Thursday, 7 July 2011

London 2012 Open Weekend, 22-24 July 2011

Guide to what’s on in Birmingham and the Black Country

This year's London 2012 Open Weekend, supported by BP, will take place on 22-24 July 2011, marking the countdown to one year to go to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As part of Open Weekend 2011, there will be a raft of free family activities in and around Birmingham and the Black Country.

The London 2012 Open Weekend aims to showcase the best of what the UK has to offer in art, dance, film and sport.

The centre of Birmingham will be buzzing with Jamaica Live!, a pop-up festival celebrating the Jamaica team’s visit to the city in 2012. Expect good times and good food with special guests Levi Roots, the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham gospel sensation Monique and many more.

Pop around the corner to Chamberlain Square and find Circus in the City, a colourful array of circus activities with NoFit State circus and the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Also in Birmingham city centre Dancexchange launch their Outdoor Dance Programme with Breathe the Beat, inviting passers by to learn a new hip hop dance from French sensation Salah.

Central Youth Theatre brings some Glamour and Romance to Wolverhampton in special previews of the Everybody Dance Now Festival.

And in The Great West Midlands Poetry Relay, ten poets will create a poem in ten parts over a day, travelling around the West Midlands, passing the poetry baton and culminating in a grand release where the finished poem will be carried away by a flock of racing pigeons from Digbeth’s Project Pigeon.

Paul Kaynes, Creative Programmer for the West Midlands, said: “During Open Weekend 2011 people across the West Midlands will celebrate the one year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in fun and exciting ways. From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July, thousands of people will be showing off their creative and sporting talents by actively participating in events to celebrate the greatest show on earth coming to the UK. I'm sure the weekend will be just a taste of what to expect in the summer of 2012, when the torch relay, London 2012 Festival and the Olympic and Paralympic Games will bring a summer of celebration for the region.”

London 2012 Chair Sebastian Coe said: “For our fourth year Open Weekend is focused on celebrating the ‘One Year to Go’ countdown to the London 2012 Games and helping communities across the country experience the best of British sporting, artistic and cultural talents up close. I’d encourage people to get involved at a local event as part of this nationwide celebration; it will be an amazing event.”

Around 60 events are expected to take place across the region in Open Weekend 2011 – set to be the biggest and best yet.

With the support of BP, Premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad and long-standing supporter of arts and culture in the UK, the London 2012 Open Weekend is now in its fourth year.

Open Weekend 2011 follows the success of the past three previous years, in which over 2.4 million people across the UK unleashed their creativity across a series of sporting, art and cultural activities in celebration of the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Full listings can be found at http://www.london2012.com/open-weekend

Open Weekend 2011: Events in Birmingham and the Black Country

The Great West Midlands Poetry Relay


A relay of ten poets create a poem in ten parts over a day, travelling around the West Midlands, passing the poetry baton. The day culminates in a grand release where the finished poem will be carried away by a flock of racing pigeons.

Will each of ten segments make it to the final destination in time to be carried away by ten racing pigeons from Birmingham's Project Pigeon? Will all ten parts make it safely back to the loft? With events in Ledbury, Belmont, Stoke On Trent, Burton On Trent, Polesworth, Rugby, Warwick, Stafford, Worcester and Much Wenlock, you can find a poetry relay event near you! Check our website for exact times and locations. w ww.writingwestmidlands.org

Saturday 23 July, from 9am to 7pm

Ledbury, Belmont, Stoke On Trent, Burton On Trent, Polesworth, Rugby, Warwick, Stafford, Worcester and Much Wenlock

Free

Jamaica Live!


Birmingham


Jamaica Live! is Birmingham's first family-friendly, pop-up arts festival, celebrating the Jamaican team coming to the city. Drop in and help us celebrate Jamaican culture and the world of old-school vinyl and analogue sounds. With food, free music and hands-on fun and games. Organised by Punch, special guests include Levi Roots, the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham gospel sensation Monique and comedians Tony Hendriks, Toju and Annette Fagon.

www.facebook.com/jamaicaraw

Saturday 23 July, 12-6pm


Victoria Square, Birmingham


Free entry
 Circus in the City


Birmingham


Come and take part in our very own Circus Games with No Fit State Circus. Circus in the City is a free event, a colourful array of circus skill and talent for you to participate in and enjoy. Expect flag flying, drum banging, hand balancing, picnicking, hula hooping and trapeze! Plus feed our Circus friends on the BBC big screen with Great Balls of Fire in Victoria Square! Circus in the City is part of Six Summer Saturdays, a six week programme of free outdoor performance for all ages.

Organised by Birmingham Hippodrome

http://www.sixsummersaturdays.com/

Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 July, 12-6pm


Chamberlain Square, Birmingham


Free entry

Breathe the Beat

Birmingham

Breathe the Beat is a new way of learning to dance. As part of the Open Weekend breathethebeat.com is being celebrated through live performances in Victoria Square, Birmingham, with guest artists Brooke and Roxy. On breathethebeat.com, international hip-hop artist Salah shows you how to take inspiration from your every day surroundings and create routines using his unique PABE (Popping, Animation, Boogaloo, Effect) style. There is the opportunity to upload your video to our competition and perform live at a future event.

Presented by DanceXchange, Breathe the Beat is part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands.

Saturday 23 July, 11.30-11.50, 1-1.20pm, 2.50-3.10pm, 4.10-4.30pm

Victoria Square, Birmingham

Free entry

Free

Central Youth Theatre: Glamour & Romance

Preview of the Everybody Dance Now festival

Wolverhampton

It’s the 1940s. The war is over, but there are still shortages, still rationing, and there is still much grieving to be done. However, the young people of Wolverhampton are determined to have some fun! And where do you go to forget your troubles? The dance halls - a place where there is still a little glamour and maybe even some romance in the air.

This is a special preview ahead of the Everybody Dance Now festival, taking place 29 July – 6 August 2011.

Everybody Dance Now is a Dancing for the Games programme, part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands.

http://www.centralyouththeatre.org/

Sunday 24 July, 2pm, £6

Wolverhampton Low-Level Railway Station, Sun Street, Wolverhampton, WV10 0DG

Open Weekend at the Birmingham Live Site

Showing memorable moments from past Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as host of films. People will also have the chance to try their hand at some interactive fun and games using the Birmingham Big Screen.

Saturday 23 July, 10.30am-6.30pm

Sunday 24 July, 11am-5.30pm

Victoria Square, Birmingham

Free entry

Adinkra Printing Family Workshop

Using printing techniques and paint, participants will work with artist, Matthew Krishanu, to create colourful designs on cloth inspired by Adinkra patterns and symbols. Adinkra is a traditional printed or stamped cloth originating in Ghana. Participants will explore the meaning of shapes and symbols to create their own patterns. This workshops forms part of the run-up to the Style Africa exhibition due to open at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2012.

Saturday 23 July, 11am-4pm

Chamberlain Square, Birmingham

Free entry

Rathayatra Festival

The annual Birmingham Rathayatra Chariot Festival organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and supported by Birmingham City Council. Cultural information & crafts stalls and free vegetarian feast.

Sunday 24 July, 2-7pm

Chariot Procession 12.30pm (travel from Chamberlain Square to High Street Bullring) followed by a Cultural Programme in Victoria Square

Gold, Silver, and Bronze

Taster sessions in sports coaching, volunteering, athletics, dance, football, boxercise and basketball.

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July

Centre Spot CIC, Davey Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 9AP

£10 for both days 

Sampad Arts Mela 2011


West Bromwich


Enjoy an afternoon of free dance, music, poetry performances and animation films. Watch the Dhol procession and lantern parade. Try your hand at rangoli, henna, jewellery and lantern-making in interactive workshops for all ages. Show off your best dance moves in the Bollywood and Bhangra dance competition. Round off the day with two of the UK's hottest new Asian music talents Foji Gill and Samar Sidhu.

Sunday 24 July, 12-7pm


The Public, New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG


Free Entry (Tickets for Foji Gill & Samar Sidhu at 6pm are £6, £5 concessions)

Central Youth Theatre: Glamour & Romance


Wolverhampton


It’s the 1940s. The war is over, but there are still shortages, still rationing, and there is still much grieving to be done. However, the young people of Wolverhampton are determined to have some fun! And where do you go to forget your troubles? The dance halls - a place where there is still a little glamour and maybe even some romance in the air.

This is a special preview ahead of the Everybody Dance Now festival, taking place 29 July – 6 August 2011.

Everybody Dance Now is a Dancing for the Games programme, part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands.

http://www.centralyouththeatre.org/

Sunday 24 July, 2pm


Wolverhampton Low-Level Railway Station, Sun Street, Wolverhampton, WV10 0DG


£6

Central Youth Theatre: May I Have This Dance?


Wolverhampton


The outbreak of the First World War changed everything for the young people who went to dance in the All Saint’s Church Hall in Wolverhampton. Young men went to the front in their thousands - most never to return. For those still at home, dance became their salvation, a way of escaping and forgetting the horrors of war. By the end of the decade, life was changing fast, and the dance halls were set on fire by the Charleston, Rag-time and Lindy Hop.

This is a special preview ahead of the Everybody Dance Now festival, taking place 29 July – 6 August 2011.

Everybody Dance Now is a Dancing for the Games programme, part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands.

http://www.centralyouththeatre.org/

Saturday 23 July, 2pm


Wolverhampton Low-Level Railway Station, Sun Street, Wolverhampton, WV10 0DG


£6

Central Youth Theatre: Three Steps to Heaven


Wolverhampton


In the early 1960s, boys in sharp suits and winkle-picker shoes, and chic girls with beehive hair, stiffened petticoats and flounced-out skirts trip around the dance halls and ballrooms of Wolverhampton. Three Steps to Heaven follows the journey of a group of young people whose lives are completely changed when a DJ at the Civic plays a song by a little-known Liverpuddlian group, bringing the strictly ballroomera to a close.

This a special preview ahead of the Everybody Dance Now festival, taking place 29 July – 6 August 2011.

Everybody Dance Now is a Dancing for the Games programme, part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands.

www.centralyouththeatre.org

Sunday 24 July, 5pm

Wolverhampton Low-Level Railway Station, Sun Street, Wolverhampton, WV10 0DG

£6


West Midlands are Dancing for the Games 2011

Walsall

Celebrating dance origins from across the globe. Workshops will be held with Spanish, American, Italian, Indian and Caribbean dance styles. A competition will commence so that the dance groups can compete with the work they have learnt at sessions delivered on project. A closing of the event will be an award ceremony with teams getting trophies for bronze, silver and gold.

Saturday 23 July, 11am-1pm

Broad Way, Pelsall, Walsall WS4 1AN

Making Links

Mushroom Green

Mushroom Green, the world’s oldest chain-making shop, is the centre of controversy! Bulldozers move in on the world's oldest chain shop. Heritage site saved by Black Country Dancers and local residents!

Black Country dancers and local residents join forces to save this famous Heritage site. Come to Mushroom Green where you will be immersed in a unique site-specific performance where fantasy begins and history unfolds before your very eyes. Be part of local history and save this site from demolition. Apply for tickets NOW - limited availability.

www.dudley.gov.uk/dpa

Saturday 23 July, 4.30pm; 7.00pm; 8.30pm; 9.45pm;

Quarry Rd, Off Saltwells Rd, Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 OEF

Tickets are available by Lottery Application to maggie.lewis@dudley.gov.uk


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