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. If you have specific enquiries please email


BSL Interpreted Events

We are working with local interpreter Rachael Veazey to create the following events for deaf or hearing-impaired visitors:

Friday 22 September

4-6pm: Barbara Nice’s Alternative Office Party 
Square Dance, Victoria Square

6-7pm: Weekender Medley 
Square Dance, Victoria Square 

Saturday 23 September

12.30-1pm: Drag Queen Story Time  
Library of Birmingham

3-4pm: Barn Dance Hoedown                                         
Square Dance, Victoria Square

5-6.45pm: Northern Soul                                                                                        
Square Dance, Victoria Square

Sunday 24 September

11am-12pm: Sensibility - Descriptive Realities                                               
Level 3, John Lewis

1pm: Second Chance by Birmingham Opera Company
New Street Station

2-3pm: Alternative Village Fete                                    
Bull Ring Open Market

3-4pm: danceXchange Pick n Mix                                 
Square Dance, Victoria Square

At least one Can Culture Change the World talks will also be interpreted. Check back for further announcements.


Audio Described Events

Jonathon and Julia from Sightlines are providing audio description services, giving a live verbal commentary of these performances:

Saturday 23 September

On Saturday daytime, pick up your headset from the information tent on (Lower) New Street.

10.15–10.45am: Touch Tour of Rangeeli: Colours of Birmingham parade costumes & props                     
High Street, Near M&S

10.45–11.45am: Rangeeli: Colours of Birmingham parade
High Street, Near M&S

12–1.45pm: Culture Catwalk                                                                           
By the Bull, Bullring

1-1.30pm: Birmingham Royal Ballet present Ballet in the Bullring                                                              
Bullring, near Debenhams

3pm: Second Chance by Birmingham Opera Company                                                       
The Mailbox

4pm: Appalachian Flatfoot 

Victoria Square

5pm: KTO present Peregrinus

New Street/Grand Central (Outside All Bar One)

5.45pm: KTO present Peregrinus Touch Tour                                                          

New Street/Grand Central (Outside All Bar One)


For Saturday evening please pick up your headset at Eastside Green.

8.30pm: Clash of Drums                                                                                                          
Eastside Green


Sunday 24 September

On Sunday, pick up your headset from the information tent on (Lower) New Street.

10.45–11.45am: Alternative Village Fete Touch tour                                                              
Bull Ring Open Markets

12–12.45pm: Alternative Village Fete - a selection of performances 
Bull Ring Open Markets

1–2pm: Bollytone                                                                                                       
Square Dance, Victoria Square

2-3pm: Brazilian Capoeira                                                                                  
Square Dance, Victoria Square

3pm: Birmingham Conservatoire’s Musical Mystery Tour
Meet Bullring 



Our Audio Described and BSL Interpreted events are free, no booking required. If you are interested in taking a free touch tour please email to reserve your place at or call 0121 689 3064.

Liz Leck, Creative Learning Manager from Birmingham Hippodrome will be available to assist with your access needs over the weekend.

Birmingham Hippodrome, a key delivery partner for Birmingham Weekender, are aiming to be one of the leading providers in accessible outdoor arts and are supporting Culture Central in the delivery of Birmingham Weekender’s accessible programme.

We look forward to seeing you at the festival!