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Collectively Birmingham Festivals produce an eclectic and engaging programme of national and international significance spanning artforms, including music, dance, film, new media, visual art, theatre, comedy and literature.

Download the full Birmingham Festivals 2017 Calendar.


Birmingham is a leading destination for cultural festivals and events.

Visit our member profiles to learn more about the impressive range of festivals that take place across the city each year.


One of the best things about Birmingham is its festivals programme. Taking place everywhere from Digbeth arches to world-class concert halls, you’ll find a fantastic, colourful calendar of activity covering every artform imaginable – including music, dance, film, new media, visual art, theatre, comedy and literature.

This site has been set up to gather all of these events in one place, and was devised by a membership group made up of over 25 of the city’s festivals. Click here for more info on the group and how to sign up.

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Forthcoming Events

B-Side Hip Hop Festival

Birmingham Hippodrome’s annual FREE festival returns for its second year, celebrating all things Hip-Hop.

University of Birmingham Summer Festival of Music

The Summer Festival of Music is a week-long festival of classical and contemporary music held every year by students at the University of Birmingham.

Summer in Southside

Summer in Southside is a free family outdoor arts festival presented by Birmingham Hippodrome.


BE FESTIVAL is Birmingham’s international theatre festival, bringing together the most daring and unforgettable new performances from across Europe.

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul

Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival celebrates contemporary jazz, funk and soul music with an annual festival in the beautiful surroundings of Moseley Park, Birmingham.

Shock and Gore

Shock & Gore is an annual film festival celebrating the weird, the wonderful and the fantastic.


TILT is a 5-day Aerial and Physical Theatre Festival celebrating high quality teaching and performance from national and international circus artists.

Moseley Folk Festival

Moseley Folk presents its own brand of Folk, Americana, World and Psychedelia. A true community event, where family and friends of all ages and backgrounds can get together.

Birmingham Literature Festival

The region’s biggest writing event, gathering household names and rising stars to celebrate the power of words.

Birmingham International Piano Festival

Birmingham International Piano Festival brings some of the world’s finest pianists to the city of Birmingham, showcasing the piano as a solo instrument and celebrating its role in jazz.

BASS Festival

BASS is the UK’s only month-long festival showcasing the best Black music and arts.

SHOUT! Festival

SHOUT is the West Midlands’ only festival of LGBT/Queer arts & culture.

Behind the Curtain Film Festival

Behind the Curtain is a unique Eastern European film festival which brings high quality films and new media from Central and Eastern Europe to Birmingham.


CrossCurrents is a bi-annual festival celebrating new and contemporary classical music at the University of Birmingham.

International Dance Festival Birmingham

IDFB is a major biennial festival that presents a world-class programme of performance and participation in theatres and public spaces across Birmingham and the West Midlands.