14 episodes

We are here to DANCE to the BEAT of Brum’s Drum. To SING the SOUL of our city.
Birmingham 2022 is round the corner and we are ready to show the world what a Vibrant, Diverse and Exciting place Brum is!

Join Melzy J as she talks all things Brum with some interesting, influential and talented characters from the city.

Be Bold, Be Birmingham Birmingham City Council

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

We are here to DANCE to the BEAT of Brum’s Drum. To SING the SOUL of our city.
Birmingham 2022 is round the corner and we are ready to show the world what a Vibrant, Diverse and Exciting place Brum is!

Join Melzy J as she talks all things Brum with some interesting, influential and talented characters from the city.

    ‘Heritage and Diversity’ with Sara Wajid

    ‘Heritage and Diversity’ with Sara Wajid

    On this episode of Be Bold, Be Birmingham, we talk with Sara Wajid Co-CEO of the Birmingham Museums Trust.
    As Co-CEO of the Birmingham Museums Trust and one of a small percentage of POC within director roles in the museum industry, Sara is an exceptional force championing gender equality and diversity within her field. Sara is also a founding member of Space Invaders and founder of Museum Detox, organisations which bring together women and POC within the museum industry.
    Over the the course of the episode we discuss:
    The inner workings of a Co-CEO for Birmingham Museum Trust  Diversity and gender representation within the museum industry How  you can get involved with museums in Birmingham  What makes Birmingham bold  Sara Wajid can be found here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/waji35 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-wajid-27410813/ 

    • 30 min
    ‘Diversity Part 2’ with Madeleine Kludje and Yasmin Nessa

    ‘Diversity Part 2’ with Madeleine Kludje and Yasmin Nessa

    On this episode of Be Bold, Be Birmingham, our guests are Madeleine Kludje, the Associate Director of the Birmingham Rep, and Yasmin Nessa who is the co-founder of Saltley Women’s Football club. 
    As an associate director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Madeline Kludje is passionate about the city, paving the way for women and championing diversity in the theatre industry. Kludje recently directed ‘City of a Thousand Trades’ at the Birmingham Royal Ballet and is currently working with Birmingham Poet Laureate, Casey Bailey and working on Grimeboy which arrives at The Rep in April 22. 
    Yasmin Nessa co-founded Saltely Stallions Women’s Football Club with the aims to create a safe space for Muslim women in inner city Birmingham. Open to women of all backgrounds, the club encourages diversity and inclusivity and has allowed women to break down barriers around traditional conventions on the role women play in society. Not only this, Saltley Stallions Women’s Football Club has enabled women to meet like-minded people and boost health and wellbeing.
    Over the the course of the episode we discuss:
    Celebrating the city’s diverse and industrial heritage and influencing change Representation and diversity in theatre and sport What support is out there for those looking for careers in theatre What makes Birmingham Bold?  Madeline Kludje can be found here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/madeleinekludje  Website: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/  Yasmin Nessa can be found here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/saltleywfc  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saltleywfc/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaltleyWFC  Website: https://saltleystallions.co.uk/womens-football/ 

    • 36 min
    ‘Innovation’ with Clayton Shaw and Taran Singh

    ‘Innovation’ with Clayton Shaw and Taran Singh

    On this episode of Be Bold, Be Birmingham, our guests are Clayton Shaw, Programme Manager from STEAMHouse and Taran Singh who is the founder and CEO of Taran 3D.
    STEAMHouse is part of Birmingham City University which is a collaborative space for businesses and startups, with the aim to propel innovation in the city. As the Programme Manager, Clayton works with start-ups and businesses to develop new prototypes, products and services which has included Taran 3D.
    Taran Singh leads an award-winning 3D studio which specialises in all things immersive, working with technology which allows businesses to communicate products, ideas or services in new and engaging ways. Ranging from Virtual Reality to Augmented Reality, Taran 3D also runs workshops to teach immersive technologies to new audiences. 
    Over the the course of the episode we discuss:
    The importance of technology and innovation  What is STEAM and how do each discipline compliment each other? What is the Metaverse and why is there a need for immersive technology? What opportunities are available for people looking to work in this field? Clayton Shaw can be found here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/claytonshaw  Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/STEAMhouseUK/  Website: https://steamhouse.org.uk/  Taran Singh can be found here:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taran3d/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taran3d/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Taran3D LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taran3d/  Website: https://taran3d.com/ 

    • 35 min
    ‘Opportunity in Brum’ with Tru Powell and Luke Tonge

    ‘Opportunity in Brum’ with Tru Powell and Luke Tonge

    In this episode of Be Bold, Be Birmingham, our guests are Tru Powell, a multi-award winning creative entrepreneur and publicity expert, and Luke Tonge an independent graphic designer and director at Birmingham Design.
    Tru Powell is passionate about using his skillset to help other people. Tru’s multiple roles include being a publicity coach, personal brand strategist as well as the Creative and Events Director for the Aston Performing Arts Academy.
    Luke Tonge is an established graphic designer and director at Birmingham Design which runs the annual Birmingham Design Festival. He’s a keen supporter of young creatives which is reflected in his roles as a lecturer and mentor.
    Over the the course of the episode we discuss:
    The importance of representation, diversity and role models  Providing opportunities and resources for the next generation Some of the recent achievements from their industries/communities  Is Birmingham full of opportunity? Tru Powell can be found here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tru_Powell  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tru.powell.7  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/truchio-powell-a1ab7833/?originalSubdomain=uk  Website: https://www.trupowell.com/  Luke Tonge can be found here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/luketonge  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luketonge/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/luketonge/  Website: http://www.luketonge.com/ 

    • 42 min
    ‘Made in Brum’ with Nigel Harris and Ben Wooldridge

    ‘Made in Brum’ with Nigel Harris and Ben Wooldridge

    In this episode of Be Bold, Be Birmingham, we’re joined by Nigel Harris, the Creative Director from Jellybob who directed the iconic Children’s classic Brum, and Ben Wooldridge who is Head of Strategic Communications at The Rep and a keen advocate for the arts. 
    Nigel Harris is a veteran of children’s TV with over 35 years within the film industry. Working on BAFTA award-winning Teletubbies, Tots TV as well as having produced and directed ‘Brum’, ‘Rosie & Jim’ and much more. 
    At the time of the podcast, Ben Wooldridge was the Communication and Marketing Manager at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and is now the Head of Communications at Birmingham Rep. With over 10 years of experience working in commercial theatre with his career beginning at the Birmingham Hippodrome, he’s hugely passionate about the theatre scene. 
    Over the the course of the episode we discuss:
    What it’s like directing a children’s classic The importance of film and TV in Birmingham What it’s like working on the Birmingham Commonwealth Games The vibrant theatre scene in Birmingham Nigel Harris can be found here: 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JellybobTV LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigeyp/   Website: https://www.jellybob.co.uk/team    Ben Wooldridge can be found here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/benwooldridge  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjameswooldridge/?originalSubdomain=uk

    • 42 min
    ‘Brummie Humour’ with Janice Connolly (Barbara Nice) and Tal Davies

    ‘Brummie Humour’ with Janice Connolly (Barbara Nice) and Tal Davies

    In this episode of Be Bold, Be Birmingham, our guests are comedians Janice Connolly, the Brummie comedian behind Barbara Nice and founder of Women in Theatre. Alongside Janice is Tal Davies, an emerging comedian and writer.
    Janice Connolly is an established UK comedian, well known for her enthusiastic alter-ego, Barbara Nice as well as being well known for playing Holy Mary in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights as well as an appearance on Britain’s Got Talent.
    Tal Davis is an emerging comedian and a regular on the West Midlands comedy circuit. She was runner-up and finalist in the Best Newcomer and Rising Star categories in the 2019 Midlands Comedy Awards and often performs at comedy festivals around the UK.  
    Over the the course of the episode we discuss:
    How they started their journey in Stand Up comedy The Birmingham comedy scene and Brummie humour What it's like performing on stage  Finding your comedy material  Janice Connolly can be found here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbaraNice  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barbaranice42/  Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Barbara-Nice-6218355837/  Website: https://www.mrsbarbaranice.com/  Women in Theatre: https://womenandtheatre.co.uk/  Tal Davies can be found here: 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tal.davies/?hl=en  Website: https://www.taldaviescomedian.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taaaldavies

    • 38 min

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Katiefwaw ,

Love it!

I love the casual chat and exposing what really matters for our city. Looking forward to hearing more

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LOVE this!

What a great podcast series all about Birmingham! Great conversation about Brum with stories and insights from great guests.

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Great, fresh conversation about Brum

What a great podcast about the stories around the city of Birmingham that you just don’t hear about.

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