St George’s Day celebrations in Birmingham

By on 19/04/2012 in Culture, News

Birmingham City Council has announced plans for Birmingham's St George's Day celebrations.

On Saturday 21 April, from 11am - 5pm, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square will be filled with free, fun, family-style celebrations.  There'll be a chance to see St George arrive on his trusty steed and enjoy traditional English food and local ale.

Visitors can browse through the English craft and farmers market and purchase souvenirs or savour traditional treats, including hog roasts and fish'n'chips.   Children can enjoy rides and free face painting plus the chance to see Dragon Quest, courtesy of Circo Rum Ba Ba who will bring their walkabout character along.

There are plenty of opportunities for all the family to be entertained throughout the day.

Victoria Square Stage will be where Moonrakers, one of Oxfordshire's finest acoustic groups will perform Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English traditional and contemporary tunes and songs.

Whilst Chamberlain Square will be the place where crowds can watch the Knights of Middle England display their great swordsmanship skills. Visitors will be entertained by court jesters and Morris dancers, from the Jockey Men's Morris Club, Earlsdon Morris Men and Glorishears of Brummage.

The Big Brum Buz will be running two, 30 minute free tours on the day, showing off the delights and landmarks of Birmingham.  The free tours start from Colmore Row / Waterloo Street at 1pm and again, at 2pm.

There will be a live compere on the main stage in Victoria Square, and there will be interactive games on the Big Screen for everyone to enjoy.

Sharon Lea, Strategic Director, Environment and Culture at Birmingham City Council said: “Birmingham City Council is proud to be organising these celebrations in recognition of England's patron saint. The free family friendly activities and events complimented by the traditional markets and entertainment will present a wonderful opportunity for the city's residents to join together to celebrate England's fantastic heritage.”

Dave Ward, chairman of the Birmingham St George's Day Association said: “I am very proud to be the chairman of the Birmingham St. George's Day Association. Every year Birmingham stages the best St. George's day celebration in the whole of England. Through this, and the schools bursary, the children of Birmingham are now aware of their English identity whatever their ethnic background.

We are delighted to see “Brummies”, of all colours and creeds, come together to celebrate this day. Please make sure you join us in Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square on Saturday 21 April, 11am to 5pm followed by the big concert at Symphony Hall 6-9pm.   Bring your flags and roses and be prepared to enjoy yourselves.

The St George's Day Celebrations are organised by Birmingham City Council in partnership with Birmingham St George's Day Association.  The Association is also organising the annual Celebrating England Concert at Symphony Hall in the evening.  For more information call 0121 303 3008 or go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/st-georg

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Media contact:
(Wednesday 18 April - Friday 20 April)
Maureen Howell on 0121 303 2805
maureen.howell@birmingham.gov.uk

(Saturday 21 April)
Carmel Girling or Jason Lewis on 07766923352
carmel.girling@birmingham.gov.uk or jason.lewis@birmingham.gov.uk

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