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Arts spectacular to celebrate the Library of Birmingham
Birmingham's major arts organisations are getting together a weekend of free outdoor performances to celebrate the opening of the city's new library. The 4 Squares Weekender takes place from September 6 8 in Birmingham's central squares Centenary, Chamberlain, Victoria and Oozells in Brindleyplace.

Library of Birmingham
Celebration: Arts festival marks opening of Library of Birmingham

The fun begins at 9.30pm on September 6 in Victoria Square with a spectacular show called As The World Tipped presented on a 12 metre screen set high in the sky. It's repeated at 9pm on September 7.

Highlights are many but here are a few things not to miss in each square.


Crack Up (Ikon Gallery, 12pm & 4pm, Sept 8): Birmingham Contemporary Music Group perform music by Japanese composers Toshi Ichiyanagi and Shiori Usui.

Pif Paf Something To Hold (Brindleyplace, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, Sept 7; 12pm, 2.30pm, Sept 8): A 25 minute tale performed on a new aerial sculpture.

Squaring the Circle: Sampad presents Circles in the Square (pic:

Circles in the Square (Oozells Square, 1pm & 3pm, Sept 8): Classical and urban dance presented by Sampad.


Musical Picnic (11am 6pm, Sept 7; 12pm 6pm, Sept 8): A varied programme of music featuring, among others, Soweto Kinch, the Burdock Ceilidah Band, Louis Robinson and Metropolitan Brass.

4 Squares Weekender
Spectacular: Hooray For Bollywood (pic:

Hooray For Bollywood (1.30pm & 4.30pm, Sept 7): A music and dance spectacular with the sights and sounds of Bollywood.

CBSO Wind Ensemble (3pm, Sept 7, Library of Birmingham): The music of Mozart performed in the new library's amphitheatre. The CBSO String Quartet occupy the space at 3pm on Sept 8.


Musical Youth
Simmer down: Musical Youth

Simmer Down Showcase (5pm 8.30pm, Sept 7; 2.30pm 7pm, Sept 8): Singers, dancers and DJs entertain. Don't miss Musical Youth, Yaz Alexander, Basil Gabbidon and Tippa Irie.

Flatpack Film Cafe (Waterhall, Museum & Art Gallery, 12pm 8pm, Sept 7 & 8): Animation, cult movies, live performances and an exhibition of posters presented by the folks from Birmingham's Flatpack Festival.

dx Participate (Town Hall, 2pm 5.30pm, Sept 7; 1pm 4pm, Sept 8): Dance workshops courtesy of DanceXchange. Styles include Lindy Hop, Urban Fusion and Street.


Open House (12pm 2pm & 3pm 5pm, Sept 7; 12pm 2.15pm & 3.15pm 5.30pm): Birmingham Hippodrome and Nofit State Circus join forces for a spectacle of acrobatics, circus stunts and music.

Birmingham Royal Ballet
Leading company: Birmingham Royal Ballet (pic:

Birmingham Royal Ballet (Town Hall, 1pm, Sept 7): See why the BRB is the UK's leading touring ballet company.

Chairs (Town Hall, 3pm, Sept 7): Freefall Dance Company takes its inspiration from the humble chair for its latest demonstration piece.
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Why? Loads of free arts shows, exhibitions and workshops
When: September 6 - 8, 2013
Phone: 0844 888 3883
Where: Four Birmingham city centre squares - Centenary, Victoria, Chamberlain and Oozells.
Cost: Free
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