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Art in unusual places plus Selfridges join the Weekender party! posted 02 Jun 2017

Birmingham Weekender will allow visitors to experience familiar spaces and places in a city in a whole new way. Today we announce a host of new commissions and events that will enliven the city during the festival weekend!


Selfridges Birmingham is set to be part of Birmingham Weekender. The landmark Birmingham destination will host live music performances in store across the festival weekend, marking the start of its annual Live + LOUD programme.  


Town Hall Symphony Hall will take Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to a secret car-park in the city centre, performed by The Multi-Story Orchestra, who make their Birmingham debut.


The New Alexandra Theatre will stop festival goers in their tracks with a new public art commission housed on the theatre roof, created by Design in the Art - artists known for their inflatable street art


  • On the stage at the Bullring DanceXchange will present Humanhood, contemporary dance exploring the relationship between humankind and the moon. Shoppers will be immersed in an extraordinary spectacle of dance and sound.

Indoors at the mac birmingham join renowned dancer and choreographer Daksha Sheth for the UK premier of Sari, part of Utsav, Birmingham’s Year of South Asian Culture. Sari is a celebration of this unique Indian textile and how the Sari is in constant play with the body, both in stillness and in movement.


Festival Directors, Graham Callister (Birmingham Hippodrome) and Piali Ray (Sampad) commented: “The Weekender programme is really taking shape, we can almost feel the spaces within the city filling up with arts and culture and already we are beginning to look again at the places that seem familiar and we look forward to Weekender audiences doing the same.


“There really will be something for everyone, whether you’re looking for family-friendly entertainment, classical music or cutting-edge UK premieres.”


More programme announcements will be made over the summer.

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