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Birmingham Weekender IS BACK – expect incredible performances on our streets, in the squares, in shopping centres and in the sky | Entertainment

Birmingham Weekender IS BACK – expect incredible performances on our streets, in the squares, in shopping centres and in the sky | Entertainment

Birmingham Weekender is BACK this summer, from Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August, with incredible free performances, fantastic installations, pop-up experiences and new commissions from a range of regional, national and international companies.


Produced by Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with Bullring and Grand Central, Birmingham Weekender will take place across the city, in streets, squares and shopping centres and in the skies above the city.

Highlights include Unity from the UK’s Gorilla Circus, expect a large-scale spectacle in the skies, including hair-draping performers, trapeze dancers and tightrope walkers on Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August; head to the Selfie Studio inside the Bullring each day and put yourself in the picture with a new commission from Birmingham creatives Pickle Illustration; following the blockbuster success of Lumini in 2023, Architects of Air is back and bigger for 2024: Luminarium is a large-scale inflatable installation that uses the beauty of light and colour to amaze and will be on display in Victoria Square all weekend; and an epic festival finale on Monday 26 August will include Island of Foam by Stephanie Luning from Germany, which will see multi-coloured foam fill St Martins Square creating an island of colour, as well as the CBSO taking over the lower mall at the Bullring for an orchestral performance.

Jon Gilchrist, artistic director and chief executive of Birmingham Hippodrome, said: “Birmingham Weekender is a joyful celebration; I know from personal experience that the Weekender provides magical memories that last a lifetime.

“This year, expect jaw-dropping aerial performances, a giant inflatable, multi-coloured foam – yes, foam – and pop-up performances across the city. We’ll be celebrating the city’s rich culture, highlighting our own local talent and welcoming artists from across the UK and beyond, and in the process, creating some goosebumps-inducing moments for everyone who joins us.”

Danielle Bozward, Bullring & Grand Central said: “The Birmingham Weekender promises to be bigger and better this year, taking in more areas indoors, outdoors and even above the Bullring.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome to bring what is a regular event in the city’s calendar to spectacular and colourful life.” Birmingham Weekender 2024 is free to attend and runs from Friday 23 August to Monday 26 August. The full programme will be published later this month.

Birmingham Weekender 2024 is produced by Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with Bullring & Grand Central with funding through the Commonwealth Games Legacy Fund from HM Government and West Midlands Combined Authority and Arts Council England. Global Streets, Without Walls and FABRIC are partners in the programme.

Birmingham Weekender 2024 is supported by Birmingham City Council, United by 2022, Southside District, The Arcadian, Colmore BID, Central BID, Network Rail and is part of 100 Days of Creativity.