Video: The trailer for the Birmingham 2022 Festival features stop-motion animation of photographed characters with colourful outlines, moving and manipulating cube-like elements across a collage-style landscape of Birmingham landmarks, ultimately constructing the Birmingham 2022 Festival logo comprising three ‘Penrose’ triangles.

Announcing the Birmingham 2022 Festival – a six month festival shining a global spotlight on creativity in the West Midlands.

Running from March through to beyond the conclusion of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in September 2022, the festival will feature hundreds of creative commissions across the region including art, photography, dance, theatre, digital art and more.

The festival will open with Wondrous Stories created by world renowned and Leamington Spa based dance-circus company, Motionhouse. This free to attend spectacular show will transform Centenary Square in Birmingham with an extraordinary production featuring a giant aerial spectacle with a flying book and a colossal globe alongside innovative digital projections and a cast of over 300.

The full programme will be announced in January – register your interest to be amongst the first to find out Birmingham 2022 Festival’s exciting range of events:

What's On

Wondrous Stories

Opening Show by Motionhouse

Wondrous Stories

Julian Germain: Generations

Photographic Portraiture Exhibition

Julian Germain: Generations

Flatpack Festival: Wonderland

Birmingham's Cinema Stories

Flatpack Festival: Wonderland

Eastside Projects

Birmingham within the Commonwealth

Eastside Projects

About the Festival

Birmingham 2022 Festival is a £12 million six month long celebration generously supported by a range of funders with the aim of animating the entire West Midlands with ambitious creative works. Major support has been dedicated by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund plus Spirit of 2012, Birmingham City Council and national Trusts & Foundations such as the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The Birmingham 2022 Festival has begun work on a number of projects including Critical Mass in partnership with DanceXchange which is currently recruiting over 300 young people aged 16-30. Participants will perform in some of 2022’s biggest cultural events including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies thanks to funding from Spirit of 2012.

Creative City Grants will provide up to 150 community groups across Birmingham with grants of up to £20,000 to deliver creative projects that impact positively on their community generously supported by £2m of funding from Birmingham City Council.

The Birmingham 2022 Festival has also supported seven research and development programmes funded by the British Council which linked artists and companies based in the West Midlands with creatives in Commonwealth countries.

The full programme for Birmingham 2022 Festival will be launched in January, for the latest information and to be amongst the first to find out more sign up.

Opportunities

Creative City Grants

Filling the city with creative work

Creative City Grants

Critical Mass

Dance collective performing at some of 2022’s biggest events

Critical Mass

A Cultural Programme for the Games
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