All the free Commonwealth Games festival events in Victoria Square Birmingham

You can watch the sporting events and join multiple family-friendly events throughout the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in Victoria Square

Victoria Square is being transformed for the Commonwealth Games - and will become the centre of the festivities, with free family fun all day every day throughout the 11-day spectacle.

It’s got a big screen too - so you’ll be able to watch all the sporting action while soaking up the thrilling atmosphere. Every morning there will be Sunrise Stretch Sessions and dance-offs with Perry, the mascot, among other activities throughout the day.

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Apart from that, there will be live performances on the stage in Victoria Square, and cafes, bars, and restaurants will be offering exciting food and drink menus.

On Wednesday 27 July, the Queen’s Baton will be welcomed at the square with an evening full of festivities. The Queen’s Baton Relay enters the final stage of its 294-day journey around the Commonwealth with its final destination being the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr at the thrilling Opening Ceremony featuring Duran Duran, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and more.

Alexander Stadium (Getty Images)

The baton contains the Queen’s message inside and it will be revealed at the opening ceremony when Prince Charles reads it out.

Here is the full list of performances scheduled during the games:

Queen’s Baton Relay Homecoming Celebrations 27 July - 5-9pm

An evening of fun and entertainment with 16 performances scheduled to keep you moving. The free events will be hosted by presenter Radzi Chinyanganya with rapper SANITY outside the Council House.

5-7PM:

Sonia Sultana

Bostin Brass

Casey Bailey

Navin Kundra

Tamanna Abdul Karim

In Her Shoes

SAMPAD

QBR Arrival

7-9PM:

Adjei Sun

Smile Choir

Bostin Brass

Raza and Sebbie

O’Driscoll Collective

Bollywood Dance School

SANITY

Fatt Projects

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Opening ceremony screening Thursday 28 July

From 3pm you can join Street Games in the Square - the official Festival Site warm-up party to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

3pm: Big Brummie Welcome!

3.30pm: EIF Sound and Music Set

4.40pm: Street games with our three hosts and special guest Eko

5:45pm: EIF Sound and Music Set

7pm: Street games with our three hosts and special guest Eko

8pm: Live opening ceremony screening

Break Out Brass Friday 29 July

You can start your day with Sofunk Dance Fitness, an exercise class, that will get you moving to Soul, Funk and Disco classics. It’s the first official full day of events and there’s loads to do.

9.15am: Sunrise Stretch: Sofunk Dance Fitness

10.30am: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12pm: Amplify Sounds Presents: Singer Songwriter Showcase

14.30pm: Screen Spotlight: Commonwealth Connections

5pm: Amplify Sounds Presents: Friday Friyayyyyy

7.15pm: B:Music Presents: Break Out Brass

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Birmingham City Council House, Victoria Square

Marathon finish line Saturday 30 July

Athletes will be ending their marathon in Victoria Square and you can come down to support them and be part of history. There will also be a family DJ session to keep you cheered.

Until 2pm: marathon and entertainment

4.30pm: Screen Spotlight: Nation’s Finest, Putting Down Roots and Birthing

5pm: Girl Grind UK Presents: The Grind Don’t Stop

7.15pm: B:Music Presents: Tom Aspaul & Friends

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Jazz & Blues Sunday 31 July

Start your Sunday with a hula hoop class and learn some tips and tricks. You can also join Perry’s Playtime Disco and boogie with the Commonwealth Games’ official mascot!

9.30 am: Sunrise Stretch: Hula Hoop with Michela Hoops

10.30 am: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12 pm: B: Music Presents Jazzlines Family Jam

2.30 pm: Screen Spotlight: All Roads Lead to Alexander

5 pm: Big Bear Music Present Sunset Jazz & Blues

7.15 pm: B:Music Presents: Soulful Sunday with Keziasoul and Indigo Marshall

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Reggae & Swing Monday 1 August

Start your week with Yoga so you can keep calm throughout the week. There’s going to be more disco dancing with Perry, the mascot, later in the day.

9 am: Sunrise Stretch: Yoga Class with Manoj

10.30 am: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12 pm: Muzikstan Presents Rhythm and Strings from across the Atlantic

2:30 pm: Screen Spotlight: Where Are You? by Black Country Touring and Acca Theatre Workshop

4.30 pm: Screen Spotlight: Sport and The Meda

5 pm: Muzikstan Presents Reggae Vibes, Eastern Folk and Kurdish Dance

7.15 pm: B:Music Presents Swing Thing with The Jim Wynn Swingtet and Swing Era

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Squash court in Birmingham

Country Music Tuesday 2 August

Start your day with Yoga and enjoy your lunchnear the Fountain Stage as incredible emerging artists, including DJ Steadman, Izzy E, Tori Cross, JERUB, Esther Turner, T33 K1D, and CreezOn perform.

9 am: Sunrise Stretch: Rhythm n Flow with Black Rose Yogini

10.30 am: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12 pm: VNS Presents Live Vibe

2.30 pm: Screen Spotlight: Origin by Ravi Deepres

5 pm: VNS Presents Live Vibe

7.15 pm: B:Music Presents Birmingham Sounds In The Round

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Soulful Night Wednesday 3 August

This is going to be a party night so get ready to sing along and dance. The whole day will be full of performances you can join in. So, don’t miss out this interactive and fun day.

9 am: Sunrise Stretch: Dubstretch with Emma Smallman

10.30 am: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12 pm: B:Music Presents Lunchtime Ceilidh with Juniper

2.30 pm: Screen Spotlight: People, Place and Sport by Jaskirt Boora

5 pm: B:Music Presents Musical Meet Up with Punch the Sky

7.15 pm: B:Music Presents Big Birmingham Soul Night with The Night Owl and Northern Soul Taster Dance Class with Ed Quigley

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Heartfelt Poetry Thursday 4 August

Young voices from across the region and from sport, music, and art from around the world will take centre stage on Thursday. From poetry to film to music, it will have a little of everything.

9 am: Sunrise Stretch: Yoga Class with Manoj

10.30 am: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12 pm: B:Music Presents Celebrating Sanctuary - Muntu Valdo and Amadou Diagne

4.30 pm: Screen Spotlight: The Migration Blanket - Climate Solidarity by Salma Zulfiqar

5 pm: Amplify Sounds Presents The Reset

7.15 pm: B:Music and We Don’t Settle present Poetry Jam

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Jazz and Dance Night Friday 5 August

The grassroots music platform Muzikstan will bring together Soul, Dhol, and Salsa together to get you moving, ending the week on a high.

9 am: Sunrise Stretch: Dancehall and Bashment with Black Rose Yogini

10.30 am: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12 pm: Muzikstan Presents Soul, Dhol and Salsa

2.30 pm: Screen Spotlight: Movement Inspired by Sam Lockyer and Ed Puddick

5 pm: B:Music Presents Free Jazz Fridays with Young Pilgrims

7.15 pm: Muzikstan Presents Dance the Night Away

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Jamaica’s 60th Independence Anniversary Saturday 6 August

Join in for the official flag raising ceremony with the Association of Jamaican Nationals at 60th Jamaican Independence Anniversary, and celebrate a day celebrating the culture.

9.30 am: Sunrise Stretch: Sofunk Dance Fitness with Sharon Brown

10.30 am: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12 pm: Girl Grind Presents

2.30 pm: Jamaica 60th Independence Anniversary - Official Flag Raising Ceremony with the Association of Jamaican Nationals

4.30 pm: Jamaica 60th Independence Anniversary: Music Showcase

7.15 pm: Amplify Sounds Presents Jamaica Independence Day Special

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Celebrating Diversity Sunday 7 August

Start your day with some high-powered movement and enjoy the South Asian music throughout the day as various artists bring you their best.

9.30 am: Sunrise Stretch: Bollyfit with Aspire Dance

10.30 am: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12 pm: B:Music in collaboration with Sampad Present Mid-Day Mantra: Vijay Venkat and World Music Group

2.30 pm: Screen Spotlight: GENERATIONS by Julian Germain

5 pm: B:Music Presents Blind Spot: Inner Vision Orchestra Pop-Up

7.15 pm: B:Music Presents Dalbir Singh and Friends: Tablajedi

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

Closing Ceremony Watch Party Monday 8 August

A collection of artists from the global diaspora and the West Midlands will be concluding the Commonwealth Games for this year. Celebrate Brum like never before!

9.30 am:Sunrise Stretch: Drum n Bounce with Emma Smallman

10.30 pm: Perry’s Playtime Disco

12 pm: More Than A Moment Presents Echoes of the Future

5 pm: More Than A Moment Presents More Than Enough

8 pm: Closing Ceremony Watch Party

Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink

The organisers have also warned that since these are all live outdoor events, timings may be subject to change at short notice.

For more information: Victoria Square

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