With over 120 performances, 300+ artists and 26 new commissions over three days, get ready for an amazing cultural adventure across the city from 22 – 24 September 2017.
You won’t want to miss the return of Birmingham’s biggest free arts festival! Take a look at how you can get involved as we round up some of the highlights across the weekend.
Look out for the Square Dance in Victoria Square delivered by the organisers of Moseley Folk Festival. Hour by hour audiences can experience disco, folk, bhangra and Northern Soul, as well as striking Kathakali dancers visiting from India. This will be followed by live music and a variety of amazing DJs each evening including Craig Charles, David Rodigan and Don Letts. Keep your eyes peeled for performances from the city’s own Birmingham Royal Ballet in the Bullring and spectacular South Asian dance throughout the weekend as well as new commissions from 2Faced Dance and Rosie Kay.
Get up close with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham New Street Station and enjoy a Multi-Story orchestral performance the Barclaycard Arena car park. Selfridges will also be hosting live performances throughout the weekend from Bostin Brass to Soweto Kinch as part of its Music Matters campaign and if this wasn’t enough, you can expect three world premieres from Birmingham Opera Company in Mailbox.
Theatre fans can be treated to a preview of Outbox Theatre’s As A Tiger In The Jungle at the Birmingham Rep which tells an inspiring story of life, circus and survival. Watch out for the hummelmania tribe of rubber band creatures – created by Rotterdam artist Mette Sterre and KTO Theatre’s Peregrinus presented by Birmingham Hippodrome, which will see ordinary workers in striking masks, with massive heads, journey through the city.
The whole programme offers fantastic cultural experiences for families including Rangeeli, a colourful community parade taking place through the city-centre complete with Harminder the Elephant! An Alternative Village Fete will be based at the Bull Ring Markets, where you can join in with Drag Queen Story-time and get involved in a mega den building project with DenCity by 815 Agency. For a night-time feast of sound and spectacular fireworks, Birmingham Hippodrome presents Clash of Drums, which will take place at Eastside Green and promises to be an experience the family will never forget.
Festival Directors, Graham Callister (Birmingham Hippodrome) and Piali Ray (Sampad) said:
This year again celebrates all things Birmingham – its diversity, its communities and its artists.
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