The Night Circus rolls into Town…

Something magical is making its way to Birmingham this October Half Term… and it’s all for FREE!

Night CircusHippodrome Plus is delighted to present NIGHT CIRCUS; a breathtaking, magical and illuminating evening for all the family.

This sparkling evening will feature three hours of outdoor performances commencing with a stunning lantern lit procession through the streets and squares of Birmingham’s Southside district in areas around the theatre and the Arcadian.

NIGHT CIRCUS brings together some of the best street performances including rising circus stars Circulus who present the UK premiere of a brand new production 3.3r; an original commission developed for the Royal Shakespeare Company featuring beautiful fairy projections; magical storytelling and a breathtaking rhythmic piece combining precision juggling, glow clubs and contemporary dance.

This special, one night only event will take place in Southside on Wednesday 29 October from 5.30pm-8.30pm in Arcadian, on Hippodrome Square, with the procession starting from Hippodrome Square – take a look at the gallery below for a preview of what’s to come…

Find out more about this illuminating evening of free performance including full listings of times and venues here.

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Bumper Brum Bank Holiday of FREE Theatre…

Roll up, roll up for our last weekend of Summer in Southside – and boy, have we saved the best until last!

This Bank Holiday we will be bringing the streets of Southside alive with not one but TWO days of fun, free theatre. Join us on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm for rapping grannies, high-flying circus, song and dance and much, much more.

Both days round up with a special evening performance by Southpaw Dance Company called FAUST – this is one not to be missed featuring incredible acrobatic dance plus plenty of fire!!

You can download the full schedule for this weekend’s Bank Holiday Jamboree here.

Take a look at the gallery below for a teaser of what’s to come…

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Breathing life into ice…

Deep in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside district, hidden in an old warehouse behind a public house something extraordinary is taking place…

Every day teams of volunteers arrive at the warehouse to assist in the creation of a poignant spectacle set to take to the steps of Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square on 2 August presented by Birmingham Hippodrome.

12 freezer-fridges are slowly becoming home to over 5,000 ice figures which are carefully created by the team of volunteers by freezing water into male and female moulds which are then removed from their casing and chizzled into a final form in time for them to be re-frozen once again ahead of the event in Chamberlain Square.

Minimum Monument a major exhibition by the award winning Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo. On the day members of the public will be invited to place the beautifully crafted sculptures on the steps of the city’s Chamberlain Square where they can watch as the sea of ice figures melt.

The British premiere in Birmingham features the largest ever number of ice sculptures Néle has produced and is part of Birmingham City Council’s World War One Commemorations. To find out more about this FREE event click here.

Take a look at some images of the creation process below…