The Independent Birmingham Festival

13 May, The Bond, Digbeth

On Saturday 13 May (12pm – 6pm), the inaugural Independent Birmingham Festival will be taking place at The Bond, Digbeth, showcasing the very best of Birmingham’s independent restaurants, bars, pubs, street food traders, retailers, artists, designers, producers and more in a day-long celebration of all that is great about our city.

Having begun life as a website and guide to independent culture in Birmingham, actively encouraging people to explore Brum’s lesser-known aspects and rediscover their city, Independent Birmingham then went on to create the Independent Birmingham Membership Card. The IBcard is now owned by over 15,000 people, acting as a key to the city and entitling cardholders to fantastic discounts and deals at over 90 of the very best independents in Birmingham. The website and the Independent Birmingham Membership Card both act to encourage the people of Birmingham to support local, celebrate the unique and to Believe In Birmingham.

The Independent Birmingham Festival is the next step in this revolution of localism.

With around 70,000-80,000 different people visiting the Independent Birmingham website a month, along with a large social media following, we decided that the time has come to celebrate Brum’s marvellous independent culture in a way we’ve never done before. And we’ve teamed up with Birmingham Seasonal Markets to bring you all something very, very special.

So, what’s so special about The Independent Birmingham Festival then? Glad you asked. To differentiate this event from others, we decided that only those independents included on the Independent Birmingham Membership Card can trade at the event – thankfully, we’ve got a huge array of the very best independents in Birmingham on the IBcard, so that makes things very easy. We’re talking high-end restaurant quality pop-ups serving your food and the best bars in Brum shaking up your drinks – it’s like all your dreams come true in one event. Second, we want to offer you value for money (as well as ensure that you have a brilliant day out with us and are left with only the fondest memories of this event) – so with that in mind, we’re curating a rather ace programme of music and performance to take place throughout the day. This should keep you all entertained whilst stuffing your faces on some of the very best grub in Brum and sipping on cocktails and craft beer.

The festival will take place between 12pm – 6pm at The Bond, with restaurant pop-ups, street food, cocktails, craft beer, local artists, designers and retailers showcasing why Birmingham is so great throughout the day.



Tickets cost just £8 (children under 12 go free – no ticket required) and can be purchased here.

Keep a look out on both their Facebook and Twitter pages to find out which of Brum’s brilliant independents will be joining us for this celebration of local and what you can expect on the day.


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