Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games come to Edgbaston - see all the action at the neighbourhood festival

BirminghamWorld visited the Edgbaston Reservoir Commonwealth Games Neighbourhood Festival site as locals took part in all the celebrations with an orchestra and more

Seven Neighborhood festival sites have been set up across Birmingham to coincide with the Commonwealth Games here in the city. BirminghamWorld visited the iconic Edgbaston Reservoir, to find out from the people what it is they’re enjoying most about the Games being here in the city.

The festival saw shows from many of iconic acts such as the Birmingham Commonwealth Orchestra. The performances celebrating water and our relationship to it. There are also all sorts of family activities here too, such as free Watersports taster sessions and exhibitions by local artists. Aside from the many performances and activities at these sites, they also serve as a hub for Brummies and visitors alike to come together.

Paul talks about the Edgbaston Reservoir Festival Site

Paul says: “Yeah, it’s good because as Brummies we don’t really, we don’t really brag about our city like they do in Manchester and London, for example.

“So it’s nice to have Birmingham on the map. And we don’t go out there going ‘Birmingham’s wonderful’. We’re the kind of brummies that - we’re just like - we’re not very complimentary about our own city a lot of the time so it’s good to have the world spotlight on the on the time.”

Norman Bartlam speaks about the Edgbaston Reservoir Festival site

Norman says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to come out and share some of the spirit, really, of the Commonwealth Games. Now, apart from the music, which has been really, really good here today.

“There’s lots of small sporting activities that either youngsters can get involved with. And it might not look much like table tennis and kites and things like that.

“But it’s a start and it’s getting all the kids enthused, and that’s what it’s all about. And hopefully the legacy after the Games has finished is that people here will think about it, remember it and take part in sport themselves. And for people that live in the locality round by Edgbaston reservoir, Edgbaston, Ladywood area. This is again a great opportunity to be part of it and feel part of the Commonwealth Games and the whole spirit is absolutely fantastic.”

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