Birmingham festival to be “cultural extravaganza”

Steve Orme

The three-day Birmingham Weekender 2017 promises to be a “cultural extravaganza”, according to the organisers.

More than 600 artists will be involved in 160 scheduled performances which include 26 new commissions during the festival which takes place from Friday 22 until Sunday to 24 September.

Weekender will feature performances and events from the city’s major arts organisations, independent artists and specially invited international artists. The programme covers theatre, dance, exhibitions and talks.

Festival directors Graham Callister from Birmingham Hippodrome and Piali Ray from South Asian arts organisation Sampad said, “we’ve two weeks to go and it’s time for people to start planning what they’ll see over what promises to be a cultural extravaganza for the city over three days.

“With the fantastic news that Birmingham is the UK candidate to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022, Weekender is a real opportunity to showcase our world-class cultural offer which includes everything from the contemporary to the classical, from creative communities to internationally renowned artists. We look forward to seeing you there.”