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Castle Vale Festival Site

MUSIC - SPORT - DANCE - ARTS!

Opening Hours
Thursday 28 July: 3PM - 10.30PM
Friday 29 July: 11AM - 7PM

Farnborough Fields, Castle Vale, B35 7LQ

On 28 & 29 July Castle Vale will host the first ever Neighbourhood Festival Site and all residents are invited to be a part of the fun. With the spotlight on Birmingham, the Farnborough Fields community will come together for the ‘Big Warm Up’. Together we will watch the Opening Ceremony and the field will come alive with a variety of sports, arts and cultural activities.  

Join us at Farnborough Fields to help ensure we start the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games celebrations in the best way possible.  

Travel Information

Bus Routes: 67, 71, 28 

Nearest rail service: Chester Road Rail Station then 28 bus towards Fox and Goose.

Thursday 28 July 

Throughout the day: Screen content from local artists, big-screen interactive games from Piing, and the neighbourhood watch party for the Opening Ceremony! Plus, a variety of food & drink vendors representing flavours from around the Commonwealth, children's workshops by Birmingham Rep Theatre, and a range of inclusive sporting activities. 

We'll have Mind, Music and Movement workshops, Commonwealth flag making workshops from Up Creative, dance workshops from Ascension Dance, Vanley Burke's Back Home exhibition and workshops from Friction Arts. 

Main Stage Programme

TIME MAIN STAGE INFO
15.10 Birmingham Commonwealth Orchestra A culturally diverse collaboration and representation of music genres, instrumentation, and traditions from countries across the Commonwealth.  
15.45 O'Driscoll Collective: ONE% Dance performance featuring the dynamic rawness of Breakin’. Performed by West Midlands based artists Jamaal O’Driscoll and Marius Mates. 
16.00 Ascension Dance: The Other Side “The Other Side”, a physical dance performance that tackles ideas of consumerism. 
16.30 Rachayluu Rachaayluu has been compared to the likes of Jorja Smith, Mabel and Anne-Marie.She has an ever-changing, vibrant voice that refuses to be unheard. 
17.00  O'Driscoll Collective: ONE% Dance performance featuring the dynamic rawness of Breakin’. Performed by West Midlands based artists Jamaal O’Driscoll and Marius Mates. 
17.15 Q Sermon  As a DJ and poet, Q Sermon will take you on an audio and visual journey, which translates their identity and personal experience existing within the diaspora.  
18.20 The Mind, Music and Movement Project  Performance including Indian Classical, Western folk, Garba folk dance and Tai-Chi bringing together varied art forms promoting mental and physical wellbeing for all. 
18.30 Silent Disco From old school classics and well known hits, to music representing the Commonwealth, it’ll be a party on the field with award-winning DJs. 
19.00 Ascension Dance: The Other Side  “The Other Side”, a physical dance performance that tackles ideas of consumerism. 
19.30 NEONE the Wonderer Using his experience of his own self-exploration, he will perform a fusion of genres including rap, funk and soul.  
20.00 Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony Live All the on-screen action from the Opening Ceremony  
21.00 Active Arts Castle Vale  Active Arts Castle Vale brings together some of the best performers from the area for an exciting exclusive performance alongside the ceremony. 

 

Workshops and Activities

TIME WORKSHOPS
All Day (15.00 - 20.00) Friction Arts: How Were You? 
All Day (15.00 - 20.00) Friction Arts & Vanley Burke: Back Home Exhibition 
All Day (15.00 - 20.00) Up Creative: Commonwealth Flag Making Workshop 
15.00 - 20.00 Birmingham Rep Children's Workshop 
16.15 - 17.15 Mind, Music and Movement Workshop 
17 .30 - 18.30  Birmingham Rep Children's Workshop
19.00 - 20.00 Birmingham Rep Children's Workshop 

 

Friday 29 July

Throughout the day: Screen content from local artists, big-screen interactive games from Piing. plus, a variety of food & drink vendors representing flavours from around the Commonwealth, children's workshops by Birmingham Rep Theatre, and a range of inclusive sporting activities. 

We'll have Mind, Music and Movement workshops, Commonwealth flag making workshops from Up Creative, dance workshops from Ascension Dance, Vanley Burke's Back Home exhibition and workshops from Friction Arts. 

Main Stage Programme

TIME MAIN STAGE INFO
11.15 Centre Stage Performance from a children’s dance group ran by and featuring members of the local community. 
12.00 M.I.A.T DJ Set DJ Ricky, DJ Rell and Deejay Zay, a family run DJ collective bringing old favourites and fresh  new sounds.  
13.00 & 15.00 Billy Read: Forbidden Identity A dance performance exploring the personal struggle of a Deaf child growing up in a hearing world, using street dance, tutting, mime, and sign language.  
13.30 Generations Choir Join our community choir for a participatory performance together  
14.00 & 16.45 Ascension Dance: Playground 2 Outdoor performance that takes movement from contemporary dance and parkour. 
14.30 Spicy lemon Birmingham based jazz fusion trio providing an eclectic mix of tunes to have you dancing in the sun.   
15.45 Sisters of Dub DJ Set  All-female Reggae sound system collective, playing a mix of meditative dub, deep roots reggae and energetic Steppas. 
17.15 Live from the Lodge  A community-led intergenerational musical performance. Featuring a new BCMG commission for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Festival for the first time! 
18.00 Birmingham Pipes and Drums Community group showcasing their skills before a musical workshop.  
18.30 Ire-ish Birmingham-Irish band playing lively twists on Irish classics, original jigs, reels and hornpipes and all sorts of other thrilling surprises.  

 

Workshops and Activities

TIME WORKSHOPS
All Day (11.45 - 19.00) Back Home Exhibition: Friction Arts & Vanley Burke
All Day (11.45 - 19.00) Creation Station 
All Day (11.45 - 19.00) Highly Sprung
11.00 - 13.00  Community Environmental Trust Workshop 
12.15 - 13.00  Choir Workshop 
13.15 - 15.15  Scouts Workshop 
16.15 - 18.00 Compass Youth Activities 
18.15 - 19.00  Pipes and Drums Workshop 

 

 

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