Two weeks to go to Birmingham’s biggest arts festival Birmingham Weekender 22 – 24 September


  • 160 performances, 600+ artists, 26 new commission
  • Plan your Weekender - make sure you don’t miss any dance, music, theatre or visual arts over three days 22 – 24 Sep
  • Find out exactly what’s on where online at or via the brand new Culture Cake App, available to download now!

Birmingham Weekender 2017 takes place in two weeks time bringing over 160 scheduled performances, 600+ artists and 26 new commissions all demonstrating the cultural ethos and spirit in the city as we celebrate that Birmingham is the candidate city for a potential UK Commonwealth Games 2022. 

The three day festival features performances and events from the city’s major arts organisations, independent artists and especially invited international artists. The programme covers dance, music, theatre, exhibitions and visual arts and talks.

Now is the time to get planning your Weekender experience. To navigate the Festival Birmingham Weekender have collaborated with Mini Screen Pictures to create Culture Cake a new App, available to download now, which for Weekender means you can find out what’s on, where and when as well as interactive information about the performance, artists and venue along with the option of finding out what’s on next near to your location.

In addition the Birmingham Weekender 2017 brochure can be picked up from all the major arts venues in the city including mac Birmingham, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham REP, the Ikon, Town Hall Symphony Hall and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. 

Festival Directors, Graham Callister (Birmingham Hippodrome) and Piali Ray (Sampad) said:

“This is it, we’ve two weeks to go and it’s time for people to start planning what they will see over what promises to be a cultural extravaganza for the city over three days! 
“With the fantastic news that Birmingham is the UK candidate to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 Weekender is a real opportunity to showcase our world-class cultural offer which includes everything from the contemporary to the classical, from creative communities to internationally renowned artists. 
“Whether you live in Birmingham or are visiting especially for Weekender make sure you don’t miss a thing, either pick up our full brochure, take a look on our website or download the Culture Cake app! Along with over 100 amazing volunteers who will welcome people throughout the Weekender, we look forward to seeing you there.”

Birmingham Weekender is brought to the city by Culture Central, the cultural development agency for Birmingham. 

Colmore BID, Bullring, Mailbox, Bull Ring Markets, BCU, University of Birmingham, Grand Central Birmingham and Selfridges are confirmed as sponsors alongside funding support from Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England and Birmingham Retail BID.

 Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are confirmed as Business Partner, The British Council is Programme Partner, Dance Hub Birmingham is Strategic Partner, Hotel Partner is Holiday Inn, Midland Metro are Travel Partner and What’s On are Media Partner for Birmingham Weekender 2017.

Product Sponsors include Beeline and EH Smith. Event Sponsors include London Midlands, Purity Brewing Co and Cass Art. Birmingham Weekender 2017 is proud to be part of Utsav, Birmingham’s Year of South Asian Culture.

The full Birmingham Weekender 2017 brochure can be found here.

Birmingham Weekender is committed to making as much of the festival as accessible as possible. Once again, Weekender will be providing BSL-interpreted and audio described performances across the festival, you can found out more here.




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