4-8 July, Backstage at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, via Cambridge St.

BE FESTIVAL (Birmingham European Festival) is Birmingham’s annual international festival of performing arts returning to the REP this 4th – 8th July. It is a week-long celebration of international culture and creative collaboration that unites audience, artists, makers, musicians and friends from across the continent.

Each day, you can meet and relax at our festival HUB, cafe and bar, join in with free workshops, exhibitions and artist talks. Each night, enjoy four different shows, dine on the REP’s mainstage, and dance into the dawn with our BE Late Stage programme of live music and DJs. Come and experience BE FESTIVAL; bringing the soul of Europe to the heart of Birmingham.

Key Elements 

Festival HUB | 3pm – 12am | Through Stage Door
At the back of the theatre. The festival takes over the set construction workshops of the REP. There, audience members can purchase, coffee, cakes and drinks from the bar.

Workshops | 10.30am – 1.30pm | Festival HUB
BE FESTIVAL offers professional workshops with the artists from the festival. FREE, but limited capacity so booking is essential. You can do so via Exact timings and details on

Feedback Cafés and Talks | 3pm – 5pm | Festival HUB
Talks and Feedback Cafes are a chance for audience and artists to discuss and feedback about the shows they have seen. These are informal and FREE; we suggested grabbing a slice a’ cake and a cuppa before going. Exact timings and details on

Main Festival Programme | 7pm – 10.30pm | Entrance via Stage Door
See three to four, 30 min shows each evening. They are a mix of genres and something for everybody. During the interval dinner is served on the mainstage. Audiences and artists are encouraged to sit down together and mingle, and it is this what gives BE FESTIVAL its unique festival vibe.

BE Late Stage | 10pm – 12am | Festival HUB
BE FESTIVAL’s programme of live music and DJs continues after the main festival programme. Audiences are encouraged to get a drink from the bar and dance into the small hours.

Visual Arts Programme
BE FESTIVAL has a visual arts programme that runs alongside the main festival. People can view the visual arts programme during the day and evening but please encourage people to go round to the back of the theatre to find out more about timings.

Site Specific/ Immersive Performance British Enough? | £5
Thursday 6, 3.30pm, 4:20, 5:10pm and after the main programme 10:30pm, 11:20pm | Friday 7 July after the main programme 10:30pm and 11:20pm | Saturday 8 July 3.30pm, 4:20, and 5:10pm. (Limited audience capacity; advance booking suggested

Early Ideas | Saturday 8 | 12pm
Set of 15 minute performances in a ‘Scratch Format’. These are works in progress from new and emerging companies.




Week Passes £100 (includes 20+ shows and dinner) or £60 (20+ shows without dinner),
Day Tickets £22 (includes 4 shows and dinner) or £14 (4 shows without dinner),
Concessions £12 (without dinner)
Site-Specific British Enough?: £5 / £3
Early Ideas: £5 / £3

Tickets can be purchased through the Birmingham Repertory Theatre either online or via their box office 0121 236 4455 


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