Sat 23rd Sep 2017
Sampad and Birmingham Weekender present
Rangeeli - Colours of Birmingham Parade
Rangeeli tells the story of Birmingham in keeping with the Rio Carnival’s tradition of storytelling. Co-designed with the citizens of Birmingham, the parade explores, celebrates and shares the heritage of the city with a South Asian twist - Utsav (festival) style!
Participants meander their way through the city-centre from New Street with vibrant flags, hand-held puppets, masks, costumes and a colourful kaleidoscope of South Asian kites, called Patang - accompanied by Harminder, an amazing, life-size, mechanical elephant born from reclaimed bicycle parts, metal and other recycled materials.
The Colours of Birmingham parade culminates at Square Dance on Victoria Square with a crescendo of sound including Dhol and Brazilian beats, exhilarating dance styles in the form of kathakali, Bollywood, bhangra, bharatanatyam and African and contemporary moves.
Community workshops supported by Awards for All