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Programme announced for Birmingham Weekender

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BCMG is please to announce that it will premiere a new work by composer Michael Wolters during September’s Birmingham Weekender, a weekend of world-leading free outdoor performance, art and entertainment, taking place across the city centre. In what is Birmingham’s largest arts festival, Birmingham Weekender features an awe-inspiring programme of events from hundreds of world-class West Midlands and international artists and companies.

Birmingham Weekender will showcase Birmingham’s extraordinary cultural offering to those living locally and the thousands of visitors expected to travel into the city from 25-27 September 2015. Organised by Birmingham Arts Partnership and produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Weekender includes exciting new commissions, world premieres, roaming and pop-up street theatre, a musical picnic, participative events and workshops, and much more, all animating Birmingham’s shopping and civic heart.

In addition to celebrating the city’s cultural offering, Birmingham Weekender also marks the opening of the newly transformed New Street Station and Grand Central and coincides with Style Birmingham Live and the Rugby World Cup. Birmingham Weekender underlines the next exciting stage in the development of the city, as arts, shopping, food and sport come together in this unique programme of events. Birmingham Weekender highlights include:

Birmingham Hippodrome presents Compagnie Transe Express’ Maudits Sonnants – an orchestra of baroque bell-ringers will play from a musical chandelier suspended above Centenary Square in a nocturnal performance for everyone;

New commissions from Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Mem Morrison Company, BCMG, Birmingham Opera Company, Corey Baker Dance, Sampad Arts with poet Amerah Saleh and Barbara Nice in association with Women & Theatre;

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra take up residence at The Mailbox, the city’s much-loved Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Bullring in their 25th year in the city, and shoppers can listen out for music and opera in the city’s cafes and shops;

Centenary Square will welcome young people as it is transformed into a Mexican day-of-the-dead block party; Victoria Square will become a music festival-within-a-festival as it stages live music besides the city’s iconic Town Hall and Council House and Oozells Square in Brindleyplace is the perfect setting for the festival’s family craft offering;

Imagineer’s Godiva Odyssey will journey to Birmingham for the first time. This beautiful six metre tall puppet will awake in Birmingham through a short performance before taking a stroll to explore her new landscape, greeting and meeting audiences and visitors to the city along her mechanical way;

Surprise acrobatics, circus, street theatre and much more in an abundance of unexpected roaming and pop-up performances across the city-centre, from Grand Central, Bullring, Mailbox and central shopping area to Brindleyplace;

In advance of London performances, mac birmingham and Fierce Festival present theatre-maker and choreographer Dan Canham’s Of Riders and Running Horses. The project, from the acclaimed Still House, is a stirring and visceral new dance event and will be staged in the urban setting of a car-park roof;

Following an unprecedented response to an open call-out for independent companies, Birmingham Weekender presents some of the country’s best physical theatre including: Motionhouse and their signature style with awe-inspiring lifts in a duet entitled Lost; Strictly Night Cycling, a new, nocturnal version of Bicycle Ballet Company’s popular choreographic work on two wheels; BodyGuards from InfuseDANCE will humorously control the festival crowds; Highly Sprung’s aerial Urban Astronaut explores the environmental issue of air pollution through aerial performance; watch out for Vamos Theatre’s interactive, twin-set, octogenarian campaigners Crimplene Crusaders; and Shop ‘Til You Drop by RoguePlay Theatre, a striking piece of circus theatre, explores the joys and perils of shopping.

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