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Birmingham ArtsFest September 2011 Aug 10
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On the 10th and 11th of September, a great annual event will take place, ArtsFest in Birmingham. ArtsFest is one of the biggest and most popular urban festivals in the UK, and biggest free event of its kind. You can see every kind of performance imaginable, from ballet to Ballywood, without spending any money for tickets or having to queue for long periods of time to purchase them. It’ll also showcase the West Midland region’s most talented performers. If you are planning on attending this festival then check out the Jurys Inn range of hotels in Birmingham for top rates.

This festival is an excellent representation of the Midland’s bustling cultural scene, with over 600 artists and performers, from the traditional to the cutting edge of the best performances, workshops, exhibitions, installations, talks and screenings, across all performing, visual and digital arts genres.

The organisers of ArtsFest are dedicated to presenting both emerging and established talent. They also work hard to schedule the style and type of work with the right venues and stages. One of their goals is to bring new artists and a new audience to Birmingham and the West Midlands, so that audiences can be more involved in new and innovative ways. Artists that have grown up in the region are highlighted, along with companies such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, headliners like The Twang and Athlete, as well as local community groups and choirs.

The Birmingham ArtsFest was created in 1998 and was inspired by the UitMarkt Festival in Amsterdam. Since then, ArtsFest has grown in size and reputation to become a strong part of Birmingham life. It usually uses Birmingham’s best outdoor City Centre spaces such as Centenary, Chamberlain and Victoria Square, City Centre Gardens, and New Street and High Street. Indoor venues such as the Midland Arts Centre at Cannon Hill Park are also usually utilized for the festival.

One of the most exciting and innovative aspects of ArtsFest is how it provides students and new artists with opportunities to display and sell their artwork, at its “Art on the Railings,” taking place on the Broad Street side of Centenary Square. It’s also a great place for artists to create their artwork as the public passes by and watches, which is sure to entice new buyers.

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