Free, outdoor, family-friendly performances, art and entertainment across the city centre
Come along as Sampad joins the fun at Birmingham Weekender (25-27 September 2015), as major arts organisations in Birmingham celebrate the city through music, dance, theatre, food, fashion and much more.
The weekend of free, outdoor, family-friendly performances, art and entertainment across the city centre features an exciting programme of events from hundreds of brilliant local, regional and international artists and companies.
The festival will showcase Birmingham’s extraordinary cultural offering to people living locally, as well as the thousands of visitors expected to travel into the city from 25-27 September.
In addition to celebrating the city’s cultural offering, Birmingham Weekender also marks the opening of the newly transformed New Street Station and Grand Central and coincides with Style Birmingham Live and the Rugby World Cup and underlines the next exciting stage in city’s development, as arts, shopping, food and sport come together in this unique programme of events.
From dance performances at the top of the city’s car parks to a magnificent orchestra of bell-ringing that will play out above the city, to a large-scale musical picnic, visitors will find wonderful sights, sounds and tastes around every corner during two amazing days that will animate Birmingham’s shopping and civic heart.
Captivating spoken word poetry and enchanting Indian dance create short, playful encounters with the public, as Sampad Arts joins the celebrations at Birmingham Weekender. Prepare to be surprised and delighted as talented local artists appear and disappear for striking pop-up performances across Birmingham city centre.
SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
Outside the Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) to coincide with the Style Birmingham Live fashion shows
Times: 10.45am, 12.45pm, 4pm* (*4pm performance takes place AFTER the Style Birmingham Live fashion show).
Featuring Magdalen Gorringe and Archana Ballal (Bharatanatyam dance & performance poetry)
Bullring, Lower West Mall outside Debenhams
Times: 2.30pm, 4.45pm, 5.45pm
Featuring Devika Rao (Bharatanatyam dance) and Shan Bansil (beatboxer & spoken word artist)
SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
Please note that all Sampad performances for Sunday will now be at the Culture Catwalk by the Bull statue, Bullring (corner of New St and High St) at the following times:
11am, 1pm, 2.45pm
Featuring Amerah Saleh (spoken word poet), Anaya Bolar (Bharatanatyam dance) and Aishwarya Machani (Bharatanatyam dance)
Featuring Kesha Raithatha (Kathak dance) and Marius Mates (Bboy — breakdancing).
The performances are FREE, no tickets or bookings required.