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.

A celebration of creativity across the West Midlands and the Commonwealth.

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is a six-month cultural programme starting in March 2022. It will harness the moment of the Games to shine a spotlight on the region’s cultural sector. Audacious, playful, and inclusive, the festival will connect people, time and place in a programme designed to entertain, engage, and embrace audiences, whilst positively disrupting and inspiring lasting change.

With the aim of engaging 2.5 million people, both in person and online, the Festival is designed to reflect the people of the region, exploring heritage, diversity, and youth.

Delivering around 250 commissioned projects, there will be approximately 150 community-led projects funded by Birmingham City Council through the Creative City Grants and around 100 new works from a wide range of artists including dance, drama, and visual arts projects.

The Spirit of 2012 has generously funded Critical Mass, an ambitious project creating a young and inclusive cast of dancers who will perform throughout the Festival and the Games’ ceremonies.

The Festival officially opens with Wondrous Stories – an incredible spectacle of dance, circus and aerial display from 17 to 20 March. Free to all, the show will also be livestreamed around the globe.

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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.

Register your interest to be amongst the first to find out Birmingham 2022 Festival’s exciting range of events.

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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