Yes, it's come round quickly this year hasn't it? Blink and you might have missed it, 2017 has gone in a flash. But the good news is that Christmas starts HERE: Friday 1st December, Birmingham city centre, with the much-anticipated BPA Christmas bash to kick-start the festive shenanigans.
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Clear a space in your calendar and prepare to sparkle because the countdown is on to the 2016 Platinum BPA Christmas lunch.
Marking 70 splendid years of the best organisation dedicated to connecting the creative industries in the Midlands, this year's bash will be one to remember.
Held in the 1874 Suite at Villa Park from 12.30pm on Friday December 2nd, the Platinum party will boast the best in live entertainment and fabulous food, not to mention giving guests free access to the legendary BPA after-party at Apres, Summer Row, for those who simply can't bear to call it a day when the sun goes down.
As always, demand for places is high, so book now, and dress to impress.
Tables of 10 cost a discounted £700 for members and £850 for non-members, with individual places costing £75 (members) or £90 (non-members).
To book, or to enquire about becoming a member of the BPA, contact Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stuck in a creative rut? Looking to expand your industry network? Or simply bored of your colleagues/friends/family/sofa (delete as appropriate)?
Then put November 3rd in your diary pronto and head along to the Purecraft Bar on Waterloo Street to enjoy the BPA's Midlands Media Mingle (#MMM) - a chance to meet and chat with fellow BPA members, find out more about the region's creative industries and try a few delicious Purity ales into the bargain.
There's no charge, and it's a great way to get more out of your membership. Not a member? Then head down and meet everyone anyway, you'll soon see what you've got to gain!
See you there from 6pm!
WE’RE HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO TO CLAIM THE BPA QUIZ CROWN
Do you know your Dr Strange from your Dr Who? Your Magnificent Seven from your Suicide Squad? Do you have what it takes to be the hero of the hour in the next BPA quiz?
In that case, clear your diary for the evening of Thursday October 13th, because the brilliant BPA Quiz is back, with cash prizes to be won
The Heroes and Villains themed quiz is open to teams of four and takes place from 6.30pm in the Manhattan Suite at Broadway Casino. As always, there will be free parking at the Broadway Plaza complex.
Entry costs £100 per team of four (members) or £120 for non-members, and includes a meal for each member.
To reserve your spot, email email@example.com
The BPA is proud to present a members-only opportunity to discuss the post-Brexit challenges and opportunities for the creative industries with Chamber of Commerce head Paul Faulkner.
Few are more experienced to share their business insight than the former Aston Villa CEO, and the limited places for this exclusive event will be in high demand.
Paul will be our guest of honour at the Park Regis Hotel on Wednesday, September 14th for what we are confident will be an informative, enlightening and lively discussion.
The event is FREE to attend and kicks off with drinks and canapés at 6pm at Park Regis, 160 Broad St, Birmingham B15 1DT, before Paul takes to the stage.
Places are strictly limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-reserved basis. As always, should you be unable to attend please advise so that your place can be passed to another member.
Ladies and gentlemen, time to muster your fourballs for the BPA Charity Golf Day 2016.
DATE: Friday 1st July 2016
VENUE: Handsworth Wood Golf Club
TEE OFF: Shotgun start at 10.15am sharp to ensure to all teams finish around the same time
FOURBALL STANDARD (£280): 18 holes of golf followed by slap-up fish & chips buffet
FOURBALL DELUXE (£310): includes welcome breakfast of bacon baps, tea & coffee, 18 holes of golf followed by slap-up fish & chips buffet
- You will play in your designated fourball.
- However, players will be randomly allocated to either the Sharks or Bandits team.
- You then play Ryder Cup fourball format (¾ Handicap).
- Each hole won represents 1 point. A halved hole is ½ point.
- At the end of 18 holes all points from all games are totted up to see whether the Sharks or Bandits will be victorious!
Each player will be given a team shirt, so we will need your player names, handicaps and shirt size (S/M/L/XL/XXL) along with your booking.
Each player will be able to buy up to a maximum of 3 Mulligan passes @ £10 each.
A Mulligan is a stroke that is replayed from the tee off without penalty, due to an errant shot made on the previous stroke.
The benefit being is that the hole is played and scored as if the first errant shot had never been made. Valuable!
It's a zoo out there!
Each fourball will also be given 4 animal cards. As your fourball progresses around the course you, acquire the cards based on the following golfing calamities.
- CAMEL: In the sand.
- DUCK: In the water.
- GORILLA: Out-of-bounds
- SNAKE: 3-putt (or more)
At the end of the round each card a player has in his possession represents a £10 penalty – all proceeds going to the chosen charities.
Note: Mulligans do not prevent the movement of cards.
To keep the atmosphere light and informal, we have arranged a fish & chips buffet which can be eaten in the SPIKES bar or outside, weather permitting.
Let's have some fun, and raise some money
This event, and the BPA as a whole, is about bringing like-minded people from the creative industries together, while raising funds for charity. Our chosen charities for 2016 are the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the Birmingham Childrens Hospital.
To book, or for more information, email Nick Lovett on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07968 036464.
We have a limited number of spaces available so the event is strictly first come, first served.
Bats at the ready! Next month will see the BPA host its very first rounders challenge!
The event will take place at Lightwoods Park at 6pm on Thursday September 10th, with teams of up to 10 people taking part.
Expect a back-to-school vibe and a great deal of fun as we raise money for our dedicated charities; Youth Space, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.
Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics – keep your fingers crossed for some early Autumn sunshine!
Places are limited and cost £5 per person for members and £10 for non-members and teams can be booked by emailing email@example.com
No matter what type of character you are, be you a Brad, a Janet, a sweet transvestite transexual from Transylvania or even if you just have a penchant for gold hot pants, you’re going to love the next BPA event. Our first ever BPA Night at the Movies with the Rocky Horror Picture Show.