Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

This September, Birmingham is gearing up for one of the biggest cultural weekends the city has seen as 4 Squares Weekender brings a host of free live performances, artistic workshops, music, dance, circus, reggae, bhangra, exhibitions and much more to four of the city centre’s main squares; Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square and Oozells Square in BrindleyPlace.

One of the highlights is set to be the awesome As the World Tipped by Wired Aerial Company, presented by us at Birmingham Hippodrome. The event really has to be seen to be believed as artisits defy gravity on a vast 12m screen which raises vertically into the night sky!

Don’t believe me, take a look at the trailer below…


Combining dramatic film, visuals, aerial performance and choreography this is an event not to be missed and the best thing is, it’s FREE! You can catch As The World Tipped on Fri 6 Sep at 9.30pm and Sat 7 Sep at 9pm in Victoria Square.

For more info head over to


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We need you!

How do you fancy being a part of two of the biggest outdoor events in Birmingham this summer?

This summer, we will be producing two major outdoor events bringing free theatre to the city and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to act as ambassadors and be involved in two of the cultural highlights of the year.

4 Squares Weekender

4 Squares Weekender

Summer in Southside (3 August, 24-25 August) will see the area around the theatre transformed with free circus, dance and drama and 4 Squares Weekender (6-8 September) will involve a host of free live performance and interactive workshops across Birmingham City Centre.

We are looking for volunteers to help us with a range of responsibilities including Event Stewards, Marketing and Promotion eg: Flyering and Production assistants.

We will provide you with training and certification and if you enjoy being part of the team, there is a chance for you to be involved with other events with other arts organisations as part of Birmingham Arts Bank Volunteer Scheme.

Whether this is something to add to your CV or a chance to meet some of your CSR objectives for your company by putting forward a team, we would love to see you volunteering with us this summer.

CLICK HERE for more info and to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

Applicants must be over 18.

4 Squares of FREE fun!

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

This week we launched something very exciting for the city as Birmingham’s  leading arts organisations  join forces to stage a major outdoor celebration for the opening of the Library of Birmingham. …

4  Squares Weekender will be a weekend full of FREE theatre across Birmingham city centre 6-8 September 2013.

This very special event will feature free outdoor performances by UK and international artists, appealing to the whole family. Events will take place in and around Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square and Oozells Square in Brindleyplace. 4 Squares Weekender will include pop-up performances by the CBSO, aerial and acrobatics by NoFit State Circus, appearances by Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Drum’s music showcase Simmer Down, plus street theatre, dance, live music, exhibitions and numerous chances to join in.

The celebration weekend culminates on Friday and Saturday evenings in the large-scale, spectacular show As the World Tipped by Wired Aerial Theatre in Victoria Square – click here for more info on this stunning performance.

Initial information about 4 Squares Weekender can be found at Further programme details will be released in August – watch this space…

The Reds, Anaya Bolar (Sampad), Nofit State Circus, Graham Sibley (CBSO)

The Reds, Anaya Bolar (Sampad), Nofit State Circus, Graham Sibley (CBSO)