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Festival could bring residents together

A new ten-day arts festival has been launched in Hall Green by community forum We Are B28

Birmingham-based photographer Vanley Burke will be giving a talk at the inaugural Hall Green Arts Festival
Birmingham-based photographer Vanley Burke will be giving a talk at the inaugural Hall Green Arts Festival

A NEW arts festival organised and co-ordinated by the community in Hall Green was launched yesterday (Thursday) evening.

A ten-day programme has been put together by the suburb’s community forum, We Are B28, with a selection of comedy, music and craft events taking place between now and October 13.

Highlights of the festival will include an illustrated talk by Birmingham photographer Vanley Burke, a lantern parade along the banks of the River Cole and a performance by Theatre 28, which pays tribute to one of the suburb’s most famous sons - Tony Hancock.

Poetry readings, concerts and an open day at Sarehole Mill are among some of the other 30-plus activities.

Steve Gove-Humphries, festival organiser, said he had been bowled over by how many organisations had got behind the project.

“It’s just mushroomed in size, we originally intended to do three days of events and that’s grown to ten as more and more groups wanted to get involved,” said the Southam Road resident.

“Hall Green is quite a sleepy place, people tend to come home from work and shut the door.

“They don’t necessarily know about things happening in their area, even those who have lived in the neighbourhood for decades.

“I’d encourage people to turn off the TV and actually come out and meet some of their neighbours.”

For full dates and times of all the events taking place, pick up a programme from Hall Green Library or visit www.weareb28.co.uk

 

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