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The Grand Theatre is dishing out discounted tickets for two of its shows during next month’s Enjoy Wolverhampton programme. The Lichfield Street theatre receives a wide range of major touring productions including drama, musicals, ballet, dance, opera, variety, concerts, children's shows and one of the biggest pantomimes in the UK, with audiences from across the region and beyond taking advantage of excellent transport links to the town.

Wolverhampton residents have been getting a taste of army life as part of a unique programme to help improve their employment opportunities. City of Wolverhampton Council joined forces with Army Careers, City of Wolverhampton College and the Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) to put together a four-week army course. The aim was to help residents overcome barriers to employment and to get a feel for life in the British Regular & Reserved Armed Forces.

Five Birmingham City Council children’s libraries have been updated with new equipment and furniture, after receiving grant funding of £250,000 to make improvements. The funding boost – which enabled libraries in Balsall Heath, Druids Heath, Kings Norton, Kingstanding and Small Heath to make improvements and finance educational projects – was awarded by the Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in a wide range of fields, including education and the arts.

As Britain gears up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth and in the run-up to the launch of the film adaption of The BFG, VisitBritain is showcasing to the world what makes Britain a GIANT - and family-friendly - tourism destination. The national tourism organisation has launched an international ‘Where Giant Dreams come to Life’ film tourism campaign in its first-ever collaboration with Disney, producer of The BFG.

Greece has seen a resurgence in music festivals in the last decade and is increasingly becoming a favourite with music fans from across Europe. This surge in events has been helped by a burgeoning electronic scene introducing new dance festivals such as Reworks and Odyssia, as well as more established concerts such as Rockwave and Ejekt continuing to attract established artists from around the world.

A short aerial film recently launched reveals a monumental painting in Birmingham’s Centenary Square. Entitled Leviathan, it was created by Madrid-based artist, An Wei Lu Li, as part of the city’s BE FESTIVAL. BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s festival of European theatre and visual arts, commissioned An Wei to create the huge artwork that covers the surface of Centenary Square as an opening to this year’s festival, which starts on Tuesday June 22.

Sea Life Centres including the Sea Life London Aquarium have teamed up with Disney•Pixar to enable visitors to share the excitement of Finding Dory this summer. A special Disney•Pixar Finding Dory event will be hosted at the Aquarium running from July 16 until September 11 2016. Visitors will be led on an interactive trail by one of the new Disney•Pixar movie's star sea creatures Hank (voice of Ed O'Neill), a cantankerous octopus.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery will add a splash of colour to the Enjoy Wolverhampton ten-day programme of events next month. The Lichfield Street gallery will begin its Sunday opening times from July 3 (10.30am to 4.30pm) – and you better bring your sunglasses to savour a neon mix of colours erupting in the venue’s latest celebration of the Pop Art Movement. The ‘Craft Goes Pop’ exhibition is now on show and brings together handmade works by leading designers influenced by the Pop Art movement.

On Saturday 9th July Victorian Arcade in Walsall will be hosting a very special Superhero Fun Day featuring the iconic Batmobile to entertain the whole family. From 11am until 4pm a replica of the famous Batmobile, from the original 1989 movie starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, will be situated at the entrance of the shopping arcade for shoppers to pose and take pictures with.

Enjoy Wolverhampton! This is the message behind an exciting ten-day programme of events planned across the city from Friday, July 1 to Sunday 10. Partners across Wolverhampton have come together to entice residents and visitors with a host of free or purse-friendly activities and offers. Highlights include a free afternoon of horse racing at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Tuesday, July 5; free entry to the Wolves Museum where you can have your football memorabilia valued; and a free tour of Banks’s Brewery.

Iconic buildings across Birmingham have been given a dramatic makeover, as landmarks and public spaces were covered in an array of new artworks to mark the start of the City’s annual Inspired Festival. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Council House and Birmingham Town Hall were just some of the locations washed in colour as part of the light projection event.

Tell the time with a dandelion clock, watch the dabble of ducks and dazzle of damselflies or count the spots on a ladybird. Make some time for the great outdoors this summer with the help of the Canal & River Trust's free, family-friendly activity book. Full of fun, inspirational activities the guide will ensure your family heads outside and has a real summer of adventure.

Storywalks in the woods, campfire tales and family storytelling all day  are all on the programme for the fifth Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival.  Community Garden Martineau Gardens and the Traditional Arts Team have joined forces to create the Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival, a family friendly day of storytelling plus arts, music, crafts and dance taking place on Saturday 25 June, 11am – 7pm.

National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers, performs a new creation by the company’s Guest Artistic Director Michael Keegan-Dolan, an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells Theatre.The work entitled In – Nocentes will be performed at Mac, Birmingham, on Saturday 23 July. Now in its fourth year, NYDC has established a reputation for innovative, challenging and influential work, and producing open-minded, curious and brave dancers.

A Walsall College Lecturer and highly acclaimed author signed copies of her latest novel at a book store in Walsall this week. Supported Learning Performing Arts tutor, Tanya Lewis, who writes under her maiden name Tanya Bullock, made an appearance at Waterstone’s in Walsall on Friday 3rd June, to sign copies of latest and second novel, ‘Homecoming’. The story follows an elderly couple with dementia who fall in love during their stay in a care home.