Ignite Brum

Ignite at The Glee (credit STEFFAN HARRIES)

An inspiring and amusing night of quick-fire talks on such topics as ocean rowing, teenage angst, and the Lindy Hop.

Ignite Brum returns to The Glee on Wednesday 1 June 2016 for another night of unexpected, enlightening, informative and often hilarious presentations.

Among those taking to the stage are diarist Emma Wright, Wikipedia advocate Andy Mabbett, music researcher and archivist Jez Collins, foster carer Dave Steadman, keen dancer Carola Lange, comedian Rob Coleman and Dr Martin Graff, Reader and Head of Research in Psychology at the University of South Wales.

These enthusiastic speakers will be discussing an eclectic range of topics close to their hearts.

Rob Coleman will be recounting how he marked his recent 50th birthday with a gruelling 200 mile rowing challenge across the Mediterranean, from Ibiza to Spain, enduring blistering temperatures of 41-degrees.

Meanwhile, Carola Lange takes a unique look at a popular dance style for a talk entitled A Neuroatypical Guide To Lindy Hop.

Ignite talks are fast-paced, five minute presentations, delivered alongside a slideshow featuring 20 slides. Each slide stays on-screen for 15 seconds, and then automatically moves to the next.

Started in 2006 in Seattle, USA, as a way to communicate ideas, the Ignite community has grown rapidly. Ignite events are now held around the world and all are free to attend. Many of them include games and giveaways, and all the talks are recorded and available to watch at ignitetalks.io.

A collaboration between the Ignite Brum and The Glee, the team’s previous Ignite sessions have featured presentations on such diverse subject as Bob The Builder, sperm, photography, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, migrants, long distance relationships, the piers of Britain and rugby.

Organiser Mark Steadman said: “Ignite Brum is all about passionate speakers sharing their personal and professional stories with an energetic audience. The talks are often funny and uplifting, and always inspiring and entertaining.

“We’ll also have some great audience giveaways with a live pun battle!”

Admission to Ignite Brum is free. To get your free ticket and find out more, visit: ignitebrum.com


Wednesday 1 June 2016
Ignite Brum
The Glee, The Arcadian Centre, 70 Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD
Doors 6pm
Admission Free
ignitebrum.com   |   www.glee.co.uk


About Ignite

For more about Ignite Talks see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQenETZrRyw

About Ignite Brum

Ignite Brum is headed by Bloomsbury Digital web developer Mark Steadman, who coordinates content and information design consultant Caroline Beavon. The nights are MC’d by podcaster and internet radio presenter Jamie Garner.

For more details, including how to get involved, see: ignitebrum.com/about/

Twitter: @ignitebrum  –  #ignitebrum

About The Glee

The Glee Clubs are a group of comedy and music venues operating in Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham and Oxford.  Since 1994 The Glee has brought the world’s best comedians and music acts to its stages offering superb live entertainment to its customers.


Additional Information

Rob Coleman: download images for media use.

News story: Comedian Rob Coleman complete charity row (Leicester Mercury, July 2015)

Andy Mabbett: download images for media use.

Jez Collions: Biography/ profile via BCU   |   Birmingham Music Archive

Dr Martin Graff: website.

UPDATE: Tickets for this event will not be available until Wednesday 18 May 2016, 1pm, via: ignitebrum.com/3/

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