Sunshine fun at the double

By on 24/04/2010 in Culture, News

Birmingham culture will be celebrated on a grand scale this weekend with two major events in the city.

Today (April 24) a battle between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings will be at the centre of this year's Birmingham St George's Day festivities in Chamberlain Square.

The free event organised by Birmingham City Council and Birmingham St George's Day Association will host an exciting mix of new and traditional activities in the city centre.

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Tomorrow (April 25) one of the world's largest Vaisakhi celebrations returns to Handsworth Park.

The celebrations, which mark the Sikh nation's collective birthday, start at 10am on Sunday as two huge processions set off from Gurdwaras (Sikh temples) in Hockley and Smethwick. 

Led by five Sikhs in traditional dress they will be followed by thousands of other Sikhs from local congregations and at the head of each procession will be the Holy Scriptures of Revelation - referred to as the living Guru Granth Sahib.

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Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said: “It promises to be a great weekend. These events perfectly underline how Birmingham's numerous communities come together to celebrate their cultural identity and that's one of the reasons our city is in the frame for the UK City of Culture title.”

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