Thanks to Birmingham City Council funding, over 100 community organizations across Birmingham will host their festival activities and initiatives as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.
Over the six months of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, which coincides with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, 107 community groups and artists will get creative as part of the Creative City program.
The program’s goal is to ensure that citizens and neighborhoods across Birmingham have the opportunity to participate in the citywide cultural event.
A large-scale mural made by locals of Druids Heath in collaboration with award-winning Birmingham artist Mohammed Ali is one of the highlights. In Small Heath, Muslim youths will develop a theatre production using their families’ past stories.
The Midlands Greek and Cypriot Association in Erdington has been inspired to host an evening of music, poetry, and art to honor the cultures of two Commonwealth countries: Malta and Cyprus.
Eastern European citizens and members of Birmingham’s Czech and Slovak Club UK will perform the Drowning of Winter, an old Slavonic custom that welcomes Spring via song, dance, and crafts, in Cannon Hill Park.
“Birmingham 2022 is about much more than 11 days of sport,” said Councillor Jayne Francis, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills, and Culture at Birmingham City Council.
The festival will bring the city and region’s excellent cultural offerings and innovation to an international audience while ensuring that our communities celebrate culture.
Games are for everyone and every part of the city because the creative communities showed their boldness and intelligence. The Birmingham festival will run in march until after the Birmingham 2022 commonwealth games in September.
“The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has made it plain that these Games will be for everyone, and that’s very much replicated across the Birmingham 2022 Festival,” said Raiden Carter, Executive Producer of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.
Residents’, community groups, and artists’ work will be included prominently in the festival’s and citywide celebrations as part of the Creative City program. We hope that the initiatives will bring joy and festivity to the city’s neighborhoods, as well as skills and unity’’.
Community organizations could apply for a Creative City grant of up to £20,000 from Birmingham City Council’s overall £2 million budget to carry out a creative initiative that would benefit their neighborhood. Artists and communities were urged to collaborate, and the selection process included a panel of community representatives.
The Birmingham festival will open on 17 March with wondrous stories a spectacular large-scale open-air performance taking over Birmingham’s iconic Centenary Square.
This free production, developed by Leamington Spa-based dance circus company Motionhouse, boasts a cast of hundreds and combines dance, acrobatics, and awe-inspiring aerial displays. It will run from 17 to 20 March and features a cast of hundreds.
From September 2 to 18, gigantic artificial trees and thousands of plants will take over Birmingham’s Victoria Square to commemorate the cross-pollination that has defined British culture.
Poli Nations, a festival of free events featuring spoken word, music, and drag, will take place under the shade of the trees, a day exploding with color and creativity created by Trigger Collective as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.
Visit birmingham2022.com/festival for more information about the Birmingham 2022 Festival.