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Birmingham Weekender returns in 2017

Birmingham’s biggest arts festival, Birmingham Weekender, will return from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September 2017.

The award-winning Birmingham Weekender promises a packed weekend of free outdoor theatre, music, art installations and performance across the city-centre, from Broad Street to Digbeth, including the city’s retail heart. The festival will feature well-known local arts organisations and invited international artists, including a number of significant new commissions.

The 2017 festival will build on the success of the first Birmingham Weekender, which took place in 2015. Birmingham Weekender 2015 attracted an estimated audience of 150,000 people, who enjoyed 200 performances, including 7 new commissions, over three days. Birmingham Royal Ballet performed in Bullring shopping centre, street artists could be found in the newly opened New Street Station and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra popped-up in The Mailbox, whilst Dan Canham’s Of Riders and Running Horses presented by mac birmingham and Fierce Festival, offered a stirring and visceral new dance event staged on top of the NCP carpark on Newhall Street, next to St Paul’s Square, with amazing views of the City. Visitors bumped into a flying urban astronaut, learned the Haka and enjoyed a Mexican day-of-the-dead party, complete with a 6-metre-tall walking puppet of Lady Godiva.

Birmingham Weekender 2017 aims to draw residents and visitors into the city-centre for a weekend celebration of the city’s culture. Visitor surveys from Birmingham Weekender 2015 indicated that some 46% of visitors came from outside of the city, helping to establish Birmingham as a major cultural visitor attraction.

Birmingham Weekender is brought to the city by Culture Central, the cultural development agency for Birmingham.

Gary Topp, Director of Culture Central, commented: “We are delighted that Birmingham Weekender will return in 2017. The city-centre will be humming with a party atmosphere – where else can you listen to a world-class orchestra or witness stunning dance performances for free, on the streets and in shopping centres? Birmingham Weekender 2017 will build on the success of the 2015 festival programme and will be even more ambitious in its scope, strengthening Birmingham’s reputation as a international cultural destination.”

For press enquiries and more information contact Helen Stallard, PR on behalf of Birmingham Weekender, on 0774 033 9604 or helen@helenstallard.co.uk

We are delighted that Birmingham Weekender will return in 2017. The city-centre will be humming with a party atmosphere – where else can you listen to a world-class orchestra or witness stunning dance performances for free, on the streets and in shopping centres? Birmingham Weekender 2017 will build on the success of the 2015 festival programme and will be even more ambitious in its scope, strengthening Birmingham’s reputation as a international cultural destination.”

Gary Topp, Director of Culture Central