One year on from the success of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the Birmingham 2022 Festival, the city will celebrate the lasting legacy of the Games with the Birmingham Festival 23.

The event will take place from 28 July - 6 August in Centenary Square and will run daily from 11am - 9pm.

No tickets are required for entry to the free, family-friendly and accessible event, catering to all ages and interests.

Perry, the hugely popular Games Mascot, will host a regular morning slot and there will be back-to-back live and on screen performances throughout each day, with live music, performances and activities.

Food and drink will be available in partnership with Birmingham Restaurant Festival, while attendees are also able to bring their own packed lunch.

Details of Birmingham Festival 23 were announced at an event at the Library of Birmingham on Wednesday 28 June. Councillor Saima Suleman, Cabinet Member Digital, Culture, Heritage and Tourism at Birmingham City Council said at the launch: “This is a real legacy from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, continuing the fantastic celebration of all that is great about the culture and creativity of the city. 

“Birmingham City Council is proud to have commissioned and funded Festival 23, showcasing the creativity across our communities and the city’s rich cultural offer through programming committed to diversity, inclusion and homegrown talent.”

Raidene Carter, Creative Director of Birmingham Festival 23 added: “I am immensely proud of the Festival. Through the hard work of all the team, our partners and all the talented artists featured, we have pulled together a programme that highlights the breadth of talent in the city.

“All that’s missing is the amazing Brummie turn-out - last year we saw that audiences in
Birmingham are the best - they’re relaxed, up for fun and so welcoming to visitors from outside the city. As the month-long countdown begins, the excitement is building, and we hope the warm weather will hold so that people can really make the most of the creative and welcoming site.

“Either way, we think the Festival will bring joy to audiences and participants alike.”

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