Join us for Harvesting Stories

Join us this Sunday from 12-4pm in the Library of Birmingham for Harvesting Stories where members of the public are invited to bring a picnic and join in a range of family-friendly, food-related activities – feel free to spread the word.

Together with the Hippodrome we will be hosting a RED PICNIC at 1-1.30pm on 3rd Floor terrace area, and we ‘dare’ visitors to wear red, bring red food and drink and a red picnic blanket. They will be joined by some extra special guests – the Reds – and also the wonderful Katrice Horsley ( National Storytelling Laureate ) who’ll be there with her ‘Wagon Full of Wonder Tales’!

We invite you to B:READ by food-artist in residence Lizzy Bean on the superbly appointed 3rd Floor garden terrace at the library. Lizzy Bean invites you to taste the architecture of Francine Houben’s beautiful building with wood-fired bread cooked in a miniature earth oven. Come and spell out your reaction to our new library in alphabet dough balls or simply eat them dipped in aromatic, golden olive oil infused with rosemary harvested from the roof-top terrace.

And there’s more…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.

All free – as part of the Discovery Season at the Library of Birmingham


The Commentators

The Commentators photo courtesy of Studio Mysercough

Have a listen to Stans Cafe – The Commentators who are in residence in the Discovery Pavilion for the opening week of the Library of Birmingham – there is an archive of their last few days commentary via Sound Cloud.

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Juneau Projects’ Vegetable Quest

These lovely characters were born at yesterday’s opening day at the Library of Birmingham. Juneau Projects invited visitors on a vegetable quest, where families made vegetable people from plasticine.

There’ll be another Vegetable Quest workshop on Saturday 26th September, and you can see the Vegetable Quest as part of the Discovery Trail throughout Capsule’s opening season.




From brass to plasticine – first day of the Discovery season

What a day! The Discovery season began yesterday, celebrating the opening of the Library of Birmingham.

The day began with the library’s official launch, with special guest Malala Yousafzai,

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the 16-year-old education activist and campaigner for the rights of women and girls. Malala launched the library in front of the world press, and there were over 10 000 visitors over the day.

The season began with a magnificent performance by 100 + brass players. Encircling the crowds in the Book Rotunda, Together We Breathe brought together horns, trumpets, trombones, cornets and tubas to create a mass of sound to a huge crowd of visitors . Here’s a little video of the performance and you can see footage on the BBC Culture Show next week

Juneau Projects also invited people on a vegetable quest; you can see their vegetable characters on the third floor terrace. They’ll be doing another workshop on Saturday 28 September.

The Commentators are in residency at the Pavilion all week, commenting on all the activity in the new building, from the peculiar, to the mundane (we’ve particularly been enjoying their sartorial judgements, big fans of the pashmina it seems) You can hear their commentary online.

There’s tons going on over the next four months. Read the brochure online and we hope you enjoy the Discovery season.


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