Culture Central, the development organisation for culture in the Birmingham city region, has confirmed that planning will begin this year for Birmingham Weekender 2019, which take place 4-6 October 2019.

Weekender ’17 generated an economic impact of £2.7m and saw thousands of people participate with over 165,000 attendees attending an average of 3 events over the 3 days

To coincide with the news, we’re releasing two short films: a short highlight trailer from Weekender ‘17 and a longer film that begins to share our wider ambitions for the sector – particularly in light of the announcement that the Commonwealth Games is coming to Birmingham in 2022.

Gary Topp, CEO Culture Central said: “Weekender ‘17 was more than just another city festival- it marked a change in the way that we are presenting the city as a distinctive, evolving and world class place for culture. We were pleased to work with more organisations, more communities, more venues and more artists than ever before and create something that was genuinely ‘made in Birmingham.”

As Birmingham City Year of Movement there are some great opportunities in 2018 to see dance, throw some shapes and move around the city to sample the best cultural events around.

The cultural calendar for the city in 2018 is already in motion and includes:

Celebrate Chinese New Year (16 – 18 Feb) in the Southside district of the City, featuring Modern Warrior by Rosie Kaye (a Birmingham Weekender 2017 and DannceXchange join commission) as well as celebrations across city centre with festival performances from Birmingham City University Conservatoire and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival (12 – 18 March) brings together leading artists, thinkers and scientists for a free programme of activity exploring arts, science and the spaces between.

Classical music will be back in our train stations, concert Halls and Parks as the CBSO celebrate the life of Debussy with the Debussy Festival, (16 - 25 March).

Flatpack Film Festival (13 – 22 April) expect a packed programme of events, screenings, exhibitions and installations.

Birmingham Hippodrome’s B-Side Hip Hop Festival returns (11-13 May) with a weekend takeover of dance and rap battles, live music, workshops and graffiti in the streets around the theatre.

The award-winning Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018 runs (1 – 24 June) in venues city wide and in public spaces expect a world of dance from Victoria Square to mac Birmingham.

The CBSO and local artists will also return to the beautiful setting of Sutton to perform at this year’s Concerts in the Park (30 June – 1 July).

  • BE Festival returns (3 – 7 July) turning conventional theatre upside down with a European programme that crosses borders, blurs boundaries and brings together audiences and artists.


Expect a packed programme of festivals planned through until the autumn with over 25 festivals, diverse in their scale, genre and breadth demonstrating that Birmingham is a truly international city.

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