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Four months of events mark Birmingham's new cultural centre
The opening of the new £190 million Library of Birmingham will be marked by four months of special events. The impressive building in Centenary Square opens on September 3 and to celebrate there will be a Discovery Season curated by Birmingham-based arts group Capsule and supported by the Arts Council.
Cabaret and Cinema Weekend (October 25 – 27) to mark Birmingham's association with early cinema and the development of the Magic Lantern. The event will focus on the library's 60,000 lantern slides which date from 1890 to 1940;
The Library of Lost Books (November 4 – 24) – an exhibition and workshops with artists and printmakers finding creative ways to breathe new life into books that are no longer read;
The Birmingham Literature Festival (October 3 – 12) with top authors including Carol Ann Duffy and Lionel Shriver;
Young Readers Festival (October 28 – November 2) which provides half-term for youngsters, including the Gigglefest children's comedy festival and the Book Bash family day;
Volume (December 6 – 8), the Birmingham Art, Book and Print Fair, selling books, prints and artwork .
Discovery Season runs from September 3 - December 31, 2013
Artworks Trail: Inspired by the library's collections and archives, the trail will be around all of the new building and will feature Theatre Jukebox which plays stories based on the library's Wingate Bett Transport Ticket collection;
The Pavilion: A commissioned space for a programme of artists-in-residence beginning with Commentators by Birmingham-based Stan's Cafe;
Reference Works: An exhibition by four photographers, Michael Collins, Brian Griffin, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps.
The Rep Theatre, next to the Library of Birmingham, also reopens on September 3. Opening the season in the main auditorium will be Alan Bennett's latest play, People. The Studio will debut The Legend of Mike Smith, written by and starring Birmingham musician Soweto Kinch. The Rep's third stage, The Door, will premiere Hopelessly Devoted by Kate Tempest.