While many Brummies await the referendum in order to officially cast their votes on the future state of our nation as part of the EU, BE festival have planned an expressive and eclectic way to get our minds racing and our creative taste-buds tantalized. Housed in The Rep, one of Birmingham’s most interesting performance spaces, BE (Birmingham European) Festival plans to turn the space completely on it’s head, boasting an extensive list of performances from companies that are bringing the flavours of Europe figuratively and literally with dinner served every evening on the main stage, while dances, theatre, circus performances and workshops will litter The Rep from June 21st – 25th, celebrating all that is great about Europe and hopes that visitors can explore what what it means to be a European citizen. Be Festival vows to give us the most immersive experience while emphasizing the feel of community, trying, and probably succeeding in swaying any in the ‘unsure’ camp into voting Remain.

FREE: Late Night Sounds on the Be Late stage, 8pm – 12am: Include The awesome Project Jam Sandwich live on Wed 22 Jun. An award winning 5-piece who met at The Royal Northern College of Music, who create a virtuoso hybrid global sound. From Afrobeat and reggae to folk and gypsy jazz passing through South Africa, Scotland and beyond. The band played The Royal Albert Hall as part of BBC Proms in 2015 and are touring at festivals all summer. This is followed by a late night Referendum Party on Thu 23 Jun & Global Soundclash with DJ Glynn Phillips on Fri 24 Jun & Northern Soul and Motown DJ Mazzy Snape for the awards/closing party on Sat 25 Jun.

Saturday 25 Jun: For a list of the final night’s events and short video trailers of the shows see: here

More info with full list of events at: www.befestival.org

Tue 21 Jun – Sat 25 Jun, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP. Tel: 0121 236 4455. Day Tickets £14 or £22 inc meal. Tickets: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Tue 21 Jun - Sat 25 Jun
Rico Johnson-Sinclair
Published on:
Sat 18 Jun 2016