Tuesday, 28 June 2011

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME PRESENTS OUTDOOR THEATRE ON THE STREET OF BIRMINGHAM

SIX SUMMER SATURDAYS is back - bigger and better!

· Birmingham Hippodrome brings the best of outdoor theatre to the streets of Birmingham

· All for FREE!

· http://www.sixsummersaturdays.com/

Following last year’s success, Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to announce the return of SIX SUMMER SATURDAYS bringing the very best of outdoor theatre to Birmingham city centre from Saturday 9 July to Saturday 13 August. And it’s all for FREE.

Six Summer Saturdays kicks off on 9 July with a host of interactive musical sculptures and energetic sounds in partnership with Birmingham Jazz Festival. And from 22-24 July, just one year before the start of the Olympic Games, Six Summer Saturdays forms part of the London 2012 Open Weekend when No Fit State Circus arrive with trampolines, tight ropes, juggling and much more.

Featuring a host of wonderful live performances across the city, Six Summer Saturdays highlights include: snow ball fights in the middle of summer; the world’s smallest mobile theatre; a special interactive game on Victoria Square’s BBC Big Screen; late night waltzes with inflatable lobsters; a Festival of Fudge; revolving six foot tall paintings; giant balloons; a dazzling ping pong tournament; furry feline characters and amazing aerial theatre.

Sarah Allen, Birmingham Hippodrome’s Creative Programme manager said:

“We are very excited to be bringing Six Summer Saturdays to the streets of Birmingham once again. If people are just shopping or eating al fresco they will be able to enjoy some very exciting performances in locations such as Brindleyplace, Chamberlain Square and outside the Hippodrome. And, if people are feeling more energetic, they can plan their day so that they enjoy a whole range of FREE performances across the city.

This year’s season is Feel Good Fridays, with performances in and around Colmore Business District, providing people with the chance to warm up for the weekend whilst on their lunch break or leaving work.”

Gary Cardin, Colmore Business District Chair said:

“Colmore Business District is delighted to welcome exciting, interactive and entertaining performances to the heart of Birmingham’s business community. These acts will be light-hearted and compelling showpieces for employees and visitors to enjoy, transforming lunchtimes and bringing arts and culture to our streets and open spaces.”

SIX SUMMER SATURDAYS runs from Saturday 9 July to Saturday 13 August and takes place in public spaces across the city including Birmingham Hippodrome piazza, Arcadian Centre, Chamberlain Square, Victoria Square, Cathedral Grounds, Colmore Square and Brindleyplace. All events are FREE. Full listings can be obtained from http://www.sixsummersaturdays.com/

Performances may be delayed or rescheduled in wet weather. Ask a Six Summer Saturdays steward for the latest updates or stay in touch via Twitter following @brumhippodrome and the hashtag #6summersats

SIX SUMMER SATURDAYS is supported by Arts Council England, SouthSide BID, Broad Street BID, Retail Birmingham and LCP Properties. Feel Good Fridays is in association with Colmore Business District.

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