Birmingham sets Bhangra world record

By on 12/09/2009 in News


Birmingham went into the Guinness Book of World records when 857 people danced Bhangra together for 12 minutes at ArtsFest, the UK's biggest free arts festival on Saturday 12th September 2009.

In baking hot September sunshine hundreds of people practised their dance techniques with the experts Nachdey Hasdey Bhangra group.   Young and old from all backgrounds then warmed up for the record at 2.30pm dancing for a full 12 minutes with arms aloft they danced themselves into the record books.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said:
“I am absolutely delighted that Birmingham has gone in the Guinness Book of World Records.  This event is completely what ArtsFest is about getting involved and learning something new.    It was clear to me everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves in a joint sharing of culture.   Birmingham is truly the culture capital of the UK.”

Organisers estimate around 110,000 people flocked to the city centre today to enjoy the free entertainment, which included Brazilian Capoeira workshops on the Monarch Beach, Eastern European Klezmer music on the Fountain Stage, Renaissance music and art exhibitions in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, as well as hundreds of other free events, activities and attractions.

ArtsFest, the UK's biggest free arts festival, runs from 11-13 September in Birmingham city centre.  It is organised by Birmingham City Council, with support from sponsors, partners, arts organisations and volunteers.  For more information go to or contact the ArtsFest team on
0121 464 5678.


Media contact:  Emily Malcolm 07766 923352, 
or, 07977583843

Notes to Editors

Images available on request.
? ArtsFest, now in its 12th year, has grown from strength to strength and is now one of the highlights of Birmingham City Council's annual events programme.  This unique festival last year attracted nearly a quarter of a million people to the city to see thousands of artists perform for free.

ArtsFest helps to make the arts accessible to all and to widen people's experiences of cultural activity.  With everything from street art to opera, cutting edge theatre installations to bhangra dance and plenty in between, the festival offers audiences a wealth of amazing opportunities to enjoy a huge range of artistic experiences for free.   

The best of the region's emerging artists perform alongside internationally renowned companies, and many find it to be an unparalleled platform from which to launch and establish their artistic careers.

The programme may be subject to change.

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