FAQ groene gevel

Where can I find a B'Opera baby opera?

Our next performance of one of our baby operas will be Alice and the Library Tree, ideal for 0-9 years and accompanying grown-ups at Birmingham HIppodrome at 10.30 and 12.30 on Tuesday 18th February 2020. We will also be at the Springfield Project on Wednesday 19th February performing Zoom to the Moon and Alice and the Library Tree.

When is the next B'Opera Relaxed Concert?

Our next relaxed concert, Tales and Adventures, is at 10am on Saturday 22nd February 2020 at St George's Church Edgbaston. The concerts happen every two months, tickets available on Eventbrite.

What if my child cries, makes a noise, or crawls or runs around?

We make shows for babies and toddlers - if we expected little people to sit still and stay silent, we would be very disappointed! We have five children aged 6 and under between us. We get it. We want you to feel relaxed and we want you and your children to not be excluded from beautiful live music experiences just because of the season of life you're in right now. As long as you are happy that your child is safe, we are happy for them to experience and access the performances in the way that works for them.

Is there parking at St George's for the relaxed concerts?

You're welcome to park in the car park at the front of the church. Please avoid the numbered spaces at the back as they are rented out to local businesses. There's two hours free parking at Morrisons on Harborne/Hagley Road, six minutes walk away, and plenty of free two hour street parking in the surrounding area. Five Ways train station and Hagley Road/Five Ways buses are all nearby too.

How can I find and attend a B'Opera event?

You have three options:

1) Our weekly First Songs Sessions at Birmingham Hippodrome (Mondays) and The Belgrade Theatre Coventry (Fridays)

2) Our Relaxed Concert series at St George's Edgbaston

3) Our interactive baby operas

How do I keep in touch with B'Opera?

Sign up to our newsletter!! It's free, it's fun and we share videos of songs and musical activities that you can do at home with your little ones. We also share blogs about music, parenting, fun activities, community, loving the planet, and anything else that sparks our imagination! The latest information about our performances is always part of our newsletter and you can follow us on instagram (@boperababyopera), twitter (@bopera) and facebook (B'Opera) to find out about new dates booked and competitions for tickets!

FAQ greenwall

What is the 'Urban Heat Island' effect?

This is the phenomenon that the average temperature in the city is always higher than in the countryside. This difference is usually 4°C and the difference is the highest at night. The higher temperature has a few causes: - In the city are more dark materials that heat u really fast in the sun. - There is less wind in the city, so less cooling. - A lot of heat is released from cars, air conditioning an so on. - Concrete stores a lot of heat during the day and relaese it during the night.

What's the weight of a greenwall

The weight depends on the system you use. There are systems that weigh 40kg/m², but also of 150kg/m². The systems we use are around 50-80kg/m², if it's saturated with water.

Wich plants are used in greenwalls

The plant assortment used must be tailored to the conditions in the façade. We can not just put every plant in the greenwall and the orientation of the wall also plays a role. We are currently testing various plant species in our own green wall. The plants that stare at are evergreen perennials or shrubs, preferably with flowers and variety in leaf colors. Species like Heuchera (photo above) and Euonymus are already doing very well.

How do the plants get water

The plants get water from an irrigation system that runs in the rockwool between the roots of the plants. Through these hoses runs the water and fertilizers for the plants. Like this we make sure of a nice spread of the water inside the system.

What is the maintenance of a greenwall

The maintenance is the same as a normal garden. The greenwall is pruned twice a year to keep it compact. With this pruning also the irrigation system is checked. Furthermore, care most be taken that the pump installations stays in good condition and doesn't fall without electricity.

How much water is used.

Water consumption is reduced to a minimum by means of humidity sensors. Measuring every 10 minutes the humidity in the wall and if it is too low the irrigation gets started. The amount of water that is needed depends on the choice of plants, the season and the orientation of the greenwall.

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