The Birmingham 2022 Festival has announced the start of an exciting six-month-long cultural programme across Warwick District and the West Midlands.
The biggest celebration of creativity ever seen in the region and one of the largest ever artistic programmes to surround the Commonwealth Games.
Amongst the 200 events being staged is an aptly themed Talking Birds production of ‘Come Bowl With Me’ which will take place in Royal Leamington Spa’s Pump Room Gardens from 23 to 25 July.
As part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival local audiences will also be treated to a month long CultureFest staged from 16 July to 21 August at venues across the Warwick District’s four towns of Leamington Spa, Warwick, Kenilworth and Whitnash.
Councillor Liam Bartlett, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure at Warwick District Council said:
“We can’t wait to have both cultural festivals taking place in Warwick District this summer. This is a once in a generation opportunity to showcase and celebrate incredible creative talent, beautiful venues and culture to both local audiences and visitors from all over the world.”
As well as a number of local cultural events in the district, there will be events
taking place across the West Midlands as part of the Birmingham 2022 festival, which runs until September.
The Birmingham 2022 festival opened on 17 March with Wondrous Stories - a spectacular, large-scale open-air performance at Birmingham’s Centenary Square. This free show, created by Leamington Spa-based dance circus company Motionhouse featured a cast of hundreds, combining dance, acrobatics, and awe-inspiring aerial displays.
Martin Green, Chief Creative Officer at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games said:
“The Birmingham 2022 Festival is one of the biggest cultural festivals ever associated with a Commonwealth Games and it’s absolutely central to Birmingham 2022 as a global event. The festival is an incredible opportunity to showcase the amazingly vivid cultural world that is reflected in Birmingham and the West Midlands. The festival brings together diverse artists from across the region who are working in a huge range of art forms and community participation and inclusion is crucial to so many of the events. Above all, this is a festival made in the West Midlands for the Commonwealth and everyone is invited.”