Britain's biggest free art's festival gears up for 12th year

The weekend of the 11th - 13th September sees the ArtsFest festival's 12th year with the festival hoping to build on the near quarter of a million people it attracted last year with a number of anniversaries influencing the offerings this year, ArtsFest in Birmingham enters its 12th year with some legendary names.

The bicentenary of the death of local industrialist Matthew Boulton has inspired physical theatre and storytelling with the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's exhibition 'Matthew Boulton – Selling What all the World Desires' still showing to provide a fascinating insight into the man, Making the modern world - Boulton exhibition to city father who changed the world. There are also projects celebrating Charles Darwin's 200th birthday with Project Pigeon and there is a special film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mini which will be screened during the interval of the Classical Fantasia concert.

More details on ArtsFest can be found at:

A selection of events, reproduced from the Birmingham Post article are shown below:

Friday 11th September
5.25pm Project Pigeon – Pigeon Liberation, Victoria Square

Saturday 12 September
1.05pm Intimate Productions – Matthew: Revolutionary Man Powerful storytelling for adults and children Venue: Heart’s Family Zone in City Centre Gardens

1:30pm The Crescent Theatre – Checkhov’s The Proposal A riotous comedy of love Venue: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Gallery 21

3:30pm Tindal Street Press – presents novelists Anthony Cartwright & Raphael Selbourne Passionate Black Country Novelists Venue: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Waterhall Gallery

5pm New Style Radio - Motorcity blues Birmingham’s 50 years of Motown, with live performances from Venue: The Yardbird

8-10pm Classical Fantasia Excerpts from the classics with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Opera Company. Concludes with fireworks. The Mini at 50 will be screened in the interval at 9pm Venue: Centenary Square stage

Sunday 13th September
1pm Tindal Street Press – presents Mex Packer & Jeff Phelps Literary beach novels far apart! Venue: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - Waterhall Gallery

2pm The Sum Of… in association with Scientific Reactions – Tides of the Lunar Minds Contemporary interactive theatre for all ages Venue: Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall

3:30pm Birmingham Bach Choir Birmingham’s leading large chamber choir Venue: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Industrial Gallery

4:30pm Delano Mills NotStrictlyJazz Grover Washington Jr 10th Anniversary Tribute Concert Venue: The CBSO Centre

5.15pm Street Wize DC – A celebration of Motown Motown street style Venue: Town Hall


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