Birmingham’s Southside district, home to the city’s Chinatown, Gay Village and theatre land, is investing more than £50,000 in a series of festivals.
A total investment of £51,000 has been made through Southside Business Improvement District and the European Regional Development Fund, to support five festivals that celebrate the area’s cultural mix.
Kicking off with Birmingham Pride 2012 over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, the festival programme will also feature Shock and Gore – a celebration of horror and science fiction film organised by The Electric Cinema – and Six Summer Saturdays, developed by Birmingham Hippodrome, which will bring street theatre and circus performances to public spaces across Southside and the city centre.
Later in the year, the SHOUT Festival will celebrate “queer film, music, theatre and visual art” at venues across Birmingham, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton, while the Eye Candy festival, new for 2012, will cast a spotlight on outstanding illustration.
Julia Chance, Southside BID manager, said: “Southside prides itself on representing a rich tapestry of people and is already famed in Birmingham for its nightlife and entertainment offer, so I’m thrilled to be supporting a programme of festivals that truly reflect the amazing breadth of destinations in the district.
“This investment is designed to raise the profile of Southside and Birmingham across the region, the UK and internationally, through the additional profile that these festivals will bring. In addition, the increased footfall that these large scale events will bring to the area will have a positive commercial impact for businesses across the district.”