9 AM: Sunrise Stretch: Dancehall and Bashment with Black Rose Yogini
10.30 AM: Perry’s Playtime Disco
12 PM: Muzikstan Presents Soul, Dhol and Salsa
2.30 PM: Screen Spotlight: Movement Inspired by Sam Lockyer and Ed Puddick
5 PM: B:Music Presents Free Jazz Fridays with Young Pilgrims
7.15 PM: Muzikstan Presents Dance the Night Away
Throughout the day: Games action on screen, Piing, Screen Spotlights, food & drink
As we gear up for the second weekend of the Games, a daylong feast of music, sport and movement featuring dancehall, jazz, soul, salsa will be on offer. In the morning, Black Rose Yogini is back with a Dancehall and Bashment class to get you moving, flowing, and stretching with some of her favourite feel good tunes. Then, get the kids down for Perry’s Playtime Disco - your opportunity to have a boogie with the Commonwealth Games’ official mascot!
At lunchtime, grassroots music platform Muzikstan, have concocted the perfect lunchtime music menu with Soul, Dhol and Salsa sounds. Muzikstan deliver high-quality, diverse events by engaging national and international artists and building platforms to collaborate across global cultural traditions.
Indigo is a singer-songwriter, pianist and composer with a musical career spanning two decades. These days you will find her singing jazz, soul and reggae but her work as a session singer has seen her lend her voice to music as diverse as Punjabi fusion and Irish folk.
Dhol Blasters are the brainchild of King G Mall, a pioneer of the Bhangra Music industry since the 60s. They have performed at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee at Birmingham Symphony Hall, BBC Blue Peter, and the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.
The Mighty Jamma is a three-times winner of the National Steel Band Soloist Championship of Great Britain. The Mighty Jamma has an impressive catalogue of original music and has performed in Trinidad, Japan, and across Europe and the UK.Get ready to hear music that encapsulates all the joy and versatility of an amazing instrument.
Let yourself be wowed by an original combination of music and graceful athleticism with our Screen Spotlight on Movement Inspired by Sam Lockyer and Ed Puddick. These short films bring together gymnasts and musicians from across the West Midlands depicting how gymnastic movements can inspire jazz improvisation and composition. Each film represents one of the eight apparatus used in artistic gymnastics: floor, vault, high bar, parallel bars, uneven bars, rings, pommel horse and beam.
In the afternoon, B:Music brings their Free Jazz Fridays to Victoria Square, with a special treat in the form of Young Pilgrims’ adventurous brass-heavy, rock-influenced sound. Growing out of the thriving Birmingham jazz scene, Young Pilgrims have found themselves drawing fans from across Europe and beyond with their intense live performances brought together by their explosive nine-strong line-up. Since 2013, the band have delivered strong improvisation and infectious melodies, taking inspiration from renegades, Scottish cities, skateboarding and even accidental incursions into local murky canals. Generously funded by Colmore BID and Central BID.
In the evening, you are invited to Dance the Night Away with Muzikstan, who will turn Victoria Square into an international dance floor with irresistible beats from Congo, Persia and the British Isles.
Didier Kisala is the founding member of Birmingham based Congolese band, The Redeemed. The band promotes youthful energy, reflecting upon a broad range of influences including Rumba, Seven, Zouk, Jazz, Gospel and more..
Ava are a mesmerising musical duo who bring a fusion of Persian lyrics, soaring vocals and tunes from around the world.
Sereno is a trio of amazing musicians - Jobe Sullivan on keys, Roksana Grobelna on violin and Noemi La Barbera on drums. They will bring an exciting collaboration of classical/pop music, a fresh take on some familiar tunes that will get you dancing.
At various times during the day, challenge your friends, family and other audience members to a game of Piing. Piing is a virtual game that brings people together, inviting them to play an immersive high-speed game, using their phones as controllers, with the action happening on our big screen. Piing is super simple, uniquely challenging and seriously fun. Presented by Comic Relief - donations are encouraged as part of gameplay. Comic Relief intends to split all proceeds equally between Comic Relief and registered charities United by Birmingham 2022 Legacy Charity and Commonwealth Sport Foundation.
The Festival Food and Drink Eatery, a pop up catering unit, will offer a range of tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner treats daily from 8am to 10pm. From lunchtime, the square will also be licensed for people to enjoy drinks from the bar, including a choice of social enterprise prosecco and cocktails for those looking to support a worthy cause as they enjoy the Games atmosphere.
The menus will change across the two weeks, giving return visitors something different to look forward to and showcasing some of the finest Colmore eateries and bars in the city. For early risers, who want a healthy treat on the way into the city, perhaps after enjoying the Sunrise Stretch sessions, there will be granola yoghurt pots, overnight oats, kombucha and coffee. From lunchtime you can pick up salads, deli bakes, vegan cakes, muffins and pastries plus appetising ciabatta and focaccia sandwiches. There will also be biriyani, vegetarian papdi chaat, spicy chicken noodles and veggie stir fry to enjoy whilst listening to the Fountain Stage Music programme plus kebab wraps, shawarmas with selections of salads, pickles, and sauces and vegan options including crispy tofu. Games and Festival site visitors will be spoiled for choice!
Throughout the day visitors and passers by are also invited to watch sporting highlights from the Games on our big screen, enjoy food and drinks from Colmore BID cafes, bars and restaurants, and take a look at digital commissions and projects from the Birmingham 2022 Festival at our Screen Spotlights.