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Handsworth Festival Site

MUSIC - WORKSHOPS - SPORT - FOOD!

Opening Hours
Friday 5 Aug 12PM-8PM
Saturday 6 Aug 11AM-7PM

Handsworth Park, Holly Rd, Handsworth, B20 2BY

On August 5 and 6, the theme for the beautiful award winning Handsworth Park will be ‘Balance’. Come and immerse yourself in our park’s unique, festival offering featuring creative sessions and wellbeing workshops. From live street art to captivating and inclusive workshops,  the Handsworth festival site will offer high-energy and chilled vibes to visitors who can’t wait to engage with the Games at their local festival. 

Plus joining us will be special guest star Luciano Messenjah! After reigning for over three decades as ‘King Of Conscious Reggae Music’, Luciano is still as current and as popular as ever on the music scene. August 6th 2022 marks Jamaica’s 60th Anniversary and as part of our celebrations, the iconic Reggae Royalty has been invited to bless the proceedings on the day. With all-time favourites such as ‘Lord Give Me Strength’, ‘Sweep Over My Soul’ and ‘It’s Me Again Jah’, we know the vibes will be high in Handsworth this Saturday.

Location and Travel Information

Bus Routes: 74, 101, 16, 11A/C

Nearest metro service: Winson Green Metro stop then

101 bus towards Leveretts

Friday 5 August

Main Stage Programme: 

TIME  MAIN STAGE  INFO

12.30 

Birmingham Commonwealth Orchestra 

 

 

A culturally diverse collaboration and representation of music genres, instrumentation, and traditions from the various countries of the Commonwealth.  

14.00 

Aspire Bollywood  

 

Aspire Bollywood Dance combines the latest Bollywood moves to energetic Bollywood songs for an energetic performance .  

14.45 

Muha 

4 piece Ukrainian band producing contemporary Eastern European Music  

16.15 

Aayushi 

Aayushi writes strikingly tender songs, pairing introspective poetry with intimate vocals to create a soulful blend of acoustic folk. 

17.00 

Mind, Music and Movement 

Performance including Indian Classical, Western folk, Garba folk dance and Tai-Chi bringing together varied art forms promoting mental and physical well being for all 

18.15-19.00 

DJ Parm Panesar  

A mixture of South Asian and contemporary, RnB and pop music  

 

Workshops and Activities: 

Throughout the day there will be fee wellbeing, arts, story, environmental, sensory and play workshops for visitors to enjoy. 

TIME  WORKSHOP 

All Day  

Hatty Sutton: Flag Making workshops  

All Day  

How Were You? Friction Arts workshop 

12.15-13.45 

Black Heritage Street Art workshops with Canaan Brown 

12.15-15.15 

Handsworth Association of  Schools: Seeds of Travel 

12.30-13.00 

16:30-17:00 

Tai Chi Workshop with Josie  

15.00-16.30 

Black Heritage Street Art workshops with Canaan Brown 

15.15-16.00 

Mind, Music and Movement workshops  

18.00-18.30 

Aspire Bollywood Dance Fitness Workshop 

 

Activities throughout the day: 

Throughout the day there will be dance performances by Ascension Dance, The O'Driscoll Collective and performances from Birmingham rep. Black History Walks will be taking the visitors on a journey of the history of Handsworth with a fee walk around the beautiful park.

TIME  BY PLAY AREA/ ON THE GREEN WORKSHOPS  INFO

13.30 & 16.45 

O’Driscoll Collective & Emily Labhart  

ONE% is a 14 minute dance performance featuring the dynamic rawness of Breakin’. Performed by West Midlands based artists Jamaal O’Driscoll and Marius Mates. 

12.30 & 14.00

Black Heritage Walks 

Black Heritage Walks will take visitors on a cultural history of the events, people and heritage of the area as they walk through Handsworth Park 

15.15, 17.45 

Ascension Dance: Playground  

Outdoor performance that takes movement from contemporary dance and parkour in an exciting 20-minute performance suitable for all ages. 

 

15.45, 18.30 

Ascension Dance: Parkour Workshop  

Dance workshops for children and young people (7-14) aimed to get people moving, shaking & creating their own dances 

16:30- 17:30, 17.30-18:30, 18:30- 19:30

Birmingham REP Storytelling  

An interactive story interactive storytelling and relaxed performances aimed at children aged 3-5 and their families to encourage play and drama within a home setting using songs, stories and simple props. 

 

 

 

Saturday 6 August 

Main Stage Programme: 

 

TIME 

 

MAIN STAGE  

 

INFO 

11.15-11.45 

Mighty Jamma  

Steelpan player bringing the vibe and sounds of the Caribbean  

12.00-12.15 

Interview with Professor Black  

The master of carnival costumes sharing his history of carnival in Handsworth  

12.30-13.00 

Celebrating Sanctuary:  Nifeco Costa 

Nifeco Costa, Singer and guitarist from Guinea Bissau, West Africa, brings beautiful melodies, a sweet voice and an infectious Latin groove!  

13.15-13.45 

African Acrobatics Circus-Bobo-Rawlings, Armah Adams 

African Acrobatics Circus’ blend of acrobatics, street dance, circus skills & more is great fun to watch & even better to take part in! 

14.00-14.30  

Celebrating Sanctuary: Didier Kisala 

 

CSB presents local favourite, Didier Kisala from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for an soulful performance of Congolese music. 

14.45-15.15  

Mighty Jamma  

Steelpan player with the vibe and sounds of the Caribbean  

15.30 

DJ Rena Sparks 

A vibrant female DJ bringing a mix of RnB, Soul and reggae music 

16.30

Dave Wilkes

Dave Wilkes is a prolific International Poet, and writer of more than 2500 individual poems to date. Dave specialises in writing unique Personalised Poems for people, companies and events globally.

18.15 

Luciano  

World-renowned “King Of Conscious Reggae Music” Luciano brings the uplifting vibes of Jamaica to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jamaican independence.  

 

Workshops and Activities:

 

TIME 

 

WORKSHOPS 

All day  

Glue Collective Sensory, play and participatory workshops  

All day  

Nilupa Yasmin's "On Our Way" collage workshop 

All day  

Back Home: Vanley Burke Photographic exhibition 

11.00-13.30 

DOR Romanian Diaspora: Faces of Birmingham Exhibition and Body Movement Workshop 

14.45-16.45 

Mixed Rage Workshop with Sevonah Golabi 

17.00-19.00 

Queen of Nothing's Love Letters to Handsworth Workshop 

 

Play Area Activities: 

Activities by the play area will be contemporary dance performances and workshops by Ascension Dance and on the green there will be an opportunity for visitors to meet Perry at 2pm!

TIME  WORKSHOPS INFO

11.15-12.00 

Kash Gill workshops  

Martial arts fitness demo and session for you to join in  

12.15-12.35 and 16.30- 16.50 

Ascension Dance: Playground 1 & 2 

Outdoor performance that takes movement from contemporary dance and parkour. 

 

12.45-13.15, 15.15, 15.45 

Ascension Dance: Parkour Workshop  

Dance workshops for children and young people (7-14) aimed to get people moving, shaking & creating their own dances 

 

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