Your guide to all the festival fun taking place at Southside this Summer

Searching for exciting things to see and do in July? Look no further!  Located on Hurst Street, the open-air piazza of the Arcadian provides ‘multi-tiered, multi-cultural and multi-purpose’ spaces, and this summer, plays host to a number of exciting events, workshops, live music, installations, food and fun for all the family!

Latin American Festival – 7th July 11.00am – 7.00pm

The 24th Latin American Festival returns to the Arcadian with a brand-new line-up of music and dance acts. Featuring Venezuelan reggaeton star Lucani J, Combo Yanze Colombian Salsa band with singer Juan Pachanga and female mariachi Mexican band Las Adelitas, the jam-packed programme provides the very best showcase of Latin American culture.

With 2-4-1 cocktails available all day at popular restaurant Las Iguanas, everyone is invited to grab their amigos and mojitos and celebrate life the Latin way!

For more information and an itinerary of the day, visit here

Summer in Southside – 12th – 14th July

Image: Anastasia Beltyukova

The countdown is on! Summer in Southside returns to Birmingham in July 2019, exploring all of the wonders of outer space.

To celebrate 50 years since the first moon landing, the free family festival will see the streets of Southside, around the Birmingham Hippodrome, transformed into a spectacular lunar landscape for an entire weekend of space-themed installations, performances and ‘out of this world’ acts!

Highlights include, Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon,’ a stunning 7m wide installation with detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, space-themed craft with set designers Lloyd Live Design –  who worked on London’s 2012 Olympics and are currently hard at work on Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games, an immersive ‘Astronaut’s Caravan’ that gives a sense of weightlessness and Close Act – i – Puppets – robotic street theatre.

Many more incredible performances are promised, so make sure Summer in Southside is part of your plans!

To find out more, visit here

The Birmingham, Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival – 19th – 28th July

This festival offers over 200 jazz and blues performances, talks, workshops and film showings (nearly all of which grant free admission), and the Arcadian is one of the many venues across the West Midlands hosting some of the finest jazz and blues musicians in entire world across the event.

Here are some of the amazing acts featured at The Arcadian:

19th July – Blue Silk at the Birmingham Hippodrome – 6.00pm

Singer Judy Blu collaborates with exciting young guitarist Ian Silk, presenting their own take on jazz and blues classics.

20th July – Les Zauto Stompers de Paris at the Arcadian – 4.00pm

Formed in 2004, the popular Parisian quartet perform jazz classics and 1920s/1930s songs from the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and Walter Donaldson, combining swing with a touch of Gallic flair.

26th July – Potato Head Jazz Band at the Arcadian – 1.00pm

Formed in Granada, Spain in 2003, the Potato Head Jazz Band is a six-piece group that specialises in a skilled brand of hot jazz, swing and Dixieland. Since their last appearance in Birmingham the band has recruited new members from further afield – Cadiz, Galicia and even Argentina – and recorded a highly rated album – Like a Child.

26th July – Chris Bowden at the Birmingham Hippodrome – 6.00pm

Saxophonist Chris Bowden works widely as an arranger and performer with his own highly individual style, first becoming acclaimed for his highly original 1996 album – Time Capsule.

27th July: Boperator Boogie band at the Arcadian, 4.00pm

With an ever-growing line-up of talented musicians, the band aims to stay true to the original concept of boogie blues material, performing hits from Ray Charles, Louis Jordan, Louis Prima and Dana Gillespie.

To find out more, visit here

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