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All Europe's a stage at The Rep
Birmingham plays host to new performing arts from across Europe in the Be Festival at the city's Repertory Theatre. Taking place between July 4-8, the festival includes theatre, dance, acrobatics, circus skills, visual arts, workshops, discussions, music, mime and monologue with at least four shows each night.

Be Festival aims to highlight innovative and exciting performers from across Europe with artists hailing from Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Greece, Hungary and the UK.

Taking place in a special festival space at Birmingham's Repertory Theatre, each day features a series of short shows and can be booked with dinner, which is served on the theatre's main stage. Launched eight years ago, Be Festival also sees a panel of judges choosing winning productions with a finale and awards ceremony on Saturday night.

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Kulunka Teatro's Solitudes is performed at Be Festival

This year's festival is heavily influenced by Brexit and its theme is Europe Drawing the Line: Physical and Imaginary Borders. Festival directors Isla Aguilar and Miguel Oyarzun explain: "We feel that Be Festival has never had more relevance and a greater responsibility than right now, one year since the referendum. Here, in the inclusive city of Birmingham, the multifaceted cultural identities and creativity of a continent will again be celebrated through performance and art. In addition to the dizzying array of entertainment on offer, there will be a healthy platform for debate and expression and we expect this year to be particularly lively and energetic."

Picking up the theme is the site-specific performance British Enough which takes place on July 6-8. Created by Kristina Cranfeld and FoolishPeople, it puts audience members through testing zones in a future where British citizenship is the prize. Other highlights include Casa Da Esquina's My Country is What the Sea Doesn't Want which examines the experience of Portuguese immigrants in the UK, Kulunka Teatro's full-mask theatre show Solitudes and French choreographer Filipe Lourenço's Homo Furens which uses dance to explore the harsh reality of military training.

Both day tickets and weekly passes are available. For ticket information and the full programme click on
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Why? European stage comes to Birmingham
When: July 4-8
Phone: 0121 236 4455
Where: Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Cost: Day tickets from £12, weekly passes from £60
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