Games outreach venues set to bring the taste of the Commonwealth to communities


Raidene Carter and Councilor Mariam Khan pose with artists and live venue representatives at the launch of the festival venues. Photo: Shaun Fellows/Shine Pix Ltd

The free venues are designed to bring a range of entertainment, food and drink to different parts of the region and provide a place where people can come together with visitors to enjoy the Games, with large screens showing all the action .

Each venue will have a daily program which includes sunrise stretching sessions, a disco with Perry, the Birmingham 2022 mascot, and a showcase of up-and-coming local talent, with each local authority drawing up a list of entertainment for each venue.

Emma Smallman of Drum and Bounce who will be providing fun fitness classes throughout the Games. Photo: Shaun Fellows/Shine Pix Ltd

In addition to the main venues in Victoria Square and Smithfield in Birmingham, venues will be open in the Black Country and Shropshire throughout the Games.

In Sandwell, where the Aquatics Center hosts 11 days of swimming and diving competitions, there will be a festival site at the Sandwell Valley Showground on Salters Lane in West Bromwich between July 25 and August 8.

Dudley, which hosts part of the cycling time trial, will have six days of festival site at various locations, starting August 1 at Huntingtree Park in Halesowen, then Silver Jubilee Park in Coseley the following day and Mary Stevens Park at Stourbridge in August. 3.

After a break of a few days for the time trial, the next site will be occupied on August 5 at Dell Stadium in Brierley Hill, then head to Netherton Park on August 6 and finish at Stevens Park in Quarry Bank on August 7.

Wolverhampton will be a hive of activity on August 4 as it hosts the time trial and will also have a festival site in Market Square in the city center during the day.

Finally, there will be a festival site for Shropshire at Southwater One on Quentin Gate in Telford, which will open on July 28 and run until August 8.

Tim Hodgson, Birmingham Festival 2022 Festival and Venues Senior Producer, said: “The Birmingham 2022 Festival venues are where sport and culture will combine to provide a fantastic free opportunity for local residents and visitors to embrace the Commonwealth Games and celebrate together.

“We are delighted to showcase the incredible creativity of Birmingham and the West Midlands, creating two festival venues for all to enjoy, with more details to be announced shortly.

“The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be a fantastic fortnight of sport, culture and entertainment and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the party.”

Raidene Carter, Executive Producer of Birmingham Festival 2022, said: “It’s really exciting with less than 50 days to go and see these venues, which are an important part of the Games and where the Games and the festival will really collide.

“Each of the host venues are developing their own programs, with everything to highlight local talent, sport, arts and culture and food and drink and although they are all under the same brand, they will be unique to these areas.

“We want people to start planning their days and if you don’t have the Games vibe yet, you should go to one of the venues and participate and have a great day.”

Sharon Brown will fully participate in the Games as a volunteer and through Sofunk. Photo: Shaun Fellows/Shine Pix Ltd

Sharon Brown from Oldbury will provide entertainment through her funk dance group Sofunk, getting people moving to disco and funk tunes, and will also be volunteering at the aquatics centre.

She said it was a dream to participate in such an important event at both levels.

She said: “I was invited to come and do the festival sites, which was a definite yes from me, and having the opportunity to be part of it and involve people and enjoy the celebrations is just awesome.

“If there was a scale of pride that I feel it would break the scale as I doubt we will ever see anything this big in my lifetime in the region so it is an honor to be part of it and I’m so proud to be alive in Sandwell and involved in it.”

Full details of all the Birmingham 2022 festival venues, with detailed information on the full program for Victoria Square and Smithfield venues, are available now at birmingham2022.com.

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