Rangeeli Colours of Birmingham Parade at Birmingham Weekender 2017

From 11am. Starts from the beginning of New Street (the Pavilions end) and moves down New Street towards Victoria Square.

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

Presented by Sampad and Birmingham Weekender.


Be part of the fun as the spectacular Rangeeli Colours of Birmingham Parade 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!

Come and follow the parade as participants meander their way through the city-centre – starting from the beginning of New Street (the Pavilions end) and moving down New Street towards Victoria Square.

Vibrant flags, masks, costumes and a kaleidoscope of South Asian Patang kites bring bright splashes of colour to the procession – and adding to the wow factor will be Harminder, an amazing, life-size, mechanical elephant born from reclaimed bicycle parts, metal and other recycled materials!

The Rangeeli Colours of Birmingham Parade ends with a crescendo of sound including Dhol and Brazilian beats, and then you can move across to Square Dance on Victoria Square to experience exhilarating dance styles in the form of kathakali, Bollywood, bhangra, bharatanatyam and African and contemporary moves.

Rangeeli – Colours of Birmingham Parade has been part-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

Photo above by Mihani Malhorta


Harminder the elephant leads a community parade, Birmingham Weekender 2017


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