Millennium Point 18th Birthday Countdown – Stories from 2016/17
Posted on Wednesday June 24, 2020
With our 18th birthday on the horizon, we decided to take a look back at some notable events and highlights over the years so far. This week we are reminiscing on when we hosted young creatives for Gallery 37 and the following year when we hosted the largest ball pit in the country!
2016 – Gallery 37 Season
On September 10th 2016, we hosted a free music and art showcase event called Gallery 37 in our main atrium space here at Millennium Point. The programme explored space as a theme, making our Atrium the perfect venue thanks to the futuristic interior.
(Video Credit: Puch Records)
Participants of Gallery 37 were able to showcase their work to a room filled with live musicians, poets, spoken word performers, dancers and many other great creative talents.
Local street food provider, Taste and Liquor, was on-site serving up an array of delicious fresh food, and attendees enjoyed live performances throughout the day from Apples and Snakes, Beatfreeks, Sticky Toffee, Paul Steadman, Terri Walker and RoxXxan. The showcase featured a range of masterclasses and workshops with creative career advice and industry events to get involved in.
Overall the event was a great initiative with lots of opportunities for people to learn new skills and network, while also just having a great time.
We look forward to honouring our ongoing commitment to support and encourage education amongst youth across the West Midlands, with many more fantastic events like this!
2017- Ball Mania in the Atrium
In May of 2017, for just a few days, Millennium Point hosted a crazy, one-off event at the Atrium event space called ‘Ball Mania’. Lights and music helped complete the atmosphere and guests were able to escape the reality of an exhausting 9 to 5, to see just how deep they could bury themselves in the 200,000 plastic balls flooding our Atrium space. The ball pit created was the largest in the country, and to add to the experience, we dotted huge, adult-sized inflatables around the space as props for games like catch, tig and hide and seek.
Although a one-off event for us here at Millennium Point, Ball Mania was part of a UK wide tour and followed on from a similar, successful event in Manchester.
It’s safe to say the event was pretty different to our usual day-to-day happenings here at Millennium Point, but it was a fantastic way to allow adults across Birmingham to come and transport back to their childhood with family, friends and colleagues.
Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands.