The Birmingham Royal Ballet is Britain's premier touring ballet company. The Company leads the world in the creation of new and innovative popular ballets and has a busy programme of shows throughout the year. When they are at home you can see them at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

DanceXchange is a power-house of dance also located in the Birmingham Hippodrome complex.  The organisation brings together dance artists, companies, educators and venues in the promotion of dance activity, education and performances for people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

Sampad is a dynamic development agency for South Asian Arts based in Birmingham. It plays a significant role in the UK promoting the appreciation and practice of the diverse artforms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Sampad perform a diverse public programme throughout the year.

Elmhurst School for Dance provides a world-renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of classical dancers for Birmingham Royal and other national and international dance companies. The School was founded in 1923, in Camberley (Surrey), and relocated to Birmingham in 2004. Famous alumni include: Dame Merle Park DBE, Jenny Agutter, Tessa Wyatt, Hayley and Juliet Mills, and Sarah Brightman. More recently, Elmhurst students have joined such notable dance companies as: Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and the Royal Ballet of Flanders.

RoguePlay, Birmingham's most innovative Circus Theatre Company, combines the spoken word with unsurpassable Physical Theatre and stunning Aerial Circus. Enjoy dancing? Looking for a new challenge? RoguePlay's weekly Contemporary Dance class is perfect for you! Create a routine using rhythms, co-ordination, performance and flexibility. Learn some new skills and get a fun physical workout while you do it! 

You simply can’t visit Birmingham without enjoying Bhangra. Beginning as an energetic form of lively folk music and dance performed at harvests in the Punjab, Bhangra now integrates folk songs and musical instruments with Western music.

It is an important part of mainstream music and the UK’s arts industry and Birmingham is without doubt the hub of the UK Bhangra and home to some of the most influential bands and promoters of the music. Check out this brilliant video of a Bhangra flash mob in the city.

Upcoming highlights


27 April - Family friendly open air celebrations for all.

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Birmingham Pride 2014

24 & 25 May - The biggest two day LGBT party in the UK returns.

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30 & 31 May - a combination of art, music and film along with other...

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9 Jul-6 Sep - Wicked flies into Birmingham Hippodrome in July 2014!

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4-6 July - One of the biggest festivals in the UK coming to Birmingham!

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More festivals & events

More festivals & events coming soon.

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Birmingham Museums

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Visit Birmingham news

Read the latest press releases from Visit Birmingham.

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RT @IDFB: It's here! IDFB 14 kicks off today - a world of dance in one city...

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RT @BRB: We're up at @crescenttheatre in rehearsals ahead of tomorrow evening's opening @IDFB night!


Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

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Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

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Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

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Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

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Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

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Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

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See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet

The United Kingdom’s premiere touring ballet company.

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A world-renowned symphony orchestra, known and loved across the globe.

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

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Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

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A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

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A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

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From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

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Sporting highlights

The Aegon Classic

9-15 June - The Aegon Classic tennis tournament attracts a host of world-class players.

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British Athletics at Alexander Stadium

See Britain's best athletes at the Alexander Stadium in June & August.

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Edgbaston: synonymous with world class international cricket.

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With five top clubs there’s real football choice here.

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All sporting events

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

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