Five Birmingham festivals you shouldn't miss

Birmingham is a city rich in cultural diversity and artistic expression, and comes alive with a plethora of festivals throughout the year. From music and arts to design and LGBTQ+ celebrations, Birmingham hosts a variety of events that cater to diverse tastes and interests. Here are the top five festivals that you shouldn't miss when visiting this vibrant city.

Moseley Folk Festival crowd and stage.

1. Moseley Folk and Arts Festival

Nestled in the heart of Moseley Park, the Moseley Folk and Arts Festival is a celebration of music, arts and community spirit. This annual event, usually held in early September, showcases a diverse line-up of folk, acoustic and indie artists. The lush greenery of Moseley Park provides a picturesque backdrop for the festival, creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for attendees. From established headliners to emerging talents, the Moseley Folk and Arts Festival is a must-visit for music enthusiasts seeking a unique and intimate experience.

2. Mostly Jazz Festival

For those with an interest in jazz and soul, the Mostly Jazz Festival is a standout event in Birmingham's cultural calendar. Again, set in the idyllic surroundings of Moseley Park, this festival attracts world-class jazz musicians and soulful performers. The diverse line-up ensures that there's something for everyone, from classic jazz aficionados to those discovering the genre for the first time. The family-friendly atmosphere and the scenic location make Mostly Jazz Festival a perfect summer outing for music lovers of all ages.

Birmingham Design Festival 2019- Awesome Merch3. Birmingham Design Festival

Design enthusiasts rejoice, for the Birmingham Design Festival (BDF) is a celebration of creativity, innovation and all things design related. Spanning over 20 different venues across Birmingham, including our own City Centre Campus and STEAMhouse, this annual event brings together designers, artists and industry professionals to explore the latest trends and ideas in the world of design. With a range of workshops, talks, and exhibitions, the Birmingham Design Festival provides a platform for both established and emerging designers to showcase their work and engage with a like-minded audience. Whether you're a design professional or simply appreciate creative expression, this festival offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of design.

4. SHOUT Festival

Dedicated to celebrating and promoting LGBTQ+ arts and culture, SHOUT Festival is a vital and empowering event in Birmingham. Through a diverse program of performances, films, discussions, and workshops, SHOUT Festival creates a space for dialogue and celebration within the community. Held annually, this festival encourages inclusivity and understanding, fostering a sense of unity and pride. The festival not only provides a platform for LGBTQ+ artists but also promotes awareness and acceptance within the wider community. 

Ozzy the Bull at Grand Central Station.

5. Birmingham Festival

As the name suggests, Birmingham Festival is a melting pot of music, dance, theatre and visual arts, offering a comprehensive showcase of Birmingham's creative prowess. With events held throughout the year, Birmingham Festival ensures that there's always something exciting happening in the city. Whether you're interested in classical music, contemporary art, or cutting-edge theatre, this festival provides a well-rounded experience for culture enthusiasts.

Birmingham's festival scene is a testament to the city's dynamic and inclusive cultural landscape. From the serene ambiance of Moseley Park to the vibrant celebrations of LGBTQ+ culture, each festival offers a unique experience that contributes to Birmingham's status as a cultural hub in the UK. For more information, we've created a handy A-Z guide of Birmingham to help you get to know the city better.

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