Clash of the Drums will bring drumming and fireworks to Birmingham Weekender

Birmingham Weekender is Bigger, Bolder and Back on 22-24 September!

Posted on 12 April 2017

Following the success of the first festival in 2015, Birmingham Weekender ’17 hosts an exciting programme packed with new commissions, pop-up theatre and workshops.

The countdown for Birmingham Weekender 2017 has begun, with free outdoor performances to take place from 22 – 24 September across the city.

Supported by Arts Council England using National Lottery funding, Birmingham Weekender ’17 will embrace local and international arts organisations and artists, providing an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy the best of the city’s culture.

The festivities will include an ambitious programme of new commissions, roaming and pop-up street theatre, a musical picnic, parades, workshops, and much more, animating the heart of the city.

Highlights will include;

  • Square Dance, a transformed Victoria Square where people can experience a wealth of dance movements from disco to folk, bhangra to Northern Soul.
  • Clash of the Drums, a spectacular outdoor evening of drumming and pyrotechnics, presented by Birmingham Hippodrome.
  • Rangeeli – Colours of Birmingham Parade, which will explore, celebrate and share the heritage of the city with a South Asian twist.
  • The Alternative Village Fete, a traditional village fete with an alternative Brummie twist.
  • The Big Idea ’17, a major new dance piece performed by DanceXchange and co-commissioned by International Dance Festival Birmingham.
  • Pop-up performances from Birmingham Royal Ballet who will perform an extract of the Nutcracker across the city centre.


Harminder the Elephant will lead a community parade at Birmingham Weekender


Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “Following on from their huge success in 2015 we’re delighted to be supporting the Birmingham Weekender for a second time. Birmingham has a reputation for producing and hosting great artistic talent and events like this help to show how much exciting work is being generated in the city. We are proud to be supporting the festival that brings so many cultural events and organisations together, for the community to enjoy.” 

Graham Callister, Festival Director, said: “Birmingham Weekender will bring a festival feel to the city-centre. Not only are we working with Birmingham’s major arts organisations and independent companies but we will welcome artists from France, Spain, Cyprus and the Czech Republic. We look forward to seeing audiences young and old enjoying all that the Weekender offers.”   The Ambitions for Excellent fund supports organisations and partnerships


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