Birmingham Weekender – 8 events we’re excited to see

Last Updated: Wednesday 20th September, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Birmingham’s biggest arts festival is back this weekend showcasing hundreds of world-class talent. With a jam packed programme it can be difficult to know what to go see, here are 8 events we’re excited to see.

Don Letts

22nd September @ Victoria Square

Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium.

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Birmingham Opera Company presents Second Chance

23rd – 24th September @ Various locations

Three world premieres from the creative powerhouse that is Birmingham Opera Company. Three Birmingham composers – Susannah Self, Chloe Knibbs and Yfat Soul Zisso – take an account of Martin Luther King’s Peace March, snippets of found conversations on a journey through Birmingham and one person’s struggle to achieve a perfect interaction with a stranger to create three unique takes on having a second chance.

There will also be a collection for hats, scarves, gloves, blankets Sunday 24th – 1pm, 1.20pm & 1.40pm at New Street Station.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet present Ballet in the Bullring

23rd September @ Bullring

Birmingham Royal Ballet brings world-class ballet to the Bullring with three performances of a beautiful, classic pas de deux from The Nutcracker, one of the Company’s most popular and iconic productions.

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The Collab Sessions

23rd – 24th September @ Selfridges

Two artists from very different genres including Birmingham’s own Soweto Kinch come together to create a track on our bandstand. Drop in to hear creative juices flow and be there at 4pm for a performance of their own work and the track they make that day.
Selfridges Live + Loud returns for a third year this September with a series of extraordinary live music experiences and special events that celebrate Birmingham’s rich music culture, both past and present.

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Caribbean Carnival Extravaganza

23rd September @ Victoria Square

Birmingham’s ACE dance and music present RAGE. Witness a riot of carnival colour, dance and the pulsating rhythms of Trinidad as vibrant costumes soar through Victoria Square.

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David Rodigan

23rd September @ Victoria Square

The key to David Rodigan’s success has been an unsinkable passion for reggae music, which first took a hold of him as a schoolboy when he heard ska music in the early ’60s. He developed an obsession with the music of Jamaica that generated an encyclopaedic knowledge of the island’s every artist, every song and every rhythm track.

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Birmingham Does Bhangra

24th September @ Selfridges

In Birmingham’s Year of South Asian Culture, celebrate bhangra’s origins in the city in an explosion of colour, dhol drummers and dance.
Selfridges Live + Loud returns for a third year this September with a series of extraordinary live music experiences and special events that celebrate Birmingham’s rich music culture, both past and present.

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Craig Charles

24th September @ Victoria Square

The legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles is one of UK’s most beloved Funk and Soul DJ’s. From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf, Craig has now grounded himself as a Funk & Soul icon after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with their primetime Saturday night show.

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