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Waddle with the penguins at Birdland, Park & Gardens, Gloucestershire today as they celebrate Penguin Awareness Day.  Keepers will be putting your penguin know-how to the test with a special quiz about the mischievous piscivores, plus enter the competition to be in with a chance to feed the penguins. Discover the parcel of penguins living in Penguin Shore and learn all about the quirky personalities of the colony of King Penguins and comical Humboldts. Meet film stars, TV personalities and one of the World's oldest penguins!

A fleet of articulated lorries, harnessing the equivalent power of 4000 horses, is set to roll out of Birmingham this month as Birmingham Royal Ballet begins its UK tour of Cinderella on a scale comparable to any major rock band's road trip. Broadcast by the BBC as the 2010 Christmas Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet's version of Cinderella won the Best Classical Choreography at the prestigious 2011 Critic's Circle National Dance Awards for David Bintley's elegant choreographic work.

The World Premiere tour of The Red Shoes opened at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in November and is now five weeks into a sold out eight week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells, where it opened to rave reviews. The performances at Sadler’s Wells are the fastest selling in New Adventures history. Now Birmingham Hippodrome and New Adventures have announced that the world premiere tour of Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes will make an unprecedented return to the venue in July 2017 as part of an extended UK Tour.

Wolverhampton’s first literature festival promises something for every literary lover - young and old - with more than 70 events now lined up over three days. A wealth of celebrated home-grown authors and musicians are appearing at venues across the city. The Wolverhampton Original Literary Festival (WOLF), which is being backed by the Express & Star, runs from Friday, January 27 to Sunday 29, and includes many free events.

Pirate Hunters are rumoured to be arriving at Pirate's Quest ready for a brand new adventure  previewing February Half Term. In 1721 a Pirate Hunter's Ship called the 'Royal Anne' left England with the intention of sailing to the Caribbean to capture pirates… but she was not destined to complete that voyage. The ship crashed just off the south coast of Cornwall, and this is where your adventure begins!

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 multi-Oscar-winning historical drama is regarded as one of the greatest films of the 2000s. Voted no.1 in Total Film’s Top Ten Films of the Decade and no.3 in the BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century, it also picked up two Academy Awards (from eight nominations), and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

Time is running out on the chance to star as a volunteer on the world stage at this year’s ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup, with applications set to close on Monday January 16 for opportunities at Edgbaston. For the first time in cricket history England and Wales will host two major ICC global events and the Cricketeers will be at the centre of that action, with Edgbaston hosting five games – including a semi0final of the ICC Champions Trophy. The Cricketeer programme will unite communities over two months of exciting tournament cricket.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre is already on the lookout for young actors to star in the forthcoming world premiere production of ‘Nativity! The Musical,’ which opens in later this year, before touring around the country. Following on from the huge success of the ‘Nativity!’ films, the theatre is looking for children who are confident singers, dancers and performers to audition for lead roles in the production. 

As Disneyland Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary, Eurostar is offering great value child fares taking travellers direct to the celebrations throughout 2017. For just £12.50 each way, the discounted child tickets are available for booking from January 10-25 and valid for travel between February 20 and October 31. Eurostar’s Disney service takes passengers direct from London St Pancras, Ashford International or Ebbsfleet International direct to Marne-la-Vallée – the doorstep to the Disneyland Park – in just over two and a half hours.

Blenheim Palace is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Emanuel will be contributing to the exciting new, 'Passion for Fashion – 300 years of Style,' exhibition opening on 12th February, 2017. The exhibition is a celebration of three centuries of Blenheim related fashion and style. Emanuel will be allowing items from her personal archive to be on display for the very first time and the dress-making process for Princess Diana's wedding dress will be documented from initial sketches and designs, right up to the finished article.

U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s seminal album. The tour hits Europe with a show in Twickenham on 8th July and will see the band bring The Joshua Tree back to Dublin’s Croke Park on 22nd July -  30 years since they made a memorable return to their hometown with the original Joshua Tree Tour, playing two very special sold out shows at the Jones’ Road venue in June 1987.

In celebration of the February half term, Victorian Arcade will be hosting a very special event for Harry Potter fans on Saturday 18th February. Shoppers and their families are invited to join a Professor Snape look-a-like from 11am until 4pm when he will be hosting a free exclusive potions masterclass. Visitors will get the opportunity to follow ‘Snape’ as he leads an interactive workshop where youngsters can create their very own ‘magical’ potions.

As choirs from across the globe plan their descent on Cornwall for its 2017 International Male Choral Festival, the Hall for Cornwall has announced the ticket launch for what is now the largest event of its kind in the World. Sixty choirs of all ages and nationalities will be converging on Cornwall – with more than 50 concerts and celebrations in 40 venues across the county running from April 27 – May 1 2017. This year's Festival will also see the largest Choir Competition in the biennial event's fourteen year history.

Thirteen local arts and community organisations will receive arts grants totalling £500,000 to deliver projects in Aston and Newtown during 2017-18, it was announced yesterday. Beneficiaries from these projects will include a wide range of young residents (including early years), budding creative entrepreneurs and producers, and community elders not usually engaged in arts activities.

A family member has announced that the star of classic British hit East is East, has died in Mumbai early today. Reports say that he suffered a heart attack at his home. Om Puri was awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British Film Industry in 2004. Also known for his Hollywood, Pakistani, Indian and British film roles, it was international fame that was found for his roles in British and American films, especially comedy East is East, where he played a Pakistani immigrant adjusting to life in the north of England.

The Birmingham rock legend widely credited with inventing heavy metal music has written a moving acoustic arrangement for Birmingham Cathedral after he wanted to ‘give something back’ to his home city. Black Sabbath lead guitarist Tony Iommi worked with his friend the Dean of Birmingham, the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, on the five-minute arrangement, which celebrates peace, harmony and the Cathedral’s role in the heart of the city.