Birmingham’s ‘Super September’ comes to a finale with the Birmingham Weekender and a stunning gathering of performance, visual arts and street food alongside the opening of the city’s revamped train station and shopping mecca; Grand Central.
Over the weekend visitors will get to experience a whole host of exciting events for free including the Birmingham debut of a large-scale outdoor spectacle and the city’s very own family-friendly Day of the Dead fiesta. Here’s our pic of must-see events taking place over the weekend.
Transe Express: Maudits Sonnants
Friday 25 & Saturday 26 – performance time: 8.30pm
Presented by Birmingham Hippodrome, Maudits Sonnants is an exhilarating, adrenaline-inducing, awe-inspiring production featuring actors, trapeze artists, acrobats, bell ringers, dancers, percussionists, singers, string quartets, welders, technicians and forgers with bewitching performances played against the night sky.
The French company have constructed a lotus like metallic structure of 17 meters diameter manipulated by a telescopic crane. It is lifted high into the air carrying with it musicians and trapeze artists. As it slowly spins the sound of bells will ring out across the city.
Eye Candy Presents: Mucho Brumcha
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 – 11am-6pm
Parade 5pm on Sunday
Vibrant colour sweeps through Centenary Square as families are invited to join Birmingham’s very own Day of the Dead celebration. To get chiquitas and hombres in the party mood they’ll have live music (Sunday), DJs (all weekend) tasty street food, performers and dancers.
Get dressed up with your own wrestling and sugar skull masks or make a flower garland head dress and get your face-painted as you march through the streets for a fun-time fiesta.
On Sunday at 5pm the event will come to a close with a ‘Día de Muertos’ Parade lead by the amazing Voodoo Love Orchestra (pictured top) – join the march through the streets of Birmingham in your newly made costumes while you shake your own customised maracas.
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Swanning Around
Saturday 26 – 1.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm
Bullring, Lower Level outside Debenhams
This is your opportunity to see artists from Birmingham Royal Ballet perform the famous pas de deux from Swan Lake. Watch as two of the company’s dancers perform an extract of ballet’s greatest love story, and be swept away by the beauty of this world-famous work.
Ikon Gallery: Black Country Voyages
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 – 12pm-4pm
Brewmaster Bridge, Brindleyplace
Ikon Youth Programme take over Ikon’s Black Country Voyages canal boat for Birmingham Weekender, with performances from local young people on Saturday and drop in creative workshops on Sunday.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 (Check website for times)
For Birmingham Weekender Birmingham Symphony Orchestra take up residency in the Mailbox and split into a selection of mini musical supergroups – from brilliant brass and pulse-pounding percussion to delightfully delicate strings.
Over a dozen very different ensembles of CBSO musicians perform up close and personal, for the ultimate in musical variety, including magnificent Mozart and blockbuster movie tunes.
RoguePlay: Shop ‘Till You Drop
Sat 26 & Sunday 27 – 12-4pm
Corporation Street, near House of Fraser
Witness the joys and perils of shopping through circus and acrobatics with an uplifting soundtrack. With worn-out aerial mothers laden with shopping bags, acrobatic couples dressing for dinner and young people playing in shopping trolleys, this show has it all. Accompanied by an uplifting soundtrack and followed by participatory workshops for adults and children alike.
Throughout Birmingham City Centre
All the events are available to read about in the brochure here