Birmingham Weekender: Brum’s Big Splash and 99 other free events - full details here

The popular entertainment weekend in Birmingham City Centre returns with an almighty splash and loads of fantastic free events for all the family

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Birmingham Weekender returns this summer with over 100 free events to enjoy at Bullring & Grand Central, the New Street Station concourse, Birmingham Markets and 1000 Trades Square.

Between Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 August, visitors and residents will be able to enjoy an eclectic programme of events with a mixture of dance, film, music, installations and performances throughout the city centre.

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One of the highlights is the Big Brum Splash - a giant slide in the city centre - and you can get free tickets to try it out (more details below).

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Brum’s Big Splash at Birmingham Weekender

The cultural festival, produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, in partnership with Bullring & Grand Central and supported by Without Walls, features many of the best artists from Birmingham and the West Midlands, alongside exciting international artists and installations.

What is Brum’s Big Splash all about?

Birmingham Weekender highlights include Brum’s Big Splash – a 60 metre slip and slide which will be installed on Central Street.

Tickets are free but limited, with the first release that went live on Thursday - and a second tickets release to be announced soon.

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Slip and sliders will also be in with a chance of winning Bullring & Grand Central gift cards for turning up in the most stylish and outrageous fancy dress. Brum’s Big Splash is open to all aged 12+ and is inspired by Luke Jerram’s Park and Slide, which was installed in Bristol in 2014.

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Mughal Miniatures will be at the Birmingham Weekender

What else is happening at Birmingham Weekender?

Other huge highlight are:

The Dutch installation de Relaxerette, a large-scale structure where audience members can listen to music, poetry and stories in hammocks which are gently lifted from the ground in a truly relaxing experience.

Birmingham Hippodrome Associates Sonia Sabri Company who will present dance piece Mughal Miniatures Scene 1: The Awakening;

Italy’s Stalker Teatro who will bring Steli, a lively interactive event where participants can create and then enjoy a huge structure made of sticks;

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The premiere of D-Sign Dance’s project, Critical Vibrations, choreographed by Deaf Men Dancing’s Mark Smith, working with participants who are D/deaf or hard of hearing to explore the question “what do you feel when you hear music?”;

A music stage curated by Hippodrome Young Advocates and Girl Grind featuring twenty artists across all musical genres during the course of the weekend. The festival will be hosted by Birmingham presenter Melzy J.

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What have the Birmingham Weekender organisers said about this year’s event?

Danielle Bozward, Marketing Manager at Bullring & Grand Central, commented:We’re so excited to be hosting Birmingham Weekender at Bullring & Grand Central this August delivered through our partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome. Last year’s festival had a brilliant response from visitors and we think this year’s programme is even bigger and better!”

Graham Callister, Director of Festivals at Birmingham Hippodrome, added: “‘On the back of a truly incredible Commonwealth Games, we are delighted to continue the party at the Bullring as we welcome some fantastic international artists to perform alongside emerging and established creative talents from across Birmingham and the West Midlands. And with our giant water slide we’re keen that Birmingham Weekender makes an even bigger splash in 2022!’

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To book tickets for Brum’s Big Splash and to view full details of the , visit Birmingham Weekender programme Some timings may be subject to change.

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