Newly confirmed funding brings £12m Birmingham 2022 Festival to life


In Summary

General | 26th November 2021
Running from March to September 2022 as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Birmingham 2022 Festival will feature hundreds of creative commissions across the region, benefitting hundreds of artists and thousands of participants, communities and audiences.

In Detail

To bring the festival to life, £12million of funding has been independently fundraised by an in-house team. As previously announced, major support has been dedicated by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Martin Green, Chief Creative Officer at the Birmingham 2022 Festival said; “The fantastic support of our partners and funders has enabled the Birmingham 2022 Festival to become the most ambitious cultural festival ever connected to a Commonwealth Games, animating the city and wider region with a celebration of creativity across the West Midlands.”

Announced today, a core programme of projects and productions within the festival will explore LGBTQIA+ stories within Birmingham and beyond, supported in part by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Paul Hamlyn Foundation uses its resources to support social change, working towards a just and equitable society in which everyone, especially young people, can realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

Among these projects will be The Healing Gardens of Bab, a multi-disciplinary arts programme designed by Birmingham’s LGBTQIA+ communities in collaboration with artists from across the Commonwealth, offering transformative experiences and a space for respite, healing and discourse through performing arts, participation and design. More details will be revealed in early 2022.

Aaron Wright, Artistic Director at Fierce Festival, producers of The Healing Gardens of Bab, said; “Thanks to the Birmingham 2022 Festival and generous funding from grant makers and trusts and foundations, we’re excited to devolve power to the next generation of LGBTQIA+ creatives in the city to steer the project. Tackling complex homophobic colonial legacies will require a care centred approach that uplifts those who were most marginalised by the empire, to instead celebrate the rich cultures that were erased and eclipsed around the world”.

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Image: Birmingham 2022 Festival Floor Artwork. Photograph taken by Lensi Photography.