Weekend Highlights


Light Night
Birmingham City Centre
Friday 12 Sep 4pm ’til late
The Light Night phenomenon that has been sweeping Europe will see Birmingham’s iconic buildings artistically illuminated. Light installations, street performers and light trails throughout the City Centre, with an electrifying night carnival procession that will wind its way from the Pavilions to Centenary Square, in the heart of Birmingham’s entertainment centre.

The city’s Museum and Art Gallery will remain open for people to enjoy browsing late around one of the world’s greatest art collections, with the Museum shop offering a late night shopping opportunity. The elegant Museum Restaurant will be offering candle-lit dinners – call 0121 303 2318 to book your table.

The Council House will be bursting with installations and art exhibits, and other venues will be hosting performances and workshops across the city from choral music to comedy, and lantern making to light shows. The fabulous Reggae Rockz concert in centenary Square will take people late into the night.

So come and help ArtsFest get off to a great start as the city-scape of Birmingham is transformed for one night only into a glimmering, magical and extraordinary journey.

Stan’s Café – Of All The People In All The World
AE Harris Factory, 110 Northwood Street, B3 1SZ
Preview 12 Sep 6.30-9pm
Sat 13 & Sun 14 Sep 12-9pm
The astonishing UK premiere of the largest World version of this show involves 112 tonnes of rice to represent every single one of the 6.7 billion people on the planet, and their incredible stories.

Classical Fantasia
The Stage @ Centenary Square
Saturday 13 Sep 8-10pm
Be dazzled by the world-class performances of BRB, CBSO and Birmingham Opera Company as they share the stage in a stunning finale to Saturday’s events, accompanied by fireworks.

The Stage @ Centenary Square
Sunday 14 Sep 12.30-10pm
Come and see The Lines, Mexicolas and The Metros as they support headline act The Levellers, along with some of the region’s best unsigned bands.

Brindleyplace Family Zone
Brindleyplace, off Broad Street
Saturday 13 Sep 11.30am-6pm & Sunday 14 Sep 11.30am-5pm
With youth performances, play areas, workshops and storytelling all weekend, this is the place to come with young children. Concludes with the popular Children’s Parade on Sunday at 4pm.

The Pavilions World Music Stage
Pavilions Shopping Centre, High Street
Saturday 11.30-5.30 & Sunday 11.30-4.30
Music and culture from around the world, including African drumming, South American music and Irish dancing.


Volunteers needed!


To volunteer at ArtsFest click here for more information. All volunteers must live, work or study in Birmingham and be over 18.

ArtsFest Recommends

We are currently in the process of updating this Recommended feed. More upcoming events will be posted here shortly...

Mailing list

Click here to sign up for the ArtsFest mailing list and receive regular updates on ArtsFest happenings...

Site built by Fireloop