World Record Bhangra dance-off

By on 09/09/2009 in News

Over a thousand people are expected to take part in the World's Biggest Bhangra Group at ArtsFest, the UK's biggest free arts festival,  hopefully setting a new world record in the process.

On Saturday 12 September, some of the UK’s finest and most established Bhangra Dance Groups will be performing together to break a new Guinness World RecordTM of over 1000 people dancing the same routine at the same time in the same place for as long as possible.  Everyone is invited to join in - just go to to register and learn the steps.

Workshops will be held throughout the morning for everyone to perfect the routine before the warm up, which will be hosted by the BBC's Satnam Rana, starts at 1:30pm.  The attempt will begin at 2pm and organisers are confident they can beat the current world record, which was set in Toronto in August 2008 with 763 people.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “It will be exciting to see local people getting involved in helping to break this world record. 

“We are always looking for exciting ways to introduce new audiences to the arts and spectacles like this, plus the free performances at ArtsFest, will provide plenty of opportunities for people to get together and enjoy themselves.”

ArtsFest is the UK's biggest free arts festival and is organised by Birmingham City Council with support from a huge number of sponsors, partners, arts organisations and volunteers.  For more information go to or contact the ArtsFest team on 0121 464 5678.


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Press accreditation applies - please contact media officer above for a press pass if you would like to attend ArtsFest.

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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 our 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.

Friday 11th September
4:30pm Centenary Square Dance Marquee
Bhangra World Record Workshop - learn the dance steps for Saturday's attempt

Saturday 12th September
8am-1pm Centenary Square Dance Marquee
Registration and workshops for the record attempt

1:30-2:30pm Centenary Square Stage
Warm up and record attempt, led by Satnam Rana

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