Birmingham Weekender returns this summer with over 100 free events to enjoy at Bullring & Grand Central.
Between Friday 27th – Sunday 29th August visitors to the city will be able to enjoy a programme of events throughout the centre as well as the surrounding New Street Station concourse, Birmingham Markets and 1000 Trades Square.
The cultural festival, funded by Bullring & Grand Central, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Hippodrome and Arts Council England, will combine a mix of dance, music, film, performances and installations across the shopping destination featuring many of the best artists from Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Weekender will take over the entire footprint of the beating heart of the city with events taking place on the malls, in shop units and in some of the outdoor areas including Rotunda Square and St Martin’s Square, and the Bull will be getting dressed up for the occasion too.
Performers confirmed for the event include Fatt Butcher who will bring their pop-up Big Gay Disco Bike for the ultimate Bank Holiday party, the Autin Dance Theatre will showcase their Out of the Deep Blue performance fronted by EKO puppet and Leamington Spa-based Motionhouse will showcase their WILD production. The full schedule for the event will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Danielle Bozward, Marketing Manager at Bullring & Grand Central, commented: “We’re so excited to be hosting Birmingham Weekender at Bullring & Grand Central this August delivered through our partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome. After a challenging 18 months for all, we’re looking forward to bringing the event right back into the heart of the city and supporting local performers and groups, as well as entertaining our customers with a weekend packed full of festival fun.”
Graham Callister, Director of Festivals at Birmingham Hippodrome, added: “We are delighted to be producing Birmingham Weekender once again, this time working in partnership with Bullring & Grand Central and Birmingham City Council. Birmingham Weekender has always been a festival dedicated to showcasing the rich diversity and wealth of creative talent in our city and region, and this year will be no different. We have a fantastic programme planned with dance, music, special installations and much more, featuring many of the best artists from Birmingham and the West Midlands.”
Councillor Jayne Francis, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, said: “This is fantastic news. Birmingham Weekender has become a real fixture in the city’s cultural landscape and it is just what we need after such a difficult year, particularly for the arts. The programme captures the talent and diversity of Birmingham and wider region and there will be something for everyone. I’m pleased to see there is a volunteer programme for residents so they can really get involved. Welcome back Birmingham Weekender!”
There is also an opportunity for local residents to get involved as a volunteer to support the delivery of Birmingham Weekender with more details being released over the coming weeks.
Birmingham Weekender will kick off with a Weekender preview on Friday 27th August between 1pm – 9pm and will include an open rehearsal by Birmingham Royal Ballet. The event continues on Saturday 28th August between 1pm – 9pm and Sunday 29th August between 11am – 5pm.
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