Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Big Cat growth continues

The perpetual expansion of Big Cat sees the recent hiring of 2 new members.

Big Cat is delighted to announce the arrival of Nick Ruffles as Senior Event Manager, and Annette Massam as PR Account Manager.

The new arrivals have been brought in response to a swelling in new business and to bring their expertise in finding new business for the company. Big Cat has recently enjoyed many large new business wins for including the Pr/marketing/event management contracts for the digital media festival, Hello Digital, as well as Pr/marketing/creative design/ event contracts for Gigbeth, and the Creative City Awards.

Friday, 12 September 2008

Say Hello to Killriculum

Our good friends at Killriculum are starting their horror film workshops this weekend at the Bond on Fazeley street in Digbeth.

Killriculum is an original and innovative West Midlands-based project aimed at enabling a diverse range of young people to engage with film and new media, via a new interactive website,, and a series of free workshops.

The website allows young people to upload their own short horror films. The website also brings you the exciting and innovative ‘Horror Mash Up’, a part of the site that will allow you to edit and save your own short horror film trailers online!

The Killriculum workshops are free to attend and places are still available for this weekend.
The first Killriculum workshop is being held in two sessions at The Bond on Fazeley Street in Digbeth on Saturday 13th September. People are invited to attend between 10am-1pm (pre-bookable tel. 0121 687 1404), and then from between 2pm-5pm (open drop-in session). The workshops will be teaching young people how to design and create films through digital media.

Titan at the Bullring

Thousands flocked to Birmingham's Bullring to witness the phenomenon that is Titan the Robot and Hello Digital. Titan entertained crowds with his witty patter, realistic mobility and uncannily realistic impressions of Louis Armstrong.

It was, of course, all done for our fantastic Hello Digital festival and making sure as many people as possible heard about the free municipal event. Throngs of people gathered around the 8 foot giant as it charmed the crowd like a goucho at a singles night, and hit the shops like a robotic Winona Ryder. The highlight for me was definately Titan singing ‘Lady in Red’ to a manikin in a red dress.

Still some people were less impressed; I was stopped by a midly vexed punter who asked me, in the manner of a spoilt child, ‘why can’t he dance’. This is 2008 after all, and we are living in the age of ‘on demand’ technology, and completely sympathise with the young lady. The thought that all the robot could do was walk, talk, sing, joke, conduct a light opera and give a physiology class isn’t really good enough, and I have sent her a cheque for mental damages and strong letter to the makers of Titan.
Hello Digital is 23-26 October at Millenium Point.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Moseley Folk Festival

This weekend saw the annual Moseley Folk Festival roll into town once again, bringing some of the biggest folk artists from around the world to the musical epicentre of the globe, Moseley.
As well as competitively priced beer (and glasses), the music was superb and a great time was had by all. Jose Gonzales and Seth Lakeman were very well recieved and creditable mentions go to The Bees and Morcheeba.

Bar Sunday, the weather was lavish and created a perfect back drop to the atmosphere of the festival.

Although I enjoy a bit of folk as much as the next man, the festival exposed me to the full gambit of the genre, and although I heard some music that could only be described as absolute guff, it was far outweighed by high quality music that poured over the audience like a dry ice machine at an 80's night.

The highlight of the weekend was obviously the mad rush to the bar as the excellent proprieters gave cider away for £1, with the help of a megaphone and a grim determination to shift ciders and encourage responsible drinking.

Overall the festival was a roaring success with acts that blew the socks off all who witnessed, booze that flowed like wine and tremendous Tisky marketing.