Rangeeli Colours of Birmingham Parade at Birmingham Weekender 2017

Begins at High St (Birmingham City Centre) moving down New Street to Victoria Square.

All the colours of Birmingham come to life in this spectacular city parade!

Presented by Sampad and Birmingham Weekender.


Rangeeli tells the story of Birmingham in keeping with the Rio Carnival’s tradition of storytelling. Co-designed with the citizens of Birmingham, the parade explores, celebrates and shares the heritage of the city with a South Asian twist – Utsav (festival) style!

Participants meander their way through the city-centre from New Street with vibrant flags, masks, costumes and a colourful kaleidoscope of South Asian kites, called Patang – accompanied by Harminder, an amazing, life-size, mechanical elephant born from reclaimed bicycle parts, metal and other recycled materials.

The Rangeeli Colours of Birmingham parade culminates at Square Dance on Victoria Square with a crescendo of sound including Dhol and Brazilian beats, exhilarating dance styles in the form of kathakali, Bollywood, bhangra, bharatanatyam and African and contemporary moves.

Rangeeli – Colours of Birmingham Parade has been funded by Birmingham City Council’s Culture on our Doorstep scheme. Presented by Sampad South Asian Arts and Birmingham Weekender with artistic direction by Manuela Benini. Supported by Northfield Arts Forum, Birmingham Hippodrome, Number 11 Arts and mac Birmingham.

Birmingham Weekender has announced the full programme for Birmingham’s biggest arts festival, which takes place Fri 22 – Sun 24 September 2017. Over three amazing days across the city expect 120 performances, more than 300 artists and 26 new commissions! For full details visit www.birminghamweekender.com

Harminder the elephant leads a community parade, Birmingham Weekender 17

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Begins at High St (Birmingham City Centre) moving down New Street to Victoria Square.