the museum for a 45-minute torchlit tour.

Tickets are sold out.



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