New/Micro Festivals 2016

CanCanCan Festival (10th March)

A one-night festival of performance and visual art by young people with learning disabilities. 

Headlined by Cian Binchy’s Edinburgh sell-out show The Misfit Analysis and supported by six homegrown emerging acts, this ‘Live at the Apollo’-type evening showcases the outstanding work of solo performers with a learning disability.

Unconventional, creative and defiantly different, the CanCanCan Festival makes us take a fresh look at the place of disability in the modern world.

Hidden Spaces Birmingham (June)

Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces’ adventure began in 2013, with the aim of uncovering some of the lost and undocumented traces of Birmingham’s built heritage and revealing the city’s forgotten histories and untold stories. For the past three years the project has been seeking out the lesser-known parts of the city, looking beyond the everyday places and spaces that we inhabit to unearth the hidden treasures right under our noses.

City of Colours (18th June)

City of Colours Street Art Festival is one of the UKs largest celebrations of graffiti, street art and urban culture.. This multi-cultural, award-winning event, brings together communities from across the city and wider. Over 120 street artists have been invited to paint, draw and exhibit their work on as many walls and other canvases.

An event for all the family, the festival will be spread over 15 venues, with three new music stages, a larger range of exciting performances and participatory activities, a bigger market hall and larger range of street food!

On the Edge (2nd - 9th July)

On the Edge is the World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences. This years festival will include the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) Artistic Gathering (AAG) focussing on a 9-day feast of shows, workshops, seminars, papers and more from all regions of the world.

TILT 16, UK Aerial & Physical Theatre Festival (18th - 24th July)

TILT 16 is a 5-day Aerial & Physical Theatre Festival celebrating high quality teaching and performance from national and international circus artists. There is a comprehensive masterclass programme catering for beginners to professional performers, free outdoor aerial shows, young people's work and family friendly performances. 

TILT 16 is Birmingham's first dedicated Aerial & Physical Theatre Festival run by RoguePlay Theatre from their very own training centre; West Midlands Creation Centre. RoguePlay and the WMCC strive to develop and nurture new work coming and out of the West Midlands, and enhance the image of Birmingham as a place for exciting Aerial and Physical Theatre in the UK.

Music for Youth National Festival (5th - 9th July).

MFY's National Festival returns to Birmingham to celebrate the UK's most inspiring young musicians.

Summer in Southside (22nd - 24th July)

Family Fun in Southside spaces – Hippodrome Plus presents Summer in Southside - Three exciting weekends packed full of spectacular FREE outdoor performances around Birmingham Hippodrome.

The Flyover Show (20th August)

Led by multi award winning Soweto Kinch The Flyover Show is inspired by the diversity, richness and power of the individual & collective stories that take place in neglected urban areas.

Brum Spirit (13th - 18th September).

Brum Spirit brings together musicians and artists from Brazil, Birmingham and the wider world, in a celebration which takes place each Summer.

This exchange provides creative collaborations in Birmingham, between visiting and local artists taking shape in the form of public concerts, workshops, recordings, interventions and film screenings.

Brum Spirit is not just a celebration of global culture, it is a meeting point, where the cream of Birmingham’s creative talent can explore and create alongside artists from a far removed cultural context. 

There is something for everyone, from the free workshops and family friendly fun days, to the evening performances taking place in much loved venues and unusual spaces.

Reggae City Festival (8th October)

A celebration of reggae influenced music from Birmingham and beyond.

Behind the Curtain (16th - 31st October)

‘Behind the Curtain’ brings high quality films and new media from Central and Eastern Europe to Birmingham. The festival will take place across various Birmingham venues.

Longbridge Light Festival (22nd October)

Longbridge Light Festival (LLF) is part of a long-term contemporary art project (LPAP) by WERK.

Based within one of the largest regeneration schemes in the UK LLF brings the new emerging town and outdoor spaces to life with an extensive artistic programme of fringe events, workshops, film, walks, talks, light based installations, performance and live art in public space and venues across Longbridge.

SHOUT (November)

Established by Birmingham LGBT in 2009, SHOUT promotes, showcases and presents the best in LGBT Arts and Queer Culture throughout Birmingham the West Midlands