Summer fun in Southside Brum
Posted on 6 Jul 2018

It’s back! Birmingham Hippodrome’s two-day family festival, Summer In Southside, returns to the city this month.

Taking place on 14 and 15 July around the Hippodrome and its foyers, this year’s event has a retro theme which will see visitors recalling the carefree days of childhood.

Featuring an entirely free programme of events for both adults and children, the area will be transformed into a ‘summer playground’, complete with traditional funfair rides, retro arcade games and a whole host of nostalgic performances.

Brand new for this year is Fantabulousa. Housed in a technicolour pop-up grotto and devised with some of the region’s leading drag artists, the event features stories, songs, dancing, dressing-up and plenty of glitter.

Another highlight of the 2018 edition of the event is the construction of French artist Olivier Grossetête’s Perrott’s Chinese Tower. Over the weekend, the giant structure will be built, pulled over and squashed.
Birmingham Hippodrome will be running free workshops (from Monday 9 July) for members of the general public who would like to help construct the building blocks in preparation for the festival.

Summer In Southside’s theatrical delights include There Be Monsters. The show is a new outdoor commission from The Fabularium, an ensemble who scored a big hit at last year’s festival with their production of Reynard The Fox.

And the fun doesn’t end there. Inspired by classic arcade games, Actual Reality Arcade brings a life-sized interactive pop-up game zone to the city’s streets, while Fun DMC boasts dance competitions, rap lessons, a graffiti train and a ‘dad dance-off’.

And if all that’s not enough, other festival highlights include street theatre, comedy, installation specialists Dot Comedy, pop-up theatre performances from Pif Paf, live brass band Bostin Brass and live performances from Gorillabot.

Visitors can also enjoy face painting, craft workshops, a whole host of family activities and an array of independent food stalls.

Commenting on the event, Graham Callister, Associate Director, Community Engagement & Festivals at Birmingham Hippodrome, said: “Summer In Southside is a great festival for all the family to enjoy in the heart of the city. We have tons of activities to keep your little ones busy - and to entertain the big kids, too! This year, we’re following the theme of ‘childhood’, which ties in nicely with our blockbuster show at the Hippodrome this summer - Matilda The Musical.

“There’ll be retro arcade games, pop-performances, craft workshops and food stalls flooding the streets of Southside, the Arcadian and our foyers. And it’s all completely free!”


Summer In Southside takes place in Birmingham on 14 & 15 July
For more information about the festival’s programme of events, visit


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