Discovery season launches!

Together We Breathe performers in rehearsal over the weekend

Capsule have been hard at work this year, putting together a four month season celebrating the opening of the Library of Birmingham. We’re really proud of this season, and very excited that Birmingham is now home to the largest public library in Europe. In honour of the ‘people’s palace’, the Discovery season will feature performances, residencies, exhibitions and lots of opportunities to participate in workshops and try something new.

“For the LoB managers to choose possibly the noisiest, most experimental arts organisation in the city to open a library is a radical step.”

So, tomorrow is opening day, and below is a brief round up of what you can see and do at the Library of Birmingham this week. Read the full programme online.

Together We Breathe rehearsal, the performance will feature 100 players

Tuesday 3rd September

11.30 – Library of Birmingham opens it doors to the public.

12.30 – Together We

Breathe, Book Rotunda, Free
A large-scale performance installation created by the Australian sonic arts company Supercritical Mass, with over 100 brass players.

11.30 – 17.00 The Commentators, Discovery Pavilion, Free
Brought to you by theatrical provocateurs and internationally renowned performance company Stan’s Cafe, The Commentators will be in residence to carefully document everything they see, from the vital, to the peculiar, or the mundane.

14.00 – 17.00 Vegetable Quest Workshop, Third Floor Terrace Garden, Free
Join artist duo Juneau Projects to make your own vegetable characters

Juneau Projects invite you on a Vegetable Quest

Wednesday 4 September

19.00 Malorie Blackman, Studio Theatre, £5
Author talk by the Children’s Laureate

Leftfoot present soul singer Omar

Friday 6 September

20.00 Leftfoot presents Omar, Studio Theatre, £15
A British soul singer, songwriter and musician, his work is often compared to Stevie Wonder’s work of the 1970’s, he is described by some as the father of British neo soul.

Laura Kate Chapman’s illustrations can be found in the Children’s library

Saturday 7 September

14.00 Laura Kate Chapman workshop, Middle Earth, Free
Join artist Laura Kate Chapman whose work takes inspiration historic Parker Collection of Children’s Books and Games, celebrating the tradition of hand drawn artistic methods

Bring red food for the first of our public picnics

Sunday 8 September

12.00-16.00 Harvesting Stories, Free
Coinciding with ‘4 Squares Weekender’, we will be hosting a RED PICNIC at 1-1.30pm, and we ‘dare’ visitors to wear red, bring red food and drink and a red picnic blanket. Food-artist in residence Lizzy Bean will be making bread on the 3rd floor terrace. Small World Animation will be hosting a stop-frame animation workshop in the Children’s Library where visitors can help to create an edible alphabet.

It’s nice to see that there’s a been a bit of a buzz about the Discovery season, here’s some nice pieces of press…

Creative Review love the Discovery Pavilion

This month’s Brum Notes interview Capsule Creative Director Lisa Meyer

And Paradise Circus give a gracious salute to the Central Library

We’ll do regularly round ups here of things you can see and do at the library over the next four months. For more info see or read the brochure online


Discovery season brochure – now online

Brochures detailing the exciting programme of events are currently being distributed across the West Midlands. Capsule have put the
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Discovery season together to celebrate the opening of Birmingham’s new library.

You can also read it online here, for programme details, ticket information and more info on this major new cultural hub.


The Discovery Pavilion

With just under 2 weeks until the Library of Birmingham opens we are well underway with all of our installs for The Discovery Season. The Pavilion created by Morag Myserscough and Luke Morgan is now complete and looks amazing. Studio Myerscough have created a structure that will act as a billboard for the entire Discovery Programme. Situated in the Library foyer, The Pavilion will house an 18-week rolling programme of creative residencies focused around the theme of Discovery.
Entirely hand–crafted and hand-painted The Pavilion is a bold and engaging structure reflecting the diverse, and often radical, offerings of the Discovery Season. A neon crown of signs uses words that originated from discussions and workshops with the Birmingham 2022 group.


Still Walking Kickstarter campaign

Still Walking is a one of a kind festival, it covers a wide range of experiences, with no set remit, as long as it involves walking! And their Kickstarter project is currently live, they’re looking for support for the edition of the festival and there’s lots of tempting rewards for your generosity, from historic maps to personalised events.

Ben Waddington is a local historian, with a list of interests longer than anyone’s arm I’ve seen. He created Still Walking to showcase different people’s pockets of enthusiasm and expertise. Previous tours have focused on subjects from brutalist architecture to typography to Black Sabbath and moss growing on buildings.

Read more about their fundraising campaign at


Juneau Projects commission installed

Here is another sneak preview of the work we’ve commissioned for the Discovery Trail which is being installed over the next week or so. The Juneau Projects commission is a site specific piece in response to the vegetable beds located on the 3rd floor garden terrace at the Library of Birmingham, Vegetable Quest is a series of vegetable family dioramas sheltered within the vegetable beds, exploring the idea of self- sufficiency and how people and communities might survive following an imagined global disaster. The artists have devised a folklore that explores the diverse origins of each species and link this with the idea of settlement. Migration is one of our key themes within the Discovery Season.

All photos courtesy of Juneau Projects

The Library of Birmingham opens on the 3rd of September and the Discovery Season runs until the end of December.


Deliving into the Delia Derbyshire archives

As part of the Bring To Light weekend. we’ll be paying homage to one of the pioneers of electronic music, Delia Derbyshire. The Delia Darlings exist to pay sonic homage to Derbyshire via her archive held at University of Manchester. Currently, Delia Darlings are experimental electronic Caro C and contemporary classical Ailís Ní Ríain. After Delia Derbyshire Day in Manchester in Jan 2013, the darlings have an info-show that spreads the magic of the fascinating archive.

The aim of this project is to increase the profile and honour the legacy of the late great Delia Derbyshire, as well as championing female experimental composers past and present.

At Bring To Light, Delia Darlings will present:

Caro C – live performance of ‘Audient, My Dear’ and Ailís Ní Ríain – live performance of “The Consquences of Falling” for trumpet and double bass . Both performances will be creative response to interacting with the archive of Delia Derbyshire.

Both performances will be preceded by an intro sharing insights into Delia’s archive and working methods and playing extracts from the archive which have rarely been heard in public. There’ll also be a Q&A with the artists.

Plus screening of Kara Blake’s award-winning documentary “The Delian Mode”

There’s a lovely interview with Delia Derbyshire on soundcloud, where she discusses working at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and her famous work on the Doctor Who theme.

Full line up :

Dinos Chapman / Shangaan Electro / Josephine Foster / Clipping / Deafheaven / Masaki Batoh / Robedoor / Zomes / High Wolf / Kogumaza / Richard Dawson / Sleaford Mods / Sarah Angliss / Delia Darlings / Laurence Hunt / Hordes

Weekend tickets are limited make sure you get them in advance from


Om / Rainbow Warehouse / 26 November

We’re pleased to announce that OM will return to Birmingham on Tuesday 26th November at the Rainbow Warehouse.

Tickets are available from

OM is a duo from San Francisco, California, United States, formed in 2003 by the rhythm section of the disbanded stoner metal band Sleep. The band’s first three albums feature Al Cisneros on vocals and bass and Chris Hakius on drums.
The band’s music is similar in structure to Tibetan and Byzantine chant and is rich in rhythm and melody. Their music and lyrics lift off at the beginning and slowly mutate giving a feeling of evolution inside each song. The vocals have a monotone quality, producing, on some tracks, a noticeable hypnotic effect of the sort that tends to be appealing to the devotees of the many various genres of druggishly-bent, “space” music – but which not all music calling itself stoner rock necessarily is able to cause.
On January 2008, Hakius left the band and was replaced by drummer Emil Amos, of Grails. In 2011 Robert Lowe (Lichens) joined the group.

Al Cisneros – bass guitar, vocals
Emil Amos – drums
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – Vocal, Keyboards, Percussion, Tambura


August playlist

Click through to hear our August playlist, with a Bring To Light focus, it features Kogumaza, Shangaan Electro, Sleaford Mods, Josephine Foster, High Wolf and more.

Full line up :

Dinos Chapman / Shangaan Electro / Josephine Foster / Clipping / Deafheaven / Masaki Batoh / Robedoor / Zomes / High Wolf / Kogumaza / Richard Dawson / Sleaford Mods / Sarah Angliss / Delia Darlings / Laurence Hunt / Hordes

Weekend tickets are limited make

sure you get them in advance from