St George’s Day in Birmingham

By on 14/04/2011 in Culture, News

Birmingham City Council and Birmingham St George's Day Association have announced plans for Birmingham's St George's Day celebrations which this year falls during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

On Saturday 23 April from 11am - 5pm, Victoria and Chamberlain Squares will be filled with free summer fête style celebrations.  There's a chance to meet St George and enjoy traditional English food and drink including a Hog Roast, local ale and cider.  Children can enjoy rides, free face painting and crown and Easter bonnet workshops.

There will also be Morris dancing and a Mummers play in Victoria Square as well as a stage with live music and entertainment throughout the day.  Compered by BBC WM presenters Bev Bevan, Jenny Wilkes and Loyd Williams, music will be provided by tribute bands Absolute Bowie and The Fab Beatles alongside favourites Sovereign Brass, young folk band Suntrap and the Central England Ensemble.  Jenny Jones will join in events at Victoria Square including interactive games on the Big Screen, new for this year.

Visitors can savour traditional treats and purchase souvenirs at the English craft and farmers market along New Street.  At Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, there's music from Squeake's Noyse from 11am - 4pm in the galleries and both the Shakespeare Memorial Room and Centre for the Child at Central Library are holding Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations throughout the day.  Birmingham Cathedral on Colmore Row has bell ringing, prayers and an Easter liturgy.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said, “Birmingham City Council is proud to be organising these celebrations in honour of England's patron saint.  This is an excellent opportunity for the city's residents to join together to celebrate England's wonderful heritage.  It is just one of many fantastic free community events planned for the coming year.”

Melvyn Haigh, chairman and festival organiser of the Birmingham St George's Day Association said, “The Birmingham St George’s Day Association was formed to promote our English culture in the form of music, dance and the many other arts for which our nation can be rightly proud.

In partnership with Birmingham City Council we have made Birmingham the place to be to celebrate St George’s Day. It’s time to celebrate England at the family friendly festival.”

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-george

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Media contact:
Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476 or 07766 923 352
debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk

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  1. Russell Parker says:

    Er, it’s not St. George’s day till 2nd May (or 28th April, if you’re a catholic)

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