First details revealed for Birmingham 2022 Festival

A group of dancers performing ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Festival Published: 17th Sep 2021

Today (Friday 17 September), organisers have announced the first details of the Birmingham 2022 Festival - a 6 month celebration spotlighting creativity and culture in Birmingham and the West Midlands

Running from March to September 2022 as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the festival will feature hundreds of creative commissions across the city and region including art, photography, dance, theatre, digital art and more. Members of the public are urged to register online to be amongst the first to discover the full programme when it is unveiled in January. Those who sign up will also receive more information in the coming months about further opportunities to be involved in the festival.

The Birmingham 2022 Festival will open with Wondrous Stories, a spectacular large-scale production by world renowned and Leamington Spa based dance-circus company, Motionhouse.

Wondrous Stories will transform Birmingham’s Centenary Square in with an extraordinary production featuring a giant aerial spectacle with a flying book and a colossal globe alongside innovative digital projections.

The festival has been generously supported by a range of funders including Birmingham City Council.

Cllr Jayne Francis, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture at Birmingham City Council, said:

“We have a world class cultural offer in Birmingham and the wider region, so it is exciting that the Birmingham 2022 Festival can offer us another platform to demonstrate the bold creativity and vibrancy of people and organisations here.

“The Birmingham 2022 Festival is another clear example of how the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are more than 11 days of sport and the Festival will provide a very timely boost for a sector that has been significantly affected over the last 18 months by the coronavirus pandemic.”

The full programme for Birmingham 2022 Festival will be launched in January.

The latest information is on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games website. Sign up to be amongst the first to find out more.