Harvesting Stories – share your recipes

To celebrate the cultural diversity of 21st century Birmingham, Harvesting Stories has been developed to bring its people and their favourite food together. Between July and August, National Storytelling Laureate, Katrice Horsley, is leading workshops with groups in local settings and libraries to collect recipes, stories and images in order to showcase the city’s diverse range of communities.

We would like residents to take along a dish that represents ‘home’ for them, and to share their food and stories with us. Harvesting Stories will collect recipes and stories from Birmingham’s communities and provide a snapshot of the breadth of Birmingham’s multicultural communities. Selected recipes and their related stories will contribute to the Library of Birmingham’s  Discovery Season during public picnics.

Places are limited, so to be involved book your place with the following libraries direct:
•    3pm to 5pm, Tuesday 30 July
Hall Green Library, 1221 Stratford Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, B28 9AD. Tel: 0121 464 6633
•    9.30-11.30, Wednesday 31 July
Spring Hill Library, Spring Hill, Birmingham, B18 7BH. Tel: 0121 464 7422
•    12.30-2.30, Wednesday 31 July
West Heath Library, The Fordrough, Birmingham, B31 3LX. Tel: 0121 464 7548

Druids Heath Library
Frankley Library
King Standing Library
Ward End Library

For the Discovery Season Harvesting Stories presents three public picnic days, with each picnic representing stories, recipes and images from the workshops and includes further opportunities for sharing and engaging with food.

8 September – Food & Play
20 October – Food & Stories
14 December – Food & Film
Free Events

photos by Katja Ogrin



Brain Pulse Music’, is experimentation with brain waves and sound. Formerly of the Japanese band Ghost, Batoh has dedicated years of research to this project, investigating the bioelectric functions of the human brain combined with the traumatic aftermath of Japan’s Great East Earthquake. Batoh combines this work with traditional folk influences to create and powerful and pure expression of the human condition.

Masaki Batoh will be performing at Bring To Light weekend 25-27 October which will take place at the Library of Birmingham as part of the Capsule curated Discovery Season.

Full line: 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

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Justice Yeldham live at Supersonic 2012

Thanks to Cathy Soreny and Emma Vickers of Tinnitus Jukebox for sharing their video of Justice Yeldham aka Lucas Abela performing live at last year’s Supersonic Festival. They’re currently making a documentary about Lucas’ Vinyl Rally installation, one of the highlights of Supersonic 2012.

As Justice Yeldham, Abela creates an other-worldy sound by pressing his face and lips against glass whist employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries.

Justice Yeldham – live @ Supersonic 2012 – full performance from Tinnitus Jukebox on Vimeo.

Supersonic Festival returns 25-27 April 2014. In the meantime, there’s heaps going on at the Library of Birmingham Discovery season, including a Supersonic-esque line up at Bring to Light 25-27 October, featuring Dinos Chapman, Robedoor, Josephine Foster, Masaki Batoh, High Wolf and more


Volunteer call out – Library of Birmingham launch

To mark the official public launch of Library of Birmingham, Capsule have invited Australian producers Super Critical Mass to present ‘Together We Breathe‘, a large-scale project comprising up to 150 brass players from the region, strategically positioned to play their instruments throughout the new library building.

We require a small team of enthusiastic volunteers to help us deliver this ambitious event.
Duties include:

– greeting brass players prior to the performance
– stewarding brass players to and from the performance space
– assisting Super Critical Mass in the positioning of players throughout the Library building
– engaging with audiences regarding the project during the performance
– setting up and clearing refreshments for brass players


Volunteers will need to be over 18 years old and available at the following times:

Thursday 29 August, 10am – 12pm (volunteer briefing meeting)
Sunday 01 September, 10am – 3pm (rehearsal)
Tuesday 03 September, 9am – 2pm (performance)

Volunteers will be appointed subject to an advanced DBS check (formerly known as CRB check) which Capsule will arrange on behalf of applicants.
Please email brass@capsule.org.uk with ‘VOLUNTEER’ in the subject line for a registration form.

Deadline for applications: Friday 02 August 2013, 5pm

And if you play a brass instrument, there’s still time to get involved with this mass participatory performance. More details here


Artist call out: Public picnics

We have another opportunity for creatives to get involved with the Library of Birmingham’s Discovery Season. We are seeking artists to lead food-based activities, that will contribute to Harvesting Stories, a season of food-related activity to celebrate the culinary heritage of the city and showcase the new Library of Birmingham.

There will be three loosely themed ‘public picnics’ – Play, Film and Stories – and we are looking for artists to deliver public engagement projects on one of the following dates.

Sunday 8 September, 12-4

Sunday 20 October, 12-4

Saturday 14 December, 12-4

If you are interested please submit your idea, together with a budget (maximum £500) and your CV. We will not consider applicants who do not supply all of the necessary information.

Email your submission and queries to kwinwood41@hotmail.com by 1 August 2013.


Shangaan Electro – the dance craze coming to the library


The high speed dance phenomenon comes to Birmingham this October. As well as catching performances by the musicians and dancer, you can join a hyper accelerated dance workshop, complete with costumes!

“…there are rapid-fire, limb-rattling individual turns and hip-shaking group routines,

all set to face-meltingly fast electro rhythms…This is Shangaan electro” The Guardian. you can read an interview with the creator Nozinja here

There’ll be a Shangaan performance at Bring to Light, and on Saturday 26th October you can join a dance workshop at the Library of Birmingham, for all ages and abilities. Tickets for Bring to Light are available via www.theticketsellers.co.uk



The Pavilion – nearly complete!

During the four month Discovery season for the opening of the Library of Birmingham, The Pavilion will house a series of creative residencies, from Film Ficciones to Girls Who Draw, the Library of Lost Books, and many more.

The Pavilion will be animated with coloured signs, displaying words chosen the the Birmingham 2022 group. This group of 16-24 year olds are currently hard at work pulling together the brochure for the Discovery season with the help of designer Keith Dodds.



Images courtesy of http://supergrouplondon.co.uk


Nazoranai video

Image by Katja Ogrin

Thanks to Simon Gray for sharing this video he made of Nazoranai’s amazing performance on Tuesday 9th July at CBSO Centre. With Keiji Haino on vocals and guitar, Stephen O’Malley on bass and Oren Ambarchi on drums it was both heavy and complex.