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The Birmingham 2022 Festival promises six months of dance extravaganzas and performances celebrating stories of race, identity and empire. With the programme launch officially released, Birmingham 2022 will debut the epic festival with Wondrous Stories in Birmingham City Centre.

Taking place March 17-20 in Birmingham’s Centenary Square, Wondrous Stories will display magical action, aerial displays, acrobatics and dance that celebrates the West Midlands’ connection to stories and storytelling.

The public will be treated to a spectacle as characters tumble out of a giant flying book into the night sky.

Raidene Carter, Executive Producer for the Birmingham 2022 Festival, said: “Birmingham 2022 Festival is creating a global platform to show off the home-grown talent of the West Midlands and what better way is there to kick everything off than filling Centenary Square with a massive display of dance, song, acrobatics and more.

“Wondrous Stories brings together the creativity and talent of so many performers from across the region and the shows are completely free, so we want as many people as possible to come along and watch or join our live stream, and help us mark the start of what will be an incredibly exciting six months.”

Kevin Finnan MBE, Artistic Director of dance-circus company Motionhouse also behind London 2012 Paralympic Games, created the grand show. Jamaal Burkmar and Sonia Sabri are also Associate Choreographers.

Motionhouse dancers will be joined by dance collective Critical Mass, wheelchair dance group Freewheelin’, Motionhouse Youth, Sampad and DanceXchange.

Audiences can also enjoy spoken word from local artists Raza Hussain and Sebbie Mudhai, digital projections from Logela Multimedia and an inspiring soundtrack from Birmingham’s Choir With No Name.

Source: Husna Anjum

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