Birmingham celebrates Jamaica in style

By on 01/08/2012 in News

A stylish mix of Jamaican food, fashion and live music is coming to Birmingham city centre this week as part of the 'Jamaica in the Square' festival (2-6 August, Victoria Square) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence.

Throughout the five day festival, visitors will be able to get a true taste of the Caribbean with cookery demonstrations and food stalls serving Jerk Chicken and other traditional dishes. There will also be the chance to sample some punch at one of the festival's Reggae Lounge Bars.

The air will be filled with plenty of Caribbean sounds with live music from reggae and soca to dancehall and ska. There will be dazzling dance performances as well as fashion, craft markets and entertainment for people of all ages.

The free festival follows on from Birmingham's hosting of the Jamaican Olympic track and field teams prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Visitors to Victoria Square will be able to enjoy all of the Olympic action on Birmingham's Live Site, including both the 100 and 200 metre male and female finals.

As part of the festival, Birmingham City Council will formally recognise Jamaica's 50th Independence Day on 6th August with the raising of the Jamaican flag in Victoria Square in front of the Council House. The celebration will also include a live televised link-up to the island of Jamaica for everyone to experience the anniversary together. The event will be attended by Council dignitaries, the Jamaican High Commissioner and faith leaders.

Steve Hollingworth, Assistant Director, Environment and Culture at Birmingham City Council said: “Following the excitement surrounding Birmingham's hosting of the Jamaican Olympic team, Jamaica in the Square, will give local people and visitors to our city the opportunity to discover the best of Jamaican culture. ”

For further information on the Jamaica in the Square event please visit

Opening hours:

  • 2,3 and 5 August 10.30am – 9pm
  • 4 and 6 August 10.30am – 11pm.

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Media contact: Jason Lewis 0121 303 4266

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