Growth Festivals 2016

Flatpack Film Festival (19th - 24th April)

Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).

BE Festival (21st - 25th June)

BE FESTIVAL is Birmingham’s international theatre festival, bringing together the most daring and unforgettable new performances from across Europe.

Birmingham & Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival (15th - 24th July)

The leading jazz and blues festival in England presents around 175 performances each year in around 40 venues with almost all of them free to the public. Bands and musicians are from the region, the rest of the UK as well as from many other countries. Expect to find jazz and blues in places not normally associated with music.

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival (8th - 10th July)

The Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival takes place in the idyllic setting of Moseley Park.

Simmer Down - Simmer Down Festival will be taking a break in 2016 - to forward plan and consolidate!

Featuring a massive line-up of local and international artists. Plus food and craft stalls from around the world, dance activities, arts and education workshops, the Simmer Down Festival is a fun day out for all the family in Handsworth Park - the heart of Birmingham’s reggae past and present.

Moseley Folk Festival (2nd - 4th September)

Set in Moseley Park, the established festival celebrates contemporary, traditional and folk influenced music from the UK and overseas.

Birmingham Literature Festival (6th - 15th October)

Organised by Writing West Midlands, the Birmingham Literature Festival is firmly established in the cultural calendar as the region’s biggest writing event, gathering household names and rising stars to celebrate the power of words.

Birmingham Comedy Festival (7th - 16th October)

With over 60 events right across the Britain's Second City -  theatre, workshops, film, spoken word, burlesque, music, visual art, food, puppets, showcases, special events, and tons of stand-up comedy.

BASS 16 (November)

Bass is the UK's only annual Black music festival which commissions new work from emerging artists every year and takes place across a variety of venues in central Birmingham.