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Birmingham’s 4 Squares Weekender

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– a few highlights from across a whole weekend of free spectacular outdoor arts!


To mark the opening of the Library of Birmingham, the city’s major arts organisations are joining forces to celebrate with a weekend of exciting outdoor arts from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September.

4 Squares Weekender will see performances by artists from across the UK and beyond, workshops for all the family, previews of upcoming shows, film screenings, and much more – all focused around the city’s central squares – Oozells in Brindleyplace, Centenary, Chamberlain and Victoria. And it’s all going to be free of charge!

As part of the 4 Squares Weekender BCMG is collaborating with Ikon Gallery to give two performances on the Sunday of music by Japanese composers, with musicians scattered amongst Ikon’s current exhibition Something that Floats / Something that Sinks by Japanese artist Shimabuku. You can read more about these performances here…

A few other highlights from the Weekender include…

In addition to Ikon Gallery’s collaboration with BCMG – Ikon is running Clayground Collective all weekend in Oozells Square. Designed for the whole family, Clayground Collective encourages young and old to create a giant city and canalscape made of clay!

The Library of Birmingham isn’t the only building opening (or reopening) this September. The Birmingham REP building reopens in just seven days’ time and the REP’s contribution to 4 Squares is EAT! – a theatrical journey in four caravans – one in each square.

Following on from last year’s spectacular Mittwoch aus Licht, Birmingham Opera Company presents a preview of the Company’s new opera The Khovansky Files in the Library of Birmingham’s underground amphitheatre in Centenary Square on the Saturday at 1.30pm and 3.30pm, and on the Sunday at 1pm and 3pm.

Officially opening 4 Squares Weekender on Friday night and closing Saturday evening’s programme – don’t miss the spectacular large-scale show As The World Tipped, presented by the Birmingham Hippodrome and Wired Aerial Theatre in Victoria Square.

And last but not least – there’s the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Flatpack Film Café on Saturday and Sunday in the Waterhall building just off Chamberlain Square – and look out for performances popping up around the 4 Squares by Talking Birds Theatre Company, the CBSO, DanceXchange and many others.

For more information on the whole weekend visit: www.4squaresweekender.com
Download the 4 Square Weekender brochure from the ‘Downloads’ section of this page
And keep an eye out for tweets with the hashtag #bham4sq.

We look forward to seeing you at Ikon Gallery on the Sunday and hope you enjoy the whole 4 Squares Weekender!

4 Squares Weekender is produced by Birmingham Hippodrome on behalf of the Birmingham Arts Partnership with support from Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and European Regional Development Fund.
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