Birmingham Weekender arts celebration is here

Birmingham Weekender, the city’s biggest arts festival, is here.

More than 120 performances will take place during the event, which runs from 22 to 24 September. More than 300 artists will be taking part.

Retail BID played a lead role in helping to bring back the culture extravaganza to the city centre. Deputy manager Assia Sohaib said: “We are very pleased to be bringing Birmingham Weekender back to the city, following the success of the previous event in 2015.

“The event brings the city centre to life and offers us an opportunity to showcase our fantastic shopping and dining offer to the thousands of visitors it attracts.”

The full events schedule and brochure is available to read and download on the Birmingham Weekender website.


Among the highlights will be a range of events from disco to folk, bhangra to Northern Soul as well as striking ‘Kathakali’ dancers who will be visiting especially from India, followed by live music various DJs each evening, including Craig Charles, David Rodigan and Don Letts.

The Birmingham Royal Ballet will be putting on a performance in Bullring, and there will be South Asian dance throughout the weekend as well as new commissions from 2Faced Dance and Rosie Kay.

Other highlights include Rangeeli, a colourful community parade taking place through the city centre complete with Harminder the elephant, as well as an alternative village fete based at the Bull Ring featuring drag queen story time, and a ‘mega den building project’.

There will also be plenty of musical attractions, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, at New Street Station, Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans at Town Hall Birmingham.

Selfridges host live performances throughout the weekend from Bostin Brass to Soweto Kinch as part of their ‘Music Matters’ campaign.

The Mailbox will host performances by Birmingham Opera Company of works by three Birmingham composers, Susannah Self, Chloe Knibbs and Yfat Soul Zisso.

Visual arts will include live painting from Soul City Arts and The Barber Institute presenting The Barber on the Streets with artist Matt Reeves, to ethereal projections in Cathedral Square by Tony Oursler presented by Birmingham Museums Trust and Artangel.

At the New Alexandra Theatre there will be sky dancers and inflatable sculptures by world famous artists Designs in the Air, and elsewhere BBC Birmingham will be opening of its new ‘The Archers’ exhibition in The Mailbox.

Outside street theatre will be everywhere, including the ‘hummelmania tribe’ of rubber band creatures created by Rotterdam artist Mette Sterre.

Birmingham Weekender is being organised by by Culture Central, the city’s cultural development agency, and is supported by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and Retail BID Birmingham.