Festival Fun in Colmore Business District

Colmore Business District (CBD) is gearing up for a programme of festivals and events to animate Birmingham’s commercial quarter this summer.

Next week will see the start of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists’ ‘Crossing the Bridge’ sculpture trail, linking Colmore Row with the Jewellery Quarter. Taking place from 23rd June to 23rd August, the trail encompasses 17 venues in the CBD and Jewellery Quarter, displaying over 50 sculptures. Co-funded by Colmore BID, the trail will highlight the history and culture of the area and the connections between Birmingham’s artists and the city.

The CBD Food Festival, Colmore BID’s flagship event, is back for its fourth year on 18th and 19th July in Victoria Square. The festival showcases the excellent food and drink offering in the city’s business quarter with 24 local venues offering tasters of signature dishes and drinks priced from £1.50 to £5. The festival will be packed full of live demos, live music and outdoor theatre.

The streets of the business district will also come alive with live music next month with two renowned music festivals. Colmore BID has partnered with the Music for Youth National Festival to host live performances in the area and showcase youth music talent from 8th to 12th July. Live jazz and blues music will be back in the District from 18th to 25th July, with the Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival.

In addition to the festivals and sculpture trail, Colmore BID is continuing to offer community activities that are directly focussed on the wellbeing of employees in the business district. A programme of lunchtime rehearsals has commenced for the Colmore Chorus choir, made up of people working in the business district. The rehearsals are in preparation for performances at the CBD Food Festival. Colmore BID has also partnered with DanceXchange to offer a pilot series of lunchtime Pilates and after work Street Dance sessions to employees in CBD, focussed on health and wellbeing.

BID executive director, Michele Wilby, said:

Festivals and events have always been a key part of our activities to create a better business district. At a time when Birmingham is being highlighted as a city of festivals, it is important that we embrace this to provide a vibrant and comprehensive programme of festivals and events for employees, residents and visitors to enjoy. We have a fantastic programme this summer, all with free entry, and we hope people take full advantage of what’s on offer.

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