The free Commonwealth Games Festivals at Smithfield with Mostly Jazz, Fun and Soul & more

Smithfield is hosting free mini versions of some of Birmingham’s best loved festivals throughout the Commonwealth Games - check out all the action here

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Smithfield will simmer with colour and art from 29 July to 7 August as local artists take over the iconic Beacon Stage to celebrate the different cultures of Birmingham during the Commonwealth Games.

Each day, a new community will take over the Beacon Stage to share their art and culture. From Bhangra to Jazz to Swing music, there’s something for everyone here.

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Meanwhile, the Pride House will host interviews with queer athletes at 2.15pm every day. There will also be daily performances by dance-circus ensemble Motionhouse.


Of course, not to forget the reason why the Beacon Stage will bring various cultures together - the Commonwealth Games. From live coverage of sporting action on a big screen to live feed of performances, Smithfield will be bustling with life.

Here is a list of all the free events that will take place there:

Simmerdown Festival Friday 29 July

2pm onwards: Smithfield will host a mini version of the annual celebration of music and arts in Birmingham. The festival celebrates the reggae genre and Birmingham’s multicultural background.

Illuminate Saturday 30 July

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From 8-10pm, ACE dance and music, the UK’s top black-led dance company, presents a carnival in full swing. You can join in with them and enjoy the spectacular energy and move to Caribbean music.

Mela Sunday 31 July

Sandwell & Birmingham Mela will bring multiple South Asian artists to the stage, including an all-female DJ line-up.

2:20pm-2.50pm: Ultimate Bhangra - workshops and performances

3-3:20pm, 4.40pm-5pm and 5.30-5.50pm: Dhol Frequency Brass Band

6:45-7:15pm and 7.55-8,25pm: DJ Nav

7:15-7:45pm and 8:25-8:55pm: DJ Kizzi

9:15-10pm: Local artist Muki

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Mini Mostly Jazz, Soul and Funk Festival at Smithfield Commonweath Games Festival of Festivals site

Swingamajig Monday 1 August

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1pm - 10.45pm: Swingamajig festival brings back 1920s music. So, dress up and get ready to get moving. The festival will make vintage-style cool again. Keep your eyes peeled for some cabaret too.

BBC Asian Network Tuesday 2 August

1pm - 10.45pm: BBC Asian Network will present the best Midlands DJs, artists and special guest sets, including Virdi Mazaria, Dipps, 2NV, AJD and Limelight, and Kan D Man.

Selextorhood Wednesday 3 August

1pm - 10.45pm: A Birmingham-based community that supports and empowers women and gender minority* DJs within the music industries, Selextorhood, will take over the site. There will be DJ workshops as well.

MADE Thursday 4 August

1pm-10.45pm: MADE festival will bring West Midland’s best musicians, DJs, street and visual artists for a day packed with entertainment. Keep your senses open for a collab between British and Irish Modern Music (BIMM) Institute and Girl Grind.

Mostly Soul Jazz Fun & Soul Friday 5 August

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9.30am-10.45pm: Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul will take over the site. There’s going to be dance workshops throughout the afternoon and at dusk, DJ Yoda will take over the decks.

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Queer-Side Saturday 6 August

1.30-10.45pm: Break Mission and Eric Scutaro (House Of Scutaro) present Queer-side, a celebration of identity and individuality from the Queer Community. This will include acts from the Ballroom and Hip-Hop communities.

Birmingham International Dance Festival Sunday 7 August

1.30-10.45pm: Birmingham International Dance Festival will take over the Smithfield site and host a day of activities and performances. So, don’t forget your dancing shoes if you want to enjoy this.

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