• Birmingham Weekender

    Friday 25 - Sunday 27 September 2015

    organised by Birmingham Arts Partnership

About The Partnership

BAP is the standard bearer for developing and promoting Greater Birmingham's cultural offer.

Birmingham enjoys the greatest quality and diversity of cultural infrastructure outside of the capital, with world class artists, productions, performances and exhibitions.

Our city benefits from a generation of public and private investment and a strong belief in the value of culture in terms of prosperity, learning, well-being and identity.

  1. Over 3 million people are engaged in the arts in Birmingham as audiences and participants.
  2. Across our network, 1.5 million tickets are sold per year, generating some £33M income.
  3. For every £1 invested in the arts by Birmingham City Council, it generates a return of more than £30 on investment through jobs created, services bought and visitor spend in the city.
  4. The BAP group helps to make up a creative economy larger than any other conurbation in the UK, save London; turns over £70+M; contributes around £300M to the regional economy and generates over 1,000 Full Time Equivalent jobs.

BAP has a range of working groups, involving colleagues beyond the partner members, which bring arts organisations together to collaborate on learning and participation; marketing, PR and data; community engagement and fundraising.

Learning and Participation

As well as Weekender, we are in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton to deliver the 'Bridge' programme for Arts Council England. Arts Connect connects children and young people with great arts and culture.

We are developing a series of careers, apprenticeships, skills, leadership and volunteering programmes. BAP is also working closely with the Birmingham Education Partnership and Birmingham City University on a series of major education initiatives.

Sustaining the Sector

BAP members have already experienced a 34% collective reduction in funding in recent years. We are actively developing new streams of funding, such as from the retail sector in support of Birmingham Weekender, to help sustain and grow a vibrant cultural sector.

We are developing a new cultural alliance, working with other strategic partners and a wider collection of arts companies, venues and artists as well as business and education bodies, to develop a new leadership model for culture in Greater Birmingham. It aims to develop a sustainable and resilient arts and cultural ecology and economy that play an active role in the success of Greater Birmingham.


If you would like more information on BAP and our development plans, please contact:

Andy Howell
Strategic Director, BAP
07976 263 698

Birmingham Weekender

Birmingham Weekender was organised by BAP and was our second festival, having presented Four Squares in 2013 to celebrate the opening of the Library of Birmingham.

Birmingham Weekender was a festival weekend of outdoor performance, art and entertainment, all taking place in Birmingham city centre from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September 2015. With one or two exceptions, all events were free to enter.

As Birmingham’s largest arts festival, Birmingham Weekender featured an awe-inspiring programme of events from hundreds of world-class West Midlands and international artists and companies.

Birmingham Weekender included exciting new commissions, world premieres, roaming and pop-up street theatre, a musical picnic, participative events and workshops, and much more, all animating Birmingham’s shopping and civic heart.

Birmingham Weekender was staged to mark the opening of the newly transformed New Street Station and Grand Central and to coincide with Style Birmingham Live and the Rugby World Cup.

Visitors enjoyed a host of arts, shopping, food and sport in what was a great weekend for Birmingham.

The Partners