Arts Extravaganza to mark opening

THE city is gearing up for the grand opening of the Library of Birmingham ,which takes place next month.

A range of arts events and live music performances will take place in the city’s four main squares from September 6-8, to coincide with the new library opening as well as the re-opening of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre following its refurbishment.

The ’4 Squares Weekender’ will take place in and around Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square and Oozells Square.

Among the most exciting performances will be ‘As the World Tipped’ performed by the Wired Aerial Theatre in Victoria Square. Other notables include pop-up performances by the CBSO, aerial and acrobatics by NoFit State Circus, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Drum’s music showcase Simmer Down.

Also, the Ikon’s Slow Boat – a 72ft narrow boat, converted into a floating art venue and moored on the Brindleyplace canalside will be open to visitors.

Roxana Silbert, artistic director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, said: “Birmingham’s arts organisations are a great asset to the city and we will all be out in full force over the 4 Squares Weekender.”